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New to this RAV 4 malarkey as I posted in the hello section. I have briefly looked in the search on the site but my question is When do/ did the series change as in mine is a 2007 2.0 petrol which I assume is a series 3? And what are the normal foibles of the various series . I ask because my daughter is maybe after one aswell to tow the horse box, but being a groom funds are limited.... towing would normally point to a diesel, but it seems there have been issues, with what series I don't know .....just do I can advise her ( look knowledgable in a bluffing sort of way.)
I have a 2007 2.2L diesel, the 130 bhp version, pretty bulletproof engine but I personally don't think they are a particularly good tow car, I've towed a caravan & several trailers with cars on them, but to me the gearing is all wrong. I also used to have a 2.0L Auris as well, which although was technically too small to tow the caravan it pulled it far better than the Rav4. Another issue I find is that towball height is too low so you risk damaging the jockey wheel over speed humps.
a RAV4 from 2007 would indeed be referred to as a RAV4.3 (so 3rd Generation)
Personally I would not buy a Toyota 2.2L Diesel as used in the RAV4 from 2006-2010. The potential for failure, although small, is too high to be acceptable in my opinion. The Diesel models from 2010 onwards, with the 150BHP version of the 2.2L engine are meant to be a lot more reliable.
Don't know about if it pulls well or not, but the comment about the towball height should certainly be taken on board. Because of the rear door opening the towball will either be very low to let the door open and have the issue described; or you can get a detachable one which can be set a big higher but then it fouls the door opening.
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Thanks for the replies, the issue over tow hitch is a valid point, as is the suspicious Diesel engine , armed with the info I can look into the hieght of tow arm etc and know which model she should look for .....at the moment she uses a Suzuki Jimny ..but cracking motor it is towing ain't it's fortay! For now they use a Kia summat.
Her options are Suzuki Vitara ,or RAV 4. Now I can compare for her. Cheers.