Danger front k-frame rust out can cause fatal accidents.
Toyota and NHTSA know about this but they don't care.
check before you buy
check it if you own it
repair about $1.5-2k
more things to fix on this car 125k mi. than my old Dodge Caravan 173k mi.
never trust Toyota again
hard to work on
top heavy on turns
Toyota to stand behind product quality and safety
k-frame made of better quality metal and designed not to rust out so quickly
recall and notify owners of Rave4 safety problems
Back in 1999, my dad drove his RAV4L off the lot with 50 miles on the odometer. Today it has 320,000 miles. He still drives it everyday to work with no trouble. Throughout the years I've borrowed it to tow a log splitter and 20' foot sail boat. I've been in some crazy snow storms with the RAV and it did great. Took it over 100mph a couple times. Put kayaks on the roof rack.
It still has the original exhaust system, starter, alternator, battery. Oil changed every 3k. A/C still works. Not a spot of rust. Just regular stuff like brakes, shocks, tires, and timing belt every 100k.
I'm considering getting my own as a winter vehicle...just figured I'd share how great the Rav has been for my dad.
In 2007, I totaled out my 2000 Dodge Neon (good little car, too) and my brother and his wife gave me their 1999 Rav 4 L to drive. At first, it was a rocky relationship b/c I couldn't drive a standard...but once I got the hang of it, I learned two things: Standards are way more fun and this little truck is one of the best investments you could ever make! The truck had around 80K when I got it and I've put another 100K on it. The only thing I've had to do is replace the timing belt, which is an item you can expect to replace after time anyway. Other than diligent oil & fluid changes, I've not had to put any money into the "beep beep" and I think she'll stay in my family for years to come!
Surprisingly comfortable; accomodates all heights/sizes of folks.
Good gas mileage; lots of room in the back seat and in the back storage area;
The ONLY thing that I'd even come close to complaining about is the back door...that wagon type, swing to the side business...takes some getting used to.
Other than that, this little truck is a charmer!