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Just bought Toyota Rav4 2004, 2WD 2.5L. I drive 90% on heighway with no traffic jam (65-75 mph, 35 miles each day), and around 10% city. It's my first 500 miles on the car. Avarage consumption is 21mpg. What might cause this huge consumption?
On 8/23/2010 I took my Rav4 2004 to Del Toyota in PA for service for an antifreeze leak, underneath the engine. The service department reviewed the leak and totally rejected their own Platinum Warranty on the Rav4. They said the leak is in the engine block threads and may not be fixable. Engine block threads ? They said I would have to replace the entire engine at my cost, which Del ... Read More
I traited in my 2004 Saturn Vue for the 2008 V6 Rav4. I don't know how to determine miles per gallon, but I can compare the performance of each vehicle. My Saturn had about 101,000 miles and every time I've driven about about 333 miles, it was time to fill the tank. The Rav4, has 44,000 miles, and I'm having to fill the tank after driving only 272 miles. There has ... Read More
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 ... Read More
For what it is worth, I have a 2004 Toyota Sienna XLE Limited and I have had nothing but problems with it. The same problems that thousands of others have had and Toyota refuses to address the issues or pay to have them fixed. I will never again buy a Toyota and I would advise anyone looking at Toyotas to look at the forum on Toyota Sienna door problems to see ... Read More
Usually all the mounting points for the hardware are already there, but it can be expensive to add. My 2004 Highlander didn't have 3rd row seats(optional) and I looked into ordering the parts to add the 3rd row seat from Toyota, it would have cost $1,500+. there is a company that makes 3rd seats to add onto(name?, don't remember), but the seats are fixed and have to be removed if you ... Read More
I have a 2006 RAV4 with a 4 cylinder engine. I have asked the "service advisor" twice at the dealership at different service intervals. Both times, after consulting someone else, I heard the statement that all Toyotas after 2004 have timing chains and not belts. I hope this helps you.
I have a 2004 RAV4 which the drivers side window came out of the regulator. A new regulator was purchased and replaced as the little plastic clip had broken and I could not buy another one without buying the whole regulator. A week after the regulator was replaced the window bracket became dislodged from the glass window. I have had glued back on with varying glass glues, but it keeps coming ... Read More
Sorry, never followed up on this site.. . I was abroad (with my RAV4) I did not have much time to work on the problem with the local mechanics. I did ask the local (overseas) Toyota dealer to see if they noticed hesitation, but they did not. My 2004 RAV4 was a new model there, although starting in 2007 the RAV4 has become popular there. My solution was simply to continue ... Read More
Average over 5000 miles - 19.6 miles per gallon. Only premium gas, 50/50 highway - city driving. Soft on acceleration. Dealer says these results are O'K and there is no reason to file a complaint. This is getting close to my 2004 V8 Tahoe. What is happening with Toyota?
What & where is the AIC? I called my Toyota dealer & they had no idea what it is. I have a 2004 RAV4 that also has trouble starting. Thanks...
