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  1. Oh, well, thats a bit of a shock. Never mind, it's the vehicle I want so I have to pay the price I suppose. Thanks for the info
  2. Hello all Well, I have been and gone and done it. I have traded in my RAV4 XTR, now 3 years old for a new Hilux Hl3. I got a real good offer from the dealer, infact when I went to the dealer last year they offered me a lot less than they offered this time round. They inform me that they are desperate for 2nd hand cars and that is why they are offering more! How true it is I don't know. What I do know is that last year they offered me 8500.00 may be 9000.00 this time one year on they gave me 12000.00!! So, I pick up my new pick up on Friday 10th July. A couple of questions though, what is a "Surf" model? I have not seen these anywhere except on the internet. What is the fuel economy like? With the RAV I got around 42 to the gallon, on average. Thanks in advance.
  3. Hi 10 out of 10 B) Same problem happened again today, so off I go to RRG. This time they put the computer on and found error codes matching my fault description. After half an hour or so they found the earth connection loose. This also makes sense to me as the main cause of the problems. Any way they sorted it out and gave me a little red easter egg for my troubles :)
  4. Hi It's a funny one this, my RAV is a 56 bought last January, I took it in for a 20000 mile service and they told me it needed a new clutch because it is "snatching" I personally had no problems whatso ever with the car in ant way shape or form, they told me that there is a new clutch kit for this model and they are fitting them as and when they are required. New clutch "kit" has no dofference in feel to the previous cluthc except the byte is a bit sooner. Of course they could have just adjusted it but who knows? :(
  5. Hi all I had a new clutch fitted yesterday at my local RRG, after a recall. All went well. When I collected the car, all I could notice is that the bite point was a little sooner than before otherwise all was ok. I was just having one of those moments where you really enjoy the car, I had it valeted the day before, and so the moment was fantastic, THEN... At a road junction I put the indicator on to turn left, the ignition shut down for a brief second and re started. EEK, I thought, somewhat concerned now I started to drive a little more cautiously, only to have it happen again on my next left turn. Resulting in the radio and phone re booting along with the rest of the system. This time as I was expecting a problem I noticed the dash come back to life as if you have just turned on the ignition. I called RRG, they advised me to come back immediately. This I did, they checked it out and found no problems, typical I thought. They gave the car back to me and off I went again, this time on high alert. This journey was un-eventful. I got home without any problems. I have also been driving around today without any further problems. They did say to me it could be because they drained the fuel system to replace the clutch, and could have been an air lock causing the pump to shut off. How true this is I don't know. Any one else had a similar problem?
  6. Hi I have had some problems re mobile phones and the Toyota bluetooth car kit. Also I have spent a great deal of money on this problem! I had the car kit fitted by Toyota in March last year costing £350.00 GBP. I also bought a Nokia E90 for £579.00 GBP :o This phone would connect to the car kit without any problems and after about 30 seconds disconnected. This happened every time without fail. I sent the phone back to where I bought it from, their experts ;) tested it and said that there was no problem with the phone. When I tried it again I still had the same problem, this time I returned it to Nokia service department, they said that the phone was OK no problem. When I explained (after many hours trying to find the correct department) to Nokia about the disconnection problem their response was "If it is not a Nokia bluetooth car kit, we can not take the matter any further" Then, I went out and bought the Nokia 61i, as the next best phone that I could find with a keyboard, rather than those silly little keys that I end up pressing 2 buttons at once on. This phone would connect to the bluetooth kit and hold the connection but when I recieved an incoming call it dropped connection. The only cure here was to switch off the ignition and restart. Difficult when driving along! My daughter the lent me her Sony Ericsson K810i, this connected stayed connected and worked. It would deal with more than one or two incoming calls, told me my battery condition, even tells me when I have text messages, caller anounce, everything I wanted in the first place. So, now I have a Sony ericsson phone, my daughter has a choice of Nokia phones (Top of the range) Still I am very happy with the performance of the Sony phone with the car kit. I have looked into this problem, information is difficult to come by but it looks like Newer Nokia phones have bluetooth V2.0 and above. My car kit is a Motorola type made for Toyota and is version 1.02. It looks like I am stuck with this problem, as I cant see that Toyota is a fault I am very angry with Nokia and their attitude towards the problem. I have also found out that some people are getting Toyota to upgrade their car kit on the grounds that it was sold to them as "firmware upgradable" I dont know if I can be bothered any more to try this. With thiese toys they either work or dont, and if they dont you can rapidly loose the will to live. Hope this helps.
