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Here is my (currently) compiled list of options I have chosen for the RAV 4:

Toyota RAV 4 Limited, 4x4, 5-Speed Automatic

* Alloy wheel locks
* Rear bumper applique (what is this, a bumper sticker?)
* Mudguard (never had this before)
* Cargo net (good for grocery shopping)
* Emergency assistance kit (does it compare to something similar/cheaper I
could buy elsewhere?)
* Carpet floor mats/cargo mat
* VIP RS3200+ security system (I thought this was standard, yet it's
optional)
* Remote start
* Exhaust tip by Valor
* JBL in-dash 6 CD changer w/nine speakers + sub woofer / hands-free
bluetooth phone access w/controls on steering wheel

Well, that's the list I have recently compiled.
I asked several others for their opinion, and the majority suggests: Classic
Silver Metallic

Any other features not listed on the Toyota web site that might be
available?

Thanks for any tips/suggestions!

I may be ready to purchase the last week of January.
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I still like the tow prep package but its $160 and probably won't make a
whole lot of difference in New York. I live in No Calif. and it gets hot
here for some months with over 110 pretty common off & on. I might take
another look and a ride in one too Fish, especially if your experience if
good.
Ron


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> Here is my (currently) compiled list of options I have chosen for the RAV
> 4:
>
> Toyota RAV 4 Limited, 4x4, 5-Speed Automatic
>
> * Alloy wheel locks
> * Rear bumper applique (what is this, a bumper sticker?)
> * Mudguard (never had this before)
> * Cargo net (good for grocery shopping)
> * Emergency assistance kit (does it compare to something similar/cheaper I
> could buy elsewhere?)
> * Carpet floor mats/cargo mat
> * VIP RS3200+ security system (I thought this was standard, yet it's
> optional)
> * Remote start
> * Exhaust tip by Valor
> * JBL in-dash 6 CD changer w/nine speakers + sub woofer / hands-free
> bluetooth phone access w/controls on steering wheel
>
> Well, that's the list I have recently compiled.
> I asked several others for their opinion, and the majority suggests:
> Classic
> Silver Metallic
>
> Any other features not listed on the Toyota web site that might be
> available?
>
> Thanks for any tips/suggestions!
>
> I may be ready to purchase the last week of January.
> _________
> ===fish===
> ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
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Comments on some of these embedded within the text....
"fish" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> Here is my (currently) compiled list of options I have chosen for the
> RAV 4:
>
> Toyota RAV 4 Limited, 4x4, 5-Speed Automatic
>
> * Alloy wheel locks

Good move if you fear theft.
> * Rear bumper applique (what is this, a bumper sticker?)

I believe that this is a little 'mat' that sticks on the top of the bumper
so you can step on it and not mar the bumper surface.
> * Mudguard (never had this before)

I am thinking that this keeps spray from collecting on the back of the
vehicle or at least mitigates it?
> * Cargo net (good for grocery shopping)

On our Prius we did not get this. We got some collapsible cloth covered
boxes from Home Depot for maybe $5 each. 4 fit nicely behind the rear
seat and can be stowed neatly. They are working out very well so far.
> * Emergency assistance kit (does it compare to something similar/cheaper
> I
> could buy elsewhere?)

Dunno
> * Carpet floor mats/cargo mat

Dealer ought to throw this in for free. Ours did.
> * VIP RS3200+ security system (I thought this was standard, yet it's
> optional)
> * Remote start

I respectfully question why. Engine-wise the engine does not need to warm
up before movement. If you need to have the cab be warm, then that would
be the reason.
> * Exhaust tip by Valor
> * JBL in-dash 6 CD changer w/nine speakers + sub woofer / hands-free
> bluetooth phone access w/controls on steering wheel


Are these in a package or are you getting these a la carte? I was forced
into package choices and needed to buy stuff that I did not want (like
that silly back up camera).

>
> Well, that's the list I have recently compiled.
> I asked several others for their opinion, and the majority suggests:
> Classic
> Silver Metallic
>
> Any other features not listed on the Toyota web site that might be
> available?
>
> Thanks for any tips/suggestions!
>
> I may be ready to purchase the last week of January.
> _________
> ===fish===
> ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯
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Well the moonroof looks nice and you can't get in the aftermarket.

On Jan 14, 6:59 pm, Hachiroku ãƒ?ãƒ?ロク <[email protected]> wrote:
> On Sun, 14 Jan 2007 23:21:38 +0000, fish wrote:
> > Here is my (currently) compiled list of options I have chosen for the RAV
> > 4:

>
> > Toyota RAV 4 Limited, 4x4, 5-Speed Automatic

>
> > * Alloy wheel locks
> > * Rear bumper applique (what is this, a bumper sticker?) * Mudguard (never
> > had this before)I believe this is what 'color keys' the bumper to the body.

