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stay_aliveuk

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  1. Is there a place on the forum for advertising a car for sale??? Cheers PB
  2. Hi there, I found the unit reasonably easy to fit on the drive. Having said that I had had the door panel off prior to doing the work so I did know how it came off. The unit on your link doesn't look exactly like the one I fitted but appear to do the same job going off the description. You will need a soldering iron to make the connections as the wires are quite heavy gauge and soldered connections are the best here. I will see if I can dig out any pics of the installation. The unit came with a wiring diagram which I was able to follow with prior car wiring knowledge. If you are doubtful see an auto electrician for a price? Cheers Paul
  3. I've got '05 XT3 manual with only 10K on the clock. Done loads of good quality and purposeful mods to a car I thought I would keep a long time. However, I'm getting increasingly frustrated with its notchy gear change. Had it back to dealer 3 times to investigate and they state it is normal. I have read loads of reviews and they appear to be right. I like the concept of the RAV and its suits my purpose to a tee, together with its residual values I might buy another. The question is then:- does the new model, ie 4.3, have this notchy feel to its gear change. I would go for a auto box without thought but I really fancy the T180 and finances are such that I could afford one at present but I couldn't live with it if the gear change is the same. Cheers Paul
  4. Had a nightmare with a Audi TT a couple of years ago. Went to trading standards, local solicitor, top gear, even got a centre spread in a local newspaper and got no where. They kept repairing it but it kept going wrong. Finally lost my patience after eight months and hit the MD in the showroom in front of a lot of people. Looking back now I can laugh about because it was like one of those westerns when a stranger walks in a saloon and everyone goes quite. But it was no fun at the time. My research learnt me that you have little rights with a second hand car and those you do are virtually worthless. My advice, and I would consider it strongly, is get out of the car ASAP, trade it in, sell it, whatever, and take the loss on the chin. The situation will take over your life and ruin it for that duration. The RAV is a damn good car, but a combination of factors in your case has dealt you a wrong one. Good luck, you will need it
  5. Does anyone have any contacts details of breakers who specialise in Toyota, particularly Rav4 models. Thanks
  6. I fitted a 'Connects 2' adapter to the rear of the radio/cd head unit. This allows me to connect my creative Zen into the existing system. Works great, fitted a 3.5mm jack socket in one of the blanking covers. Do a web search for 'connects 2', can't remember what company I bought mine off. Takes about 30mins to fit properly.
  7. It will vary from dealer to dealer.
  8. I have a '05 Rav and took it back to be checked because of the appuling first to second gear change. Garage said it was fine and after a tiny amount of moaning they replaced the gear linkages. The gear change was miles better but only for a short time then back again to being rough. Mine has a thirty mark on the speedo but having driven cars with a digital readout there is no comparison. It is easy to float past the thirty mark and be caught out but with a digital display beaming out at you tend to be more aware of your critical speed. I wanted to buy a diesel for its residual re-sale value but the noise inside reminded me, also, of a van and couldn't live with it. Why can't they make the Rav as quite as a car. Many on this forum have upgraded the sound-proofing of their own so it can be done! It is also a shame they can't illuminate all the switches and include such 'luxuries' as having the interior light come on when you switch off the ignition and auto window closure. All in all the Rav is a good car but nothing more. Toyota are now asking a lot of money for the new Rav but when you look around for a little bit more you can get a used BMW X3/ Merc ML or even a Landcuiser. All of which the Rav can't compete with on any front. I have just recieved a letter from my local dealer with a fantastic offer for my car in exchange for a new one (apparently they are desperate for low mileage cars for their forecourt and are taken shipment of a load of new Rav's). But even this great offer isn't tempting me to get another one.
  9. I'll answer my own query. After a bit of a poke around I think it is 'fly by wire'.
  10. Does anyone know off hand if a '05 Rav has got a cable driven throttle or is it 'fly-by wire' Cheers
  11. Don't mean to sound funny but why don't you wait and get the 20k service when the car has done 20k as opposed to 13k?
  12. Bought a unit off ebay which came at the weekend for £14.99 + £4.99 P+P and £1 postal insurance. Was a bit sceptical at that price but got around to fitting it on Sunday and it works great. Unlike Tom's, I wired it up so that when do a single press on the remote to lock the doors the windows begin to close one by one, but for safety if you press it again as if to un-lock the doors the windows halt immediately. For the price it is a great unit and it only took about 2 hours to completely fit with minimal tools.
  13. No I don't think the microwave sensor is a standard item. If it is then mine doesn't work. Cheers
  14. Does anyone know if the factory fit alarm system on the 2005 RAV4 has a negative trigger input for adding a microwave sensor or break glass sensor??? Best regards Paul
  15. I used to repair car audio equipment and specialised in amps and CD players. You can attempt to clean the lens with a cotton bud and a little drop of meths or other achohol based fluid. Just ensure that all the residue is removed after cleaning and buff up gently with a clean dry bud. If this still doesn't bring results the optical pick-up unit (the lens) will probably have a number on the side which will be the part number which can then use to trace a replacement (try CPC). The replacement should require no setting up and is therfore an easy job with all cables etc just plug-in type.
  16. Try and stick to original Toyota parts. Copies never look the same and deteriate quicker than originals bringing the look of the car down. Keep an eye on ebay, but you probably already knew that!
  17. My light came on yesterday (Sunday) for no apparent reason, spoilt my Sunday night thinking about it. Decided I would leave it a couple of days to see if would clear itself like yours. Still on this morning but went out when I started up tonight. Car is running fine so I think I will leave it at that. I sometimes think these things happen because of a blip in the system and it triggers the light. The ECU then monitors the situation and decides after a while that it was a blip and nothing else and extiguishers the light again.
