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  1. philip42h


    Assuming that the TPWS on a 4.5 is broadly the same as the TPMS fitted to my 4.4 (and 4.3) then there's not too much to worry about. Clearly if the slow leak is a result of a fault in the valve you would need the valve replaced (which will be relatively expensive) and the new valve would need to be coded into the system by Mr T. Otherwise, if it is a slow puncture it can be fixed in the traditional manner - no real issues there. If the tyre does have to come off the rim to be reseated / replaced, care must be taken not to damage the TPMS valve in the process but tyre fitters have been working with these valves for quite a while now so you'd be really unlucky to come across one who doesn't know the drill by now. Assuming that the valve doesn't need to be replaced, no 'recalibration' will be required - the car will already be set to recognise the correct pressures. On previous models, so I assume the 4.5 will be the same, there is an owner accessible feature to reset the warning system. This involves setting all four tyres to the correct pressures and "pressing a button" to tell the system that the pressures are correctly set. So, you could read the manual to find that function on the 4.5 but you really won't need to! 😉
  2. It's not so strange, and I thought you'd explained it quite well! 🙂 The USB stick is just dumb filestore. It contains folders and files some of which represent albums and track; some playlists; some other stuff. The 'intelligence' required to play your music comes from the infotainment system and it would appear from these posts that it doesn't recognise playlists ... If you stream music from your smartphone the 'intelligence' comes from the smartphone while the infotainment system acts dumb and plays what is streamed to it - and it would appear that it is smart enough to do this much! 😀
  3. I haven't got round to fitting a bike rack to my RAV but if / when I do it would have to be the 'expensive' option ... first fit a tow bar and then opt for a tow bar mounted bike rack that tilts so that you can open the tailgate without dismounting all the bikes. There several options for the tow bar and a number of good options for the bike rack (including Thule) but at the end of the day you could do worse than what's on offer on the Toyota accessories page. But that is the 'expensive' option ...
  4. philip42h

    Poor mpg ?

    Meanwhile, back on topic ... 😉 The OP was enquiring about the economy to be expect of a 2016 RAV4 2.0 D4D FWD Manual. Toyota originally quoted 57.6 mpg and Honest John Real MPG figures suggest an average of 46.5 mpg (i.e. around 80% of the manufacturer's quoted NEDC figure). That is mid 40s rather than the low 40s the OP reported. As others have said, actual economy will depend on a variety of things including journey profile, driving style and ambient temperature. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the D4D engine appreciates premium diesel fuel and many of us use such fuels exclusively. It doesn't really matter which brand (or even unbranded) just so long as it contains the appropriate cleaning additives. Also the D4D requires regular 'long' runs in order to keep the emissions control system 'clean' and working as it should. An hour on the motorway - assuming that you can make reasonable progress - once a week seems sufficient to me but it does rather depend on what you are doing the rest of the time. The D4D won't respond well to a continual diet of stop-start urban crawl - you' be better of with something else, And, finally, since the OP doesn't know the previous history of the car and its use, running through a tank of fuel with an appropriate system cleaner can't do any harm, won't waste too much money and might provide a little piece of mind. ... if we are still allowed out, of course ... 😀
  5. philip42h

    Poor mpg ?

    You'll need to be a bit more specific about which engine, transmission and drive system you actually have - 2.2 or 2.0 L, manual or auto, FWD or AWD - since that makes a difference to the expected fuel economy. We can assume since it is a 2016 D4D is has a Toyota designed engine rather than the more economical BMW designed 2.0 Diesel, manual, FWD that boasts 60.1 mpg. I say 'boasts' since the real world figures from Honest John's Real MPG suggest that you should be expecting results in the low 40's as you say you are ...
  6. The WLTP Extra High figure seeks to simulate high speed highway / motorway driving. The figure quoted for a current RAV 4 is around 41.5 mpg - which is not bad for a petrol engine (since the hybrid system will have relatively little impact in this scenario) and accords pretty closely to Mr Kevin Nuts reported experience. (From what he has posted, he is clearly something of a 'road warrior', based in Northern Ireland where they still use imperial gallons ... 😉 ) As for the fuelling issue, I've yet to see any reports from UK drivers alluding to this so it seems likely that, if it exists at all, it relates to US gas pumps that you can lock on whilst filling and automatically switch off. Personally I wouldn't worry about that issue at all. 🙂
  7. philip42h


