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#1 (permalink) Old 03-01-2012, 05:39 PM
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Rav4 Sport with SAP

Hi,

I just bought a 2011 used Rav4 Sport with SAP few days ago. I already started worrying about the stiff riding experience.

What are my options now? Would changing the tires from RFT to Normal tires help? If I have to change to normal tires then I would think that I need to have the backup tire too. Is the backup fittable in the existing truck door? How much is it going to cost? or Would removing the extra Strut helps?

I appreciate your response.
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Here's a thread where someone did the same thing - and chose to lose a bunch of money trading it in:
Best comfort tires for 2011 RAV4 Sports

If you want to keep the car and not take a HUGE trade-in hit, then put non RFT tires on it using a smaller diameter wheel. Get yourself some AAA insurance, and spring for the one that has the extended tow mileage. Then forget about it.

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I also have the SAP

I don't find the ride too stiff, but I'm choosing not to replace the RFTs when they are done (I was quoted $323ea installed by Toyota).

I'll live with not having a spare, or will find a decent rear hatch from a breaker's yard.

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Not having RFT tires is not very fun when you are on a busy highway going the speed limit (in my case 70mph) and your front tire blows out, especially if you've got passengers! Just a thought.

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I don't get it? Did you take a test ride before dropping 30gs on a Sport Model?

I know in Mass you can return a new car within 30 days just not sure if a "stiff riding experience" would allow you a buy back from the dealer.

Changing struts/shocks and tires on a new model seems crazy to me, might be worth trying a limited model then try to have the dealer do an exchange of some kind for you.
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I agree. Didn't make much sense to me.
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Before I bought my Rav4 I test drove the Limited, Sport both in V6 and 4-banger...I loved the V6 power so asked for a V6 Base, test drove that and then went through 2 others to choose color and options, when all said and done I must have test drove 6 different Rav's, I guess I may be a unique case but you get the point. Test rides are free and allow you to find and feel how your new car it going to ride before you buy.
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