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Going on for a 2012 V6 3rd row

I've found a 2012 V6 with 3rd row and the electrical group option (not sure what it add to it).
Silver, 100K KM (63K Miles), 2 set of tire (winter and summer), tow package, remote starter, premium audio, no trace of rust for so far $15988 CAD
Going to see it monday and do a test drive. Beside the metal line I heard on the forum, what else should I check?



This will be my 3rd Rav4
Had a 2011 Sport I-4
Now a 2016 XLE (don't really like it to be honest)
Looking a 2010-2012 V6 Sport or 3rd row (for stiffer suspension at back) towing capacity

Rav4 XLE 2.5L 2016 kept 2y
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Corolla S 2005 kept 1y
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I've found a 2012 V6 with 3rd row and the electrical group option (not sure what it add to it).
Silver, 100K KM (63K Miles), 2 set of tire (winter and summer), tow package, remote starter, premium audio, no trace of rust for so far $15988 CAD
Going to see it Monday and do a test drive. Beside the metal line I heard on the forum, what else should I check?

This will be my 3rd Rav4
Had a 2011 Sport I-4
Now a 2016 XLE (don't really like it to be honest)
Looking a 2010-2012 V6 Sport or 3rd row (for stiffer suspension at back) towing capacity
SnowRav ^^ v6 looks nice for the price...gotta love price is not in US$ / what's wrong with the 2016 ??
- wife's 2008 Limited v6 has the tow package (oil coolers, HD rad & alternator, 140 Amp fuse)
- came standard, for Canadian market, on Limited model
- but no receiver hitch, for trailer ball / always thought that was weird

Our v6 RAV4 now has 162,xxx Km and owned for 2.67 years (purchased with 89,6xx Km).
- only a broken rear axle stabilizer link, $90 part plus 1/2 hour labor
- and the muffler heat shield came loose / fixed myself free, using buddies hoist
- here is a link to the premium brake kits, I get out of Toronto GTA / couldn't be happier:
ELITE xDS Series Kits https://maxbrakes.com/c-1002950-brak...ries-kits.html
- best family vehicle we've ever owned & a tank on S/W Ontario winter snow & ice roads

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I don't recall any serious mechanical issues coming up on the 2012s. As mentioned the rear sway bar links do rust and break but that's pretty minor. (I replaced both of mine myself.) And by 2012 I think Toyota began using the all-metal line.
Even if it needs a few small things keep in mind how scarce the 3rd row is.

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SnowRav you don't need to replace the steel oil line. It has one already.

You do lose the storage compartment with that model and plus those third row seats are only good for small children. It is a Base model I can tell which does not have much of the good features in the Sport or Limited model.

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Dyno, Thanks for your concern about the 3rd, I know, read a lot about it. But mostly for the suspension on it. It's actually to towing fonction I'm looking for, that's why the sport or the 3rd model. Not to actually sit someone. Probably going to remove it to get off some weight and gas saving.

And to answer you Beaumont67, what I don't really like about my 2016 is the lack of power. I tow a small fish boat (1500lbs ish) which is actually the maximum tow capacity of the 2016, need to put it in "sport" mode to have some towing to it and still rev near red line quite often. Best example would be my trip from Ottawa to Algonquin Park, wasn't at all an efficient and easy and effortless ride. Miss my 2011 i-4 2.4L was less difficult in those conditions. Even thinking about the new RAV4 Trail (adventure for US) with a better transmission cooler, it's still the same engine. So that's the reason going back to older gen.

Rav4 XLE 2.5L 2016 kept 2y
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Corolla S 2005 kept 1y
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I know it doesn't have the good features, but there isn't that much difference between each, plus there's features from the limited I don't want like the Nav system lol. The good thing about the base is I can the features I want instead of paying for some I don't want. The update features I'll add will be an Android radio, gps, back camera system. The 18" whee from the sport model. Transmission cooler, projection headlight and maybe a bull bar. 3rd row won't be use, like I said, it's only for the stronger back suspension installed on it. If I ever had found a sport model for the same price sure, I would take it lol.

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And to answer you Beaumont67, what I don't really like about my 2016 is the lack of power. I tow a small fish boat (1500lbs ish) which is actually the maximum tow capacity of the 2016, need to put it in "sport" mode to have some towing to it and still rev near red line quite often. Best example would be my trip from Ottawa to Algonquin Park, wasn't at all an efficient and easy and effortless ride. Miss my 2011 i-4 2.4L was less difficult in those conditions. Even thinking about the new RAV4 Trail (adventure for US) with a better transmission cooler, it's still the same engine. So that's the reason going back to older gen.
Amen, brother!

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The model with 3rd row seating do have stiffer springs than the Sport model which will help your towing. You can also put the stiffer Sport shocks to help the back end further. I remember towing my small boat on my 05 RAV4 and going up a steep hill I need to floor it ahead of time. With the V6 no problem going up the same hills.

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I thought the entire suspension system on the 3rd row was the exact same he's the sport model..? It isn't? Good to know, I'll browse scrap yard to see if I can find that part. Or any recommendations for better one new?

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I thought the entire suspension system on the 3rd row was the exact same he's the sport model..? It isn't? Good to know, I'll browse scrap yard to see if I can find that part. Or any recommendations for better one new?
I think the 3rd row spring is only stiffer at the rear I don't think the front have the stiff spring. I am not positively sure but there is a thread somewhere I read that compared all the springs with all the models. You can check and find the spring part number to see if it matches other models. I don't know if you need the stiffer springs up front since weight does not change while towing.

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