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  1. philip42h

    Advice on this RAV 4 please

    In a word, 'no' ... 🙂 The outstanding question is trim level - is it an XT2 or an XT3? (I think that those are the trim options available at that time). As I understand, you are looking for a fair price for a private sale. Autotrader gives the following private sale prices for an RAV of that age and mileage: XT2 = £2,100 XT3 = £2,620 In both cases I've assumed that it is a 2003-2006 model year car - i.e. new rather than old stock when it was first sold in October 2003. The value will be somewhat less if it is an earlier 2000-2003 model year car. You do need to check for yourself. The Autotrader valuation site is here. There are, obviously different prices depending on whether you are buying or selling. Evans and WBAC are giving trade-in prices which are the absolute minimum that a seller can expect to receive. The car will then be turned around and sold through a dealer with some form of warranty at around £2,000 more.
  2. philip42h

    Advice on this RAV 4 please

    Auto Trader will give you a valuation if you put in the full details - make, model etc. etc. Guessing the pieces that you haven't given, such as trim level and exact date of registration, gives a figure of £2,100 for a private sale; £2,590 - £2,860 from a dealer.
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    WOW, original tyres.

    You don't say what make of tyres you have but I believe that one of the OEM fitments was the Bridgestone Dueler H/T. I believe that you stated on different thread that your RAV has done only 28K. I'd expect to get between 40 and 50k miles out of the Bridgestones - I certainly did from my SR180. So yours should have a good 4mm left and be a little over half worn even if totally time expired. I can't give recommendation from personal experience. A RAV 4x4 fitted with Bridgestones give perfectly acceptable grip in the wet but the Bridgestones do tend to be a bit noisy on poor road surfaces. I run Contis in the winter and they provide excellent traction. A member on another forum fitted Grabbers precisely because "they look the part, not too butch but still enough grip for anything" and eventually got rid because their noise and behaviour on road was unacceptable - that's hearsay so you can reasonably ignore it. If I were looking for new tyres (as I will be soon) I would consider Nokian Weatherproof as an all season tyre which I suspect would more than satisfy your needs ... but I can't recommend them as such as I haven't bought them yet! 🙂
  4. philip42h

    Rav4 XA40 disc/pad replacement

    I have a 4.4, auto - so I expect heavier of the brakes than a manual - currently at 52,000 miles on the original pads. Mr T started complaining the they wouldn't make the next service from about 20,000 miles. But they also indicated the remaining pad thickness so I could work out were I really stood. The MOT tester was quite happy with them last time but I'd be surprised if they don't need changing before 60,000 miles!
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    Head Gasket Gone :(

    As I understand - from following posts on the subject rather than 'real' experience - the blown head gasket may be no more than a symptom of the problem with the 2AD engine rather than the issue itself. So sorting the gasket may provide a temporary respite only. You can skim the head if needed but, if you do, you must fit a thicker head gasket to make up the difference. Head gaskets are available in a range of thicknesses ... Edit: gjnorthall posted while I was typing and knows far more about this subject than I ... 🙂
  6. philip42h

    T180 head gasket repairs

    Sorry, but there's no such thing as a 2011 T180 ... production stopped 2008 and the last one was registered in 2009. The same 177 bhp engine was then used in the SR180 in 2008 / 2009 (I had one of those). Following that production of the 177 bhp diesel ceased completely. The RAV4 SR with the 150 bhp engine was introduced in 2009 ...
  7. philip42h

    T180 head gasket repairs

    Either way, the 150 bhp version was introduced from 2010 - well after the reported problem was resolved in production. Those of us driving the 150 bhp version are confident that this isn't an issue any longer ... though it is still a 2AD and a modern diesel engine complete with emissions control technology ... 😉
  8. philip42h

    T180 head gasket repairs

    First a caveat - I'm no mechanic so don't take anything I say as definitive but ... From following the saga of the 2AD engine I understand that the reason "the head can't be skimmed" is that the design clearances are tight and the pistons are then likely to collide with the valves ... which I understand might be quite bad ... 😞 However, replacement head gaskets are available in various thicknesses so that you can compensate for the amount that you skim off -- so the head can be successfully skimmed provided that you then use the right gasket ... 🙂 Hopefully that info is mildly helpful / encouraging but if it turns out to be utter tosh ... apologies! Edit: e.g. gaskets with different thicknesses
  9. philip42h

    TPMS headache!

