by teresa31 on Dec 28, 2012 Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4 2dr SUV AWD
I purchased my '97 Rav4 14 years ago with approximately 30,000 miles on it. Today it has 103,000 miles and is still going strong. The paint looks fantastic. The sunroof has never leaked. Seats still look great. It isn't a "peppy" driving vehicle but it is the most reliable car that I've ever owned. It goes in ANY weather. The amount of storage with the seats down is unbelievable. In 14 years the only repair (other than scheduled maintenance) has been to replace the oil pump. Since they had to pull the motor I had all belts replaced at that time (at approx. 85,000 miles). I've test driven a few newer vehicles with all the bells and whistles, but they don't compare to my 16 year old Toyota.
by panowak2 on Jun 22, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4 2dr SUV AWD
I owned this 6yr. old / 57000mi. Rav4 for 5 years, used it for USPS duty for 2 years.
It had decent engine performance, but got worse in higher gears. Overall seating package was not very good, with awkward rear access coupled with poor thigh support made it uncomfortable for taller peoples.
Gas mileage was fairly poor at about 22 mpg. overall; never got above 24 mpg.
Traction on ice and snow was bad as can be for 4wd.
Rear trunk room was good, as was overall reliability and materials quality.
Engine and transmission usually were flawless.
Almost no body rust at 11 yrs. old.
Tire wear was a bit excessive over time, and getting tires for it was very expensive.
New fabric debuts on the two-door RAV, and a sunroof is finally available on the four-door. Improvements have also been made by using sound-deadening material in the dash area, reducing engine noise in the passenger compartment.
mean? I'm absolutely devastated. I love my 1997 RAV4. I don't want a new car and the payment. I have just under 80,000 miles on my RAV. I don't know what happens next if they do rule it a total loss....
1997 Rav4 with 185k miles burns some oil. I replaced the PCV valve thinking that may be the issue. That seemed to stop the visible smoke at a cold startup but alas, the problem still persists. We boug...
Considering the 2006 RAV4 has only been out for 3 months, I doubt if there will be much effect on resale value between 2006 and 2007. If you want to wait for a 2007 over a 2006 in order to avoid &quo...