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 Post subject: Just bought used 2014 Silver Rav4 EV in Boulder, Colorado!
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 7:42 pm 
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Just drove it home! It has 14,800 miles on it. It was overpriced, but as it's the only one in Colorado, I didn't want to deal with trying to buy it cheaper in CA somehow.

I was also looking at a new Mercedes b-class electric, but since it's a new car, it would have been a little more expensive. Also, the dealer is an hour away, which is a pain. It's a much smaller car but had a really mushy accelerator, so didn't perform as well as I would like.

I already own a 2007 V6 Rav4, which I love. Hilariously, it's also silver.

I still need to do the latest firmware upgrade recall, so that'll be a test of out of state service. I hope I don't run into the litany of problems these cars seem prone to. I don't know if the engine makes acceptable noises vs. unacceptable noises, for example. Wish me luck.

Ramona


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 Post subject: Re: Just bought used 2014 Silver Rav4 EV in Boulder, Colorad
PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:39 pm 
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My two Ravs together:

https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/0X075qt6O4nMDOcewjWcXv8j8Au4AmynAmIsBQVHkwI?v=grid&ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy

Now the problem is, what do we call them each to differentiate? It used to be easy: the Rav and the Prius. Now, it's the Rav and the eRav? The Rav and the Rev? Ugh.


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 Post subject: Re: Just bought used 2014 Silver Rav4 EV in Boulder, Colorad
PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 12:49 am 
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Welcome to the Colorado owners club! I think there's around 8 or 9 of us.

Cheers,
Mike


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 Post subject: Re: Just bought used 2014 Silver Rav4 EV in Boulder, Colorad
PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2015 2:22 am 
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ground_gainer wrote:
Welcome to the Colorado owners club! I think there's around 8 or 9 of us.


Cool!! Anyone in Boulder?


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 Post subject: Re: Just bought used 2014 Silver Rav4 EV in Boulder, Colorad
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 4:29 pm 
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I'm not sure. I'm down in CSprings and there's several in Denver.

Make sure you apply for your $6,000 state tax credit--it applies to used cars as long as the car was titled in Colorado for the first time. It's a depreciated value but based on battery size so you should still get the full amount with a Rav4 EV.

http://electricridecolorado.com/get_set ... ax-credits


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 Post subject: Re: Just bought used 2014 Silver Rav4 EV in Boulder, Colorad
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 4:49 pm 
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Just discovered the heater doesn't work, because it finally got cold here. What a bummer!


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 Post subject: Re: Just bought used 2014 Silver Rav4 EV in Boulder, Colorad
PostPosted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 6:44 pm 
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mickeymammoth wrote:
Just discovered the heater doesn't work, because it finally got cold here. What a bummer!


Yep, the heater is on the top ten list:

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=1589


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 Post subject: Re: Just bought used 2014 Silver Rav4 EV in Boulder, Colorad
PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:04 pm 
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Kevin Spillane from corporate called me back and he's getting the ball rolling for a repair, so that's a relief!!


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 Post subject: Re: Just bought used 2014 Silver Rav4 EV in Boulder, Colorad
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:29 pm 
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I'm living in Denver and am in the market for a used electric car. BMW corporate treated me horribly with a parts issue [$3,400 5-series transfer case that died TWICE and they would do nothing], so the i3 is out. I'm leaning toward the RAV4E. I have an AWD gas-powered car for cold weather, long trips and parts delays. I've read many posts here and elsewhere and have concerns based upon being out of CA.

I have three questions I'd really appreciate answers to:
1. As an outside of CA owner, would you buy it again based upon what you now know?
2. Who in CO [dealer or independent shop] has been good for service/repairs?
3. Did someone ultimately discover a local dealer to purchase the Platinum warranty thru?

Thank you in advance!


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 Post subject: Re: Just bought used 2014 Silver Rav4 EV in Boulder, Colorad
PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2016 5:18 pm 
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1. Yes, I would buy it again. I just really like the car. The car did sit in the shop for a month, but once it started working again, it's been solid.
2. For warranty service, you need to go to your Toyota dealer. You should just go to your local dealer and they will call in the regional (Denver) technician to do any work on it. So it doesn't really matter where you take it since the regional tech will need to be involved. If you have out-of-state service, you should also contact Kevin Spillane in corporate to make sure Toyota takes care of you. Technically, Toyota maintains that only trained mechanics in CA can service the car, and Toyota is being "nice" by even servicing it for you locally. I'm not sure how that would stand up in court, but no one has had to legally fight with Toyota over service.
3. I ordered the extended warranty over the phone from that Lexus dealer in LA (forget his name).

FYI, I did change the tires on the Rav, and that improved handling slightly, but really, it's not the best handling for some reason. My old 2007 AWD Rav4 handled better so I wonder if it's related to missing AWD or what. NOT a good snow car.


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