The cabin interior sold it for me but might be too small for Fungi's 3 slabs ;) Heheheheh......seriously, that was the first thing that came to mind when the dealer showed me the boot space! ).What shits me about the Corolla is that it have sweet FA space in it if you have a child (it was fine when my wife and I were the only ones that would occupy the car with the odd passenger). Home Forums > Other Manufacturers > Toyota > Rav4 Prime To remove this ad click here. IIRC RAV4 is reactive 4x4 via viscous coupling - rear ones are powered only when front wheels slip. 78 Reviews. Log In; Community . They are better cars than Hyundai, even though Hyundai have improved. Thanks for the detailed response, you have many valid points! The cabin interior sold it for me but might be too small for Fungi's 3 slabs ;). If it tug along the people and gear on and off road (no crazy 4wd tracks) then the Rav4 should do the job. Who in their right mind pay $45K or something for the top of the range model? I have the same 2.5L engine in my RS Impreza with similar weight, and it moves pretty nicely. You might go home with a fantastic car, great warranty and a few thousand in your wallet. By that time (3 years) I'll have another child as well. I'm surprised people buy them considering Hyundai are not that much more, if more at all?It's a shame people are buying the new Barina thinking it's good, when it's Daewoo. Page 2: Keys If you should lose your keys or if you with a built- in transponder chip. Umm, 200mm but yes it is smaller than the new RAV4Edit - The Forester has better GC than the RAV4 in fact. Finance Available £56 pm *Representative Example. Again, best to test drive to see if the vehicles fit your needs. 3cm doesn't do much for my gear. I did a trip to QLD and back with a full load of gear and 4 people and it does Ok but for adults the rear in the Forester is tight I agreeAs I said in a whim, I can throw extra gear in a roof pod if I need to.I like not having a spare wheel on the back door and the outright power and quality of the Forester sold me but it doesn't work for everyone. Fuelly. Can we reject a car because the dealer lied about the service history? We analyse hundreds of thousands of used cars daily. Same.Also, never made any comment about performance or fuel consumption wrt PULP.As for If you are worried about keeping your engine clean...try some engine cleaner from Repco or Autobahn. I stick my gear in the pod. I'm 6'2 and bulky, but plenty of room still. You don't have much ground clearance as well. On 1 October 2017, I purchased a BMW 5 Series (approved used from a BMW dealership. Wife and I liked it and are doing a bit more research and reading reviews.Its a bigger car and would suit our needs, although a bit more pricey. 2006 Toyota RAV4. Click here to see important news regarding the aCar App. We can have confidence that it will act because the non-Prime RAV4 suffered similar issues, which were fixed by recalibrating the Vehicle Stability Control system. Premium Fuel is just marketing by the Oil Companies. Reading up on the car I found that there is going to be a Turbo version of the Territory coming out some time in July, Fair point, but I don't mind paying the extra premium with something. I expect a more amiable working environment for the money. Multipoint injection. I'd rather see what the reviews say about the Australian model, than the overseas model. RAV4 5th Generation (2019+) RAV4 Noise. Plus those with more money than sense.Anyway, back on topic. Its not a big issue around town where these vehicles generally live. This second-generation … from April 2006; to May 2006; last updated – posted 2006-May-2, 9:47 am AEST posted 2006-May-2, 9:47 am AEST User #35508 1452 posts. There doesn't seem to be much luggage space in them, which is what you want.I think the engine is okay, but I can't stand the styling. IIRC, there was no Camry at the motor show, they had the 2 Aurions (sports and Grande) and the other smaller cars, but no Camry I don't think?? Search this forum only. 4.8 / 5. Save £3,063 on a 2006 Toyota RAV4 near you. I wouldn't touch the RAV4 due to it's engine plant but might work for some. He said that Toyota may charge 15% more but he preferred I take it there to have the gearbox done because of the size an intricies of the job. I haven't driven the new Rav4, but all I can say is it's bloody overpriced. Who would they be Peter ?Haven't encountered any yet.The new RAV4 seems to have blinded you though. Check out the before and after videos below: Toyota RAV4 (UK; pre-facelift) The Toyota RAV4 was redesigned for the 2006 model year, using an all-new platform, and was first unveiled at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show. The local cars normally get a few upgrades over the overseas models.Honestly, though, the Australian reviewers are very biased...they will give the car rave reviews then mark it down because it's korean. I agree however that the 2.4L in the RAV4 is it's biggest problem, very underpowered Sadly, even the 2.7 V6 Suzuki is not that well endowed with power.I could suggest the Forester is another option ;). I wouldn't be surprise if she feel clostraphobic! My intention is to get something that is one step down from a 4WD so I am better prepared for that *proper* 4WD purchase (like someone mentioned here, 4WD is 90% driver, 10% car). They have improved, but I wouldn't go to the point of saying that you "woudln't go past them". As a used proposition that Toyota name is as close to a watertight guarantee as it's possible to get. 747.6K posts. I can get into the car by using … We're looking at a used diesel car. RAV4 Forum. Its a bigger car and would suit our needs, although a bit more pricey. RAV4 Forum. I would definately enjoy the performance of one but I find their size to be a bit small (how comfortable would it be for two adults to sit in the rear with a child seat between them? If anyone owns this vehicle or has found some other articles/reviews I am more than happy to hear from you. I suppose the ride height woudl be similar to most SUV's so more of a common point there though.HTH. ?Edit - looks like none whatsoever. 