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#1 of 11 2007 Sport 4wd upholstery problems
Mar 30, 2007 (10:06 am)
I recently purchased a 2007 Sport 4wd V6 with the charcoal cloth interior. After four days, I had several catches in the material. One large catch ocurred when I was merely vacuuming the seat. Has anyone else had this problem? In all my 25 yrs of owning autos, this has never happened. Why would Toyota choose such a non durable fabric - especially for a sport SUV? God forbid if I put my dog on one of the seats, it would be ruined in a matter of minutes. The dealer immediately ordered two new backrest covers and a seat cover - of course they are backordered.
#2 of 11 Re: 2007 Sport 4wd upholstery problems [kozial]
Apr 08, 2007 (8:01 pm)
Kozial-- I've had the same model and interior since mid-December '06 and have not had your problems with the fabric. Regularly take my two doxies for rides, and neither they nor the other "picky" stuff I toss onto the seats have lifted a thread.
#3 of 11 Re: 2007 Sport 4wd upholstery problems [kozial]
Apr 24, 2007 (6:13 pm)
I also recently purchased an 07 Sport 4WD V6 with the charcoal cloth. No problems with the fabric - in fact, I rather like it. Perhaps you got a "bad batch" of cloth.
#5 of 11 leg rubs on front door handle-am tired of it
Sep 18, 2007 (4:00 pm)
I own a 2007 Rav4 Limited, V-6. The front door handle assemblies stick out from the door about 3 inches. They hold the buttons for the door locks and automatic windows and are covered with metal that comes to a point at their edge. I am 6' 3" and my leg rests against the pointed metal on long trips (it actually becomes quite painful). I called the Toyota Customer Service Line and they said that I am the first owner to bring up this issue and consequently they don't have a fix for the problem. I can't be the only one that doesn't keep my legs pinned together on long trips. Has anyone else had this problem and come up with any solutions?
Thanks for any help.
#6 of 11 Re: leg rubs on front door handle-am tired of it [lessbs]
Sep 18, 2007 (9:24 pm)
I don't know whether they are available but have you thought about aftermarket door handles?
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#7 of 11 Re: leg rubs on front door handle-am tired of it [tidester]
Sep 18, 2007 (9:43 pm)
I thought about an after-market fix but can't find any. My Toyota dealer didn't know of any either. I was hoping somebody on this forum might know of one.
Thanks for the thought.
#8 of 11 Re: leg rubs on front door handle-am tired of it [lessbs]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 18, 2007 (10:11 pm)
Stuff like this is hard to pick up on with limited test drives. On some cars, my back may not start hurting until the second hour, and there's a little escutcheon that bangs my left knee on my Outback that I don't notice unless I'm on a longer trip.
I'd go talk to a body shop (or perhaps an upholstery shop) - they may be able to stick a shorter armrest on there that will hold the switches while you own it. Then when you go to trade, you can put everything back to the original set-up. The dealer may wonder why your several year old RAV4 has a pristine arm rest though.
#9 of 11 Re: leg rubs on front door handle-am tired of it [lessbs]
Oct 13, 2007 (7:55 pm)
temporary fix .... if you can't find a better choice.
panty liners or velcro seat belt cushion (for the neck shoulder area) to the door handle
#10 of 11 Re: 2007 Sport 4wd upholstery problems [kozial]
Dec 14, 2007 (1:28 pm)
We bought the RAV with the charcoal cloth as well. Within the first 4 months we have had numerous pulls on the seats. The dealer is reluctantly replacing the covers on the seats, but not the backs. Seems like a problem to me.