LesU

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    Les
  • Toyota Model
    Rav-4 Design AWD Decuma Grey
  • Toyota Year
    2019
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    Essex

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  1. Hi Everybody, Currently in the middle of a holiday in the Western Cape. The previous two holidays here I've rented a RAV-4 because it swallowed the luggage and gave me a bit of an edge on some of the back roads out here. I booked a RAV-4 again for this year and was pleasantly surprised, at the rental company in Cape Town airport, to be handed the keys of a brand new RAV-4. The model was released out here at the same time as in the UK, about April. This one had 20km on the clock! It is interesting to see the difference between my car back home and this variant in SA. I always select an auto when renting and this car now uses the CVT box, which is a change from previous RAVs I've driven. This is obviously a low end spec car, the GX, and it is a much lower level of trim than mine back in the UK. It has a 2.0l petrol engine. Gone are the folding wing mirrors, traffic aids, navigation, customised speed display, auto rear hatch opening, front distance sensors, sensor unlocking and climate control. It does still have a rear camera, touch screen audio control, electric hand brake, rear sensors, and amazingly, a CD player built into the display screen. The most disconcerting thing is that it is a proper right hand drive vehicle. The buttons around the screen are in reverse to the UK version. Home is on my side. Unfortunately this also means that indicators and wipers are reversed. I have been constantly wiping the window while maneuvering the car! I've driven it along 120 kph roads and over a lot of dirt roads, some very corrugated. I'm not over impressed with the CVT box. I know I have one on my car back home, but the electric addition makes it feel completely different. On this car pushing it to the extreme to get past a truck on a mountain pass, results in it wailing like a banshee with the gears going all over the place. The only way to make orderly progress is to select Sport mode when about to overtake. This results in a more controllable and less frenetic experience. Longer trips have resulted in a consumption of about 7.2 l/100k, which I think is about 40mpg, so not too bad. The vehicle does feel extremely well screwed together, and the somewhat bumpy trips haven't created any loose trim. The ride is better than the previous model and the rear load space is bigger. I can now get my cases in sideways, as opposed to flat. The whole ride experience is better over all surfaces. I've seen quite a few of the new RAV-4's over here, far more than back home. But this is Toyota country. I have another 2 weeks to go to experience the car, with some long drives ahead. This should be interesting.
  2. Did extensive research last year, but couldn't see exactly the SUV that I wanted. Then the 2019 RAV-4 Hybrid came along this year so I did more research and concluded that this was the car for me. Tried some dealerships in April for discounts and delivery etc and was stonewalled for discount and delivery was being quoted back to October. Then out of the blue I found a new discounted AWD for immediate delivery. I couldn't take the chance on not getting it so I placed an order in April for May delivery. (I think this one of the first batch of AWD over here) Then I suddenly realised that I hadn't ever physically driven one, so I went to a dealership for a test drive. I was somewhat relieved to find that I had chosen correctly. Now, seeing the current delivery dates, I am so pleased I took the plunge. I've had the car the whole summer. The best bit was taking all the camping gear to Silverstone Classic and finding that not only did I not need a top box, but the car was begging for more gear! It swallowed everything inside and then gave me 55 mpg on the journey.
  3. You appear to have the wrong manual. The current manual is designated OM42D12E. What you have probably done is switch the mirror adjustment selection switch to either left or right. It needs to be in the neutral position to automatically fold when locking. This position also allows you to manually fold the mirrors while driving. There is an option in the vehicle settings to switch this function off, but it should be enabled by default.
  4. Roofbox.co.uk also do Cruz Optiplus specifically for the Rav-4 2019. That is what I have fitted on mine. One problem I had was that my Thule roofbox was too small to fit on the roof bars as they are a fixed position apart and there wasn't enough adjustment on the roofbox fixings.
  5. I was an automotive test engineer in another life.😊
  6. There is one easy way to test the pouches. Just put the key into one and try to get into your own car. When the car fails to open, take the key out of the pouch and open the car as normal. That is what I did and it worked perfectly. I'm satisfied they do what they say they do. I bought a pair from Amazon for a fiver. Just checked the reviews first to make sure they were OK. On one pouch with some negative reviews it was because that particular pouch had two pockets inside, one protected and the other not. Some people were using the wrong bit.
