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Annual update: 7 years in our Rav
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Author:  snoltor [ Sun May 10, 2020 6:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Annual update: 7 years in our Rav

7 years. 88k miles.

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May 2013: bought the car
Feb 2015: first drive unit replaced at 25k miles
Sept 2015: JdeMO installed
April 2016: Rear ended, rear door and bumper replaced, bill to the other guy's insurance was ~$5,000
April 2017: second drive unit placed at 57k miles
May 2020: 7 years, 88,000 miles, drive unit silent, all looking good. Currently on our third 12V battery.

We've been fortunate. Other than the drive unit swaps, our experience has been good. What you'd hope for buying a Toyota: not having to go to the dealership.

Hope everyone is well.

Steve

Author:  smkettner [ Mon May 11, 2020 5:12 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Annual update: 7 years in our Rav

Great story. How much range remains?

Author:  snoltor [ Mon May 11, 2020 10:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Annual update: 7 years in our Rav

smkettner wrote:
How much range remains?


I haven't done the Tony test in ages..... I'll guess 125 plus or minus 20. :)

But seriously, I'll get that done in the next week or so, seems I still have some time at home on my hands....

Author:  asavage [ Tue May 12, 2020 2:11 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Annual update: 7 years in our Rav

I "had" to drive our Model 3 today, and I'm reminded how I really prefer my RAV4 EV. Much easier ingress/egress, more comfortable seats, no taking my eyes off the road to operate the windshield wipers, no painful door handles, no nags about putting my passcard on the reader when it slips off, etc.

I mean, the M3 does lots of things the RAV4 doesn't, but I can't see out of the damned thing, the rearview mirror and rear window leave huge blind spots. And my knees ache climbing out of it.

I want to sit in a Model Y soon, see if the higher seating is improved. But I doubt I'm in the market for one. Maybe a XC40 Recharge in a couple of years.

Author:  snoltor [ Tue May 12, 2020 5:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Annual update: 7 years in our Rav

asavage wrote:
I mean, the M3 does lots of things the RAV4 doesn't, but I can't see out of the damned thing, the rearview mirror and rear window leave huge blind spots. And my knees ache climbing out of it. I want to sit in a Model Y soon, see if the higher seating is improved. But I doubt I'm in the market for one. Maybe a XC40 Recharge in a couple of years.


I agree. The driving position in the Rav is much more comfortable for me, and getting in and out of the Rav is never a problem.

Author:  geo [ Wed May 13, 2020 12:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Annual update: 7 years in our Rav

asavage wrote:
I "had" to drive our Model 3 today, and I'm reminded how I really prefer my RAV4 EV. Much easier ingress/egress, more comfortable seats, no taking my eyes off the road to operate the windshield wipers, no painful door handles, no nags about putting my passcard on the reader when it slips off, etc.

I mean, the M3 does lots of things the RAV4 doesn't, but I can't see out of the damned thing, the rearview mirror and rear window leave huge blind spots. And my knees ache climbing out of it.

I want to sit in a Model Y soon, see if the higher seating is improved. But I doubt I'm in the market for one. Maybe a XC40 Recharge in a couple of years.


Yep. I bailed on my M3 reservation because the car just wasn't useful enough. After all these years, the RAV4 is still pretty unique in terms of utility. I really thought I would have replaced it by now.

I do have a deposit on the XC40, but still 50/50 on actually getting it. Looks like there will be a few more choices towards the end of the year - VW ID.4, Model Y, Mach E. I have warranty until 2022, so I still have some time to decide.

Author:  n1tr0sp33d [ Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Annual update: 7 years in our Rav

Thanks for posting on your blog, finding it and seeing how well it served you helped me sell myself and my wife on buying one. First as a test case on driving an EV and if its what we needed. Two years in she's telling me skip buying a MY, to call Tony and get a jdemo. It really helped selling what your family was able to do with the RAV.

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