by kate66 on Jan 27, 2014 Vehicle: 2002 Toyota RAV4 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
I bought my Rav4 used in 2006 with 34,000 miles. I have had absolutely no problems with it beyond normal maintenance. I have made multiple cross-country trips in it and have found it to be very comfortable even on long car rides. People can not believe how old my car is when they look at it. It still has its original paint, and people think it's brand new. I love the way it drive. It has a lot of road noise, but I knew that going into it. At 90,600, it's still going strong. I think I am one of the only people I know who not only loves my car but actually doesn't want a new one.
by catrna on Jun 8, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 Toyota RAV4 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
I have owned a 2002 for 5 years and while it seemed like a good car at first it is not. At 89000 miles the transmission died and is no longer covered buy warranty. After doing more web serarching I found that Many 2001-2003 Rav 4's have presented with this problem Toyota is aware of this but has not recalled. So unless you have monney in your pocket to shell out for car repaires don't buy.
by myravsucks on Mar 27, 2012 Vehicle: 2002 Toyota RAV4 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Bad camshaft had to be replaced at 90k miles.
Vibrations and noise from manual transmission at 80k miles -dealer could not find anything wrong.
Started slipping out of 5th gear at 100k miles requiring new transmission.
This car has been babied and driven gently by one owner.
All preventative maintenance performed regularly.
by gabster2 on Jun 24, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Toyota RAV4 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
I had this car for 6 years and overall it was a very good car.
It was extremely reliable.
I never made any large repairs.
It was beginning to lose all the little parts (power windows, thing that holds the back door open etc.). I live on a class 4 road and have really rough winters to contend with.
It is a little top heavy but it got me through some fairly rough storms and mud.
My biggest complaint was comfort while driving but I am a very small person.
by amigo4 on May 25, 2011 Vehicle: 2002 Toyota RAV4 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
My transmission compleley died a week ago.
I have some good news.
It was towed to Precision Toyota, Tucson AZ; immediately I was told that there will be no charge for anything. And I was told just that way.
I also was told that the repair can take up to 16 weeks. I called Toyota customer sercvice requesting a rental car for whatever time is takes for the repair. Received a call back the next day; I was advised to pick out the 2011 Toytoa car or van that I wanted to use from the rental department. I am now driving a 2011 Rav4 for free-and my car insurance covers the insurance.
I am very happy!
by krealtors on Dec 12, 2010 Vehicle: 2002 Toyota RAV4 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
I also had a transmission problem, but because of toyota they have extended the warranty until 10 yrs or 150,000 on 2002's not sure about other years. toyota dealer just replaced my computer and if problem comes back they will replace the transmission for FREE, I also didn't pay anything for the ECU (computer). I also believe service lady said they will also cover TCU as sell. so check with your local dealer.
Toyota's mini-SUV receives just a couple cosmetic changes this year. Models ordered with the Quick Order package now have gray-painted bumpers and overfenders, and Toyota has added color-keyed bumpers and overfenders to the "L" package. There are also three new L package colors: Rainforest Pearl, Spectra Blue Mica and Pearl White (Natural White and Vintage Gold have been discontinued).