4 speed autos belong to a previous generation. The territory is slightly bigger and better road dynamics but it chews through fuel, extra $1600 for third row seats is ridiculous and i didnt want velour cloth seats :-) Oh.. and the child anchor points on the Kluger are brilliant.My demographic is married with a 2yr old child and one on the way. So I'm looking around looking at whats out there. Generally the RAV4's performance is adequate for the task if you drive it appropriately. Summary of Contents for Toyota 2006 RAV4. A little too much wind noise on the highwayHowever, the ride was said to be very good cf the previous roller. As to the topic of the thread, if the OP can take the new RAV4 for some off road work he will get a good idea of how it lacks in power. If outright performance is not not an issue, then the RAV4 presents a good case for a family wagon. 3cm doesn't do much for my gear Sorry, 300mm, not 30mm, Comes from sticking the rear wheel on the back, no thanks.I think you should get the RAV4, seems to work for you.Please stay to the left mkay :P. I've had to deal with too many herrings in this thread, so I'm closing it until tomorrow; perhaps then people will be a little better behaved. I don't want to open up a can of worms but how different is the X-Trail compared with the Rav4? One vehicle I should get around to driving. The 4-cylinder has sluggish acceleration, and passing can be difficult. The third generation 2006 Toyota RAV4 is not just improved, but completely restyled, more powerful, and yes, bigger and more versatile than ever. SUV Toyota RAV4 2006 5 doors, manual transmission, petrol and low Road tax. I suppose the ride height woudl be similar to most SUV's so more of a common point there though. Again, best to test drive to see if the vehicles fit your needs. *cough*, you should know better.My choice of PULP (Ultimate in fact, for the true 98 RON rating, not additives)As to the topic of the thread, if the OP can take the new RAV4 for some off road work he will get a good idea of how it lacks in power. I went to the Camp and 4WD show over at Rosehill Gardens on the weekend, I must admit I was pretty peed off that there wasn't a Toyota stall. Premium Fuel is just marketing by the Oil Companies. So there is an immense amount of space in the Rav4. Domenick, Jan 19, 2021 at 9:46 AM. May be able to pick up an old model at a very good price and despite still not my personal pick, a good little softroader Whats the likelyhood that the dealer will let me drive one off road? 2.2; L102k Miles; Diesel; Manual; SUV; Alex Scott Guidepost. :(Otherwise the flat four boxter engine and turbo sound like a nice combination. Yes, The Forester is smaller than the new RAV4, however as I said there is a Forester XT owner in here that has a new baby and he might comment about the size - That'd be me !No dramas with the size of a Forester here.Can comfortably load up the cargo area with pram plus shopping, plus portacot etc etc, The rear seat room is not so generous but easily takes a child seat with plenty of room for another adult passenger next to it, or lay the seat down for long cargo or whatever.The child seat is a bit fiddly to get in, but once in is fine. Shop with confidence on eBay! I wouldn't go past them...you'd be surprised at the quality and styling of the latest models...very impressive. ......seriously, that was the first thing that came to mind when the dealer showed me the boot space! Surprisingly the only troubles they had during the test was loss of power (due to harsh temperatures and very rough conditions) on a long hill climb and deep-ish water crossing.Anyway, my findings are starting to reveal that the 2006 Toyota Rav4 is a well built car and performs well both on road and off. Happy to take you driving in my XT as per whim to compare if you want next time you are up. Reading up on the car I found that there is going to be a Turbo version of the Territory coming out some time in July This is correct. I don't mind the Forester but it has its limitation (as does any car) and have recommended it along with others here... forum-replies.cfm?t=511029&p=4#r66I don't think there is a huge difference in performance between the RAV4 and the non-turbo Forester after having driven both. I was looking closely at build quality at the Melbourne Motorshow, I would say that the Hyundai Sonata (I know this isn't a 4WD), was lightyears ahead of the Mitsubishi 380 and the Camry...and to some extent the Accord Euro. There is an even "damping" effect from both driven axles meaning that in snow at sensible speeds engine braking is very effective and balanced front to rear. forum-replies.cfm?t=391444andforum-replies.cfm?t=487474If you hadn't looked alreadyThe old RAV4 was underpowered and the new one even moreso. In fact, it's widely accepted that this Japanese firm has created some of the most reliable vehicles of all time, including the RAV4. as far as I know the bigger engined models are all permanent AWD (I could be wrong though!). You could always make a trip to Sydney to the Camping show on this week. Yes, The Forester is smaller than the new RAV4, however as I said there is a Forester XT owner in here that has a new baby and he might comment about the size -. I find its just starting to get a bit