I'm looking to buy a(nother) 3rd Gen - 2006-2012 RAV4 V6 AWD model (I currently have an '07 bought new
I always get the Carfax* (and/or the Autocheck) VIN Report, and frequently notice that under the Comments section on the Carfax the following notes:
- Engine/powertrain computer/module reprogrammed
- PCM reprogrammed
Does anyone know what the reprogramming 'update' is doing/fixing?
I would guesstimate that this update occurs on most RAVs around 100K miles or it started in 2013-2014? I'm basing it on the info in the Carfax.....which means most RAVs are OUT of warranty and only get updated if they happen to visit the dealer.
I don't recall if mine has been updated, as I've only taken it to the dealer for the (2many) Recalls and a waterpump replacement (another common repair I see on the Carfax reports @ about 100K miles
), since new.
All the other maintenance is done @ the local indie shop.
*Carfax vs. Autocheck: The Carfax usually shows dealer and/or repair shop ('Jiffy Lube' type) service/repair/maintenance info, in addition to the normal Registration, Title changes, etc. I rarely (ever?) see anything on the Autocheck related to service.
I do think the local dealer did 'something' while fixing a Recall as I lost the ability to use the Cruise Control lever to slow the RAV down - yes, just like using the brakes - about 5 years ago.
Per the Owner's Manual:
RESETTING TO A SLOWER SPEED
Push the lever down in the “− SET” direction
and hold it. Release the lever when
the desired speed is attained. While the
lever is held down, the vehicle speed will
A sound may occur due to brake operation
while the vehicle speed is decreasing.
This does not indicate a malfunction.