2009 RAV4 question

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Old 23 Jan 2014, 11:43 am   #1 (permalink)
Julie Warden
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Group,

I am looking at a 2009 Rav4 4wd with about 100K on it for >$9000. It's
the 2.5 4cyl, with the normal power options. Seems like a good buy,
but I have some questions:

What's the deal with the rav4's 4wd? Is it full time, or only when the
front wheels start spinning. I understand the 4wd lock function, or
whatever they call it, but the 4wd isn't what I'm used to.

I'm assuming that Toyota no longer uses timing belts, as I don't see
anything on the maintenance schedule for it.

Does anyone have experience with this model year? Is there anything to
look out for?

Thanks,
Julie

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Old 23 Jan 2014, 12:27 pm   #2 (permalink)
Thomas Kirchhoff
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"Julie Warden" <julie_warden@spamonlyhotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Group,
>
> I am looking at a 2009 Rav4 4wd with about 100K on it for >$9000. It's
> the 2.5 4cyl, with the normal power options. Seems like a good buy,
> but I have some questions:
>
> What's the deal with the rav4's 4wd? Is it full time, or only when the
> front wheels start spinning. I understand the 4wd lock function, or
> whatever they call it, but the 4wd isn't what I'm used to.
>
> I'm assuming that Toyota no longer uses timing belts, as I don't see
> anything on the maintenance schedule for it.
>
> Does anyone have experience with this model year? Is there anything to
> look out for?
>
> Thanks,
> Julie
>
>


Hi, I have a 2010 Rav w/ 4wheel. If I understand it correctly most of the
power goes to the front wheels unless the fronts start to spin and then
power is applied to the rear wheels as a % of the total available up to
maybe a 60/40 split.. I don't recall seeing the 4wheel dr. icon light up in
the time I have had the car, and I live in a heavy snow area. That is, w/
the exception when I deliberately gun it on a deserted street just to assure
myself that the 4 wheel is there if needed.


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