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  1. I've never owned a 4.2 let alone tried 18" wheels on one so all I can offer is some thoughts that you've probably already thunk ... 🙂 Standard sizes on a 4.3 were 225/65 R17 and 235/55 R18 - both with a 45 offset so that part should be OK. The 18" have a diameter of 716 mm and a width of 235 mm - compared with your 225/55 R17s that have a diameter of 678 mm and a width of 225mm. So, in terms of width the 18" will stick out 5 mm more, and intrude 5 mm more, than you current wheels. The difference in diameter is 38 mm so will need an extra 19 mm within the wheel arch. So, if you took a short length of 2x1 and could fit the wider side around the inside between your wheel and the arch the 18" wheels would probably fit. If the narrower side doesn't fit or is 'tight' you might expect problems and save yourself the 800 mile round trip. The 18" wheels will also affect the speedo readings - you will be going about 6% faster than previously for any given speedo reading. That's probably OK given that the speedo probably over-reads by more than that in the current configuration but it's another consideration. Obviously you would need to inform your insurers ... 😉
  2. I won't be getting a shiny new RAV 4.5 this year, even if only because I haven't ordered one, but if I were to take delivery of a RAV4 on summer tyres - which is what the prevailing Dunlops and Bridgestones are - I'd have them replaced with quality all season tyres (Michelin Cross Climates spring to mind but other all season tyres are available) and then look to sell on the unused summer tyres to someone who could make use of them. Simply put, I want my 4x4 running on all season tyres to save the hassle of swapping over twice a year. (I've swapped between summer and winter tyres for the past five seasons and have enough of that game.) Equally, I'd have no concern at all in selling or buying so called "DEMO" tyres. If you plan to swap summer and winter they are going to come off and on again several times anyway - what's the real impact of one more swap?
  3. ... and Type Approval for the RAV 4.4 would, presumably, have been in 2012 (with the 2013 model year) and so under Euro 5 rules. So Toyota didn't need to worry about the RAV 4 until the blanket rule was applied in 2015 ...
  4. The Euro 6 standard was introduced from September 2015. I don't believe that Toyota ever made the 2.2 AD engine Euro 6 compliant. Instead from the 2016 model year they introduced the 2.5 petrol hybrid and the 2.0 BMW derived diesel (FWD manual only) in addition to the existing 2.0 petrol (AWD CVT) that were Euro 6 compliant. The 2.2 AD was simply dropped from the range.
  5. Pop your registration number into this site: and it will tell you what Euro emissions standard your engine is certified to. I suspect that it will tell you the answer is 5b but please let us know ... Also let us know whether your RAV is manual or auto - it may make a difference. Toyota introduced the marketing term D-CAT when it introduced the corresponding emissions control technology to higher performance engines and automatic transmissions - i.e. the x180s and SR autos. And then subsequently dropped the D-CAT designation once the same emissions control technology was deployed across the range of RAV 2,2 diesels. So, in essence, you will have a D-CAT engine, but without the D-CAT designation. Clear as mud isn't it! As far as I can tell from the details on my V5 my Euro 5 certified engine satisfies the emissions requirements of the Euro 6 standard but its still Euro 5. Which means it might be banned or charged more to drive into certain cities that I don't particularly want to visit anyway. I'm not aware of any plans to ban Euro 5 vehicles from the road any time soon. Note that the changes to the MoT merely require a car to continue to meet the emissions standards that it was designed to meet. It doesn't retrospectively move the goal posts. HTH
  6. A Google search suggests that the 2017 Platinum level trim was available as either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive so it isn't possible to tell which Denise has from the information that she has given so far. The presence of the 'diff lock' button would be a good indicator that it is an AWD, but, as gjnorthall said earlier in this thread (July 2014) "a quick look under the car will reveal the absence of a prop shaft, rear drive shafts and diff unit on FWD versions" while the presence of these components will indicate an AWD vehicle.
  7. I've no insight into the RAV4.5, but if it's anything like the 4.4. that I have now, or the 4.3 I had before, the process isn't too complicated. If the windscreen requires de-misting or de-icing simply press the windscreen de-mist button to enable that function on the automatic air conditioning. Once the screen is clear, simply press the same button again to de-activate the function. Repeat as necessary ... The system simply directs warm, dry air to the screen. While in operation it will ensure that the air conditioning is on (to dry the air), turn up the fan speed and direct air to the screen. You can manually mess with the settings if you want or you can let the system do everything for you ... And if you do mess with the settings, simply pressing Auto will reinstate the system automatic configuration for you. The only setting that you really need to choose your preferred temperature within the car ... Oh, and if it's anything like my diesel, the air con system is electric.
  8. I have both extended warranty and a service plan on mine (2013) - so clearly I think the service plan worthwhile. The service plan allows you to pay monthly (budget) rather than find a 'lump' at service time but does mean that you will have paid in advance of the service. You also need to be able to predict your mileage if your service schedule is driven by mileage - easier if your service schedule is driven by time. I also raher like the feeling of walking away from the dealer after the service 'without paying' ... but that's probably slightly weird ... 🙂
  9. philip42h

    Space Saver.

