Registered Member
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Thermal last won the day on June 11 2011

Thermal had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

20 Excellent

About Thermal

  • Rank
    Advanced Club Member

Profile Information

  • First Name
  • Gender*
  • Toyota Model
    RAV4.5 Hybrid AWD
  • Toyota Year
  • Location

Recent Profile Visitors

4,957 profile views
  1. 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. 😒
  2. 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 😒
  3. I would say: unscrew the same bolt from the other side of the car and see what it looks like.
  4. 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.
  5. 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..
  6. 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
  7. Hi, This one: will certainly fit. Not sure if you can keep the "parcel shelf thingy" (Tonneau cover) though...
  8. 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. 😒
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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. 😒
  12. I know, I know. But it can't do any harm to present a free and bright idea, in case someone at Toyota does monitor the forums. I also know from a reliable source that Toyota is véry interested in what 'moves' or irritates customers...🙄
  13. A plea for transparancy in by far the longest thread if this forum... I ordered my RAV4 on the 24th of March 2019. A couple of days later my dealer confirmed a delivery date of "around the last week of July". I took ownership of a polished car on 31st of July 2019. So... the Import organisation and dealerships, at least in NL, seem to know exactly how to trace their orders. It's the communication to the customers that sucks. Picture this: As soon as a robot lays its "hands" on the first pieces of iron and welds them together, the next thing is that piece of iron gets a VIN, and probably a couple of other identifiers and barcodes on its path. Toyota are the inventors of "The Toyota Way", are Master planners and their systems know exactly where every part, half-product and end-product is located. The factory also keeps records of every single part- and serial number that went into which car and even the torque the bolts were fastened. Important in case of inadvertent Call-backs. 🤒 It's the infrastructure for presenting the relevant information to the customers that is missing. For example, these days it can't be thát difficult to develop an App so customers can follow their car during production, shipping and local transport. The data is there ... somewhere. The manufacturer knows if, and where the car is on the production line, the shipping company knows what the cargo is, the ship's Insurers know, the GPS satellites know where the ship is and the App can draw a map and calculate where and when the ship arrives. Etc etc. Come on, Toyota, hire a wizzkid to write that App and your customers will like you even more. 😘
  14. I seem to remember that a couple of weeks ago a large number of brand new RAV's were just unloaded and then totalled on the shipping dock parking during the floodings. That may cause serious delays for some, specially if you were so unlucky that yours was on that ship...
  15. Here a RAV4.5 AWD on factory Bridgestone Alenza's, doing town/motorway ~35/65%. During August/September it did 4.7 L/100Km (61 Mpg). When it became colder and darker, consumption went up gradually, to now 6.4 L/100Km (44.1 Mpg). Overall from new: 5.4 L/100Km which is 52,4 Mpg, which matches the onboard computer exactly! Temperature indeed makes a big difference. Not bad for a >1700 Kg car. During the winter period, I found that on short trips the engine starts frequently to warm up, even when the battery is almost full, while in August I could do a shopping trip around town almost entirely in EV mode. Ah well... spring is on the horizon 😉