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Regenerative Braking Noise in RAV4 Hybrid (Limited)
Hey all, I'm new to this forum but I'm on my third RAV4 and this one is a Hybrid Limited. There is much to like about the car but I've already had a major malfunction to the front camera safety system (replaced over two days) and now one thing is really grating on me (so much so that I am thinking of taking a loss and returning it given how much highway driving I do): the regenerative braking (motor?) noise that occurs ONLY between about 50 and 65 mph at low volumes when the brakes are not applied and high volume when brakes are applied. I complained and the dealer took me out in the ALE Hybrid and I heard the same noise but MUCH quieter. It is best likened to a loud squeal that I get is the regeneration but really should it be so noticeable that it feels like nails on a chalkboard? I want to love this car but I can't. I can easily capture audio if anyone is interested. Toyota is telling me this is normal but the head of the service department who has worked on hybrids for 20 years thinks it is too loud to be considered normal (he considers the ALE noise reasonable). I have also seen it mentioned in a few places as asides in the forums but while I get that it may be normal why do I NOT hear it in my friends' Prius, Highlander, or Camry hybrid? Does everyone just accept this and I should get over myself? Since Toyota is considering this normal, I have no recourse but to live with it and hope some day they address it (I have case numbers all over the place) or sell it and move on from the RAVs and Toyota forever in disappointment. Thoughts?