    Thanks Frosty ... I made the same typo twice, so if you could get the second one as well ... ? 😀
  10. philip42h

    Space Saver.

    I do indeed! ... 😀 I'd edit it if I could but I've left it too late ...
  11. philip42h

    Space Saver.

    If you look up the various sizes on a tyre size calculator you will find that the 225/65/17 tyres that Les has have an effective diameter of 724 mm - you want the temporary spare to be pretty much the same size! 😉 A 155/90/17 would have a diameter of 711 mm - that's 1.8% smaller A 165/80/17 would have a diameter of 696 mm - that's 3.9% smaller So the 155/90/17s are actually a better fit, but both are perfectly within tolerance. Both my RAVs - 4.3 and 4.4 - ran/run on 235/55/18 tyres which have an effective diameter of 716 mm - that's 1.1% smaller than Les's tyres. So a 155/90/17 would be 0.7% smaller than mine, while the 165/80/17 as supplied is 2.8% smaller than mine. Again, any of these sizes would be perfectly OK as a <50 mile, <50 mph get you home spare ...
  12. philip42h

    Space Saver.

    The space saver that came with mine is 165/80D17. I believe that the 4.3 and 4.4 share the same rolling circumference so the same space saver can be used across the range irrespective of the original wheel size. I've seen space savers advertised at 155/90/R17 as well and I'm pretty certain that those would be just fine too.
  13. So they are what in America would be described as "all season" tires and as an "M + S rated tire with an all-season tread design that helps deliver year-round traction and enhanced wet handling". Kwik-Fit (GB) usefully adds "Based on German legislation the tyre cannot be used in winter conditions in Germany" which rather implies that they are not rated for winter use and don't bear the 3PMS symbol. (I can't believe I just quoted from Kwik-Fit ... )
  14. I don't know what size let alone what make and model of tyres are being fitted to the 2019 model year RAV 4. They used to fit Bridgestone Duelers H/T tyres to the RAV 4.3 and 4.4 but I've a feeling that they've started shipping of Bridgestone Ecopia - possibly with the introduction of the hybrid (from the 4.4). I don't know this for a fact and am happy to be corrected. The Ecopia is a more road oriented tyre, optimised to provide a lower rolling resistance and better fuel economy. It is always preferable to be on cold weather tyres during the winter months. The Conti Winter Contacts are brilliant - that's what I run on mine. But that leaves you with the hassle of swapping between summer and winter tyres. These days there are excellent all season tyres available that are certified for winter use with the 3PMS symbol - Michelin Cross Climates are the premium example of these though there are now many others. A 4WD car will always give better traction on any given tyre - there are four driven wheels after all - but the key reason for fitting cold weather or all season tyres is for their ability to stop when you need to. And then it makes no real difference how many wheels are driven.
  15. 🙂 ... oh yes Kath did (even if it's way past pantomine season) - Kath (from Cumbria) said: "We still need a 4x4..( country tracks , safer in bad weather etc)". While I don't know what comes with a 2019 RAV 4.5 - I haven't got one (yet) - both my previous 4.3 and my current 4.4 came on Bridgestone Dueler H/Ts complete with M&S markings. I'm pretty sure that Kath's 2014 will have M&S tyres fitted as well but we can ask (?). My 4.5, when and assuming I get one, will run on all season tyres with the 3PMS symbol (irrespective of what Toyota try to deliver it on) - but that's an entirely different question ... 🙂 Your equation, while correct, is the answer to the wrong question. The real question is what should drivers of 2wd cars do in winter? They could (a) leave the car in the garage, (b) buy a 4x4, (c) go out and get stuck on the A30 (as so many did last winter) or (d) fit cold weather tyres (as they would be required to do if we were in Germany, for example)? And the obvious, and most cost effective answer is, of course, (d) assuming that one still needs to get out and about in winter (which many of us do, of course). So, yes of course, buy the right tyres for the conditions rather than a 4x4 you don't need. But a 4x4 on the same tyres will always provide better traction than a 2wd vehicle: 4xt = 2x (2xt) where t represents the traction available to the tyre at any given wheel. And, obviously again, where t=0 you are stuck anyway irrespective of the number of driven wheels! 🙂