Has anyone else read the 2006 Rav4 problems section on Edmunds forum? Complaints about brake fade, throttle hesitation and downshifting problems? Has anyone experienced these problems?
Good post. I would add that -- gee whiz! -- it may be impossible to engineer a throttle system which EVERYBODY likes just perfectly. It's also important to remember that, while the RAV V6 is powerful and pretty fast, it's NOT a race car. In my very FIRST test drive of the V6, I found the throttle a tad too jumpy -- I was shocked at how fast it was right off (because I hit the throttle like I would on most cars), but I quickly learned to just take it easy from a full stop, unless I WANTED to really move out fast. Basically, I'm a semi-conservative driver who likes the extra power and acceleration when I need it. So, I've learned to step on it easy from a stop. And, while cruising, only RARELY do I find that the engine/transmission response doesn't serve me well, and even then it's only mildly annoying. At least half the annoyance, in my case, is that I'm used to a manual tranny, and can put it in any gear I want in a brief moment, without waiting for an auto tranny to "figure out" what I'm trying to do. We give that up in an automatic, and you DON'T even get that kind of control in a sequential transmission. So, by manual tranny standards, this will never quite measure up, but I still love the car, so... so be it. It is what it is. I certainly wouldn't call this a "problem."Raffor said:I would not call it trottle hesitation rather the trottle is pretty touchy. It feels like that you need to pass a certain threshold before it takes off. Once you reached this point everything goes pretty fast.
I noticed a difference between my wifes Audi. The problem with the RAV4 is that it is loaded and once you kick down the pedal it just wants to go. The Audi is more forgiving because the car is heavy and the engine just less powerfull (even it is a V6 too). Every car with less horsepower is more forgiving in this case, manual or automatic. I still get used to the Rav4s automatic though.
Than there was a discussion about taking off from around 35 miles. I noticed, that the RAV4 is trying to go low rpm and that is fine with this powerful engine. But around the 35 mph point it tries to stay in the current gear when you accelerate. When you try harder it downshifts and that just takes a little time. I learn that you either hit the pedal when you need lots of speed or you take it easy on the pedal and it pulls nicely away, but even not that fast.
I assume that the automatic is getting used to my driving style and I am to the automatic. I normally drive stick.
Saab 9-3 Aero? . If you dont need space of an SUV, or 4x4 drive, why the heck get one? You just pay more for something that you do not need.antirich said:Now that you mention it, the throttle is strangely sensitive. Feels like the spring is too tight, so you give it extra pressure just to get it moving. 9 times out of 10, the pressure is too much and the vehicle lurches. You can get used to it, but it takes practice.
I don't agree with those who say it's a result of 'all that power'. We had a G35 for three years and that had a bit more power than the RAV4. The throttle was very smooth and it was easy to drive it slow without jerking the car around. And the 'well Infiniti is more expensive car' doesn't hold any water. My RAV4 is only $900 less than the Infiniti.
That last point leaves something to be desired. There are several very well engineered cars out there in the low $30K. As quick and versital the RAV4 is, it doesn't hold a candle in terms of materials, features and general asthetics. All weekend I've switched from getting in the RAV4 Sport and our Saab 9-3 Aero. Night and day difference, yet the lease payments are exactly the same. Again, if I was paying $23 for the RAV is one thing, but when it gets over $30K you start to wonder what your getting for your money.
Sorry, but there's very little difference now a days with small SUVs and sedans. Look at the X3 and the new Acura mini SUV, all based on car chassis. Take alook under a 4-runner or Xterra, the diffeence is night and day.The G Man said:antirich, you cant compare the RAV4 to sports sadens. To be fair, you need to compare the RAV4 to other SUVs.