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Old 05-08-2015, 08:53 PM   #57
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Thanks Glenn, guess I missed that info. Was interested to know what the problem really ended up being as a number of folks use them for a tug.
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Old 05-08-2015, 10:22 PM   #58
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We will never know is my guess. Nobody is likely to admit driver error, and a dealership isn't likely to admit they sold a defective vehicle.
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Old 05-09-2015, 08:12 AM   #59
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That's how lemons get passed around. Many don't have the resources- money, knowledge, and/or time- to fight a large corporation, so it's often easier to trade and move on.

That's exactly what I did 30 years ago with a brand new Ford Ranger that used a quart of oil every 800-1000 miles. "Within normal limits," they told me. Went down the street and traded it for a Toyota and never looked back.

Unfortunately someone else bought it and I saw it 3 years later blowing blue smoke around town. I was glad it wasn't me, but felt bad for the person that had bought it. Should I have fought? Maybe, but I worked full time, lived 50 miles from the dealer, and had no other transportation.
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:36 AM   #60
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Well I had Toyota take another look as well as more research and the general consensus is its a combo of the softer suspension found only on the limited in conjunction with torque steer from the V6. The Sport model and the 4 cyl. Don't seem to have these issues. So looks like I will be looking for another tow
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:46 AM   #61
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Hummmm. Torque steer has nothing to do with your situation.

Some of the Toyota 4 Runners have soft suspension and it appears to affect their performance. Could your Rav has the same dilemma ???
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Hummmm. Torque steer has nothing to do with your situation.

Some of the Toyota 4 Runners have soft suspension and it appears to affect their performance. Could your Rav has the same dilemma ???
It could be the cobble stones on the Yellow Brick Road.
More likely it is RAV4 Limited soft suspension and torque steer ( as stated ).
A buddy was general manager of a Toyota dealership and told me that they had many customers opt for the four-cylinder because the quickness of the RAV4 V6 scared them. It you stomp on the accelerator while in a curve, it might just get away from you. I've experienced that and take it easy.
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Old 05-19-2015, 12:02 PM   #63
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My Rava

I don't buy that reason. My wife has a RAVA v6 limited. I is fast I give you that . Its very stable at any speed towing or not. We only tow a teardrop with it but loaded down with bikes and ect. we pull about 1600 lb. Does a real nice job but what do I know. Oh 2012
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You might want to upgrade the shocks and struts for less than the cost of trading.
Bilstein shocks are usually stiffer and have better ride quality.
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I would look for stiffer shocks, air bag for the rear coils and larger anti roll bars.
Stiffer shocks would do most of the work.
I would also look into pulyurethane bushings for the anti-roll bars etc.
The RAV4 should be cheaper to upgrade than trade.
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Mine is Sport model, which I believe has a stiffer suspension than other models of RAV4. Also has 18 inch wheels. I use a WDH. Tows my 17B easily, without sway and I can boot the RAV and tow up to 65 mph on a short highway access ramp, to merge safely.
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The RAV4 should be cheaper to upgrade than trade.
Absolutely! also consider talking with a towing specialist (we have one here in Canada) who knows the ins and outs of towing issues like yours Melissa. You have a great vehicle. Hate to see you spend a pile of money for nothing.
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One Towing Specialist: quote:... "also consider talking with a towing specialist (we have one here in Canada)"

OK, now I understand, you are telling us that you only have one towing specialist in all of Canada and that's why your advice always seems to come from that one source.

Fortunately, in the lower 48 providences, there is a wider selection to choose from. LOL

As my Grandmother (Canadian - PEI) might have said, "When you only have one pony with a trick, you better stay with that one". LOLOLOLOLOLOL
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Fortunately, in the lower 48 providences, there is a wider selection to choose from.
That's great news Bob. In the common interest of helping out Melissa with her towing issues could you post a short list of the more highly rated ones. Thnxs for your valued contribution.
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Having the stiffer suspension components installed might be relatively affordable (versus what you'd lose on trade). They should be readily available. There might even be aftermarket springs, shocks, struts, or whatever, that are stiffer than Toyota's.
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Yes I have been mulling over upgrading the suspension. Just aggravating when you spend $24k on a vehicle I shouldn't have too
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