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  1. So we started off with a MK2 having an issue, thread got necro’d 8 years later by a MK3 owner and now a MK4 owner has latched onto it? I suppose it’s not worth pointing out that it’s not the same platform/engine/gearbox? I always find 1st gear is short in the MK4 vs the MK2 and I really wasn’t keen on the MK3 at all, but nobody in the family likes the MK3 and that has nothing to do with needing to resurrect it next week.
  2. Apologies for the delay in replying. Zero issues until I took the MK2 off the road in April 2021 @ 132k but I did make the switch back to Costco fuel. I do need to do the SCV’s on it before it goes back on the road, and a few other little jobs, but I also have a MK4 which is currently in use.
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    Just to state the obvious that hasn’t been mentioned: Haynes.
  4. Have you reinstalled them in the correct order they were taken out in? It’s an obvious question as the injector compensation values would need inputting if you got them the ring way round.
  5. Aerotwins on every RAV in the family (4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5), zero issues.
  6. Used car prices have gone up significantly, even WBAC are offering thousands more than pre COVID cars cost despite being 18 months older at this point.
  7. Have a look on eBay, it’ll set you back £30-35 and take 30 or so minutes for current maps/software. I don’t ask how the activation codes are generated, but they work.
  8. Many manufacturers are suffering from the silicon drought at present, for some brands 6 months is realistic, Toyota re-worked it’s supply chain after events a few years ago and has been affected to a lesser extent. 6 Months seems pessimistic, but possible.
  9. Even the reviews on the page you linked to clearly state it’s not great in the wet, dry and suffers from understeer amongst other things, now they’re £160 each which is £30 more a corner than either the CrossClimate or Vector 4Season Gen2’s that are the Goodyear equivalent both outperform the Nokian’s in every test I have seen.
  10. Probably would have been better to start a new thread, it’s been two years since this one died. It could be a lot worse, they used to fit Bridgestone Duelers, they are OK in the dry, but useless in the wet even from new.
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    Maps update

    Your car is listed as 2012 in your profile, I would suggest you have a look at eBay and spend £30ish if you want the latest maps/software, but realistically I wouldn’t bother, the maps will be significantly out of date compared to Waze/Google Mals/Apple Maps/TomTom etc. most of which are free on your phone.
  12. I’ve yet to see a bad EGR on any of the diesel RAV’s I’ve done/own, the 05 had a very fine dusting as did the 14, installs are usually going to be worse from having done them on other diesels - the only way to escape the black gunk from a 180K Altea XL was to move house 😄
  13. I would be carefully going through the online MOT history - it’s unusual to find a car that has averaged under 3K/yr for 18 years. Check the tyre ages, in theory it could still be on the factory set, has it been serviced correctly based on time? If it’s only done really short journeys, it may not have got up to proper operating temperature etc. - check for mayo-like buildup on the oil cap.
  14. You can turn the alarm off on the 4.4 - I did it to prevent my dog from being fat shamed - I presume with Techstream or Carista you can do the same on the 4.5.
  15. ... are you missing any golf balls? Perhaps if you gave us some relevant details to try and narrow it down a little, does it happen when at idle? Does it get faster inline with rpm? Does it only happen when moving? Is it louder inside the car or outside? Can you affect it in any way, eg turning, reversing etc. In all honesty playing guess the noise via written word over the internet is fun and everything, but if you have a journey planned and can't be more specific, this may be best dealt with in person via garage.
  16. Toyota seemingly don't solicit or use feedback or take much notice of the wider market and what is considered a really basic feature in many other brands. It's almost as if they exist in a bubble. When they eventually implement something, it can be as though the purpose is somehow lost in translation, or the ability to tick a box is chosen over actual meaningful implementation where the function and purpose becomes frictionless to the user.
  17. Are you asking for help, making a statement, inviting us to continue the story etc.? It's a 2019 car under warranty and a franchise dealer doing the upgrade, they'll figure it out - it's what they get paid to do.
  18. This has nothing to do with the dealer helping. You asked them to service it and check the emissions, they did and stated it was below the permissible emissions limit. You went to a 3rd party to have it re-tested and it failed on emissions. The dealer will obviously provide emissions data and blame the third party and the third party will do the same. You can continue to bounce back and forth between the two, but the only sensible option here is to get the dealer to MOT the car. If it fails on emissions, then you have every right to ask why they told you it should pass, as based on that assertion you incurred additional re-test fees on further fails. You can also push for them to find the cause of the issue as you've already had them service the car and specifically highlighted that it's had an emissions related failure. Obviously you're still liable for the costs to put it right, but you've at least got one party to deal with now and they don't have an easy 'out'.
  19. Perhaps it's your choice of wording, but rather than co-operating with a garage who have so far been reasonable with you and acted in good faith, even offering to pay for your additional costs to go to the franchised dealer, you seem to be suggesting you'll demand that they pay a bill they have no knowledge of for work they haven't authorised on an invoice they haven't even seen and haven't been given any opportunity to verify the reason the work was required (remember that report?) and you expect it to be paid on the spot? That seems as likely as it is reasonable. What happens if it turns out not to be anything to do with them? Alternatively you'll pay the bill and do a chargeback with again no mention of contact or giving the company the opportunity to issue you with a refund after they've seen the evidence they were at fault, or the payment they have already offered. If they'd ignored the issue and fobbed you off and it was provable that it was them at fault, then absolutely do a charge back, but what you've posted suggests it's not they who are acting unreasonably.
  20. A tad harsh - so far they have offered to cover the diagnostic fee without any agro, I would expect a decent independent to have an Autodata subscription which would document the process, but a lot of small independents who otherwise do good mechanical work can come unstuck when they need access to dealer level diagnostic kit for jobs like this or specialist knowledge. I mean if you are a specific brand specialist, you likely have access to that brands dealer level kit, but I wouldn’t rock up to an average independent expecting them to have full dealer diagnostics for every car.
  21. Possibly, possibly not. You can buy a VCI lead for $20 and do the scan yourself on a Windows PC, it will reveal many things that do not trigger a CEL.
  22. As above, my 3rd party OBD kit does this, for the fronts the passenger can just open the door, for the rears you need to unlock them using the button.
  23. … it’s been 6 years 😄
  24. I don't get it... Firstly why bump a post from 4 years ago? As we've established it's 2021, RAV's come with a 5 year warranty which means it's either in main warranty and you're covered and should be dealing with the dealer to see what they suggest, or you're just out of warranty, but if it's serviced by a franchise dealer you get a 12 months/10K warranty extension, that is unless NI is subject to a different policy?
  25. Get the dealer to MOT it if they say it passes when they are testing it - you could spend a lot of time and money only to find it’s not an issue with the car from what you just posted.
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