>
> > * Cargo net (good for grocery shopping)
> > * Emergency assistance kit (does
> > it compare to something similar/cheaper I could buy elsewhere?)Basically a First Aid kit with a tool kit, some glow sticks, a manual or

> two and a tirangle, IIRC. I hope it's not more than $25...
>
> > * Carpet floor mats/cargo mat
> > * VIP RS3200+ security system (I thought this was standard, yet it's
> > optional)
> > * Remote start
> > * Exhaust tip by ValorThis is a chrome exhaust tip. You could probably buy three of them at

> AutoZone for what they are going to charge you for this...
>
>
>
> > * JBL in-dash 6 CD changer  w/nine speakers + sub woofer / hands-free
> > bluetooth phone access w/controls on steering wheel

>
> > Well, that's the list I have recently compiled. I asked several others for
> > their opinion, and the majority suggests: Classic Silver Metallic

>
> > Any other features not listed on the Toyota web site that might be
> > available?

>
> > Thanks for any tips/suggestions!

>
> > I may be ready to purchase the last week of January. _________
> > ===fish===
> > ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯- Hide quoted text -- Show quoted text -
 
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On Mon, 15 Jan 2007 11:15:44 -0800, edv wrote:

> Well the moonroof looks nice and you can't get in the aftermarket.


Can't argue that one.
This is one of the only options I would order. The rest I would look for
aftermarket (or try to get the salesman to 'include' it "if you really
want to make the sale..."


>
> On Jan 14, 6:59 pm, Hachiroku ãƒ?ãƒ?ロク <[email protected]> wrote:
>> On Sun, 14 Jan 2007 23:21:38 +0000, fish wrote:
>> > Here is my (currently) compiled list of options I have chosen for the RAV
>> > 4:

>>
>> > Toyota RAV 4 Limited, 4x4, 5-Speed Automatic

>>
>> > * Alloy wheel locks
>> > * Rear bumper applique (what is this, a bumper sticker?) * Mudguard (never
>> > had this before)I believe this is what 'color keys' the bumper to the body.

>>
>> > * Cargo net (good for grocery shopping)
>> > * Emergency assistance kit (does
>> > it compare to something similar/cheaper I could buy elsewhere?)Basically a First Aid kit with a tool kit, some glow sticks, a manual or

>> two and a tirangle, IIRC. I hope it's not more than $25...
>>
>> > * Carpet floor mats/cargo mat
>> > * VIP RS3200+ security system (I thought this was standard, yet it's
>> > optional)
>> > * Remote start
>> > * Exhaust tip by ValorThis is a chrome exhaust tip. You could probably buy three of them at

>> AutoZone for what they are going to charge you for this...
>>
>>
>>
>> > * JBL in-dash 6 CD changer  w/nine speakers + sub woofer / hands-free
>> > bluetooth phone access w/controls on steering wheel

>>
>> > Well, that's the list I have recently compiled. I asked several others for
>> > their opinion, and the majority suggests: Classic Silver Metallic

>>
>> > Any other features not listed on the Toyota web site that might be
>> > available?

>>
>> > Thanks for any tips/suggestions!

>>
>> > I may be ready to purchase the last week of January. _________
>> > ===fish===
>> > ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯- Hide quoted text -- Show quoted text -
 
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Hachiroku ???? respectfully adds.......

>> Well the moonroof looks nice and
>> you can't get in the aftermarket.


Really? I hadn't considered it because it would create a wind-co-efficient
drag and not be as aerodynamic.

The style of the Prius is a perfect example of the perfect shape (ugly, but
perfect).

I find the shape of the RAV 4 to exhibit a very beautiful shape (personal
preference).

> Can't argue that one.
> This is one of the only options I would order.


Hmmm.Unless you are driving with it open, bird droppings and flies could
enter your cabin, not to mention if it starts to rain.

> The rest I would look for aftermarket


I will check on that!

But some features, such as the remote start and the stereo with the built-in
bluetooth with the controls on the steering wheel are pretty good features.

> (or try to get the salesman to 'include' it "
> if you really want to make the sale..."


Wow, how do you manage to pull that off?

I'd be interested in knowing some negotiating secrets. :)
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I think the moonroof or convertibles are not really designed for
aerodynamics. .

