Toyota RAV4 3. Gen

Toyota RAV4 3. Gen 2005 – 2012 – reviews, typical faults

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  • Years of production: 2005-2012
  • Engines: benz. 2.0-3.5 (152-273 hp), diesel 2.2 (136-177 hp)
  • Versions: SUV
  • Length / wheelbase: 433-462 (US version) / 256-266 cm, width / height: 182/169 cm, luggage compartment: 450-1470 l

Toyota RAV4 3. Gen – BODY FUNCTIONALITY

In Europe, only the 5-seater RAV4 was offered. An extended 7-seater version was also available in the US and selected other markets. A characteristic feature of the model is the rear flap tilted to the side and the spare wheel suspended on it (in the X version it is not at all because the manufacturer offered a repair kit instead). The rear seats deserve praise – they are individually adjustable and fold flat.

Toyota RAV4 3. Gen – ENGINES

The basic power unit is the 2.0 VVT-i gasoline engine. After the facelift, it was replaced by the 2.0 Valvematic with advanced valve control. Interestingly, it causes fewer problems than the older one, because it does not use engine oil. Diesel is a high-risk purchase. In fact, it is one not very successful 2.2 D-4D engine, but in different power versions.

Toyota RAV4 3. Gen – EMERGENCY

The weakest point of this model is the diesel, in which the cylinder liners sit. After the facelift, it is supposedly better, but investing in this version will always be roulette.

COSTS

You can complain about high car prices and expensive parts. Diesel servicing is a drama. But choosing the gasoline version frees the user from most of the problems. Note – we do not recommend the installation of LPG installations.

MARKET SITUATION

2.2 diesel is the cheapest, but we already know why. Better not to look for an opportunity, but to buy a gasoline version without LPG.

WORTH KNOWING

  • Impractical equipment: the top-of-the-range X version does not have a spare wheel mounted on the flap. Instead, it got expensive run-flat tires.
  • Many cars only have front-wheel drive. In more expensive versions with 4×4 In cars with 4×4 drive, a plate clutch is responsible for attaching the rear. They can be locked with a button.
  • The versions from the US market have an extended wheelbase.

THE MOST POPULAR DRIVE UNITS – TECHNICAL DATA

ENGINE2.0 VVT-i2.0 Valvematic3.5 V62.2 D-4D2.2 D-4D2.2 D-CAT
Displacement1998 cm 31987 cm 33500 cm 32231 cm 32231 cm 32231 cm 3
Fluepetrolpetrolpetrolturbodieselturbodieselturbodiesel
Power152 hp158 hp273 hp136 hp150 hp177 hp
Torque194 Nm198 Nm333 Nm310 Nm340 Nm400 Nm
Acceleration 0-100 km / h10.6 seconds10.5 seconds8.7 pp10.5 seconds10.0 s9.3 seconds
Speed185 km / h185 km / h200 km / h180 km / h190 km / h200 km / h

MODEL HISTORY

2005 debut RAV4 III in two body variants: European (short) and American (long wheelbase)
2006 market debut
2009 modest facelift
2010 “large” facelift, incl. Brand New Front
2012 RAV4 IV premiere

TYPICAL DEFECTS AND REPAIR COSTS

  • Pitting in the aluminum diesel block
    The problem is evidenced by the “disappearing” coolant in the 2.2 D-4D.
  • Oil burning by the 2.0 VVT-i gasoline engine
    The problem is particularly acute in units manufactured before 2010.
  • Steering gear wear.
    Noise and uneven resistance are evidence of the beginning of the end of the gear.
  • Problems with the soot filter on the 2.2 D-CAT
    Despite the special soot burnout system (fifth injector), the DPF is not reliable.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

+ Practical interior and large luggage compartment.
+ Durable 2.0 Valvematic engine (restyled) and an equally solid driveline.
+ Slight loss of value.

– Problematic diesel engines.
– High prices for used copies.
– Uninteresting interior design (crude styling, hard, breaking, plastic).

WORTH BUYING

RAV4 gasoline after rejuvenating treatment. The younger the car – the better (there is no problem with burning oil, among others).

WATCH OUT FOR

Diesel before the 2010 facelift. The 177hp version fails more often, but there are also reports of failures of the weaker variety.

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