Rav4 Hybrid: Apple CarPlay not worth the effort
This is not a review of the RAV4 Hybrid, its a pretty good all round car but I just picked my car up from the dealer after the Apple CarPlay "upgrade". The poor girl trying to show me how the Apple CarPlay worked was stumped and so was I neither of us could find it. Until she went and asked the Tech. YOU NEED A CORD! The car has wireless charging for goodness sake. So the answer is if you want Apple CarPlay you will need to connect your phone via a cord to enable it, as you proceed to place it down for wireless charging. Not sure why Toyota bothered. I was disappointed.
Purchased in September 2019.
totally regretted after buying my Rav4 2017
this rav4 i use it for family use and i drive it everyday and always sent my car for service when the date is due.
the suspension is horrible even a small pot hole on the road u get a bumpy ride! and the road noise as if u are on the plane so noisy!
when i sent is for service with toyota dealer they told me there nothing wrong!
well now after 3 years i had enough i going to install shock absorbers this coming monday!
going to cost me $800
as for the noise i have to save money maybe next 2 year i can install noise deadening!
totally regret i paid almost $40K for this Rav4...
Purchased in May 2017 for A$40.00.
over priced car with out date technology
brought the car last year and find out there are other better products in the market, I think Toyota is just over priced, as the market competition is getting a lot tougher, as Mazda CX5, Honda, Hyundai offer more equipment for the same money and their product is just a little bit better than Toyota nowadays.
Things have been changed. CX5 offers a better look and better driving experience.
There is nobody I hate enough to give it to them
The dashboard squeeks constantly, the fan can't give us enough heat to unfreeze our feet, the slightest bit of snow freezes on the whippers... front and back. Continental all season tires are the worst I have ever seen, in over 30 years of driving I have never had so little control over a vehicle. The traction control has left us stranded in the middle of oncoming traffic many times. This is probably an ok vehicle for seniors with no chance of ever seeing snow or cold weather. Gas consumption is average, visibility around the vehicle below average. The seat warmers and the rear view camera work well. Worst purchase I ever made, wouldn't recommend to anybody.
- RAV4 XA40 AWD 2.5L Petrol GX (2013-2019)
- Verified purchase
Very High Fuel Consumption. Terrible Customer Service
Be aware of the suspicious reviews that look like an advertisement and give this car a high rating. It is a terrible car.
I bought a 2014 RAV4 from the Toyota dealership in Hobart - Toyota Co-op - I found that its fuel consumption is excessively high, way too high than the advertised rate, it is doing 7.3 Km/litre, while the advertised rate is 11.8 km/litre, (that is a full tank until the fuel light goes on will make around 300 to 315 Kms). I had a Nissan Altima same engine capacity (2.5 Ltr) which used to do more than double this number of Kms...
Purchased in October 2015.
Engine oil problem
Be warned when you buy a Toyota Rav 4 Diesel engine SUV. I have been back to Pennant Hills Toyota 4 time as the low engine oil light turns on every after 4,000 to 5,000 km. They keep telling me to come back to do a engine oil consumption test each time. They says its Toyota's policy, they really try to make it so inconvenient and hard. Surely there is a problem. My warning is beware when you a Toyota Rav 4 Diesel engine SUV, because they will make you go through so many hurdles.
Poor Design, Weak Diesel Engine, Bad Service, Huge Backflip and I got rid of it before it seized
Let's just say we've been Toyota owners in the past when it was rare to be a Toyota Owner, when the great mob owned mostly Holden's and Fords and a few Valiants. For a multitude of reasons we moved to another Japanese brand because Toyota dealers could be described as follows, "Unfortunately, Toyota Dealers in many areas, have become immoral and unethical in their dealings with their major stakeholders, namely, their customers". Nice way to say there are many crooks running Toyota Dealerships. Well unfortunately for me I needed to buy a 2013 ...RAV4 and from day one it has been a horrible experience, no dealer wanted to return calls, emails or give you a test drive or be bothered with you, I have yet to test drive one, Toyota Australia seems to be Ok up to a point but the dealer network does not rate high. After securing a new Diesel Auto RAV, it was sold on me after the deposit was placed two days prior, now isn't that unethical, then it was delayed again, then it arrives without Alloy Wheels as promised, but what I suppose irks me the most is the towing rating, my car has now become the 500 kg Lemon or Orphan because Toyota have backflipped and uprated it for future production, I thought I would test this theory and take it for a valuation at two very separate Toyota dealerships and one unrelated non Toyota dealership and each one said, as this is a 500 kg Diesel model, sorry mate can't give you what you want as trade. So nice of Toyota under engineering this car so now it depreciates more than usual, very kind Toyota Australia, but the best bit, all production from July will be rated at 1000 kg, What, why the wait? The rating is still pathetic for the strength of the engine and it is strong, pretty noisy at times, but very torquey and very economical. I do like the diesel no question, but there was no first engine oil change service and after 5000k the oil is down and very very dirty, so I have decided to get it changed earlier and I would suggest others do the same as cheap insurance. But, the issue is Toyota need to retro fit and upgrade all the diesel models fitted with tow bars to 1000 kg at the very least sold prior to July as I will no longer buy any Toyota product ever again until I am satisfied with the outcome, letter has been sent to Toyota Customer Care, although a direct email or phone number for [name removed] would be even better. I managed to unload the POS and got a great trade in on the back of Toyotas perceived and over rated quality, if you've got a full sized spare model check the wheel well for rust, mine was rusty, these things are truly junk, good riddance, worst car I've owned since a Mark 3 VW Golf. Diesels Economy and strength Toyota Australia, Most toyota Dealerships
Never Buy a RAV4 again
I have a MYO8 Manual Rav4 cruiser done 130,000 and the gear box has gone. So disappointing. My good old an faithful 2000 Ford Laser that I sold to my mum to get the Rav4 is still going strong no problems what so ever. The pick up has always been terrible, I haven't enjoyed owning this car at all.
