I've owned this '97 RAV4 for seven years and it still runs like the first day I bought it! I really love how it handles, very responsive for an SUV, like an extension of my body... great on gas, excellent visual access (no blind spots!), and so reliable! (Well, it IS a Toyota!) No problems, have just kept up the servicing and off I go... into the California Sunset!
RELIABILITY! I've owned American made cars and they were either in the shop or falling apart! Body style, the spaciousness for a small SUV, the economical factors, the cargo space...
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