RAV4 ICE only master race checking in... No cable, no corrosion.
Nothings certain, all we can do is guess. Toyota IS aware of it & their solution was the temporary "fix" on the 2022 models. I read supposedly its covered by warranty but only 3years or 36k miles. & its costly, like $5k.If you do extra maintenance on the cable it will last . I’m pretty sure there will be a quick fix for it soon. It’s just a ground clamp that rusts and falls apart.
hybrid is much more fun and at high gas prices it makes more sense
Highlander ICE mpg is a concern for me.I don't know much about the Highlander Hybrid and whether it has the same issue with the high voltage cable but the Highlander ICE is reliable according to a close family member who has one. You could also look at the Lexus Hybrids (UXh or NXh) as I believe they do not have this issue as the design is a bit different. You could also look at the Venza which is a hybrid and no cable issues. Its unfortunate you say that your deposit is non-refundable as up here in Canada dealers are not allowed to do that given the current legislation, particularly when you have no guarantee when delivery will be.
He said that Toyota flipped the design of the connector which created the problem and they have not changed that since 2019. The Hybrids prior to 2019 do not have the problem as the cable is on the top of the electric MGR motor.CCN just did a video on the newest Toyota RAV4 and has a hybrid in the shop. He said they flipped the connector on the cable and hopefully that fixes it. He doesn't encourage it but says a simple drain hole can prevent the issue.
I left Subaru because of the CVT repair or replacement cost of $7,000. I got reasonable trade in dollars because it had 43,000 mi as a 2014. Why buy a car with reported big buck issues?Deposited $2000 non-refundable on a fully loaded 2022 RAV4 XSE hybrid (OTD $45K) to be delivered late October.
Recently, I read about the cable corrosion issue and also about the temporary fix Toyota did for 2022 models.
Some articles/reviewers says the issue is going to recur after the fix. (I live in NE)
I feel that the gas savings** we save on Rav4 hybrid is not worth for the recurring repairs.
1. Should I move to 2022 Rav4 Limited/XLE premium gas instead? I have flexibility to move my deposit to any vehicle. The only reason I got XSE is for its two-tone (which eventually had hybrid).
2. Highlanders Hybrids never had this issue? I have seen articles saying highlander hybrid as one of the long lasting car in the market. Which are the longest-lasting cars on the market?
3. Why highlander gas models are not in the above longest lasting cars list?
This is going to be my first car and I want to keep this car forever.
** - averaging $4 per gallon and considering combined mpg
150K miles comes around $21K for hybrid and $15K for gas
Minimum savings of $6-10K from hybrid directly goes to cable corrosion repair