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 RAVLover on Jul 12, 2008 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV
I bought this new in 1997 and it now has 185,000 miles on it. The only repairs I had to do up until about 170,000 miles were brake jobs and I had to replace 2 A/C blower fan motors (about $50 each). I'm on my second set of tires with plenty of tread remaining. At 170,000 miles I replaced the A/C. At around 180,000 miles the timing belt finally broke so I went ahead and had new axles and new rear drums replaced while it was in the shop. Otherwise all I've done is change the oil every 3,000 miles. My daughter wants it and may give it to her but it's gonna be hard parting with it.
by Toyotafan on Jul 15, 2004 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV
We've owned this since 1986, and have
had NO problems other than regular
maintenance -- it's what we've come to
expect from Toyotas. Have since also
purchased a 2000 Honda CRV, and the RAV
is twice as peppy! I've only driven
small 4 cyl cars, and this has the most
pep of them all; it's not a 6cyl,
though, and shouldn't be thought of as
such. Front wheel drive does fine in
bad weather. Easy to park, good
by RavHate on Mar 10, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV
How this got auto of the year astounds
me. This car is the most underpowered
thing. To get on the highway from the
access road, you car has to get up to
4000 rmps (redlines at 6000). Stck
radio is horrible. Roof-rack is there
for decoration. Brakes ALWAYS squeal
(toyota said this was normal), Ride is
NOISY, just an all around bad car.
Maybe a stronger engine, better brakes,
better shocks...masculine lines would
satisfy me. Men out there. in the 7
years i've driven this rav4. I only
have seen one other guy driving it.
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