I also had a VW Passat (2006) for a short time right before I got My RAV4 V6 Ltd 2wd. The ride in the Passat was definitely more smooth (and quiet!) than it is in the RAV. I have also had a 2004 RAV4,a Toyota 4runner, a Nissan Pathfinder, a Lexus RX330 and several cars. I think the service tech is right in saying that that is normal. My experience with ... Read More
I had a problem getting my cell phone charger into the outlet - it was a very tight fit so I did it very carefully and was so afraid to take it out that I left it in the outlet for a few days. I finally did take it out and it didn't pull the outlet out, but I was afraid it might. I kind of turned the charger a little ... Read More
I have the same problem with my Rav, and it's a known issue. It actually confirms this in the 2006 Rav4 manual. There is a section in the manual about the auxillary input and it says that you may hear noise while plugged into the aux input and the DC power. The solution in the manual says to use the MP3 player on it's own power. I think that's a lazy ... Read More
Ihave about 5,000 miles on my 2006 4x2 6cyl RAV4 and the droning noise happens everytime I drive the car - usually not when I start the car for the first time on any given day. It usually starts after I've been driving for awhile. It mostly is heard at lower speeds, but I have heard it driving on the freeway even with the radio on. If I leave home in ... Read More
I'm interested to know if you have test driven a 2006 RAV4 and if so, did you hear the droning noise? It happens pretty much everytime I drive my RAV4, at least at some point during reach drive. Anyhow, I am still waiting for some news of what the cause of the problem is and for a fix for it. I have called Toyota corporate 3 times during the past week ... Read More
All I hear is bad things on this forum about major problems with the new Rav4's. I know Toyota is selling them like hotcakes, but why would anyone want a vehicle that seems like it has a faulty transmission and a mysterious back windshield that always breaks? The Rav4 was at the top of my list for my new SUV, but it fell off the radar big time with all this ... Read More
Why doesn't Toyota offer a continously variable transmission or at least a 5-speed automatic with its 2.4 liter engine? It would significantly improve fuel efficiency. I have a 2004 RAV4 now and would gladly purchase a new one if the fuel efficiency was significantly improved. Michael in Houston
Hello everyone, First, I wanted to thank the Edmunds organization/crew for keeping this gig going :) . I've purchased my first new Toyota online (via Edmunds) in 2004, and closed another 3 deals based on the same experience (helped out family) . Now,it's time to get another a car for myself, as my girlfriend is taking over mine. Hence, I'm back in the game. Does anyone have any experience with Southern ... Read More
To avoid the SET (Southeast Toyota) fees, you could buy your Toyota in another region. I don't know what the delivery fee is. If you focus on the out the door price you can avoid having to negotiate the line items at all. Check out the Toyota RAV4: Prices Paid & Buying Experience discussion too. Some more posts about SET: jimyo, "2006 Hybrid Toyota Highlander" #675, 16 Jun 2005 8:03 am ... Read More
I just got a silver Limited last week from my local dealer in NY - maybe it is the same one that jimd4 saw. It is loaded with everything but leather and the jbl stereo. I absolutely love driving it! My last two cars were 4Runners, and the second one (a 2004) just felt too big. In the past I thought the Rav4 was too small, but this one is just ... Read More
I have to admit that the rationale for insurance rates baffles me and seems designed to be undecipherable to the insured. We were give rates by our (mainstream) insurer back in 2004 for 4 vehicles. My wife and I are both roughly 50, have no kids drive 10,000 miles or less per year, live in a small college town in the midwest and have spotless driving records. We asked for quotes ... Read More
I am new here and would love some feedback. My current dilemma is between a 2004 CRV w/15.5k miles for $18.5k vs buying a new Rav4. I like the new Toyota better but price is a big concern. Iím going to see if the CRV owner will go down $1k in price today (they are moving out of the country on the weekend). I may need to sell the car in ... Read More
yesterday, one in white and one in black. Also saw a red Sport version. The spousal unit liked the black LTD and the Sport pretty well, and thought that with leather and a V6 the black LTD probably would be a pretty good compromise vehicle - something for her to commute in, for us to take the kids to college in, and for us take some trips in - up to ... Read More
Personally I think Toyota and Lexus have now learned a hard lesson and the HL, Sienna, and RX will soon have the RAV4's new AWD system. I'm not sure what hard lesson you are referring to. I thought the hard lesson was learned before the 2004 model; i.e. the reaction time of VC system . . . hence the open differential solution that comes with RX and Highlander of 2004 vintage ... Read More
Has anyone experienced any maintenance problems or issues that might lead to recalls with the 2001 or newer Toyota RAV4? The particular problem I am experiencing is clunking noises from the breaks engaging when you switch the automatic gear from reverse to drive or vise versa. I took the car to two local dealers, but both of them claim they can hear the noise but that it is normal and don't ... Read More
I'm 6'2" and have owned a 2004 Pilot. With the 2nd row pushed forward a few inches, the 3rd row was tolerable for short trips even for me. The 3rd row will hold average sized adults (say under 5'10") decently, if they can climb back there. The Explorer offers about the same room, but is narrower and hence only holds 2 people. I thought it was crazy when Toyota began offering ... Read More
Hello, I have been having the same problem with my Toyota RAV4. Its a 2004 and sometimes in the mornings when I start the car, it hesitates. It feels like the car is struggling to start. It does not happen all the time, and only when the car has not been driven for a while. I added some Chevron gas additive and it worked for a while but now it's starting ... Read More
But apparantly they are pretty quick. If you look in this month's "Truck Trends" magazine, you will see that it (4WD 5-sp) went to 60 in 7.9 seconds (I think that's what it was, don't have a hard copy in front of me). I tell you that really surprised me! My 2000 RAV4 is certainly much slower than that! What a difference that 2.4-liter makes!