    The SR180 definitely does have a TPMS reset button - mine did anyway. Yes, its very well hidden on the lower surface of the dash in the drivers foot-well. Its easily found by touch once you know where it is - you may need to be a contortionist or use a mirror for locate it initially. All the reset button does is tell the system that the tyres are currently at the correct pressure - so make sure that is the case before pressing the button! Unless you change the characteristics of the wheels and tyres you will never need to mess with it - which is, probably, why Toyota has hidden it away. The TPMS light comes on (steady) to indicate that the pressure in at least one tyre is low; a flashing light indicates a fault in the warning system that needs to be addressed by Toyota. As I understand, the batteries in the TPMS sensors (in the wheels) have a life expectancy of around five years so it could just be that you need to get the batteries changed ...
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    Replacing/upgrading 2004 stereo recommendations

    In similar vein, folk have reported favourably using xcarlink products for this purpose. I can definitely NOT recommend using "FM Transmitter" style devices - they may be fine when you are stationary but you are almost certain to pick-up interference once you start travelling.
  11. philip42h

    Aircon Rav4 detail

    I may have misunderstood the question, but when you return to the vehicle and start the engine the temperature set for the automatic air conditioning system will be exactly the same as when the vehicle was last switched off. There is no reversion to any other setting irrespective of how long the car is at rest. The only way that the temperature setting can be altered is manually by the / a driver and that new setting is then used until it is altered again. Or, at least, that's how mine works ... Have I misunderstood the question?
  12. philip42h

    safety system

    The OP freely admits that he was a bit of a numpty (my words) and expressed 'surprise' that the Toyota Safety Sense system didn't help him at all. I have sympathy for that, and, from what I have seen of the advertising, would also have expected a Toyota Safety Sense safety system to have prevented such an incident. Oh well, forewarned is forearmed - Toyota Safety Sense: the system that lets you have low speed collisions ... I don't supposed the marketing guys would sanction that slogan!
  13. If it's an auto, its almost certainly a 2.2 D-CAT as opposed to the 2.2 D4D engine - the D-CAT includes the 5th injector and DPNR system to reduces the emissions from diesel auto to acceptable Euro 5 levels. But it does mean the system works harder at the cleaning task and has more to do when the regen is required. 41,000 miles isn't a lot for a 6 or 7 year old car and suggests that it may have been used for shorter journeys. If a diesel RAV is taken for regular, longer journeys (e.g. half an hour up the motorway at least once a week) you may never actually notice the regen process - it'll just happen quietly as you go along. If the majority of the driving is on shorter journeys around town you may detect a 'hot smell' when parking up (the regen having been started but interrupted) and/or the clouds of white 'smoke'. It is well worth using premium diesel fuel (e.g. Shell V-Power Nitro) as the additives do help. Many will suggest that you avoid unbranded fuel altogether. With regular use and good quality fuel the 'smoke' problem should reduce / go away altogether but it probably wouldn't hurt to put through a tankful with a suitable treatment / cleaner (I believe that Archoil AR6400-D MAX has been recommended by others).
  14. It could well be nothing more than signs of a DPF regen (which is perfectly normal and nothing to worry about) - see: toyota: understanding your diesel particulate filter Exactly which model / engine do you have? Does it continue to occur after you have taken the car on a good long drive?
  15. philip42h

    RAV4 Hybrid AWD Indication

    There won't be any indication on the dashboard. Historically, petrol and diesel RAVs have started in AWD mode and revert to FWD by the time they reach 25 mph - that all happens seamlessly and without the driver being aware of it at all. I assume that the hybrid will behave in a similar fashion even though the rear drive is wholly electric ...