big for my needs, I preferred the size of the old one but I can see the value for money and improved quality in the new one that was a little underdone in the old one. I know what you mean.I'm 6'2 and bulky, but plenty of room still.Cheers. Lol are you serious? The most accurate 2006 Toyota RAV4s MPG estimates based on real world results of 3.7 million miles driven in 172 Toyota RAV4s . Conversely, I don't remember EVER seeing a RAV4 at an event. I have some "inside" infomation about what I've just said). The engine has failed in my 5-year-old car just out of warranty. So far, all arrows are pointing at the Territory... carpoint.ninemsn.com.au/...view/ce7977.aspx, carsguide.news.com.au/st...96-21822,00.html, www.discountnewcars.com....a-2-7-5-Door.cfm. I thought that Hyundai compares quite well. Hiring rather than buying? We drive around a lot and go camping every now and then. No. So there is an immense amount of space in the Rav4. Hyundai Forums … I wouldn't go past them...you'd be surprised at the quality and styling of the latest models...very impressive. ......seriously, that was the first thing that came to mind when the dealer showed me the boot space! 4.3K 1.9M 56 m ago. If you have a Technical Question about your Toyota RAV4 or other SUV then this is the place to post it in! Just reading through your comments (all of which are helpful) I thought I'd add another two cents worth;Hard to explain but I've had a fascination about Subaru's (specifically the WRX) since I ever knew about the brand; it must be the teenager in me that telling me to get one. Every time I get in one I am pleased to get out of it.I haven't given much thought to the others although the Ford Escape seems good value on paper. ...and is much heavier on fuel than the Rav4 or Forester, unless it was on gas.But then on gas, luggage room is eaten up with gas tanks. FFS. Explore Our Forums. By that time (3 years) I'll have another child as well. Toyota Truck, SUV and Van Forums. Most cars might perform 1 or 2 percent better with Premium fuel, but that improvement outweighs the extra cost. All fuel has too comply with strict quality regulations, that include cleaning agents. Yep, the boot space is fantastic for the size (having used one to move furniture), but the Forester gives away rear seat space for boot space. Parkers offers an extensive range of RAV4 Estate models for sale to suit all budgets, tastes and lifestyles. Like the dash from a Peugeot 504 (but in the wrong place) and an interior ready to be hosed out at the end of the day. Its not over-endowed with power but quite adequate. I'm also looking at the option of buying a second hand 4WD and my budget for that is $15k. He was referring to Hyundai 4WDs, but happened to comment on another car in their range. Even less so the turbo A frightening thought indeed.Stick to good quality blacktop and enjoy the versatliity---but not the fuel bill. Full Forum Listing. Hi folks, We recently got a RAV4 XT3. Nice thing about the boxy shape of the Forester - makes use of interior space.The cabin interior sold it for me but might be too small for Fungi's 3 slabs ;)Edit - let me know if you want to follow up on the whim. Petrol. Archive View Return to standard view. It has plenty of space, AWD capabilities and looks like it might be able to survive the types of terrain (not too tough) I might encounter on fishing trips in the snowies.I've read many reviews (heres one detailed one: carpoint.ninemsn.com.au/...view/ce7977.aspx) and they seem to rate it fairly well, although a common pattern amongst the reviews is that it could do with a bit more power. When I saw it at the motorshow ( Melbourne ) I thought that the interior looked cheap.Other than that, looked ok. We get error messages for child lock malfunction, service required, drivers back door open (then the door jams... My son has just purchased a Volkswagen Scirroco from a 'dealer'. I was even able to take a demo on a weekend drive based on signing if I liked the drive (which I did)Some dealers insist on going with you but even so, the vehicle is intended for softroading so they should be happy to let you test it out.Edit - give a few a call tomorrow and find out first. The turbo Forester is obviously streets ahead (literally). I bought a new Toyota Kluger CVX a couple of months ago and it is certainly better than any of the medium sized softroaders out there.I test drove the Forrester (not roomy enough), Rav4 (still not roomy enough) and a few others in between.Then my decision came down to the Territory and the Kluger. So there is an immense amount of space in the Rav4 I stick my gear in the pod. About the Toyota RAV4. A little too much wind noise on the highway. the Ford Territory. Bigger, more mature and considerably more refined, the RAV4 concept now seems to have grown in both confidence and competence. The Rav4 has a *huge* amount of space (it has room for 3 slabs of beer underneath the cargo tray - great for those fishing trips) and I could go camping in it without shortlisting any essetial items I want to bring along.I love the Prado range of 4WDs, and have the budget to get one, but I don't think that I'm ready for one (if you know what I mean). They are better cars than Hyundai, even though Hyundai have improved. He acknowledged it was slightly OT, and I was merely responding.I don't see you targeting his post as being OT.Go and get a life and stop taking it so seriously?Now I'll wait for more of your crap in response. Full Details. 4.3. Join Community Top Contributors this Month View All D. Dr. Dyno 132 Replies. The NA Forester does not require PULP. It offers more room, a good interior and value for money. 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