I am a 2004 Rav4 owner. I posted recently about how uncomfortable it is for a driver who are 6'4" like me. Besides that, I had recently two incidents of unintended acceleration, 1 going forward from parked and, 1 in reverse. This one with damage to the left back bumper when I hit a pole holding the end of a fence in my drive way. Thanks heaven no one was in ... Read More
To get RAV4 was very smart from you. Toyota cars are today so far the best car on the road all over, even some (like MercedesBenz and Jaguar) are more expencive. What is the best: materials used to make, design, they have the best engineering, reliability, and durability. I am design manager in the company that design, manufacture, test and supplies with many parts (like pumps, transmissions,....) GM, Ford, and Chrisler, ... Read More
2002 Rav4 here with ~45k miles ... I've got the sludge :( ... Change the oil ever 3-6k but I can't find all the receipts. Still looking. No more Toyota's for me. I have a brand new Prius also but am trading that in next week just because of the Rav4 issue. All cars have issues, but Toyota not fixing this one is enough for me. quote of aprox. $9k to ... Read More
Oh come now, even the most reliable manufacturers produce the occasional lemon but in the grand scheme, Toyotas are still about as reliable as they make'em (of course I realize that this is no consolation if you happen to have gotten one of the lemons). Speaking of reliability... Consumer Reports just named Subaru as the make with the fewest problems for 2004 :-) -Frank
having a problem with our 2002 toyota rav4, oil changed last in oct 2004. driving home on jan 23rd, the oil light came on then pulling off the road, every indicator light went on then the car stalled out. had the car towed to a mechanic that said the oil was like mud, then had the car towed to a dealer where it sits today, and they can't tell us what ... Read More
Finally got around to taking my wife's 2003 RAV4 2WD back to the shop for the dash-rattle which first started to mainfest itself a little over a year ago (I was hoping it'd go away... it didn't). The sound was registered and heard by both the Service Manager and examining tech.. The TSB dash noise-rattle kit was used to fix. On the way home, noise came back worse than ever in ... Read More
hi i bought a 2004 rav 4 4x4 the thing is the honda is not a true awd it is front wheel when wheels start slipping it moves some power to rear not a great thing compared to the true 4x4 or awd systems toyota has power at all 4 wheeels all the time if you get any snow why even think get a 4x4 rav not fwd trust me over ... Read More
If you want me to blame myself, I tell you I already did a million times. I was a 10 month old DUMB immigrant then when I got that RAV 2003, and I didn't know what I know now in terms of sideairbag importance. The outrageous APR I called "charge to experience", but a dealer telling me sideairbags are unsafe for small passengers is unforgiveable, and me beliving what the dealer ... Read More
I'm hoping this might help with anyone who has the rattle and nothing seems to be working. I read some good advice here concerning the 3M tape to prevent the rattle. In case that doesn't seem to be working well, I did locate the exact position where the rattle comes from. On the cowl there is a 1/2 black strip on the very top that snaps on. If you go to ... Read More
I've read some of your postings on other message boards. You're a real Honda fan. I'm not knocking it but it's a fact. It appears to interfere with some of your assumptions. Actually, that is incorrect. I just find it difficult for Consumer Reports to recommend a vehicle as some consumer take EVERYTHING the magazine states for granted although their reviews are inconsistent and conflict with one another. CR reviews a ... Read More