  7. Hi Well I took my RAV4 in for it's 20000 mile service this morning (25th Feb). All ok, no problems, except one. The mechanic found that the clutch was a little bit sharp! What a little bit sharp means I dont know, but I have to have a new clutch! So of course the blood stops flowing in the normal way throughout my body and starts to reverse direction, feeling very feeble at this stage I ask "How much?" "No cost to you sir, it will be taken care of under warranty". Phew! that's a relief I thought, blood flow now returned to normal flow direction. I still don't know what is wrong with the clutch everything seems fine to me! Now I just have to wait until they get the parts in to replace it. Sounds a bit like leaky sump syndrome to me. I wonder if dealers have to use thier warranty budget up at this time of year??? All friction materials are exited by temperature so if you get the clutch hot it will feel sharp or keen then settle down after normal use (mine is quite fierce all the time - most people who drive it stall it) If it really is sharp and not just as its always been then it could be traces of oil on it. Believe it or not a small amount of oil will raise the friction - not lower it. There are 2 ways of looking at this; I am not a lover of disturbing things unnecessarily - unless you do it yourself, rarely do things go back as they came off, eg clips get broken and wires don't get clipped up etc etc (in my fairly wide experience of dealer repairs - I used to run company cars). However, you could argue that you will get a new clutch (even if it didn't need one you will be back to new) and they should check out our old friend the DMF so you should get that done as well if there are the remotest signs of a problem with it. My problem is after witnesing so many badly done jobs I don't trust anybody! I was going to have my windows tinted and for that the rear doors have to be stripped. The guy wants it for a morning and he "doesn't need me to take it apart". He also insists that I can't stay while he does it as he doesn't like being watched. I smell a rat and so for now the windows will stay just as they are because to strip the doors alone will take a while. If anybody is stripping those doors it is anchorman!!! I trust him to do his bit but the doors are mine ;) Hi Thanks for the information. Yes as I drove away this afternoon thinking goody I get a new clutch, the repair itself and the skill of the mechanics doing the job bother me a little. Will it be as good when it is done? or will I end up returning time after time to get it sorted out? No dis respects to the mechanics at the RRG garage Rochdale, it just seems strange that the clutch needs to be replaced. This is not the first from all accounts either, they have done a few under warranty. They talk as if there is a replacement kit available. To me the car seems the same now as it did when I collected from new, but then any small changes I would not notice. The big problem I have at the moment is the blue tooth hands free kit I paid an arm and a leg for. This is intermittent choosing to either work or stop responding when ever it likes. The only cure is to switch off the engine and ignition for a couple of seconds and allow it to re set its self. Not easy when on the motorway!
  8. Hi Well I took my RAV4 in for it's 20000 mile service this morning (25th Feb). All ok, no problems, except one. The mechanic found that the clutch was a little bit sharp! What a little bit sharp means I dont know, but I have to have a new clutch! So of course the blood stops flowing in the normal way throughout my body and starts to reverse direction, feeling very feeble at this stage I ask "How much?" "No cost to you sir, it will be taken care of under warranty". Phew! that's a relief I thought, blood flow now returned to normal flow direction. I still don't know what is wrong with the clutch everything seems fine to me! Now I just have to wait until they get the parts in to replace it.
  9. drskeptical

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    Hi I had the same decision to make when I bought my RAV 4 XTR last year. I opted for the cloth covered seats when I would normally choose leather. At the time I allowed the sales man to talk me into "Supergard" the whole car for about £225.00. EEK! I thought. Any way, I swollowed the pill and had it done. About three months ago I ended up eating fish & chips in the car with a can of coke. I do not normally eat in the car but needs must on this occasion. As you will have geussed, I spilled the whole full can of coke onto my lap. I was angry, real angry because my new RAV has now got a can of coke on the drivers seat, and I knew I should not have been foolish enough to eat in the car. However, to my astonishment and I kid you not, the coke just formed into a giant globule on the seat, it did NOT soak into the cloth, this allowed me time to get it soaked up with tissues. When I got home with serious intent to wash the seat I found that there wasn't any real need too, although I did, but I was completely amazed! No sticky residue, no sign of a stain on the seat. It was as if nothing happened. So well worht the expense. Hope this helps.
  10. Hello Thank you for the reply and information. Yes the good old days and change. I recall change when a customer pulled up in his Jag. Told me to "put £5.00 worth in both tanks will you laddy", "sorry sir we can oly sell in whole gallons or 1/2 gallons" It is intresting that the brake fluid should be changed every 2 years, my RAV 4 is only 14 months old I wonder if they will try to make me change it on this service. If so I will have to run with them to keep the warranty obligation. Once again thank you for the reply
  11. Hi I have just joined this forum. I have just booked my RAV 4 in for it's 20k service next Monday 25th. I have been quoted £220.00 with 10% discount for booking on line. A pointless excersie as they phoned me up 2 minutes after I booked to confirm all details over the phone. Any way, my question. Why do they have to change the brake fluid after 20000 miles? When I was a young chap many moons ago, I had a job in a garage, I had to rush out when the bell rang to serve petrol to the customer, clean their windscreen and offer to check their engine oil. The garage service department, never, ever, changed brake fluid unless there was a problem with the brake system or the customer complaind of spongy brakes.
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