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2002 Toyota RAV4 SUV

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Cockroach
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By isnide23
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2002 Toyota RAV4 SUV 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I am the 3rd owner. bought it with 60k miles. right now it has 150k miles. all I have done is changed oil and tires. It has been on rough dirt roads, countless snowstorms and numerous road trips of 1000+ miles. I have driven the piss out of this car and taken it on dirt roads it probably should have stayed away from. Toyota knows how to make a reliable motor and powertrain. There is a reason Toyota dominates other companies on reliability. This vehicle is a cockroach that refused to slow down.


Favorite Features

Not fast by anyone's definition, but the manual transmission makes it fun to drive and lets you use all the power the plunky 4 cylinder engine has.


Suggested Improvements

Sell a turbo-diesel in the US please


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I love my Rav4!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By kate66
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2002 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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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.


Favorite Features

All wheel drive, small SUV style, durability


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Buyer Beware
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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By catrna
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2002 Toyota RAV4 SUV 2WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)


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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.


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Disappointed by Repairs
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By myravsucks
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2002 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Favorite Features

Decent gas mileage, but you could buy a lot of gas for money that repairs have cost me.


Suggested Improvements

Make a more reliable vehicle


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RAV 4
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By gabster2
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2002 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4WD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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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.


Favorite Features

AWD Ground clearance


Suggested Improvements

Wheels are designed to capture mud! I had trouble with this every mud season. This car is rather noisy.


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