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I live in the mountains of Colorado and am considering the V6 4WD for more power getting up the hills and in snow. Are there any common problems I should look out for with the V6 models specifically? Does anyone that lives in a similar area find the 4 cylinder engine to be sufficient?
 

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Zero problems with my 3.5 liter V6 '11 RAV so far. plenty of power in all situations including in our twisty road mountainous terrain. Engine has been used in various Toyota products for some time. What 4 liter engine is being enquired about?
 

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The V6 is very reliable and for the most part trouble free. It will make going up the mountain more easier for sure especially if you load up with passengers. It has about 100 hp more than the 4 cylinders engine so say good bye to the ones on the slow lane.
 

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One issue the V6 engines had is the '06 and some early '07 models had a high ignition coil failure rate. I replaced some of mine twice. Some had transaxle whine but those two issues have very likely been repaired on any you'll find now.
When offered by my dealer I had my rear eledtro-coupler replaced under warranty even tho it was not giving any problem but that wouldn't be specific to the V6 models. Neither would the wheel speed ABS sensors. After replacing both rears a few years ago I'm on to the front right one now.
Mine never had whine and I consider the other problems minor for the POWER and FUN the V6 gives.
 

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Our '06 V6 has 147K and is running just as strong as when I bought it at 75K.
Recently I've purchased two Siennas with the same 3.5L V6. A 2008 that has the exact same 4WD system as our RAV4. With 187K it runs great. It's only negative is no spare, run-flat tires instead. Toyota went back to a spare in 2011 and I bought one for friends. With 150K it's FWD and virtually like new.
 

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Haven’t had my v6 for long but so far everything is running great. I have a buddy who has the 4 cylinder and says he regrets getting it because it doesn’t have enough power and seems to struggle a bit going uphill. Not sure if that helps you out any
 

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Haven’t had my v6 for long but so far everything is running great. I have a buddy who has the 4 cylinder and says he regrets getting it because it doesn’t have enough power and seems to struggle a bit going uphill. Not sure if that helps you out any
Thanks. I plan to go test drive both but I'm not sure I'll get to go up any good hills in the process.
 

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One issue the V6 engines had is the '06 and some early '07 models had a high ignition coil failure rate. I replaced some of mine twice. Some had transaxle whine but those two issues have very likely been repaired on any you'll find now.
When offered by my dealer I had my rear eledtro-coupler replaced under warranty even tho it was not giving any problem but that wouldn't be specific to the V6 models. Neither would the wheel speed ABS sensors. After replacing both rears a few years ago I'm on to the front right one now.
Mine never had whine and I consider the other problems minor for the POWER and FUN the V6 gives.
I looked into the electromagnetic coupler bearing issue you mentioned, I had not heard of that one before. I'm not mechanically inclined, so I'm not totally sure what that entails. Is it a very expensive or complicated fix? Was it ever recalled or have a TSB released?

I've read about poorly designed piston rings on 06-08 models causing oil consumption issues (which is why I'm getting rid of my subaru), so I'm probably going to be looking for an 09 or newer.

I've also read the 06-09 models are prone to water pump issues, any experience with this?
 

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The em coupler was only replaced on mine because my local service manager likes me probably since we speak the same language, the truth.

The piston ring issue only applies to the I4 engines. Never heard of a single such issue on the V6 in my nine years here.

I did replace my water pump fairly recently but at 135K+ any wp can fail IMO.

The V6 IS the reason we have a RAV4. After test driving a 2008 V6 4WD for my BIL who lives in central Alaska I had to have one but it took about a year to find the one I wanted and convince our Forester to run away from home. That thing was a BIG waste of $$$. It kept on giving even after I sold it to a friend. Had to replace the head gaskets for free.
 

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Remember to look up the oil line recall/service campaign on the earlier V6 models. There was a rubber oil line (think for the VVTi) which could burst and wreck your day, among other things. There is more detail in the thread. Look for a steel line on affected models, or plan to change it, or get it included in the purchase (if not already done).
 

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I have the I4 and I enjoy it a lot. I also live in a tight urban area, so not sure the V6 would be ideal.

You can go fast with the I4 and accelerate nicely. The Sport has sport-tuned suspension and alloy wheels; that helps a lot.

Uphill, yes, headwind, also yes, gonna be slower-going.

I didn't drive the V6 and assume that it would have won me over big time. But I4 is amazing and all I need.
 

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The em coupler was only replaced on mine because my local service manager likes me probably since we speak the same language, the truth.

The piston ring issue only applies to the I4 engines. Never heard of a single such issue on the V6 in my nine years here.

I did replace my water pump fairly recently but at 135K+ any wp can fail IMO.

The V6 IS the reason we have a RAV4. After test driving a 2008 V6 4WD for my BIL who lives in central Alaska I had to have one but it took about a year to find the one I wanted and convince our Forester to run away from home. That thing was a BIG waste of $$$. It kept on giving even after I sold it to a friend. Had to replace the head gaskets for free.
Thank you for the feedback. That makes a huge difference knowing the piston ring issue doesn't apply to the V6....I'm on a tight budget and was looking for 06-08.

My Forester has been great...aside from the engine issues...ha! So I'm selling it for cheap before it becomes a major issue for me.

Any instances you know of where timing chains wore out around certain mileage? Or do they typically last "the life of the vehicle" as so many claim?
 

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Remember to look up the oil line recall/service campaign on the earlier V6 models. There was a rubber oil line (think for the VVTi) which could burst and wreck your day, among other things. There is more detail in the thread. Look for a steel line on affected models, or plan to change it, or get it included in the purchase (if not already done).
Thanks for that! I'll be checking for an all metal line for sure.
 

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Thanks for that! I'll be checking for an all metal line for sure.
It can be changed too as the all-metal line is from later years. I think it was Dr. Dyno who did his (haven’t looked back at the thread lately). As for the timing chain in your previous comment, there was a case recently where the timing cassette (guide) for the chain fell apart on someone’s engine precipitating a pricey repair. Look for recent V6 threads in the 4.3 Mechanical forum. This is the first instance of which the forum users were aware - it hasn’t been documented by anyone here before this month.
 

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I have an 07 V6 Rav with 180,000+ and still going strong. I had to replace 1 coil on cylinder 2 and replaced the water pump 2 times. The 2nd time was due to a defective pump. No other issues and still racing some older STIs. Im doing some exhaust work in the next couple of weeks. Im getting lighter wheels as well. The new ones will weigh around 21lb ea.
 

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Thank you for the feedback. That makes a huge difference knowing the piston ring issue doesn't apply to the V6....I'm on a tight budget and was looking for 06-08.

My Forester has been great...aside from the engine issues...ha! So I'm selling it for cheap before it becomes a major issue for me.

Any instances you know of where timing chains wore out around certain mileage? Or do they typically last "the life of the vehicle" as so many claim?
I have a V6 2011 RAV4 and it has done nearly 200,000km with no problems. I also have a 120 series Prado that I did have to do the timing chain on and that was due to late oil changes and cheap oil being used before I purchased it. Toyotas seem to hate late oil changes and bad oil more than some brands, but if you do the right thing they are great motors and should last a lifetime..
 

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I have taken 4 Toyota 6 cyl to well over 300,000+ miles with faithful oil changes. The only V6 I remember that had problems was the early 2000s 4runner that the valves beat themselves to death. There was a recall and I had the entire top end replaced by toyota for free...
 
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