I HAD A VERY NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE TODAY AT BRONX TOYOTA. I AM ALSO SHOPPING FOR A RAV 4. I WENT TO THE DEALER LAST WEEK AND SAW THE RAV 4 THAT I WANT. IT IS THE 2004 AND IS THE BASE MODEL. BEFORE I MADE AN OFFER I RESEARCHED ON EDMUNDS.COM AND FOUND THAT THE INVOICE PRICE FOR THE 2005 MODEL IS 18,151.00. WHEN I WENT BACK TO THE DEALER HE ... Read More
I'm wondering if anyone elses 2004 RAV4 makes a clicking noise in the switch every time the intermittent wipers cycle on? Mine just started doing it this morning and I never heard the noise before. My RAV4 has only 3100 miles on it and so far has been plagued with multiple defects. Unfortunately, I'm thinking this may be another one to add to the list. So far it has needed a ... Read More
Try to find a new RAV4 at a dealership and it is very unlikely; Consumer Reports needs to retract the recommendation as the vehicle is very unsafe for the majority of them on the road. This is not just with the RAV4, but the case for any Toyota model where the side airbags are optional. The crash tests on the 2004 Toyota RAV4 are POOR.
Please email Consumer Union (Consumer Reports) to retract their recent recommendation (Oct 2004 issue) of the 2004 Toyota RAV4. After checking the IIHS, I unfortunately learned that the Toyota fared poorly in IIHS side-impact tests, furthermore, the driver and passenger suffered significant inquiry. Even more disturbing is after visiting several Toyota dealerships with anticipation of purchasing this vehicle with side airbag protection, the option could not be found. The majority of ... Read More
Another press release... (http://pressroom.toyota.com/photo_library/display_release.html?i- d=2005Rav4_r) ...dated today states: "Front seat-mounted side airbags and first and second row side curtain airbags are available for RAV4, much like the level of passive safety features available in the brand's larger SUV models." Obviously the words "...are available..." mean that side air bags will be an option. So, no standard side air bags on the RAV4 for '05. There were several other press releases dated ... Read More
My wife and I ran into the same problem as jcliffro and we certainly didn't feel pushed around. We tried--and failed--to requisition (Toyota's term for "ordering") a 2004 Rav4 w/ side airbags among some other options. We live in OK and went through our local small city dealer, who in turn had to go through Gulf States Toyota. We waited 5 months (mid-March to mid-August), before it became painfully evident that ... Read More
We're looking into a 2004 Rav4 for a 3rd family car. I can't seem to find out when the '05s come out. I assume that once they hit the showrooms, the dealers will be a little more easy to deal with for the '04s. I live in Northern Virginia, and the Toyota dealers around here have tons of '04s on the lots. Does anyone know when the '05s will be here? ... Read More
My 2004 RAV4 L, purchased in 12/2003, came with the dash/cowl rattle. My dealer could not hear the rattle when I asked them to fix it. As a result, the dealer will not have my maintenance business or future car purchase business. I plan to switch to another dealer and see what happens. It's sad that Toyota won't issue a TSB, so that I don't have to rely on the hearing ... Read More
We just got our 2004 RAV4 and I noticed the two fans up front just like the 88 Toyota we had. But the RAV4 seems to get much hotter under the hood. Is this normal? Thanks.
