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#112 of 174 Oops! Wrong car
Feb 05, 2008 (1:23 pm)
Went into town this morning to buy a 2008 Cr-V to supplement our Honda stable (CR-V 2002, and Honda 13HP-driven generator).
Thought I'd call in at the Toyota dealership on the way in to see if they had free coffee (they did).
The salesman came over and we chatted about the 2008 RAV4 V6 I was looking at.
Took it for a test drive on the highway at 120km/h.
Ha! Bad move. Just bought a 2008 RAV4 with the V6.
3rd row seats are a joke. My BIG black lab will sit over them on his $121 cargo liner, and we'll live happily ever after.
I've never been so impressed with any other car.
I can't wait to burn off the all-season tires so that I can install winter tires.
Although, I must say that my CR-V with Michelin X-Ice winter tires is great.
Super-Dooper Tuesday indeed!
Now. How can I tell my wife?
Dave from Canada
#113 of 174 Re: Oops! Wrong car [dave_cl]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 05, 2008 (1:56 pm)
How can I tell my wife?
Maybe you could take a hair dryer to the RAV4 badges and peel them off.
Congrats on the new ride!
#114 of 174 Steve's the MAN!
Feb 05, 2008 (2:59 pm)
She goes to Florida in two weeks, for two weeks, and I'm supposed to sit here stewing, because the car I bought is still at the dealership?
I need better answers, Steve. Hair dryers ain't gonna do it.
(Thanks on the congrats, BTW. I was blown away by the power, when I decided to overtake the car in front of me. What a vehicle! V6. Fantastic.)
Sob. I can't get it until Feb 18.
Even my 2002 CR-V is weeping.
My black lab is, as always, just asking for food.
How much more is my insurance going to escalate? Does anyone know?
Does anyone care?
#115 of 174 Re: Steve's the MAN! [dave_cl]
Feb 06, 2008 (6:46 am)
Heh, it took a couple of weeks for my 2008 V6 to come in after I "ordered" it, which was definitely some sort of torture.
I have had mine for 9 days now, and I like it very much. My black lab hasn't set her muddy paws in it yet, but it'll happen eventually...made sure I got the gray interior instead of taupe. Almost worth buying a Sport for that dark charcoal interior, would've matched the lab fur nicely, but mine's just a Base.
I am finding it very hard not to see just how fast it is, which you are not supposed to do during this break-in period...another form of torture
Regarding insurance, I was shocked to find my insurance only went up $90/6 months from my 11-year old Tahoe to the brand new RAV4...I was bracing to get hammered worse than that, since the RAV is worth eight times what the Tahoe was.
#116 of 174 Re: Steve's the MAN! [sdc2]
Feb 06, 2008 (9:20 am)
The cost of liability insurance overshadows collision insurance but a WIDE margin, probably multiples.
A Tahoe can do a LOT more damage than a RAV4 in an accident but what is probably more important to the insurance companys is the driver's "I'm in an armoured vehicle" driving attitude in a Tahoe vs the RAV4.
#117 of 174 Re: Steve's the MAN! [wwest]
Feb 06, 2008 (11:46 am)
You could very well be right about that, but I figured the replacement cost for comprehensive and collision is so much higher for the new vehicle it would outweigh any liability difference...
#118 of 174 Re: Steve's the MAN! [sdc2]
Feb 06, 2008 (1:10 pm)
My local dealership has about a dozen new RAV4s on the lot, in various colours. I didn't notice how many were V6, or what the trim level was.
We deliberately stay away from dark interior colours because of the temperature rise (if the sun ever shines again). Mine is also a base, but I can't believe the bells and whistles it comes with.
I have spoken to my insurance broker a couple of times, but I haven't asked about premiums. I don't want to know!
On the government website,
(sorry, I couldn't make it link)
the V6 RAV4 looks very good in terms of gas consumption. How accurate is this, though?
My wife goes to FL on Sunday, Feb 17, and I had arranged pickup of the RAV4 on Monday Feb 18.
Now, I am reminded that this is our (Ontario) new "Family Day" statutory holiday, so I will have to pick up on the Tuesday.
That, my friend, is torture!
#119 of 174 Re: Steve's the MAN! [dave_cl]
Feb 07, 2008 (6:31 am)
I bought mine from the largest Toyota dealer in the state...I got one of the TWO Base V6s they were allocated for all of February. So they are around, but usually you have to jump on them when available...and it is difficult to get them to deal on the V6s. I went through a fleet dealer to get mine at invoice price, otherwise the best I was offered from another dealer was $750 off of MSRP.
The only penalty for the V6 is in the purchase price. For example the EPA rating for an AWD RAV4, the I4 is 20 city 25 highway, the V6 is 19 city 26 highway.
I haven't taken a trip with mine yet, only have 325 miles so far. Got 21.2 mpg so far in city/suburban driving (in very cold weather). Others have reported in the upper 20s on the highway.
#120 of 174 Re: RAV4's the SUV! [sdc2]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Feb 07, 2008 (8:33 pm)
I dunno how this thread title wound up going from da SUV to da man, but enough about me.
And remember Dave, anticipation is the best part.
#121 of 174 Re: Steve's the MAN! [dave_cl]
Feb 07, 2008 (10:54 pm)
Congrats on the new RAV4. I'm also in Ontario and I'd forgotten about the new long weekend this year. Schweet.
We have about 18k km on our V6 Limited and think very highly of it. I think you'll be pleased. Insurance-wise, going from a Subaru Impreza to the RAV4 really didn't change the premiums much - surprisingly.
Fuel economy is not bad around town for the size of the vehicle and engine (we average 18 mpg (US) in winter and 22 mpg in summer) but it's at its best on highway cruises when the rpms drop right down in 5th gear. 27-28 mpg is no problem if you can resist putting your foot into it too often.