  18. I can't get better than 28mpg with nearly 6K on the clock with manual box. They are not the best on fuel but I it wasn't a concern for me as I don't do many miles
  19. Hi mate, when you say Toyota are not interested are you saying the dealer or Toyota UK? I don't believe that any manufacturer can say this after a mere 40k. I guess you went to Minories Wearside? Used them once and wasn't impressed. Cheers
  20. The fitting involved splicing in four wires into the back of the door mirror switch (located on the dash) and the reverse switch cable was picked up at the junction box located in the driver's footwell area. As for cost, I won't know for sure until I get some prices for PCB's and other components. I am hoping for around the £35 - £45 mark for a fully built and tested unit and perhaps about £25 for the kit. I will keep you posted. Cheers As you may well know if you have visited a dealer, they are not the most helpful and, unfortunately, the most knowledgable. Before embarking on the project I enquired with the local dealer and spoke to a chap on service who firstly didn't know of the feature on the Landcruiser then after I left it with him confirmed it was unique to it and controlled via one of the ECU's. Hence not an add on option for us RAV4 owners. Secondly, every PCB is bespoke so to speak and therefore I am not expecting them to be pricey. However, the cost/board does come down with quantity. Lets wait and see what quotes I get in the coming week. Cheers
  21. I have been working on this mod for about six weeks and finally got a prototype assembled and fitted today. Basically, what happens is that the passenger door mirror dips so that you can see the kerb when reverse is selected and returns back again when it is taken out. I had this feature on a car a couple of years ago and it is one of those little things that you really miss once you have had it. I have been promising to develop one for ages and finally got spurred on over the xmas hoildays when I had a ride in a Landcruiser which had this feature. I am not posting this topic to brag, but after fitting it today I realised that it could be something for everyone as the fitting took no more than twenty five minutes, and that include tracing the correct cables to connect to. With instructions I am sure most could do it well within that tyoe of timescale. There is no visible signs that a 'non Toyota add-on' has been fitted and no disassembly of the mirror is necessary. I believe that most people will be able to fit one of these or at worst be charged about half an hours labour form an auto electrician. I already have PCB designed and will look about next week for prices to get some made. I think I will look to sell them in either kit form, fully assembled tested and working or just the pre-programmed micro processor together with the schematics and PCB foil. As mentioned above the heart of the circuit is a pre-programmed micro-processor which does all the clever stuff. I have put alot of though into it and built in features such as a delay after reverse has been selected to combat those situations when it doesn't go in properly and you have to re-select it (my car is bad for this). This way the mirror isn't going up and down as you wrestle to get it in gear. There is also a sleep feature whereby the processor goes into sleep mode to conserve current consumption when not in use (it uses about 5mA and thats with the engine running and zero when its off. Bearing in mind the battery loses about 500mA/hour on a cold winter night). If you don't want the mirror to dip just make sure the L/R switch on the dash is set to either the OFF or RIGHT position. Let me know what you people think, I am going to make up some units anyway as they will fit to any car, but it would be handy to know what quantity I am looking at when ordering PCB's, unless there is anybody out there who has the facility at home or work? Cheers
  22. Bought a Connects2 MP3 Adapter from a company on the internet this week and got around to fitting it today. Problem is I am getting next to no sound out of the speakers. If you turned both the MP3 player up and the headunit up fully you can just about hear some muffled music. Just wondering if anybody has fitted one and had similar problems. I have contacted the company but not had a reply yet. Hope this is no the start of a drawn out exchange of e-mails where they duck and dive in an attempted to fob me off.
  23. Hi mate, sorry for the delayed reply. Yes I got some footwell lamps fitted. After a bit of experimenting I fitted a couple of amber MES lampholders which I got from RS Components. It gives the footwell a really nice soft amber glow when entering and leaving the car. A good mod I feel. I am planning (weather dependant) on fitting an amber lamp to illimunate the cup-holder area in front of the gear stick this weekend. Again, I have already experimented and found that a 6W 12Vbulb dimmed down with a 15 ohm resistor is just right. This mod works for me for two reasons, firstly to illuminate the after-market seat heater switches I fitted and secondly for the classy feel it gives at night to the car. I have tried taking pictures but they don't show it up well, however, I can take some of the lamps in place if anyone is interested. ← post them up would be interested as i have lost the use of the centre interia light having fitted the dvd player over it. The dvd player does have lights but these need to be switched on/off and do not operate via the door switchs. stay_aliveUk Hi, i have just completed the boot light mod looks great, and have brought some lights for the footwell mod, where did you pick up the feed for these mate. Cheers for the help Hi mate, I picked the supply up from the light which illuminates the ignition key barrel. To get at it you need to remove the cowel around the steering wheel which is three screws and then pull the two halfs apart. Feed the cable back to behind the centre console to where the two lamps are to be fitted. No more than half an hours job feeding the cables properly. Hope this helps
  24. hi prince,remember me saying the xt-r has a glass breakage sencor,(well my garage told me)i have tried to set the alarm off by tapping the glass with a key but did not work,just wondering if glass sencors are really fitted? does yours set off when you tap on the windows? i didnt think the alarm was good enough so i fitted a shock sencor to the alarm and then a dual microwave sencor...works a treat! it sets off a buzzer if anyone walks past the car :o I believe the glass break sensor is actually a microphone together with some electronics. It will be set so as to detect the noise or the anticipated decibel of a window being broken. The microphone is located next to the alarm function LED. However, the microwave sensor is located behind the radio out of the way and isn't visable. This works by creating a bubble within a specific distance and is triggered when the bubble is 'burst' by an intruder. This type of sensor will work even with windows down (all of them) and sunroof open.
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