Anybody know if Toyota has any plans (yeah, I know they'd have to be down-the-road at this point) for a RAV4 Hybrid? We just bought a 2004 fully loaded for $24,300, and it's a neat little car. But it would be even neater if it had the hybrid engine and gas mileage. Then it would fit EVERY one of our criteria. I think Toyota would get a better return in the ... Read More
The 2.4L engine in the 2004 Rav4 is the same engine as in the Camry. The Toyota salesmen told me that and now I can confirm it. I looked at a Camry engine while I was in the show room just to personally confirm it. BTW I love my new Rav4, just bought it 3 days ago.
My 2003 RAV4 L has been back four times for the infamous "rattle". The last visit finally corrected the problem. Toyota has issued three different TSB's (technical service bulletins) that cover three different areas under the cowl. The creaking sound in the winter (if you live in a climate that gets below 32 degrees F) is the first one you will notice. This is the easiest to correct since it involves ... Read More
I have purchased Toyotas for the past 30 years in the Buffalo area. Here is how I would rate dealerships for best deal price, service, and courtesy: 1. Northtown Toyota 2. Culligan Toyota 3. West-Herr Toyota 4. Zigrossi Toyota 5. Gambino Toyota I purchased my 2004 Toyota RAV4 L loaded for $225.00 over dealership cost.
We are looking at getting a 2004 Rav4 and have never owned a car with leather seats. We currently have a 1990 Celica (171,000)we bought new with cloth seats and they still look great. How does Toyota leather stand the test of time ?? and what about heated seats?? I will be taking my dogs with me some times. They are well behaved but do move around sometimes. Thanks, I would ... Read More
DW's 1996 Ford Windstar was getting tired, and we were looking at either CRV or RAV4 to replace it. Hated the rear seats in CRV (fronts not much better), so went into Toyota of Richardson (TX) for a "test drive". DW liked the look and how it drove from the beginning. So we sat down with the salesman to see what kind of price it would come out at. This was ... Read More
Smsuv--I really don't know how well the 2004 Rav4s are selling except from my own experience on the few lots I visited (mostly the local Toyota lot). I can't remember if I read it on Edmund's site, but there was a quote stating that part of the reason Toyota re-freshened the 04 Rav was that sales had dropped 50% from the 02 to 03 model. Of the four Toy. dealerships I ... Read More
We've been following the discussion of this board for some time and after narrowing our choice between 5 speed versions of the CRV and RAV4 we have decided to go with the RAV. In the end we liked features in both vehicles and have no bias for or against either manufacturer since we currently own a 92 Toyota MR2 and 94 Honda Civic and both of those cars are far superior ... Read More
"Though its high price makes us pause, we'd still certainly recommend it to small SUV shoppers who are wise on picking options or those equipped with an extra-large budget." Follow-Up Test: 2004 Toyota RAV4 Steve, Host
I am looking to buy a small SUV, and looking at the Rav4 and CRV...what kind of mileage does the RAv4 get? How are the Toyota dealerships service wise? Interested in a 2004 auto perhaps "L"...are AWD available in CA? Will be test driving this weekend...but dont want to wait 3 or more months to special order...thanks, Bee
I was in a car wreck and had a Corolla, I wanted a Toyota and wanted a SUV, so I searched the Toyota site and local dealers also on Edmunds and any search engine I could find to look up more info on the RAV4--I went to three local dealers and looked at the 2004 models and they also had a 2001 and 2002 on the lot, I was able to ... Read More
I paid $24K for a loaded 2004 RAV4 AWD; the MSRP was $26.6K. A factory order was my only choice; certain options like side airbags were unavailable anywhere in California. Now I've got a RAV4 equipped unlike anyone else in CA! My philosophy is simple: if you're gonna spend 20K or more on a new vehicle, make sure you get exactly what you want. Take the time to research and pick ... Read More
I've decided to buy a 2004 FWD L RAV4 and would like opinions on getting an extended warranty? Is it really something I need to consider? I have a '94 Toyota p-up that I have zero problems with. Yet, my 2000 Chrysler Sebring has had some issues (hence why I am going back to Toyota). So, is it worth the addittional $$? The other question is pricing. MSRP is $22.7 and ... Read More
The jeep had stopped and a few seconds later, the third car slammed into the jeep, pushing it into me. I was surprised that the entire back door had to be replaced. My first thought was relief that the back glass had not been broken.. after reading stories on edmunds about the tire shooting up and shattering the windshield, I was a bit apprehensive. My relief was for naught since everything ... Read More
Highway safety institute did 5-mph bumper tests on 2001 RAV4. The RAV4 got a "poor" rating. http://www.hldi.org/vehicle_ratings/low_speed_smsuv.htm "The Toyota RAV4, like a number of other sport utility vehicles, has the spare tire mounted on the tailgate. This design, which is predominately for styling reasons, guarantees excessive damage in a whole range of rear collisions," said Brian O'Neill, president of the institute. http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/04/09/collision.tests/ I hope the 2004 model can do better.