On Jan 15, 12:41 pm, "fish" <[email protected]> wrote:
> Hachiroku ???? respectfully adds.......
>
> >> Well the moonroof looks nice and
> >> you can't get in the aftermarket.Really? I hadn't considered it because it would create a wind-co-efficient

> drag and not be as aerodynamic.
>
> The style of the Prius is a perfect example of the perfect shape (ugly, but
> perfect).
>
> I find the shape of the RAV 4 to exhibit a very beautiful shape (personal
> preference).
>
> > Can't argue that one.
> > This is one of the only options I would order.Hmmm.Unless you are driving with it open, bird droppings and flies could

> enter your cabin, not to mention if it starts to rain.
>
> > The rest I would look for aftermarketI will check on that!

>
> But some features, such as the remote start and the stereo with the built-in
> bluetooth with the controls on the steering wheel are pretty good features.
>
> > (or try to get the salesman to 'include' it "
> > if you really want to make the sale..."Wow, how do you manage to pull that off?

>
> I'd be interested in knowing some negotiating secrets. :)
> _________
> ===fish===
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I think the moonroof or convertibles are not really designed for
aerodynamics. .

Hence the lack of one on a Prius. (along w/its roofline)

Cathy


On Jan 15, 12:41 pm, "fish" <[email protected]> wrote:
> Hachiroku ???? respectfully adds.......
>
> >> Well the moonroof looks nice and
> >> you can't get in the aftermarket.Really? I hadn't considered it
> >> because it would create a wind-co-efficient

> drag and not be as aerodynamic.
>
> The style of the Prius is a perfect example of the perfect shape (ugly,
> but
> perfect).
>
> I find the shape of the RAV 4 to exhibit a very beautiful shape (personal
> preference).
>
> > Can't argue that one.
> > This is one of the only options I would order.Hmmm.Unless you are
> > driving with it open, bird droppings and flies could

> enter your cabin, not to mention if it starts to rain.
>
> > The rest I would look for aftermarketI will check on that!

>
> But some features, such as the remote start and the stereo with the
> built-in
> bluetooth with the controls on the steering wheel are pretty good
> features.
>
> > (or try to get the salesman to 'include' it "
> > if you really want to make the sale..."Wow, how do you manage to
> > pull that off?

>
> I'd be interested in knowing some negotiating secrets. :)
> _________
> ===fish===
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On Mon, 15 Jan 2007 20:41:09 +0000, fish wrote:

> Hachiroku ???? respectfully adds.......
>
>>> Well the moonroof looks nice and
>>> you can't get in the aftermarket.

>
> Really? I hadn't considered it because it would create a wind-co-efficient
> drag and not be as aerodynamic.


Bah...look at the Scion tC. Looks good, and it's nice driving with it open..



>
> The style of the Prius is a perfect example of the perfect shape (ugly,
> but perfect).
>
> I find the shape of the RAV 4 to exhibit a very beautiful shape (personal
> preference).
>
>> Can't argue that one.
>> This is one of the only options I would order.

>
> Hmmm.Unless you are driving with it open, bird droppings and flies could
> enter your cabin, not to mention if it starts to rain.


You'd have a REAL lot of trouble with one of these, then!

http://binrock.net/photos/p/1454

But then again, I don't drive mine in the rain, and the one time I got
close to getting caught in rain, I got home 5 minutes before it started.

And, it's manual...open the trunk...get the roof...bolt it in place...

But, no bird droppings...yet...

And gas mileage? Driving one of these, who cares?!?!?! ;)



>
>> The rest I would look for aftermarket

>
> I will check on that!
>
> But some features, such as the remote start and the stereo with the
> built-in bluetooth with the controls on the steering wheel are pretty good
> features.


Do you have a bluetooth enabled phone? Or headset or something?
The controls in the wheel are ok. I have a Sony CD player that a stalk
type remote is available for...it mounts like an aftermarket cruise
control.

>
>> (or try to get the salesman to 'include' it " if you really want to
>> make the sale..."

>
> Wow, how do you manage to pull that off?


This is tough...if there are a LOT of RAV4s on the lot, you have some
leverage. I was always buying Corolla SR5s, the GTS, and I tried to get an
MR2...all high demand cars when they were new. No room to bargain. But I
*DID* talk them out of the ADMU (Additional Dealer Mark-Up) that's charged
when they have a high demand car on the lot.

Luckily, Scion doesn't play that way...


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Hachiroku ???? respectfully adds...

> Do you have a bluetooth enabled phone?


Yes, and I have yet to use this feature since upgrading the phone last year.
:)
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On Tue, 16 Jan 2007 03:14:47 +0000, fish wrote:

> Hachiroku ???? respectfully adds...
>
>> Do you have a bluetooth enabled phone?

>
> Yes, and I have yet to use this feature since upgrading the phone last
> year.
> :)
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Ah...ok, then that makes sense.

The tC is the first car I haven't replaced the stereo in within 5 weeks...

Did the speakers, though! ;)
 
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