    On a 2010 RAV4? ... 🙂
  8. Come on now, just who would buy a "Recreational Activity Vehicle with 4-wheel drive" (RAV4) with only front wheel drive? What's the point in that? Such vehicles should rightfully be called 'RAV2' to accurately reflect their lowly status ... Less flippantly, the all wheel drive option is well worth the extra expense if you need or want the security of 4-wheel drive. Living half way up a hill in Wales I want to be able to get all the way home during those two or three weeks of snow every three or four years when we have snow. The system works exceedingly well when needed. The overhead fuel cost is 'marginal' when compared with the differences made by driving style and the weight of each individual's right foot. As above, if you don't need or want all wheel drive then why pay for it? There are plenty of medium to large estate cars available with front wheel drive that, arguably, represent better value than a RAV4. And I'd like to see a campaign to badge the front wheel cars as 'RAV2' to save the blushes of the few that have bought a second-hand RAV4, assuming that it was 4-wheel drive, only to find that it wasen't ... but I doubt that it would get much traction ... 😉
  9. See Hybrid Maintenance ...I don't think a hybrid is any more of a maintenance concern than any other second hand car ... Toyota has been offering 5-year, 100,000 miles warranty on all models for some time now and it is possible to extend that warranty beyond that. So a 2016 RAV4 hybrid will still be under warranty (unless it is already over 100,000 miles) and my 2013 RAV4 is still under warranty. They then add that " Having a Toyota Hybrid Electric Service annually will extend the standard cover on your hybrid battery for another year, or 10,000 miles, meaning your hybrid battery lifespan can be covered up to a total of 15 years." - which is pretty close to the life expectancy of a normal car ... And then, if you haven't bothered to take care of the car and have it serviced regularly, you can go for "a Toyota Hybrid battery replacement with a new warranty". What more do you want? 😉
  10. In the original post he did also say ... ... which made me fear that it was already "too late". But, as others have said, unless and until Jinty comes back with a bit more detail we can only speculate ...
  11. There are a load of 'Car fuel data, CO2 and vehicle tax tools' on the Vehicle Certification Agency page. I tend to 'Download the latest data' by clicking the link and saving the CSV file ... it helps if you have Excel to manipulate the data! 😉
  12. The DVLA are currently quoting both NEDC and WLTP CO2 figures for the RAV 4.5. These suggest that the CO2 figure of around 101 g/km NEDC will increase to around 131 g/km NEDC which means that the the first year tax will increase from £140 to £200 ... which is admittedly quite a large difference (a tax increase of over 42%). But is anyone really going to be that bothered about an increase of £60 in the price of a £35,000 car? Really? ... 😉
  13. You haven't been paying attention! ... 😄 Way back in September, Devon Aygo posted the following: So, it would appear that you do indeed have a MY20 car, built since October last year, and complete with AVAS etc. But Toyota wasn't due to start building MY20.5 cars with Apple Car Play / Android Auto etc. until January this year. And, given that they then take two or three months to get into the country, we won't expect to see these cars until March or even April ... 😉
  14. You'll get around 50k miles out of a set of Bridgestones - the RAV is surprisingly gentle on its tyres - so waiting to wear them out may not quite have the result you'd hope for! The road noise from the Bridgestones is very dependent upon the road surface - they are very noisy on concrete and broken / coubik surfaces, noisy on your average UK road and whisper quiet (well, comparatively) on a French autoroute on a warm summer's day. I run Michelin Cross Climates - a lot quieter on average and well suited to the RAV4 ... other good quality all season tyres are available ... 🙂
  15. I wouldn't have thought that the side steps made an appreciable difference to the level of road noise. The RAV isn't 'quiet' - you shouldn't expect it to be ... what are you comparing it to? And, most importantly, what tyres are you running? If you are on OEM Bridgestone Duelers there are quieter options ...