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#4654 of 4693 Re: 2006 Rav4 Brake Replacement [neeners1005]
Oct 12, 2009 (4:05 am)
I'm really surprised with this post. I have a 2006 Rav and other than the radio problems that have been well documented, not a single problem. Brakes still going strong at a little over 30,000 miles. Tires, the same. Obviously not driven as much as post above but still surprised at the problems noted. I remember a past Honda Accord i had which was doing great on brakes till my teenage son's started driving. Braking to quick stops will do that for sure. Anyway, probably keep this Rav for several more years (paid off now). Thinking of getting a 2010 Camry Hybrid to replace our 03 TL. But money only obstacle.
#4655 of 4693 Mixing Tires With Different Speed Rating
Oct 24, 2009 (10:40 am)
I purchased two Michelin tires for my RAV4 with idential speed rating to the original equipment on my vehicle. I think it was 100H. When it came time to replace the next two tires, they could not get the same tires. Since I could not wait several weeks for new tires, I replaced them with 99S tires made by Michelin. They put these on the front and said I could not rotate my tires anymore. I notice no handling problems with the car. I have spent about $200 a tires so I don't want to swap these out. Does anyone know if the tire dealer gave me some bad advice?
#4656 of 4693 Re: Mixing Tires With Different Speed Rating [gilvkona]
Oct 27, 2009 (10:55 am)
Well, the 99 refers to the load rating, though it's so close it probably won't make much difference.
As for the S vs. H speed rating, that is mostly a measure of resistance to heat at sustained high speeds. Again, probably won't matter much unless you take it to the salt flats at Bonneville for a land speed record (doubtful).
Do this, though - make sure the tire pressure is never low. The 99S tire is less resistance to heat and rated for smaller loads, so at the very minimum make sure that pressure is always, always good.
#4657 of 4693 2006 Rav4 and not seeing the same problems
Nov 06, 2009 (5:37 am)
I have a 2006 Rav4 Limited 4 cyl. I did replace brakes at about 38,000 and the only other repair was a leaking water pump at about 60,000. I am now at 78,000 and figure I will need brakes sometime soon since I tend to sit in traffic. Other than changing fluids and tires once, that's it. I do only use the Toyota dealer and I tell them what maintenance I want, I don't want to be sold a package of goods. This is now my 6th Toyota and it ranks high in reliability for me. My Highlander was great, but had some rattles that were never resolved. My 4Runner had an electrical problem that shorted out lights, but a complaint to Toyota in California netted a 7 year bumper to bumper warranty that I didn't have to use.
#4658 of 4693 Re: 2006 Rav4 and not seeing the same problems [buddg4]
Nov 06, 2009 (5:59 am)
Curious what tires you replaced originals with? And more importantly how they ride, etc etc. I have original Geolanders. Mine's an 06 as well, but only a little over 30,000 miles so still no problems, brakes, tires etc. but at some point i may opt for new tires (maybe before next summer).....thanks. And i too use only dealer and car's been great (except the $#&*$# radio which is the 3rd one (and so far hopefully the last - 1.5 years now.).
#4659 of 4693 2007 RAV4 needed a brake job at 24,000 miles.
Nov 12, 2009 (9:46 am)
I don't ride the brakes, and I drive pretty gently because I have clients in the car very frequently. When I quizzed the service manager, he said it was because the RAV4 was built using the Corolla platform and its extra weight meant that the brakes were under more stress. But I thought that the 2006 RAV4 on had their own, newer platform.
Anyway, a couple months after the brake job, the car started rattling at stop lights, so far the mechanic hasn't found the problem, but it is irritating as all get out. Between those issues and the intermittent low tire pressure light that comes on for no reason, probably my last Toyota. 33,000 miles and the car looks great, but drives like a geriatric geezer.
#4660 of 4693 Re: 2007 RAV4 needed a brake job at 24,000 miles. [zivbnd]
Nov 12, 2009 (4:30 pm)
The service manager is lying to you. Typical toyota dealer service lies. They make stuff up as they go along.
The brake pads are cheap quality that's why they're not lasting. Toyota obviously saved money by putting on a cheaper quality pad that wouldn't last as long. You're not alone in short life on the brake pads. I don't blame you for not wanting to keep the car. If you do keep it and still need brake pads. You should get a longer lasting pad. Porterfield R4-S pads come to mind. Performance and longevity.
Plus if they cannot fix the problem of the rattling in 3 times before your warranty is gone, you can claim lemon law!
#4661 of 4693 Re: 2007 RAV4 needed a brake job at 24,000 miles. [mark19]
Nov 13, 2009 (9:53 am)
Brake pad HIGH frictional content, GREAT braking ability......SHORT PAD LIFE.
#4662 of 4693 Re: 2007 RAV4 needed a brake job at 24,000 miles. [mark19]
Nov 15, 2009 (5:59 pm)
rattling in 3 times before your warranty is gone, you can claim lemon law!
Nope - in most states it's only for the first year, much shorter than most warranties.
#4663 of 4693 Re: 2007 RAV4 needed a brake job at 24,000 miles. [wwest]
Nov 15, 2009 (6:00 pm)
There's also usually a trade-off in noise.
I have 27k on my Sienna's brake pads and they still look brand new, but I tend to coast to red lights to save gas.