Sucks oil like its going out of fashion!
yeah I hear you! I bought the 2008 Rav 4, brand new. always serviced every 10000kms at the same Toyota service centre. Just before 100,000km warranty ran out I had to start putting oil in. Told service centre they said they had to keep an eye on it before they could approach Toyota for assistance to fix problem under warranty. 50,000kms later they still haven't done a thing. Not happy! Currently requires to be filled twice before service is due. Now they are telling me it is out of warranty. Am seriously annoyed being strung along all this time!
Not happy with our 2013 RAV Diesel
Always been a Toyota driver. Purchased July 2013 Brand new! First 6 months oil levels continually dropped. Monitored by dealer every service. As a result Motor re-built! Since then, oil still dropped and monitored by dealer. Yesterday the motor system failed completely and it stopped dead! Luckily not on the motorway, it could have been catastrophic! Outcome? Dealer wants to strip the motor yet again! I want a new car!!! Stay tuned and watch this space.
Disappointed was a Toyota fan not now! Have a 2002 RAV4 Advantage.
First problem I experienced was the alternator belt automatic tensioner failing costing me $500. I would have preferred just to adjust it! It would vibrate and make a noise but would go when revs went up.
Then complete engine failure with big end damage, engine making a terrible rattling noise then locking up while being analysed at Toyota dealer at 166 000 km despite being regularly serviced and well maintained. Apparently this is common with this model suffering from slugging problems. I only discovered this after my son googled RAV 4 engine problems! So shattered because I loved my 1985 land cruiser diesel series 60 model because it was so reliable.
When is a diesel not sited for towing? when its a RAV4 apparently.
I've been waiting for Toyota to upgrade the tow rating for the Rav4 diesel, well they finally have; but, it's now rated at only 1000 kg. So Toyota have put a great big 2.2 litre, 340nm diesel in the RAV4 for nothing, you can tow more than that with petrol model. Now that is what I call pathetic, just how fragile is this new engine?
Dog ugly and a fragile diesel engine.
Terrible Toyota Service
Have a RAV4 late 2006 RAV406A model, owned since new. Have had problems with manual gearbox since new (could not shift into gear and now jumping out of 5th Gear) and reported at each service.
Toyota did nothing to fix issue all the way through warranty period. Now vehicle is out of warranty, toyota have pulled gearbox out and said that it needs to be replaced or overhauled at a cost of $6500 plus.
The vehicle has only done 65,000kms and toyota don't want to fix even though has been an issue since new.
Toyota charge extra money as they say this is for extra service and better vehicle quality. Have not seen either with Toyota.
Have now logged issue with ACCC.
Toyota Rav 4 Cruiser
In 2007 I purchased my car brand new from the lot in the Wollongong area.
From the first service there was problems with the back door with proper sealing and annoying rattling. After many hours back at Toyota service department the issue still remained. I had enough of the cheep plastic wheel cover with it's crapy rubber spacers is that I simply removed it from the car. Problem solved like alot of other cars I have seen later on.
The main problem and the final straw is a weird clunking vibration felt through the steering wheel.
This got alo...