Yes, I do agree the 2004 sounds great and knowing it is a Toyota everyone will be pleased, I only had to get a new vehicle due to a car accident and time was limited and $ too, I did look at the 2004 and did love them but I guess for my situation at the time the '01 was for me, and I love it so far.....I guess the 04 ... Read More
..in the RAV4 before 2004 year was too noisy (busy) and underpowered at 148hp IMO. I dislike cars with anemic engines. The new 2.4L engine has 161 hp and is not as "busy" as the previous one. Also, the minor front end changes for 2004 are positive but, for me, it was mainly the engine. The new engine's torque is 165lb/ft @4000 rpm - much better than before and torque is ... Read More
Wow, I can't believe how many of you have the rattle in your Rav4! I thought I was going out of my mind. If this problem is so common, why hasn't toyota done anything to fix it? I have taken my Rav4 3 times to the dealer. Each time it seems to come back during cold weather. Now, (I live on Long Island and it has gotten very cold lately ) ... Read More
I have a 2004 RAV4 that has been rattling since October on cold, dry days. The dealer tried to fix it 3 times with no luck until last week when Toyota tech in Cincinnati recommended the fix that worked. The black plastic cowl has a softer plastic edge sealing against the windshield. When it is cold it hardens and contracts enough to rattle against the windshield. Rain seems to lubricate it ... Read More
I just acquired a 2004 RAV4 to park beside my wife's '99 Solara SLE V6 coupe. We got the Solara in Sept.99 and it still has only less than 50,000km on it. It has been one of the best cars we have owned - solid, quility-built, powerful enough, comfortable and dependable. We bought it out of its lease and plan to own it long term. I was driving a leased '02 ... Read More
I agree with m4eth about the seating height concern. For me, the automatic shifter on the RAV4 is also easier to work with (because my other car has similar shifter). Make sure to test drive the cars you are interested in buying before signing the contract. I was planning to buy the CR-V, but realized that the 2004 RAV4 has standard features that you only can get in the Acura line. ... Read More
I'm in the process of purchasing a compact SUV and have it narrowed down to three vehicles with the 2004 Toyota Rav among them. One thing that continues to gnaw at me is the 4 cylinder engine. I test drove it and it responded fine but I would like other's input on whether you feel the engine has enough pep for daily driving. My commute around town is normally unremarkable. Thanks. ... Read More
My 2004 RAV4 4WD with less than 1000 miles has the "dash/whindshield rattle" when the car goes over a pothole or a no-so-small bump. The dealer fixed the problem to some extend, but not completely fixed. It's a issue not so obvious, so a couple of times the dealer just said "no rattle found, your car is perfect." If your 2004 RAV4 has the same issue, please let your dealer know. ... Read More
I am thinking about buying either a RAV4 or a CR-V by the end of the month. A friend told me that he received a $1000 coupon for a 2004 new Toyota before Thanksgiving. But the coupon expired on 12/1/2003. Any good deals for a 2004 RAV4 that you know of in NJ?
