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Toyota RAV4, SUV
#127 of 292 Re: mpg [rayray6]
Sep 01, 2007 (8:03 pm)
I just got back from a trip with the 4 cyl. I had 4 adults in the car and all the luggage, ac running constantly and I got 28 mpg, I think I could have hit 30 without the load
#128 of 292 Re: mpg [rayray6]
Sep 02, 2007 (1:33 am)
I work out of my RAV4 and drive 300+ miles each week. Since I bought the vehicle the first of May, I have put almost 10,000 miles on it. I traded in a 2003 Nissan Xterra which never had a moments problem on the 2007 RAV4 for better gas mileage. So far I have been pleased with the mpg of the RAV4. My only problem is the cruise control issue.
I have been getting between 24 and 26 mpg in combination city/hwy driving.
#129 of 292 Rav 4 mpg, ces1938Reply to mlmcgahee&rayray6
Sep 02, 2007 (6:26 am)
Do you have the V6 or the 4 cyl?? I have the 4 cyl, 4 speed auto. I don't get near as good as rayray6, in fact not as good as mlmcgahee...but guess that is the luck of the draw when you buy a new car, my 2002 Honda minivan always got better than most people that had the same kind of vehicle, in fact it constantly got better mileage than what was the EPA estimate... sure wish I still had that vehicle, it was better than the Rav 4 no doubt...
#130 of 292 Re: 2007 Rav4 cruise control issue [gbe]
Sep 04, 2007 (4:41 am)
Is there really a need for a all out recall? Why noy just issue a TSB so dealers can perform the repairs if and when someone complains of the issue.
Also why the big deal of using cruise on hills? I have an 04 Ford f-150 that I use to pull a 27' travel trailer and I use the cruise when towing that! Granted I wouldn't do it in the mountains but my point is why should hills effect it.
It is not the fact that the tranny shifts to maintain speed it's the fact that it doesn't shift correctly.
I tend to agree with you in Toyota's knowledge of the problem but the solution is not to require us to change our driving style.
It all just doesn't make sense, but I'll take Toyota's suggestion...arbitration papers going in the mail today.
#131 of 292 Re: 2007 Rav4 cruise control issue [sumrx4]
Sep 04, 2007 (6:48 am)
I agree. We shouldn't have to change our driving style. A TSB would be fine.
I am experimenting with a work around. Based on earlier comments, I have given up using the resume option. When I tap the breaks I cut off the cruise. When I get where I can use the cruise again, I turn it back on and reset it.
So far so good, but given that my problem is intermittant, I can't tell for sure. But I have had some short highway trips with no jumping about.
I will keep you posted.
#132 of 292 My Dealer Called Today
Sep 04, 2007 (1:58 pm)
My dealer viewed the video of the gear hunting. Their technician called Toyota. The contact person then called me. Toyota is going to be issuing a TSB very soon and they will call me in for the fix.
In msg 116, Kay said she was told they would have a fix in about a week. That's close to what I am told.
Others might check to see if their dealer is telling the same story.
#133 of 292 Re: My Dealer Called Today [wdpcpa]
Sep 04, 2007 (4:21 pm)
That would be great... but seeing is beleaving... As I stated before, I just want a fix for the cruise control problem.
Maybe all of our case numbers sparked an interest for a fix.
#134 of 292 Re: My Dealer Called Today [wdpcpa]
Sep 05, 2007 (1:30 pm)
Hope you are being told the truth. I phoned the CRM at my dealership just to see if he had any news. I told him what you had reported and he sounded very suprised.
He advised me that the regional rep from Toyota was coming by Friday and he would see what he knew about it.
#135 of 292 Re: 2007 Rav4 cruise control problem [crtzlow]
Sep 05, 2007 (5:31 pm)
I've been talking back and forth with my dealer and CA for about a week and a half now. The Parts and Service Director at my dealer told me my best bet at this point is arbitration, hence the week of phone calls. I was given an arbitration case number (#200708310737) and my case was forwarded to a case manager named Chris.
I spoke with him this evening and he explained the arbitration process to me like this. He will mail me a package with a booklet and a form to fill out. It should be here in "10 to 14 days" but that's to allow plenty of time for the Post Office to lose it. The same form is in the center of the Owner's Warranty Rights Notification book that should have come with the car. He said I could go ahead and send that form to start the process then all I would need from the packet would be the booklet.
They have 30 days from the time the form is received by Toyota to set up a meeting. It usually takes place at the local dealership and is presided over by someone familiar with the auto industry such as a retired ceo, a lawyer or some such person. After they make their decision Toyota has 10 days to comply. I am not bound by the decision but Toyota is. If I choose to pursue further legal action the proceedings are admissible in court.
He also told me to be very specific in what resolution I want because most of the arbitrators, if they deny your request, won't offer an alternative. If they do it's out of the goodness of their hearts.
Sorry this is so long but I thought everyone would like to know the details.
On another note; my owners manual doesn't say anything about flat roads. Page 166 reads "The cruise control is designed to maintain a set cruising speed without requiring the driver to operate the accelerator.... Within the limits of the engine's capabilities, cruising speed can be maintained up or down grades. However, changes in vehicle speed may occur on steeper grades." It also notes that the speed may increase when driving downhill.
#136 of 292 Re: 2007 Rav4 cruise control problem [crtzlow]
Sep 07, 2007 (11:27 am)
Keep us posted on how the arbitration process goes.
Also, thanks for the note from the owners manual.
Looking forward to how this all plays out.