  7. After reading up on how these smart entry systems are being easily fooled, I've become a little concerned about the security of my vehicle. The manual seems to imply that the Smart entry system can only be switched off by a dealer (Option C in the Vehicle customisation options). So I purchased a Faraday cage pouch, thinking that was the only way to protect the vehicle. I have now gone into the Vehicle customisation options in the car and found 'Disable Smart Entry' as the last entry in the set of vehicle options. So it can be switched off. Once the system is disabled the 'unlock' button on the remote has to be pressed to gain entry into the car. No big deal. Unfortunately, it also means that 'push Start button and drive away' is also disabled. The manual does describe what now needs to be done (you are also given the same information on the car screen after Smart entry is disabled), but it is hidden away in a section labelled 'What to do if your key doesn't work'. It turns out that to start the car you have to physically touch the start button with the key while pressing the brake pedal. It then carries on as normal. Stopping it is the same as ever, with a button press. If I find this becomes a chore, I suppose I've always got the pouch to use.
  8. Just been to the Silverstone Classic. Drove all the way there without seeing a single RAV4 let alone a 2019 model. Pulled up in the camping field to be directed to the tent pitch and drove up behind not only a 2019 RAV-4, but identical spec. and colour to mine! Never saw another one for the rest of the weekend.
  9. @PeteB I am in exactly the same boat. I am registered. I have successfully updated the maps. I can send routes to the car. Listed in the apps I already apparently own are Google street view, Google Maps and Cyclops which appeared on the 'already purchased' screen when I registered and did the map update. However eStore is the only app to appear on the car screen. Trying to activate it using home wifi, or phone internet results in a message that it is loading and 30s later nothing. I can download and upload vehicle settings using either connection, so the link is valid, just no apps.
  10. First trip in the car was part motorway (70 mph) and cross country 200 mile to Shropshire. Indicated 62 mpg and brim to brim came to 61 mpg, so pretty accurate. Just come back from a 300 mile round trip to Belgium and back. Mostly 50 mph on the roadwork, laughingly called the M20 and stop start for 10 miles on the bit called the Dartford crossing and 80 mph on the motorways on the French side. I now have an indicated 56 mpg, so I'm happy. Had lots of opportunity to test the intelligent cruise control on the 25 miles plus of nose to tail M20 traffic in the UK. One other tip. The channel tunnel is a tunnel not rail as far as the sat nav is concerned. Designed the route on PC, checked it, sent it to the car, only to find it had changed the route to Dover. Had to go into settings and set 'avoid Trains/Ferries'.
  11. Just fitted roof bars to mine on the basis I would need it to fit all of my camping gear into the car. Turns out the car was so large it swallowed everything! Not sure if I'm allowed to say where I got them from but the site had roof and boxes in the name, they had the 2019 toyota rav-4 in their lookup tables. Chose Cruz Optiplus steel bar variant. Not the prettiest fitting, but fitted well and perfect for the aluminium tray that I purchased for it from ebay. The main problem for me was the fixed bar position, which meant my existing foldable roof box couldn't be fitted. (Bars too far apart)
  12. I'm assuming that you have gone into the navigation settings and selected '2d direction of travel'. If not then it is Setup > Navigation > Map > Map Layout. As has been mentioned here, that only seems to work correctly occasionally. The only other way, if it is being awkward, is to press the map direction button on the nav screen until it is correct. What I would say is that the info on navigation in the printed manual is woefully inadequate. To get an understanding of how it really works, the separate ICE electronic download manual is the only way to get to grips with it. It contains nearly five times as many pages as the supplied printed manual. This might help save the planet, but for me it just meant printing it out separately, especially as there are a lot of cross-references.
  13. Just an update on my map upgrade. Did another short journey which took the mileage from 136 to 145. Checked the map key code and it had changed. Successfully downloaded map and now upgraded to 2019v1. Maybe the FUD check is set on start up and so this journey was the first time it read over 120 miles. Now all I have to do is work out how to get the other apps, which are listed as available, up and running. e-store still keeps saying loading and then nothing.
  14. Thanks. The trouble is right at the start. To get to the free map upgrade you have to type in a Request code, which is found in the car setup. I assume it links with the database to ensure it is only being used for that car. The Request Code keeps getting rejected, so I never get to the download page.
  15. Thanks for that info. I've also been trying to work out whether my new RAV-4 needed its map upgrading. It was delivered this month , so I wasn't expecting it to be necessarily up-to-date. What I've found out with your info is that I'm on an older 1512 software version, but the map version is 943 , this time last year's map! It obviously wasn't updated on PDI. My biggest frustration is I'm finding it impossible to upgrade anything myself. The car and multimedia device are registered with MyToyota. I've done 136 miles, so more than the required 120 miles for allowing First Use Date to be set. I connect to the internet with my phone, while the vehicle is in drive mode. Select e-store app and get a whirling loading message for about 30s and then nothing. The on-line connection is working, because if I don't set it up right I get a message saying the connection is missing. I have also tried to download the map onto USB using the Request Code, that I eventually found in setup, despite the instructions from e-Store being completely wrong. If I type the 22 character code into the box in e-store I get a 'please enter a valid request code' error message come back. I guess a visit to a dealer is the next step.