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PostSubject: A Change of Wheels   Sat May 19, 2012 4:59 am

Ok, driving on all four wheels now! Got the RAV4 home and completed a detailed look-over. Pretty well up together, but I don't like the restricted opening of the rear door...that's a pretty dismal piece of design work and I don't appreciate why it's built that way. Other than that, it drove even better than I remember and it's not a dawdler!! It's got a Diff Lock, which I didn't notice on the test drive...useful. Think I might enjoy owning this...for a while Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: A Change of Wheels   Sat May 19, 2012 11:09 am

Like I hinted at in the other post - "always look on the bright side of life". Wink

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PostSubject: Re: A Change of Wheels   Sat May 19, 2012 6:06 pm

Thanks for your comforting words, Tom. Smile I'm not agonising about the other RAV4! As you said...in not so many words, it's wasted energy.

Overall, I like the machine, it appears well built and certainly drives competently. The diesel is quieter than the Audi!! Now I've got to find the nearest dealer...need a couple of things. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: A Change of Wheels   Sat May 19, 2012 10:29 pm

It might be worth typing Toyota into the Search Directory box of Macks 4x4 info

Will come up with loads of interesting stuff I'd wager. Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: A Change of Wheels   Sun May 20, 2012 3:27 am

Found a dealer...about 30 mins drive on a good day. Very impressed with the service and they knew what they were talking about!

Bought some replacement windscreen wipers, and they put a new battery in the spare key. Gave me prices for a set of mats, although I only want the drivers mat, and replacement gearstick knob...yes, a gearstick knob! The existing one is worse for wear (the previous owner must have had VERY rough hands!!!) and for me, something like that gets up my nose! Sad, I know, but it spoils the ship for an apeth of tar for me!

They GAVE me a new stub aerial and a touch-up stick, which unfortunately, is the wrong shade. The aerial replaces the original, which was one of those foot long whip type aerials protruding at an angle backwards from a base on the roof. This fouled my up-an-over garage door on the way in and consequently, prevented me from backing out!!

I asked if they could do anything about the restricted rear door opening, the answer was no! It's apparently restricted because a full 90 degs opening angle, with the spare wheel on the rear door, would obscure the hazard warning light on the right rear. There is a longer rear door stay I can purchase but would need to fit myself.

Ok, getting to know my new wheels, which is one of the things I enjoy about changing cars.
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PostSubject: Re: A Change of Wheels   Sun May 20, 2012 10:33 am

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They GAVE me a new stub aerial and a touch-up stick, which unfortunately, is the wrong shade. The aerial replaces the original, which was one of those foot long whip type aerials protruding at an angle backwards from a base on the roof. This fouled my up-an-over garage door on the way in and consequently, prevented me from backing out!!
Mmmm, getting back out could be a bit of a problem! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: A Change of Wheels   Mon May 21, 2012 4:10 am

On the subject of wiper blades; When I got my Terios 3 years ago one of the first things I did was change the crappy stock wiper blades for FLAT AERO type. I got them from Amazon for around £4. each and they are still going strong.
The FLAT AERO,one piece blades perform MUCH better than the old fashioned type.


For example;

AERO BLADES
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PostSubject: Re: A Change of Wheels   Mon May 21, 2012 4:30 am

Never seen them before. Nice one, I'll try those out next time I need replacement blades. thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: A Change of Wheels   Mon May 21, 2012 4:43 am

Tom Mc wrote:
Never seen them before. Nice one, I'll try those out next time I need replacement blades. thumbsup


STANDARD equipement on WV,AUDI,BMW,MERCEDES,LEXUS etc these days
You get a much cleaner sweep and never get any juddering!
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PostSubject: Re: A Change of Wheels   Mon May 21, 2012 5:12 am

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Tom Mc wrote:
Never seen them before. Nice one, I'll try those out next time I need replacement blades. thumbsup
STANDARD equipment on VW,AUDI,BMW,MERCEDES,LEXUS etc these days
You get a much cleaner sweep and never get any juddering!
That would explain it, didn't thing they were around in 1973! Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: A Change of Wheels   Mon May 21, 2012 5:45 pm


STANDARD equipment on VW,AUDI,BMW,MERCEDES,LEXUS etc these days
You get a much cleaner sweep and never get any juddering![/quote]
That would explain it, didn't thing they were around in 1973! Rolling Eyes [/quote]


So that's how long you been asleep then!! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: A Change of Wheels   Tue May 22, 2012 12:08 am

Never a truer word spoken in jest!

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PostSubject: Re: A Change of Wheels   Sun May 27, 2012 10:47 am

They are not bad those flat wipers. But...I have tried a few cheapo brands of the flat wipers (not on my landie) and they were rubbish. Go for Bosch or whatever.

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