Join Date: Jan 2017
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2017 RAV4 XLE
Picked up our new 2017 RAV 4 on December 9, 2016, wife birthday. Color is black currant, since the day of possession I have added the factory running boards, factory fender splash guards front and rear, weather tec floor mats (front, rear and cargo area), window vents, factory door sill plate protectors, factory rear bumper protector, color matched body moldings and finally a tow hitch. This morning I added up what I spent, after I purchased the vehicle, and was amazed at how much I spent!
The front fender splash guards were a bit of challenge. After covering the entire bottom portions with blue painters tape I held them in place while tracing out the nose of the running boards. With a dremel tool I carefully cut out the traced area. Took me about one hour per side. The splash guard now fit perfectly over the nose of the running board. This has cut down on a lot of the road silt coming up onto the running boards. Still I noticed some open space to the inside areas both front and back. When it warms up I will tackle that in hopes of closing them. I don't like the road silt covering the lower inside plastic trim on the doors.
We really enjoy the looks and ride of the RAV4. With the rear seats down we have ample room for all of our metal detecting toys! My other vehicle is a 96 Impala SS that is just about ready to turn 8,000 miles!
I just ordered a new set of Fiamm El Grande (#74100) horns. Praying they turn out to be a better attention getter than the meek sounding horns the RAV4 came with! Sad when the wife laughed and said what is that? When I told her it was the horns she laughed harder!