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Toyota RAV4 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 127 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 21/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Toyota RAV4

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Cute styling and Toyota reliability.

  • Cons

    Looks like a jellybean. Doen't offer the ultility or value of the Honda CR-V.

  • What's New for 1998

    Toyota's mini SUV enters its third year of production with minor changes to the grille, headlights, taillamps and interior. Four-door RAV4s get new seat fabric. A late-year introduction of the new RAV4 convertible makes this sport-ute more appealing for those who live in the sunbelt.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 21
  • cty
/
  • 27
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Love my 1997 rav4

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4

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.



7 of 7 people found this review helpful

1997 toyota rav4 (auto 2.0l

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4

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.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

It takes a licking and

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4

We live in Florida and my husband surfs the roof racks are great to hold his boards. We have put many,many miles over 202,000 and This car is still going. Love everything about this car.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Excellent quality

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4

Had this car for over 13 years. No mechanical defects and 270,000 miles. Usually got around 28 mpg. It didn't have the pep that some later models had but it always got me where I needed to go.



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Would buy it again

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4

I fell in love with this car before I even bought it. It just looked like it was fun to drive. I live in Florida but have driven it to Texas and New York. The drives were very comfortable and I didn't feel like I was driving a small vehicle. Even drove it during a snow storm and it handled great. Since it's raised a little you have good visibility all around. Mine is a manual 4-speed. I've never had any mechanical problems with it - I do have regular maintenance from a trusted Toyota mechanic (not the dealership) I've already decided that if I ever need any major work done I'll pay to have it done before I buy another car.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Excellent car

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Vehicle: 1997 Toyota RAV4

I have my four door auto for seven years and I have yet to be disappointed by it. A lady at my local plant nursery has been dogging me to sell it to her after seeing what I packed into it over the years and how it has held up. It is going to go to my daughter since KBB does not even come close to giving it a value worthy of its abilities. If you are in the market for one buy it and don't wrangle because it will be gone very quickly.



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Full 1998 Toyota RAV4 Review

What's New for 1998

Toyota's mini SUV enters its third year of production with minor changes to the grille, headlights, taillamps and interior. Four-door RAV4s get new seat fabric. A late-year introduction of the new RAV4 convertible makes this sport-ute more appealing for those who live in the sunbelt.

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Talk About The 1998 RAV4

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ocelot1
ocelot1
11-19-2001
I had a Rav4 1998. Make sure you buy the Toyota type (T) Trans fluid ONLY!It's what they call a highly friction modified fluid. It comes in one gallon metal containers from your local dealer,I think i...


indigo56
indigo56
09-23-2006
I have a RAV4 1998, the front left tire (driver side) is flat. I am trying to change it but the wheel won't come off. Should I just keep tugging till it comes off? Also, in the hub is a round brass r...


nimrod99
nimrod99
09-03-2007
RAV4 1996-2000 4 Cylinder Belt...



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