I own an automatic rav4 2002 model & at first it was an absolute dream to drive. Right up until the car's transmission failed. After googling the symptoms (i.e. jerks, slow to accelerate etc) I found a plethora of complaints & realised I wasn't alone. "ECM/ transmission failure" cost me $1100 to replace at toyota after initially paying $700 to fix oxygen sensors caused by the ECM/ computer sending the wrong signals. And i'm "lucky" not to have forked out $3-4k to rebuild it as some have unfortunately had to do. The financial pressure & stress t...his vehicle has caused in the past month has made me seriously doubt Toyota's credibility. To potential buyers, all I can say is "caveat emptor", buyer beware. Easy to drive, good visibility when driving. ECM/ Transmission failure.
A pile of garbage
I have to admit I should have done my research alot of better prior to buying this worthless piece of garbage. Don't ever trust a car salesman. Once they got their money, never responded to my emails. Firstly the technology of the RAV4 has not advanced since 2007. The body shape is terrible, dashboard is ugly, blue tooth does not work, an ugly wheel sitting on rear door, does not even come with 17inch alloy wheels, reverse camera as standard (other SUV's do). What I hate the most are the cheap back seats, its as though part of the bottom o...f the seat is missing. Family keep complaining how uncomfortable they are. A lot of money for a worthless piece of junk. Now I am stuck with this worthless ugly car for 4 years. I will not be going anywhere near TOYOTA again. Do your homework! Expensive
Toyota has a good reputation for quality and safety of there cars. On the contrary, they should actually reflect this in there cars and the post-purchase service of their cars. Failure to do this, they will see the decline in customers' satisfaction and thus decline in sales. Safety should be their priority, they have the money and resources to improve the functions and running of their car, and should focus on long term, not just investing in marketing their products to drive up sales in the short term.
Brand new RAV4 buyers don't see the pro...
Rav4 is an overpriced pile of junk
This is the worst car I have owned in 40 years of driving. Bought it brand new in 2011. Problems since day 1, Dealership and Toyota Australia are no help whatsoever. Once they got the money there was no service at all. Called numerous times and car has been back 4 times, lists of issues and none have been fixed. Average Fuel consumption is around 15 liters/100Kms. It is advertised as 9.6 . Toyota's answer to this problem? They actually told me that I need to wait 50 to 60 thousand Km! for the car to start consuming less as it's engine loosens u...p. A very expensive lemon !! The color Steering shakes over 100km/hr, Speedo reading is 14 to 16 kms less that what you actually doing, Odometer counts 100 mts less for every km, Dash plastic is literally "sinking" on passenger side around airbag, exhaust system is leaking since the 3rd day I had it, Seats are uncomfortable after the first hour, Bluetooth is useless people constantly complain about the noise, screws on mudflap protectors unscrewed by vibration after 2 weeks, Wipers are very noisy, on a rainy day the noise inside is unbearable, u can hardly hear yourself talk, Lights on warning faulty and does not work after 4 fixes, Toyota service is very bad, they blame each other with the Dealer and nobody does anything. Taking them both to Consumer Affairs now.
I have exhaust smell in cabin under acceleration. its the rear vent design .
To reproduce the conditions -
1. Put AC on.
2. Put Recirculate Air On.
3. Set AC vents to the centre and put the fan speed to 1 or 2 (Base Model Air con)
4. Point the air-flow at your head... (you'll notice it ealier)
5. Windows UP
6. No Cargo in the rear - and leave the Cargo cover rolled up... ...
Questions & Answers
My rav4 navigation map shows the normal speed limit for a road. It is now changing to show a 40km speed when I go thru a school zone.
This has just started to happen. Is there a setting I can turn off so the map always shows the normal speed limit for that road?
Hey, I am looking at buying a Toyota RAV4 cruiser (4x4) 2001 for $5500, but the kms are around 277/281000 kms is that too much and what problems would I have to look out for?
Does anyone know if you can isolate when the car says speed camera down?when she says it 18 times within 2kms its annoying and there ain't any speed cameras at all.
|Category||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs||Midsize / Medium SUVs|
|Transmission||Continuously Variable (CVT) and Manual||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)||Continuously Variable (CVT)|
|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||17" Allow||18" Alloy||19" Alloy||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||6.5 L/100km||6.5 L/100km||6.5 L/100km||4.7 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||55 L||55 L||55 L||55 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.5L|
|Max Power||127kW @ 6600rpm||127kW @ 6600rpm||127kW @ 6600rpm||160kW|
|Max Torque||203Nm @ 4400-4900rpm||203Nm @ 4400-4900rpm||203Nm @ 4400-4900rpm||221Nm @ 3600rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||Japan||Japan||Japan||Japan|
|Ground Clearance||195 mm||190 mm||195 mm||190 mm|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (braked)||800 kg||800 kg||800 kg||480 kg|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (unbraked)||750 kg||750 kg||750 kg||480 kg|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Release date||May 2019||May 2019||May 2019||May 2019|
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