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#14 of 292 Re: Rav 4 Problem / ces1938 [ces1938]
Jul 29, 2007 (4:09 pm)
They still have it in the shop. I am in a loaner car until they call me later this week. Maybe this will work, but everything that I've read on the Internet points to a computer related problem that deals with the drive-by-wire technology Toyota used in the 2006-2007 Camry and RAV4 with the 4 cyl engine. The computer directly controls the cruse control and throttle. I'll keep you posted....
#15 of 292 ces1938, Rav 4 problems
Jul 29, 2007 (4:21 pm)
Yea,Mike,you have found the same info that I have, you know I retired from the Boeing company and they use the "fly by wire" system on their aircraft and it works quite well, so I don't know why they have made such a mess outta this on the car, but if you understand computers than it is not so hard to understand.. computers are not flexible enough for the cruse control, to them it is either right on or not and that just does not work for a cruse control and I can not even imagine a engineer not realizing, hell I did and so do you now, well let me know how it turns out, I am thinking about replacing it with a after market cruse but that ticks me off big time.... that stinking thing has cost them a customer that buys a new car all most every year, either for my wife or me.... thanks again... Charles
#16 of 292 Re: cruse control on 2006 Rav 4 [mlmcgahee]
Aug 01, 2007 (8:23 pm)
Looks like it's "gear hunting". This is normal. When going uphill take the overdrive off. The little button on the left side of your gear shifter. The indicator O/D OFF will illuminate yellow on your instrument panel. I just saw your video on carspace and told you to take the car to the dealer immediately but after reading your post I knew exactly what you were talking about.
P.S. I've been selling Toyotas for the past 10 years and have owned 3 Camrys, 2 Corollas, 1 MR2, and the original Toyota Van LE which used to do what your RAV is doing until I was told about the overdrive switch. Try it and let us know what happens.
#17 of 292 Re: ces1938, Rav 4 problems [ces1938]
Aug 01, 2007 (8:24 pm)
Charles, see my post above.
#18 of 292 Re: cruse control on 2006 Rav 4 [mackabee]
Aug 02, 2007 (3:35 am)
I have the 2007 RAV4 base model with the 4 cyl engine. It has a gated shifter and no overdrive button. You just move the shifter to the left to take it out of overdrive. I have tried shifting it out of overdrive before going up an incline, but it has no effect on the problem. Thanks for your input mackabee.
#19 of 292 ces1938 Rav 4 cruse problems
Aug 02, 2007 (11:17 am)
To mackabee, I have the 4 cyl basic Rav 4 and it has the gated shifter too, and also it makes no difference the stupid thing "hunts gears" like you say, they only way the transmission will work right is if I do not use the damn cruse.... I have been buying cars with cruse control since 1970 and NONE of them worked like this, including a 1996 Camry, a 2002 Honda, a 2005 Camry wtih five speed tranny... this thing is defective either by engeering or by defect in the cruse or transmission... it is nuts, a lot of the time I just have to tap the brake so the cruse will kick off before the damn thing blows up the engine.... thank for the advice tho... Charles
#20 of 292 Re: ces1938 Rav 4 cruse problems [ces1938]
Aug 02, 2007 (11:33 am)
The loaner car they gave me is a Brand New 2007 Corolla LE 4 cyl. automatic. The cruse control works perfect in it... No problems what so ever. There is even more power in the shifting of the gears from a dead stop. My RAV4 tends to have some lag.
#21 of 292 Re: ces1938 Rav 4 cruse problems [ces1938]
Aug 02, 2007 (3:20 pm)
I just got a call from my Toyota Service Dept. They installed the new transmission in my RAV4 and states that it has fixed the problem. I pick it up tomorrow morning. I have my fingers crossed. We will see....
Look for another update tomorrow...
#22 of 292 ces1938, Rav 4 problems
Aug 02, 2007 (3:40 pm)
Hey Mike, I can hardley wait to find out how it goes with your car.... it did not surprise me on the corolla, my wife had one before I bought her the 2005 camry, and like my earlier camry, "4 cyl. and 4 speed trans. it shifted perfect....I think our main problem is the piss poor attitude of most dealerships..... also on the gas milage of these cars, I have heard of some pretty darn good gas milage some guys got on some Rav 4's, I must tell you I am very enveous of your milage, mine sucks, I ended with a 24.5 avg on a 660 mile trip driving 70 mph in the flat country of Kansas.... can't wait to hear from you Mike
#23 of 292 Re: ces1938, Rav 4 problems [ces1938]
Aug 03, 2007 (1:06 pm)
Well.... I got my RAV4 back this morning. It still has the same problem with the cruse control. The bright side of this is that it rules out the transmission as the problem. Also the RAV4 is shifting and responding much better than it ever did. It is very responsive now. I am going back to the service dept. next week and have a technician ride with me so he can see the cruse control problem first hand.