2000 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Review: Greatest "car" I have ever own

2000 Toyota RAV4 - Consumer Review

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Base 4dr SUV (2.0L 4-cyl. AWD 5-speed Manual)

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Greatest "car" I have ever owned!
By jefe76 on


2000 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV AWD


I am writing this review as I await the salvage yard to take my dear RAV4 away from me after five great years of service following a REC. The number one thing to recommend this car to any potential buyers on the used market is that I drove this car on several camping trips ranging from Georgia to Rhode Island and never had a problem or worried that I may encounter one. I honestly believe this car was the best city car ever made. Its ability to maneuver through Philly while surviving the rigors of neglected streets was astounding. The two problems that I had with the car were this: 1.-The engine is incredibly weak, even with a manual transmission. 2.-No room for adults in the back seat.

Best Features

Urban maneuverability Peppy engine in lower gears Very safe and predictable handling Locking differential option: Available only on the 2000 year model with 4-wheel drive with the manual transmission. It enables you to switch the drivetrain from All-wheel drive (where each wheel operates independently based on road conditions [more power may go to the left front wheel or the rear right wheel, etc.]) to full 4-wheel drive (where all wheels drive at the exact same speed). If you can find that model, which was only made for 6 months in the 1st half of 2000, you will not regret buying it. Just remember it is a car with some SUV qualities. It is not an SUV. That is why I loved it.

Worst Features

Not enough space for passengers in back seat. Weak engine. Hideous interior if you don't get leather. I had the leather seats and all black interior and I loved it. But when I was originally looking I wrote off the RAV4 because the cloth interior was so ugly. Typical Japanese Import: Amazing reliability So-so performance Poor body integrity
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