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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    Awesome, I struggled with a squeeze bottle when I did my gearbox oil , I would imagine you can also use a compressor airline set to low pressure to do the same thing?
    Sure why not. Depends entirely how well you can seal the tubes in the lid and the lid on the bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    Those with Gen 1 Rav4's , how is your suspension faring in terms of wear and tear on ball joints/bushings/control arms etc?

    And how much work have you done on the suspension and what is the availability and cost of spares like?

    I have found with vehicles of that age the suspension gets pretty woolly and soft, especially noticeable when you drive on gravel roads or off road.
    I can't comment because I don't know the history. Mine feels fine but I have no idea if the stuff was replaced before i got the car.

    Will eventually replace everything. I'll post details as I go round the car making it new again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    What mileage is your Rav4's on?
    What fuel economy do you get?
    im averaging around 11L/100Km. about 400km on 45L

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyro hiker View Post
    im averaging around 11L/100Km. about 400km on 45L
    Is that with urban or freeway mileage and with a heavy foot or trying for economy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    What mileage is your Rav4's on?
    What fuel economy do you get?
    The little 3 door runs at 10kml in town and sitting on 336 000km my son drives her everyday

    We will see when the roofrack and rooftoptent is on what she will give

    The 5 door is sittiing on 307 000km only filled her up the day I bought her

    Suspension wise the 3 door still feels solid but on the 5 door I ordered new coils as she sagged a lot the tires are rubbing bushes and all those I still have to look at
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    Anyone know where one can download and print pages from the workshop manual for first-generation RAV4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    Is that with urban or freeway mileage and with a heavy foot or trying for economy?
    11km per liter is my average for work travels, open road between 80km/h and 100km/h, 16km one way. improves slightly on long highways and likes to sit between 120-130km/h but needs to be help back there, wants to go faster if I let her. car has 110,000km on the clock. I drive reasonably economically, I'm not a heavy foot, but I also dont nurse it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyro hiker View Post
    car has 110,000km on the clock.
    Geez, that's nothing. What year model is this?
    I thought i was doing well with a 96 model and 215,000 km.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superduper View Post
    Geez, that's nothing. What year model is this?
    I thought i was doing well with a 96 model and 215,000 km.
    Its a 1998 model, been sitting in a garage and only used occasionally as a fun car. almost no time off road before I got it. and already done a little over 10,000 km since i got it beginning of this year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyro hiker View Post
    Its a 1998 model, been sitting in a garage and only used occasionally as a fun car. almost no time off road before I got it. and already done a little over 10,000 km since i got it beginning of this year
    That's almost unheard of because typically 1st gen Rav4's see lots of duty, actually hard to find one on gumtree with under 300k km, often are over 400k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    That's almost unheard of because typically 1st gen Rav4's see lots of duty, actually hard to find one on gumtree with under 300k km, often are over 400k.
    I hope mine lasts to 400,000 km.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyro hiker View Post
    Its a 1998 model, been sitting in a garage and only used occasionally as a fun car. almost no time off road before I got it. and already done a little over 10,000 km since i got it beginning of this year
    That is an absolute gem!
    I'm eying you enviously.

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    My 1998 5 door is sitting on 307 000
    And my son's 1995 3 door sitting on 336 000
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    I had forgotten they even made a softtop version until I was offered the car. haven't seen another one since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    Awesome, I struggled with a squeeze bottle when I did my gearbox oil , I would imagine you can also use a compressor airline set to low pressure to do the same thing?
    Hunter26 from this forum has done something similar but with a small air compressor, is quite cool idea:
    https://youtu.be/2Xn0sEyrWdQ
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    New diff oil today. Old oil was black as night, and lots of gunk sticking to the magnet on the drain bolt.

    My gear oil pump thingy with the glass jar sprung a leak and lost pressure. Had to tape the lid down. Must get better jar for next time. Maybe those Consol jars meant for preserves. Much better screw lid. And more volume too.

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    When doing the gearbox oil change, I noticed that the covers under the engine were fairly broken at most of the attachment points. The previous owner solved the problem with great big 40 mm washers on the bolts holding the covers.

    I decided to try to fix them with leather and shoe glue. Hope it holds.
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    Both Rav4's the bottom gray part got sprayed black
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    Where they grey from being weathered or just sprayed that colour?

    Anyone near George there's a place there called plastic refinishers and they charge R600 a bumper to respray in textured matt black, the finish looks OEM and makes your vehicle look very spiffy again. I had my rear bumper done, was grey and tired and now it looks new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    Where they grey from being weathered or just sprayed that colour?

    Anyone near George there's a place there called plastic refinishers and they charge R600 a bumper to respray in textured matt black, the finish looks OEM and makes your vehicle look very spiffy again. I had my rear bumper done, was grey and tired and now it looks new.
    The 5 door was sprayed gray did not look nice

    The 3 door was not sprayed but faded so got them sprayed black

    They did 3 of my cars and fixed my golf's dents

    All cost me R4000
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