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#11 (permalink) Old 12-06-2012, 01:27 PM
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If you get it I would run extra ground from battery to motor and to firewall, the RAV4 has a weak ground system and 4.1s are getting old.
It is easy to do and cheap.
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thanks for the heads up - i will keep that in mind!
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Best engine oil is Royal Purple 10W40 by a mile, but it's also quite an expensive one.
Below you can see which capacity is on what version of the RAV4.
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Why is the driver's side front wheel different from the rest?

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Sharp eye James, didn't even see it before you mentioned it. Was looking at other details too closely i guess.

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Isn't that the spare rim? the spare tire on the back matches up, I just assumed that was the spare tire rim.


edit: after seeing some other rav4s, yes all the rims should match. o_O
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97s are great. I own one and love it. But if you have 2 kids and another on the way I wouldn't suggest it. The back seat space is rather limited. especially with a car seat. When I first got mine I didn't even think it had a 3rd seat in the back until I was vacuuming and found the seat belt.
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OK, so I went and checked it out. Everything works except for the hood latch (have to use a screw driver after pulling hood release) and the key fob for the alarm.

also, the after market radio (sony pos) has to be pushed in and held in to change volume/station ect.

other then their being oil leaking some where (front of engine, mostly near the distributor and on the bottom of oil pan) and rust on both front and rear axles..or steering columns... whatever its called where the rotors and what not are connected.

also, the release for the gas tank is rusty, so I'm assuming that either the car was flooded or perhaps they just rust over time since its right under your feet.

I put it in sport mode and drove it around, its not the power I'm use to after driving my truck and it doesn't shift until 4k rmp if you floor it.

the guy offers a 3k/3month warranty and his price is firm at $5200 + ttl (around 5.5k total) which isn't exactly what I'm looking to pay for a car that is leaking oil some where. He claims that is not unusual for aluminum motors, but I'd rather have a chance to prevent that before it happens then buy that problem.


Thanks for the help guys, but I think I'm going to pass on this vehicle. He has mostly toyotas and hondas so he buys good cars - but I think I can find a better one for cheaper
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