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  1. Good judgement comes from experience.

    Experience comes from bad judgement.

  2. Thanks Peter3696, I think that a 14 ft would be the largest I would want. Towbar first, and if there is any money left, look for a caravan!
  3. Auxiliary belts should have been changed at 60,000 miles service.
  4. I have a 2010 RAV 2.0 petrol with CVT transmission and wondered if anyone had any experience of towing a caravan with the same model. The handbook states 1500kg braked trailer capacity but caravan websites (and Honest John) seem to think that it is not advisable to tow a heavy(ish) caravan with this model. The petrol auto suits my daily needs and I was only thinking of a caravan if I didn't need to change the car, any experiences would be welcome.
  5. No need to worry, it's chain driven cam, not cam belt.
  6. I need a green wrap on my Giallo bonnet 😊
  7. Thanks for the feedback and the link David. Nothing too contentious with CVT vs DPF and EGR etc! A test drive will be the ultimate decider. As an aside I popped into my local dealer on Saturday, just to look at the new style wheels on the 2014 model year Rav, nice. In conversation with the salesman he said that he hadn't sold a single petrol Rav4.4, but really rated the 2.0 D-4D!
  8. Anyone had any experience of the petrol CVT RAV4.4? Honest John seems to rate this model and it would suit me when I retire, having had a 4.3 D-4D before this Auris. I will be doing fewer miles, I (try to) play golf and have a dog so look forwards to having extra capacity again, the petrol auto sounds appealing.
  9. At least the new reasonably priced car was a Vauxhall, not our favourite brand 😄
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    Hi everyone, first post in the Auris forum having just part exed the Rav for a new Auris Sport 1.6 which I think is great by the way. Anyway, back on topic, JC referred to the Corolla on Sunday's TG as a 1.8 140 bhp, is that the engine fitted in NZ? What a shame its not available in the UK, a bit more power and torque which I would have chosen if on offer.
  11. Spotted some RAVs for sale in Autotrader at Motorpoint with only delivery miles on them. They had an interesting feature on the rear door Priced at under £20000 but the spec appears low, cloth seats, no cruise or remote radio controls.
  12. Lovely warm day today in East Anglia, so whipped off the bumper and changed the foglamp without a hitch. I will fettle the bumper, having buffed it up it doesen't look too bad, it will just need a bit of paint on the inside face by the rear door. Thanks again for the help.
  13. I had to have my fuel filter changed and have used Shell cooking diesel exclusively since I owned the vehicle. However, I have been using BG227 additive, wonder if this had any bearing, but everything was OK last winter.
  14. Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I will wait until the weather warms up a bit, carefully remove all the fasteners and have a good look at the damage. At least it wont start rusting :) I am fairly good with an airbrush, have touched in rusty BMW rear arches and dropped motorcycle fairings
  15. Many thanks, Anchs. MOT is not until Nov, there should be a warm day before then. Aaargh, Bezzer, you just replied as I posted thanks to Anchs.....where's the glue?
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