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I've taken my new RAV over 100 miles of gravel, dirt and rocky roads on two separate trips. I've climbed over 15,000 feet on two different mountain ranges with the car having less than 500 miles. As an owner of a FJ, a Tacoma TRD Pro and a past owner of a 2019 4Runner all driven over the same courses I have to say by the time I pulled into the driveway with the RAV I was really impressed. I did not scrap any skid plates but there were a couple of places I expected to. Where one gravel was very flat and WIDE it felt like a Rally Car as I took turns fast enough to have the back end come around me just like driving in the snow. Other trip had roads were speeds were reduced to 2-5mph to bounce over the road that had nothing but tall rocks.

Of course with the turning radius being much different than a truck, I found making the hairpin turns on the switchbacks to be easy and smooth. Climbing elevation from a starting point of 4,650' to 9,700' I NEVER had to move the shifter to the left 'S' and then 1,2,3 or 4 to get up the climb. I did use those gears going down the other side to maintain control of the car as the signs recommended. At no time did I hear or see signs of overheating while making the climbs on gravel rocky roads. What little I know about tires I felt the stock Falken Wildpeak 225/60/R18 tires were very responsive for any tasked it faced.

When I am not driving off road for enjoyment I am always driving in their "sport mode" and getting over 27mph from the time it left the lot 525 miles ago. I've only owned this car since October 25th but I am enjoying the crap out of it. Very happy with my purchase.

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I think you will find it's a great car and one that can talk most places. It's not rock climber but it will get you off the grid if that is what you wanting to do. I was looking at the front of it yesterday in comparison to my 2007 FJ. I was surprised that it was almost as big and close to being just as high. They have beefed up the front end on this model. Post some photos sometime of what yours can do. Enjoy it.
 

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I've taken my new RAV over 100 miles of gravel, dirt and rocky roads on two separate trips. I've climbed over 15,000 feet on two different mountain ranges with the car having less than 500 miles. As an owner of a FJ, a Tacoma TRD Pro and a past owner of a 2019 4Runner all driven over the same courses I have to say by the time I pulled into the driveway with the RAV I was really impressed. I did not scrap any skid plates but there were a couple of places I expected to. Where one gravel was very flat and WIDE it felt like a Rally Car as I took turns fast enough to have the back end come around me just like driving in the snow. Other trip had roads were speeds were reduced to 2-5mph to bounce over the road that had nothing but tall rocks.

Of course with the turning radius being much different than a truck, I found making the hairpin turns on the switchbacks to be easy and smooth. Climbing elevation from a starting point of 4,650' to 9,700' I NEVER had to move the shifter to the left 'S' and then 1,2,3 or 4 to get up the climb. I did use those gears going down the other side to maintain control of the car as the signs recommended. At no time did I hear or see signs of overheating while making the climbs on gravel rocky roads. What little I know about tires I felt the stock Falken Wildpeak 225/60/R18 tires were very responsive for any tasked it faced.

When I am not driving off road for enjoyment I am always driving in their "sport mode" and getting over 27mph from the time it left the lot 525 miles ago. I've only owned this car since October 25th but I am enjoying the crap out of it. Very happy with my purchase.

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Your last photo looks exactly like my driveway, which is why I just put on the Falken AT Trail Tires.
 

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True, it's definitely not a rock climber but it's perfect for what I need. I went out on some forest service roads so see how good she does and it was great. got in to some snow, mud and rocky conditions and handled very well.

The tires performed really well, much better than the all season tires. BF Goodrich KO2's I'm sure would have done even better but Falken Wildpeaks did very welll.
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Do you guys have the driveline disconnect problem? Love the adventure model but worried about that flawed design.
 

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True, it's definitely not a rock climber but it's perfect for what I need. I went out on some forest service roads so see how good she does and it was great. got in to some snow, mud and rocky conditions and handled very well.

The tires performed really well, much better than the all season tires. BF Goodrich KO2's I'm sure would have done even better but Falken Wildpeaks did very welll. View attachment 146995

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Do you guys have the driveline disconnect problem? Love the adventure model but worried about that flawed design.
Are you referring to the "Rear Driveline Disconnect/Reconnect Noise"?
I have not noticed any noise but my ODO is still less than 1000 miles. When fast accesalating from 0-40 mph, engine is laud but seems normal.
 

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I've taken my new RAV over 100 miles of gravel, dirt and rocky roads on two separate trips. I've climbed over 15,000 feet on two different mountain ranges with the car having less than 500 miles. As an owner of a FJ, a Tacoma TRD Pro and a past owner of a 2019 4Runner all driven over the same courses I have to say by the time I pulled into the driveway with the RAV I was really impressed. I did not scrap any skid plates but there were a couple of places I expected to. Where one gravel was very flat and WIDE it felt like a Rally Car as I took turns fast enough to have the back end come around me just like driving in the snow. Other trip had roads were speeds were reduced to 2-5mph to bounce over the road that had nothing but tall rocks.

Of course with the turning radius being much different than a truck, I found making the hairpin turns on the switchbacks to be easy and smooth. Climbing elevation from a starting point of 4,650' to 9,700' I NEVER had to move the shifter to the left 'S' and then 1,2,3 or 4 to get up the climb. I did use those gears going down the other side to maintain control of the car as the signs recommended. At no time did I hear or see signs of overheating while making the climbs on gravel rocky roads. What little I know about tires I felt the stock Falken Wildpeak 225/60/R18 tires were very responsive for any tasked it faced.

When I am not driving off road for enjoyment I am always driving in their "sport mode" and getting over 27mph from the time it left the lot 525 miles ago. I've only owned this car since October 25th but I am enjoying the crap out of it. Very happy with my purchase.

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Did you do all of this while still under 1k miles on the engine? There is a break in period for the first 1k miles.
 

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Are you referring to the "Rear Driveline Disconnect/Reconnect Noise"?
I have not noticed any noise but my ODO is still less than 1000 miles. When fast accesalating from 0-40 mph, engine is laud but seems normal.
My adventure started making noise at 5,000 miles. It is annoying and my passengers always ask "what's that noise?" Last my dealership told me the replacement part was back ordered, but I heard it's only a temp fix and the noise comes back.
 

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My adventure started making noise at 5,000 miles. It is annoying and my passengers always ask "what's that noise?" Last my dealership told me the replacement part was back ordered, but I heard it's only a temp fix and the noise comes back.
Not after the TSB repair was made, early repair attempts by replacing the T-case didn't resolve the problem tho.

 

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I’m right around 5500 miles and had the tsb for lurching done around 500 miles and haven’t noticed any groaning. I wonder if the early fix has let me avoid the issue or if it’ll show up eventually. My car was manufactured in Canada. Don’t know if that makes a difference either.
 

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Which TSB are you guys talking about, please?
There are two different TSBs affecting the Adventure, the transfer case TSB(parts replaced) which fixes the groaning/clicking rear driveline disconnect, and the transmission TSB(ECU update) which eliminates the low speed lurch/harsh downshift problems on all 8spATs affected, not just the Adventure, they're the top two discussions in the TSB subforum.

 

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Just noticed that 2020 RAV4 TRD Off Road does not have front emergency towing eyelets? The 2019 adventure has them. What is going on?
 
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