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#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.
#4664 of 4693 Re: 2007 RAV4 needed a brake job at 24,000 miles. [zivbnd]
Nov 25, 2009 (7:48 pm)
i too had to replace my brakes at 29,000. i am very easy on brakes and alot of those miles were road miles. also just replaced my water pump at 36,000. thank goodness that was covered by warranty as the bill was quite high. i dont think i have had any vehicle with these problems this early in the mileage count. thought i was getting a better vehicle when i bought a toyota.
#4665 of 4693 Re: 2007 RAV4 needed a brake job at 24,000 miles. [steve272]
Nov 26, 2009 (8:24 am)
It may simply be the weight of the vehicle. More mass (than you're used to perhaps?) means more energy to stop.
#4666 of 4693 Re: 2007 RAV4 needed a brake job at 24,000 miles. [ateixeira]
Nov 26, 2009 (5:56 pm)
had a 4 runner prior to the rav and didn't have any brake replacements this early.