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  1. On the Avensis (T27, manual gear) that I had, Hill Start Assist wasn't applied automatically either. To use it, you had to come to a full stop and activate the Electronic Parking Brake switch. Then, as soon as you drove away, the brakes were auto-released. Worked well.
  2. I find this an elegant solution for a TomTom device, connected to the Rav's internal power. Even the TomTom 6" display does not obstruct anything on this Brodit clip with Active holder. At least, until I can test Apple Carplay, and maybe even "indefinitely" thereafter.
  3. To clarify, the Toyota Hybrids do not have an alternator, nor do they have a starter motor. That's the reason why our RAV4's can do with a relatively low capacity battery, all the way back in the car. The only things in the car that are powered by the 12V battery are the lights, the instrument displays, the MM system, the wiper motor, etc. And last but not least, it's needed to initialize the Hybrid system when you press the Start button. The 12V battery is charged by the High Voltage battery, via the Inverter-Converter, and no matter how long your wife needs for the shopping, as long as you keep the system in READY and in "Park", and as long as there's fuel in the tank, you can listen to the radio, watch a movie, etc. and the system takes care of itself. Very clever! BTW, the RAV4 Hybrid is rather different compared to a conventional car. For instance, it has: -no gear box, but a planetary gear set. -no clutch -no starter motor -no alternator -no reverse gear And ... no power from the 2.5 liter engine is wasted, since it doesn't need to drive things like an alternator, airco compressor, water pump and cooling fans. All are electric, which is one of the reasons why the car is so fuel efficient. Again, very clever system. And yes, the 12V battery can go flat. Leave the car alone for 5 weeks and you surely need to remember how to open the door and how to use the jumpstart point under the hood. That's all in the manual. 🙄
  4. The difference between the 2WD and 4WD RAV4 goes unnoticed during normal driving, like it should. It becomes very noticeable during unfavourable road conditions and/or certain ... "hairy situations"! Last winter, I would certainly have been T-boned by a Van if my Rav4 would have been a 2WD instead of a 4WD. On an asphalt/gravel road, in a split second decision, the 4WD RAV jumped out of harms way and we escaped by a centimeter! My wife almost had a heart attack and is still mad at the Van driver. On the bright side, she appreciates my RAV a lot better now 🙂 I've seen these Youtube films on the early RAV4 promo's but I took them with a grain of salt. However, flooring the RAV4 4WD on a wet road really is amazing; from a stand still, no wheel spin, it just kicks off!
  5. This graph nicely illustrates the influence of summer/winter/summer temperatures. My Rav4, brim to brim messured since new, august last year. In Mpg for your convenienice. It helps the car's economy somewhat that practically the whole country is flat, and we have a national speed limit of 100 Km/h. 😒
  6. Thermal


    If I remember correctly, it is like PeteB wrote: you'll get a warning but no indication as to what tyre it is. I had a TPWS warning last september, and I checked all 4. One tyre pressure was 0.2 bar lower than the others, so I made them all equal (2.5 bar). However, the warning did not go away for another 2 days, so I looked it up in the manual. There is a menu item where you can set the pressures. As in "OK RAV4, I corrected your pressures and they are now correct. <Enter>". Now the warning went away and to my surpise, the screen showed the pressures in all 4 tyres! So the system knows what the current pressures are, but keeps you in the dark when the warning pops up. Nice 😒
  7. I would say: unscrew the same bolt from the other side of the car and see what it looks like.
  8. Have a look at : Elegant, safe and not expensive. The clip is car model/year specific and is the base for either a passive or active (i)phone holder.
  9. Hi, The RAV4's current bumper protector is only "decoration", and is nowhere near the >3 inch wide stainless protector I had on my Avensis T27. Search for "bumper protector" in this forum for an alternative..
  10. Toyota dog guard installation instructions.... here you are. The details on the drawings are not that clear, but if you look at page 5, the indents left and right for the parcel shelf bar might be visible. RAV4_DogGuard_PW255_42000_AIM_004_320_0.pdf
  11. Hi, This one: will certainly fit. Not sure if you can keep the "parcel shelf thingy" (Tonneau cover) though...
  12. Hi, I myself am one of the biggest sceptics when it comes to factory fuel-, emission- or performance figures. I don't know your driving style, nor your proficiency in math, but my RAV4 currently shows 5.5 L/100Km (which is 51.36 mpg rounded) after 6 months of ownership. Also, I meticulously administer a spreadsheet of all my fuel stops. When I do the math, the outcome matches the car's computer almost exactly. My spreadsheet shows the same result, with only a negligable rounding difference. Ofcours I have no way of checking the car's CO2 emission, but the onboard computer figures are certainly not much off! I'm sure you can prove a low mpg with any car, by putting the pedal to the metal and cross the UK south to north and back. Even with a RAV4, but that does no justice to it, or to any hybrid car. I'm very satisfied with the RAV4, and I only wish the driver's door switches were illuminated and it had a bigger traction battery. 😒
  13. Hi, Although ground clearance of the RAV4 is somewhat higher than an average passenger car, it's still not feasible to just grab the catalytic convertor and run off with it unnoticed, without jacking it up quite a bit. It may therefore help to install an after market class-3 or higher alarm system with tilt sensor which makes the alarm go off when the car is jacked up. Stickers on the windows warn, that a horrible noise will result if they try. I have invested in such a system from new, which integrates into the standard Toyota remote & immobilizer system. It was installed before delivery of the car, under supervision of the Toyota dealership. It operates with the normal Toyota fob, and uses a random security key every time the car is locked. And it works! Even cleaning the windscreen without first deactivating the system, makes your heart stop for a while. 😖 It's half the price of the Toyota alarm option and I hope it's discouraging enough.
  14. Hi, RAV4 Hybrid AWD on Bridgestone Alenza's summer tires here, since August 2019 ~6500 km mixed town/motorway 40%/60%. I find wind and road noise perfectly acceptable up to our current national speed limit of 130 Km/h. Fuel consumption overall is 5.5L/100 Km, which is ~51.4 mpg. Consumption during summer/fall increased gradually from 4.7L/100Km to 5.1L/100Km (60.1 to 55.4 mpg) and has now settled at 5.5L/100 Km, which is still not bad for a car like this. I expect consumption to go down again once temperatures go up and our national speed limit goes down to ... 100Km/h by the end of March. 😖🤮 Overall I'm very satisfied with my RAV4, very comfortable, quiet, powerfull if need be, and a joy to drive.
  15. Hi, In NL, mats are included in the co-called "Delivery costs". That includes among other things, €50 of petrol, cleaning and polishing of the car, registration, final inspection, recycling fee, and mats. And yes, they are very fine mats embroidered with "RAV4 Hybrid". In fact they are so nice, that I have them covered with a rubber mat, at least during the winter period. To protect them after having been through not-so-nice terrain. 😒