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#21 (permalink) Old 01-16-2014, 01:09 PM
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Sorry to leave u guys hanging. Mostly it was fit and finish defects. Gaps vibrations noise etc. Most could have been fixed with a few bucks or even a few cents worth of adhesives or pads. Or perhaps an extra employee to do more quality checks. Hiring more people sounds like alot but really its less than a cup of coffe per vehicle to fix the problems. Its when you add those miniscule costs over an entire production run where you see a companys commitment to quality vs cost. This is where Toyota gets it right. You pay more for a Toyota but that extra cost really does reflect on what quality of a vehicle you get in the end.
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Toyota would rather spend a ton of money to ensure consistant quality than save a few cents per car for the status quo. Continuous improvement is a pillar of Toyotas policies.
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Kind of runs contrary to what I have seen on this forum concerning the transmission used on the 2006-2012 V6 5-speed transmission. Why not use the right transmission in all RAVs when a new one was developed? That's what you would expect from a company who wants to deliver quality to their customer.

I know that it is cheaper for them to fix it after the defect becomes noticeable since not not all V6 RAVs had the issue (you would not know more but I suppose Toyota had a stockpile of those transmissions or may be there were other reasons) but what about those who find the problem after warranty is over? They are screwed!

BTW, I have an I4, but the way Toyota handled this situation reminds me that, afterall, they are still a corporation who needs to turn a profit and pay dividends to shareholder.

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Kind of runs contrary to what I have seen on this forum concerning the transmission used on the 2006-2012 V6 5-speed transmission. Why not use the right transmission in all RAVs when a new one was developed? That's what you would expect from a company who wants to deliver quality to their customer.
I had one of those trannies in my '11 V6 LTD. It whined occasionally, but I didn't care, as it was leased. The 4.4 RAV is so far ahead of the 4.3 models in terms of NVH improvement and overall execution that it's no wonder the 4.4 has been a runaway hit for Toyota, even with only the 2.5 I4 as its sole engine.

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