by a79 on May 23, 2013 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV AWD
I bought this car for A$5000 year ago when ODO meter was at 220,000.
This had been a awesome car in terms of reliability, I dive this to work 5 days a week which is a 90km trip and never misses a beat. Great in hauling stuff around.
Fuel economy was bad tlli I changed the fuel to Shell V, now it does little over 10km per litre.
We make frequent trips to Dandenong ranges with steep hills and sharpe curves, fun to drive and never gave any problems.
Low on safety features, no Air Bags.
Loving this monster.
by mechanical1 on Feb 9, 2012 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV AWD
4 Wheel Drive
2.0L 3S-FE engine 5 Speed
I say "great" car in the title... However mechanically this car is a horror story to work on. Toyota really did not think about maintenance when designing this car. It's definitely not a Honda... Plan on small working spaces, and hard to reach bolts for any maintenance other then oil changes.
When I bought it in 2010 the car was leaking oil out of just about every orifice. So when buying one plan on changing some seals
Aside from all that this car is wonderful to drive. I've taken it up mountains, through rivers, over rainy freeways, dirt roads. It handles like a car, but can take the beating of a truck.
by Dot on Aug 16, 2010 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV AWD
I really loved my rav4. It was very dependable & fun to drive. I was able to haul many things in it including a full size dryer & once hauled a kitchen table & 4 chairs. I was planning on keeping it until it could not go any longer. Well, you see it could not go any longer as a Young lady went through a stop sign & t boned me with a uninsured truck & totaled my rav. I never thought I would miss a vehicle as much as I do this one. I will have me another one as soon as I can. Right now I'm having to pay all the medical bills she caused me. I'm angry that she hurt me physically but, I'm more angry that she took my rav away from me. I was very proud of my little SUV. I feel envy every time I see someone w/ one
by Corun B on Feb 5, 2010 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV AWD
HAd this car for 10 years and not one problem. I can't get over how reliable this thing is. I live in the mountains with annual snow and haven't been stuck once, it goes to hell and back and is the best car that I have ever owned. This is the only car you would ever need in your life.
by Red on Nov 12, 2009 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV
This little SUV is just the thing for good basic transportation. It now has over 160,000 miles on it and I expect to go well over 200,000. It averages over 27mpg combined city/highway driving. It's nothing fancy but it always gets me where I want to go. Besides regular maintenance the only things replaced have been the water pump, timing belt, and thermostat. This would be a great first car for anyone.
by 1996 Toyota RAV4 on Apr 5, 2009 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota RAV4 2dr SUV
Purchased my RAV4 as a tow car for large motorhome.I have an interchangeable brush guard and tow bar. Very easy to tow, fun to drive. 29 MPG, with 5 speed. Has front and back sun roof. Well built little car, serviced every 3000 miles, not one single problem. I like the cargo style door in back with fold down seats there is a nice storage area. It has 116,000 miles and is driven about 40 total miles each day to work. Blue paint still looks new. I will buy another one when this one wears out... however, I hope for another 100,000 miles.
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