We have two RAV4s. A 2002 and a 2004. We do mostly local driving and we both get around 22 mpg, US, which is what the sticker claims. So we are in-line. I would think that you should also get what Toyota claims, unless you are in stop and go traffic all the time, which doesn't seem to be the case. I don't know what kind of problem would cause low ... Read More
Hi Everyone, I've bought my first Toyota, a 2004 RAV4 FWD basic model for $20,000 + Tax. I like it a lot, but one minor problem on the driver side mirror. It would not move out enough for me to see the blind spot. does anyone have the same problem? Anyway, I am trying to find a bug defector, but all I could found was for 2003 model. Does the bug ... Read More
Toyota says there's no TSBs on the 2004. I made an appointment for my rattle and the delaer didn't say anything about it being a problem. BTW, my wife has a 2002 RAV4, no rattle in the dashboard. I hope they fix it because it drives me crazy.
wsommariva: Thanks for the info. I agree with you that 2004 RAV4 has every desirable features that I am looking for: ABS, side curtain air bags, stability+traction control, full-time 4WD, radio controls on the steering wheel, and not-so-bad mpg. I test-drove the CR-V and RAV4 on the same day on the same route (two dealers are neighbors). The 2004 RAV4 feel quiter, smoother, and more luxurious inside feeling. A RAV4 L ... Read More
The Canadian model doesn't get all of the upgrades that the US model got for 2004, including disc brakes and the traction control system. Most likely reason is that Toyota Canada passed on these items to keep the cost of the RAV4 down. It already is a relatively expensive vehicle for what you get and they wouldn't want to push their luck by making it more so.
I checked the car by myself then I asked the dealer to confirm drum brakes on 2004 model. Also, I checked on Canada Toyota website http://www.toyota.ca/cgi-bin/WebObjects/WWW.woa/15/wo/Home.Vehicles.Rav4-tGEWtMxtfb2F7suH3pLT60/5.11?v121040e%2ehtml.
Has Toyota fixed the infamous "dashboard-windshield rattle when go over a bump" issue for the 2004 RAV4?
The "Carpet floor mats/cargo mat" (CF $184) and the "Cargo net" (CN $49) are also options. (I don't know why Toyota not made these two items part of the standard package, for a car that costs $20K+.) They are not listed on the Edmunds pricing system page. Dealers are likely to add these two options to a new RAV4.
Just bought a 2004 RAV4. Also have a 2002 RAV4. I bought Toyota all weather mats and they DO NOT FIT my 2004. Seems Toyota increased the size of the foot rest for the driver. So I must have received mats for a 2002/2003 RAV4. Dealer says they MUST fit as long as they say RAV4. The part number I received was PT2064203603. Anyone know the RIGHT part number? Thanks
I'm contemplating buying a 2004 RAV4 to replace a '91 Camry wagon (GREAT car!!!). Since toyota doesn't sell the Camry wagon anymore I need something functional. I prefer to change the oil myself. Does anyone out there have any experience in changing the oil on the '04 model? Where exactly are the oil filter and drain plug located and how accessible are they? I test drove one today, and with the ... Read More
spleck, thanks for that website with the VIN #s...very handy since my local Toyota dealer only has one 2004 RAV4 at present and it's a dealer's demo. (By the way I asked him about the "lack of rear bumper" issue and he disagreed. Hmmm.) rodkent, thanks for posting your impressions. Sounds like a nice, small, well constructed car...except maybe that rear bumper. When do they retest these cars for crash tests? ... Read More
I agree that the Forester XT is a fantastic ride, but it's priced $3600 higher than the most expensive RAV4, so it's more likely that people will cross-shop the Forester XS against the RAV4 C or D. The Forester looks better on paper, but I feel about ten years too young to be seen in one. At any rate, just had a call from the Toyota dealer here saying their first ... Read More
I'm also looking at the updated RAV4 here in Canada. Something to clear up: as was previously noted, the US model RAV4 now has stability & traction control standard and side airbags optional -- but neither of these features are available at any price for Canadian buyers. To keep the price in their target range, Toyota Canada opted to not include these items in the Canadian 2004 RAV4. Ditto the rear ... Read More
That's for sure - although it does have ABS! In fact, the Forester ABS is 4 channel/4 sensor, and I'm not sure if this is as complex as what the RAV4 has. The TCS on our 03 Accord works really nicely with the ABS for those slippery days. Opinions vary greatly, and I have no opinion other than last winter's Honda TCS, but as far as winter driving is concerned, traction ... Read More
Makes the imminent purchase of the 2004 Forester XS a little less certain, but still my biggest beef with the RAV4 is that no rear bumper/tire shell in the back. I really hoped they might get away from that design (as would Honda with the CRV). Still, this is a good looking vehicle that makes me pause... uh, 6.8% financing, Toyota Canada? Yeah, right!
