The Bald One

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About The Bald One

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  • First Name
    Godfrey
  • Gender*
    Male
  • Toyota Model
    RAV4 wanted
  • Toyota Year
    2007
  • Location
    ---------SCOTLAND-----------
  • Interests
    Classic Cars
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  1. I'd rather have a disc on the window to remind me that it was due to expire. You don't always get a reminder. The wife and I have four vehicles between us, for winter (4x4) and more economic summer cars. She is a midwife and I work for the emergency services, so not making it in to work is not appreciated. The thought of electronic back up with the repercussions of points and big fines doesn't inspire me with confidence. Good thing about not having to log in to SORN bikes etc that you don't use yearly though.
  2. Baldy min.........you have brought a car from the Channel Islands? Only know that Jersey, and am nae expert, but will it not have spent most of its life in air and around watter WELL POLLUTED with salt.......aye.....? LOL. Once owned a car which originated from That Aberdeen........at least when watter got in, it got back oot all yon rust holes quite quick. Good local dealer near you IMHO........Albert Cumming@ Crown Motors near Turriff........have bought from him.......A1. I used to buy nearly all my cars from the Channel Islands. The last one was after a gap of a few years but they have now seriously changed the importation rules (A lot more complicated)so probably won't bother again. Low mileage but at normal book values even after paying the duty. You just had to watch for clutch and body impact damage. Very few rusty cars there. Plenty of rusty tractors doing the slipway duty though. Coincidence was I was at that very dealer (Crown Motors) this afternoon after having to go to Fraserburgh! They only had one RAV on a 55 plate with the spare on the tailgate. You are right, they are not too hard to deal with, and an unaccompanied test drive is no bother either.
  3. Thank you Big Kev for the offer of a pre - inspection. I'm up in Moray near Huntly but have no problem travelling anywhere in the UK for the right car. I recently trailered an E Class up from the Channel Islands back home so Glasgow is easy. Thanks too for the link to the sticky giving the usual EGR related issues. I did think the 134bhp 2.2 diesel was relatively robust and it was the 180bhp model that was prone to give problems? I think all modern diesels are encumbered with emmission related issues and have removed and blanked off the swirl flaps on my BMW and done the resistor trick on my 2007 E class to bypass the stepper motor/ECU. Both have since passed MOTs with a clean bill of health. I'm sure that there will be a similar solution to the RAV4.
  4. Baldie was definitely correct. The seams where the floor pan joined longitudinally under the drivers seat mounting bolts between the inner sill and transmission tunnel had swollen and both the mastic and underseal had started to come away. Looking at the up to date Toyota service reports there was no mention of the corrosion which as it's the first Rav 4 I've looked at made me suspect that this might have been condition normal. Thanks to the responses here I now know this is not normal. The seat mounting bolts themselves would have required a warm up with oxy/acet to remove as they were blobs of rust, and no amount of a clean up with a scurf pad would have got underneath the overlap without drilling out the spotwelds. Also rust is always worse once the job is exposed. As well as being a panelbeater (who used body solder/lead sticks rather than bondo) I did have a Mot testers certification for a few years. My query really was not to wind you all up about your choice of car but a genuine question about them as this was the first one I have looked at with a view to buy. As I'm now getting a little old for crawling under cars I would like to find something relatively low maintenance so will keep looking for a good Rav4. Thank you for all your replies and hopefully once I found a good one I will be back for more advice.
  5. That particular corroded 2.2 134 bhp one turned out an impressive 46.6mpg I have heard that the petrol ones have a drink problem, and the 180 bhp diesels need regular water pumps. Over two years of ownership my petrol RAV has an average of 29.9 mpg which I consider good for the type of car it is and the often short journeys we do. With the 2.2 diesel I got about 40 mpg. The 180s have a bigger issue than water pumps . Over the last 20 years I have had at least 10 Toyotas from the smallest to the largest and rust has never been an issue but I have known the history of them, since most were bought new. 40 mpg is fine for a car with 4X4 potential. My 2ltr BM car only does 48mpg and my Mercedes optomistic OBC gives around 32mpg. The Defender only makes sense towing and I won't talk about the Range Rover That's good to hear that this corrosion is rare. I really was shocked to see the state of this cars underside but appreciate that with its towbar it could well have been used transporting boats and seen a lotof salt action.
  6. Sorry about the multi quote. Haven't got the hang of this yet
  7. I'm a panelbeater- or was until 7 years ago, so I know all about corrosion and welding. (Especially on old Fords Big Kev!) I actually suggested that the car in question should be returned to Toyota as it had low miles and full Toyota service history. I presume it's perforation warranty (at 7 years of age)would cover the floorpan? The question was (as I've always only had Land Rovers)is this a common fault with 3rd generation Ravs? As an owner of 7 Toyotas since 2001 and currently on a 4.3, I can tell you that corrosion is definitely not an issue - nor are most other things, bodywork, mechanical or otherwise. I would have thought that a quick google search would have confirmed this. Nevertheless if you are certain of your diagnosis, it might be worth checking into the history of that particular car looking especially for accident damage (or use as a deep sea trawler perhaps ). No impact damage on the underside although the large muffler was going to need replaced shortly too. Car came from the Scottish islands before returning to a seaside town on the mainland. You must understand that I wouldn't have bothered joining a forum on Ravs if I wasn't wanting to get one. I'm a long term member of Mercedes, BMW, and a motorcycle forums as It's a great way of understanding (through owners)a vehicles foibles before committing to buy.
  8. That particular corroded 2.2 134 bhp one turned out an impressive 46.6mpg I have heard that the petrol ones have a drink problem, and the 180 bhp diesels need regular water pumps.
  9. I'm a panelbeater- or was until 7 years ago, so I know all about corrosion and welding. (Especially on old Fords Big Kev!) I actually suggested that the car in question should be returned to Toyota as it had low miles and full Toyota service history. I presume it's perforation warranty (at 7 years of age)would cover the floorpan? The question was (as I've always only had Land Rovers)is this a common fault with 3rd generation Ravs?
  10. Hi people, been looking for a diesel Rav4 of 2007 vintage and was surprised to find swelling seams in the floor pans of an 07 Rav I was hoping to buy. There was no rust on the visible painted panels and it was mechanically fine. I had to walk away as i have no intention of having to weld up £7500 worth of car. I haven't seen corrosion on many cars since the late nineties so was surprised to see this on a Toyota. Is this normal as I really fancied one of these frugal buggies until I saw this?
  11. Hi all looking for a diesel 3rd generation Rav, so any advice gratefully received!