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Toyota RAV4, SUV
#274 of 831 Re: RAV4 Ride [alberhpr]
Sep 16, 2006 (11:11 pm)
I also had a VW Passat (2006) for a short time right before I got My RAV4 V6 Ltd 2wd. The ride in the Passat was definitely more smooth (and quiet!) than it is in the RAV. I have also had a 2004 RAV4,a Toyota 4runner, a Nissan Pathfinder, a Lexus RX330 and several cars. I think the service tech is right in saying that that is normal. My experience with SUVs vs. cars is that there is always a rougher ride in an suv, except maybe for the Lexus. I have a friend who drives a Nissan Altima which I ride in frequently and it definitely is smoother than my '06 RAV4. Unless you have something unusual going on with your RAV4 the ride you're experiencing now is probably its normal ride. Hope this has been helpful.
#275 of 831 Drop In RPM/Small Surge when A/C is on
Sep 19, 2006 (4:04 am)
I have a surging problem that only occurs when the A/C is on. If I drive at a constant speed of about 30 to 35 mph at about 1500 rpm, every now and then, the engine will have a small surge. This may happen 1 time or a couple of times in quick succession. Then everything is OK for approximately 20 to 30 seconds. Then the engine surges again. I have noticed that when the surge occurs, the rpms drop to about 1200 and immediately goes back to 1500. If there are two or three surges, the tach responds the same way with a sudden drop in rpm but an immediate return. I do not notice this if the A/C is off or if I am going much faster with the A/C on.
I asked during maintenace if I had a problem. The tech told me this was at a shift point speed and that's why it happens. He suggested I just ignore it or drive faster. I have to drive at that speed into my subdivision for about 2 miles, so maybe that's why I notice it.
Has anyone else had this problem?
Sep 19, 2006 (10:47 am)
Not sure if this would be in the right discussion. I wanted to post just in case people haven't had to deal with this yet. Tire pressure warning light came on. Checked all the tires, added air and the light would not go off. Of course I have not read the entire owners manual so I looked it up and found that even the spare has to be checked. Sure enough psi was only 29 so we added air and the light went off. Just as an FYI to check the spare also! Especially before you go through the hassle of putting away the air compressor. LOL
#277 of 831 Re: Droning noise update [ihammer]
Sep 20, 2006 (12:54 pm)
I too have the droning problem. It started almost immediately after I took possession about 5 weeks ago (mid-Aug). Last night I attended our local "Get to know your Toyota" gathering at our dealer (www.oakvilletoyota.ca). There were several 2006 Rav4 owners in attendance who also have the same problem, and interestingly the service manager, has been trying to find a fix for quite some time. He said they have spent hours in a droning vehicle trying different things. New tires, rebalancing, drilling holes in the exhaust, checking the roof rack and ceiling metal, adding weight to the back etc. They've even had the top guns from Toyota Canada come to the dealer to get help. So far no luck. The good thing is that they know about it. The dealer says that Japan will have to get involved real soon because there is now a lot of drone complaints coming in. Sit tight, the solution will come and then all the dealers will be to apply the solution.
#278 of 831 Re: Tire pressure [vivavegas99]
Sep 20, 2006 (5:00 pm)
I too had the same problem and when I called the new car manager he said to check the spare tire. I thought he didn't know what he was talking about but sure enough, the pressure was lower than the rest of the tires and when I aired it up, the light went off.
#279 of 831 Re: Droning noise update [digitalmantis]
Sep 20, 2006 (7:01 pm)
Are there two different droning noises? It doesn't seem to me that a dealer would change or rebalance tires or check the roof rack in relation to the droning noise that others have described, that occurs only when the vehicle is in gear and stopped. Mine does this as well, but very infrequently.
#280 of 831 Re: Droning noise update [digitalmantis]
Sep 20, 2006 (9:18 pm)
Thanks so much for your post - sorry you have the problem too. I am glad to hear that Toyota knows that there are lots of the 2006 Rav4s which have the droning noise problem and I hope they do get Japan involved real soon. The 2nd "fix" on my vehicle was on Sept. 1st and now the droning noise is happening more and more often and is almost as loud as it was before Sept. 1st. I really do hope they can come up with a solution because the car is really fun to drive aside from the noise. Anyhow thanks again for your post - I do feel somewhat encouraged by your news.
#281 of 831 Re: Droning noise update [cbmorton]
Sep 20, 2006 (9:22 pm)
My vehicle only has one droning noise which appears to/sounds like it comes from the rear of the car on the drivers side. I'm not sure why the dealer tried those things (rebalancing tires & checking roof rack) either.
#282 of 831 Water leak in RAV4 passenger side issue
Sep 21, 2006 (7:50 am)
I purchased a RAV4 2 months ago. Well about 2 weeks ago we had a lot of rain in NJ, one weekend it was the end of a Nor'easter. Anyway the car was locked up tight and when I went to the car on the passenger side front seat we had about and inch to 2 inches of water!! I took it to the dealer and the said they could not find a leak. The following day it happened again. This time the dealer asked if I park the car on an incline. I said yes about 5 degrees. They said oh well we might know of a problem. They took the car and claimed to have fixed it. We are supposed to have rain this weekend. Anyone else have a similar issue?
#283 of 831 Re: Droning noise update [ihammer]
Sep 21, 2006 (10:43 am)
I hear you, it just makes me wonder if the dealer is truly going after the noise that people are actually experiencing when I hear that they're investigating tires and roof rack as possible causes, both of which are clearly not involved-- at least in the noise I'm thinking of.
When mine does it it's coming from beneath the floor behind the driver's seat, as far as I can tell anyway, since I have to have the car in gear to hear it. It's not particularly loud and not something it does often so it doesn't bother me. But at least an explanation of what it is would be nice to have.