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#49 of 56 Re: HELP!! [candygugo]
Feb 10, 2010 (2:02 pm)
I have a 2004 RAV4 Automatic and I have about 36000 miles on it driving in Washington DC, Hanoi Vietnam and now California. Overall it is ok. BUT...
The gas mileage is not so good (20 city, 22 highway). The maintenance has been ok, no major problems --but I do have two complaints.
#1. Almost since puchasing it new in 2004 there has been a lag in acceleration. press the gas count one-two and THEN the car accelerates Dealers claim there is nothing wrong with that, but it is not even consistant. Sometimes --usually when the engine is warm and running for a while- there is no lag and other times I have a noticable pause between press and response. This is a problem if you drive in crowded city traffic and conditions changes in seconds. I have seen no clear good fix for this -others have mentioned it, and there is one part that I could pay to replace (a computer module whose name escapes me at the moment) for ~$1,800 or $2,300 but I am not going to try that -non guaranteed action.
#2. Quality is not so hot. Once in a rain storm and driving in about 18 inches of water my right front tire went into a pothole of about 10-12 inches. This bent the rim of the tire (no other damage) and since I was driving less than 10 mph (really!) I was disappointed that an all-wheel drive small suv can be so easily damaged.
finally, it is a bit noisy when you drive over 60. Not that I do that much, but when on the highway I notice the wind noise is quite a bit louder than other cars I have owned or dirven.
I won't buy another RAV4 and am not so hot on Toyota's "nope...there's no problem with it." approach to individuals like me who are not perfectionists, but do think there are sometimes problems even with new cars ;-(
When I have driven this 10 or 12 years (I am sure it will last that long --it does have that much quality), I will buy a different brand -maybe Hyundai or even Honda (but Honda's are quite pricey for what the provide ).
Good luck! &
hope this helps!
May 10, 2010 (12:20 pm)
anyone know if the 05 or 04 Rav4 with auto trannie was sold in a 6cyl or supercharged in any way?
#51 of 56 Re: 2005 Rav4- 6cyl? [eosinseattle]
May 11, 2010 (7:37 pm)
Only 4 cyl for those years. Starting in 2006, 6 cyl became optional.
#52 of 56 rav4 b solenoid
May 21, 2010 (11:11 pm)
trying to find the location of the b solenoid on the 2004 rav4 trans...please help...thnx
#53 of 56 2004 rav4 transmission
May 21, 2010 (11:24 pm)
can any one help me locate the b solenoid on my 2004 rav4.there is a total of five solenod in the transmssion.can not find any info in any repair manuals that tells me what solenoid is what...please help..thank you...
Nov 08, 2012 (7:18 pm)
Since I purchased this car in 2006 I have had problems with driving in the rain. It skids so easy. Tonight I was stopped on a hill, there was a light rain, and when I slowly excellerated the car start to skid and not gain traction. Each time the auto lsd light came one. This happened since I have had the car. It is a 4 cylinder, two wheel drive.
thanks for your help.
#55 of 56 Re: 2006 Rav4 [anio1424]
Nov 28, 2012 (4:21 pm)
Could be cheapo or worn tires.
#56 of 56 Update @ 131k miles
Nov 28, 2012 (4:34 pm)
At 131,000 miles, my 2001 RAV (awd, auto trans) is still running well. It did get a reman trans at 81,000 miles, not eligible for mfr help, unfortunately.
Front disc pads replaced at 6x,000 miles, rear drums not yet.
There is still no other small vehicle that has easily removable rear seats leaving enough floor-to-ceiling room to swallow whole 2 adult road bikes without their wheels removed, so I'm hanging onto it. I still get around 28 mpg on the highway. Plus it was paid for long ago.
Oh, and I still need the cassette player on occasion.