The 2003 model is irrelevant crap now, nobody wants them, so give up extending sales events so your web lackies don't have to update the site. Once you announce the prices, that should be it right there! Not a second later. It's been a whole week since you announced prices for the 2004 RAV4, so like I said before the 2003 (and prices) is (are) irrelevant now. I know I've posted ... Read More
Toyota didn't update their webpage for the 2004 RAV4? Isn't it kind of dumb to announce prices and then NOT update the actual product page? Hate to break it to you Toyota, but everyone should be off of '03s by now, so just give us the 2004's please!
According to Toyota press release, the price increase from 03 to 04 for the 4X4 Auto. Trans. is $1,725.
Read all about here: http://pressroom.toyota.com/photo_library/display_release.html?id- =2004rav4_r
Toyota published the specs on the 2004 model last week. The 2.4-litre engine is good for 161 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque, increases of 13 and 23 respectively. Should improve driveability a fair bit.
Just read where the 2004 is getting, along with some minor cosmetic tweaks, the Highlander's 2.4 4 cyl......I believe they said it was good for 160-161 hp in the Rav.....now it's more than competitive with the CR-V, new Outlander, Forester (but not turbo) etc. I really hope they keep the Rav4 around for a 3rd generation. Now that it's got a decent engine, it can grow a bit to better compete ... Read More
lok888, Found out on a RAV4 site that the first gen RAV4 came out in 1994, so my first message about the model year was wrong. I think Toyota does 4 years ccyle on high volumn cars like Camry and Corolla. As much as I like the RAV4, it doesn't sell as much as those two models.
totalnet - I think we had the last generation of RAV4 for only 5 years (from 97 to 00). And maybe 6 years for Japan when it's debut in Japan in 1996. Was it in 1995 in Japan? Anyway, is Toyota planning to stick with 7 years cycle? I can see what they did on the Sienna, 4Runner and Land Cruiser. On the other hand, they pretty much stick with 4 ... Read More
If Toyota stick with the 7 years cycle like the first generation RAV4, it going to be a facelift. I think the first generation RAV4 had a facelift in the 4 year of it's life cycle. Since all RAV4 are made in Japan, the US will get pretty much the same RAV4. Of course I heard Toyota is thinking of moving the production of RAV4 for North America to Canada.
totalnet - Did he mention the redesign 2004 RAV4 due in May? Maybe for Japan or Asian countries only (even European). US always gets it a year late. I believe there could be a facelift for 2004. If Toyota redesign the model every 5 years, why they get a facelift on 2003 model instead of 2004? Well, beside the "S" package (2003 model) with raised hood and new grille.
I got a quote for $21599.00 for 2003 RAV4 with 4WD, "L" package (no leather), ABS and moonroof. Plus the 1.9% for 36 months going on now. Good deal? Any words that RAV4 will be redesgined in 2004 or 2005? I heard one said there will be a midlife redesgine in 2004. I am not sure Toyota has any plan yet since they have the 2004 Lexus RX330 and 2004 Toyota ... Read More