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2008 Rav4 Sport

Discussion in 'Toyota Trucks & SUVs' started by TacoCo, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. Jun 22, 2010 at 1:34 PM
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    TacoCo

    TacoCo [OP] Aspiring wrench monkey

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    Wondering if anyone here has much experience with these. I'm likely going to buy a used 2008 Rav4 Sport 4x4 with the V6 engine this weekend for my wife. The car is just out of the factory bumper to bumper warranty (39k miles), so I'm trying to figure out if there are any known issues that I need to be on the look out for. The owner says it's been serviced at the local mechanic that specializes in Toyotas, not at the dealership, so I'm not sure that any recalls or TSB's have been done. Are there any that apply to this model that I should be aware of? The owner also stated that the rear window wiper motor had to be replaced already. Is this common?

    Thanks in advance for the info.
     
  2. Jun 22, 2010 at 3:51 PM
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    Janster

    Janster Old & Forgetful

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    Post some links & info when you get it.... (or whatever)

    My mother-in-law is in need of something new and the Rav's, CRV's and or Subarus are on the list. Just not sure what SHE wants (she's kinda picky).

    Check out Toyotanation forums. THere might be info in there. :D
     
  3. Jun 23, 2010 at 5:12 PM
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  4. Jun 23, 2010 at 5:14 PM
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    tacobo670

    tacobo670 if you have to ask, u can't afford it

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    the only major recall is for the vvti oil line "SSC 90K" is what its called. ur dealer should be able to pull up the vehicles national history if it has been done already. other than that, its the only one that i can think of
     
  5. Jun 24, 2010 at 12:21 PM
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  6. Jun 24, 2010 at 12:30 PM
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    I test drove one and they were damned fast for what they are. It would be a fun little car to own.
     
  7. Jun 24, 2010 at 12:35 PM
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    bigburrito

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    i used to drive that EXACT vehicle. it was pretty darn fast, cornered well, excellent grip in rain and snow even with stock tires.
    good for road trips- i got 28-30 mpg highway. and the rear seats recline :D
    i dont know of any recalls, i only had it for about a year. it gets my stamp of approval though, for whatever thats worth.
     
  8. Jun 24, 2010 at 12:37 PM
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    oldsman71442

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    Girlfriend Has a 08 Rav4 limited... its only a 4cyl and it is quick. She really likes it. Seems very comforatable and it has so many features I don't know what buttons to play with inside. No problems yet but is also has 39k miles
     
  9. Jun 24, 2010 at 12:40 PM
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    If I hadn't seen and bought the Taco I was thinking about a Rav
     
  10. Jun 24, 2010 at 2:57 PM
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    The only problem with the Rav4 is everything is electronic, and when the battery dies, so does steering, braking, and instruments. I had a 2007, and after a year of ownership, one of the cells in the battery went dead. Drove it to work in the morning, wouldn't start at the end of the workday. Jumped it and when I tried to drive it, the steering got real stiff, the instruments and dash lights quit working, and braking was real hard. After about 15 seconds, the power came back up, but lasted about 30 seconds and everything but the engine quit again. Did this repeatedly for about 15 miles until I could find a place to park it and call for a tow truck. Became a dangerous vehicle to drive.
     
  11. Jun 24, 2010 at 5:55 PM
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    Just throwing in my $0.02 here. I test drove these because they were on my list of possible cars, obviously I went with a Taco. 270ish HP, surprisingly quick and respectable gas mileage were great selling points to me. Combine that with the utility and comfort of it and honestly I'm starting to wonder why I chose a Tacoma!! Nah i kid i kid I love my Taco, but still have a half-y for a Rav4 V6.
     
  12. Jun 25, 2010 at 7:41 AM
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    TacoCo

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    Yeah, I wouldn't be ashamed to drive one, but it's not replacing the Taco, it's replacing my wife's 2002 Subaru Outback Sport... biggest POS I've ever owned. I'll never buy another Subaru after this one blew up on us at 100k miles. The only thing they're good for is the Subaru AWD technology, which I understand the Rav4 uses.

    Unfortunately, the seller of the Rav4 is out of town on business this weekend, so it'll have to wait.
     
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