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2003 Toyota RAV4 SUV

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Toyota RAV4 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.0 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 148 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Toyota RAV4

  • A solid and pleasing package, if a tad underpowered.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Steers and handles like a car, thoughtful cabin design, well-built interior.

  • Cons

    Small displacement engine for the class, noisy, most of the desirable equipment is optional.

  • What's New for 2003

    Already sporty-looking, the RAV4 compact SUV gets even sportier thanks to a new optional sport package that adds a new grille, a hood scoop, color-keyed door handles, heated exterior mirrors, tubular roof rack and gray-painted bumpers and overfenders. Inside, the package adds special sport fabric seats.

Full 2003 Toyota RAV4 Review

What's New for 2003

Already sporty-looking, the RAV4 compact SUV gets even sportier thanks to a new optional sport package that adds a new grille, a hood scoop, color-keyed door handles, heated exterior mirrors, tubular roof rack and gray-painted bumpers and overfenders. Inside, the package adds special sport fabric seats.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Disappointed

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

I bought this Rav4, AWD about 10 months ago. It is great to drive, ride and handling are good for it's size, power could use lot of help, and the economy has yet to break 25 MPG-it has dropped since we bought it, it is now down to 19 to 21 MPG. I removed the PCM and sent it to a repair facility to get the transmission problem corrected before it actually failed. The man who is repairing is said that the poor economy could be part of the PCM failing, even thought the transmission area had not failed yet. The outcome of this repair will be the deciding factor whether I keep this car or not.



17 of 17 people found this review helpful

Ecm /transmission problem

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

I rarely write reviews online but I want to share my experience with this vehicle...My RAV4 is in excellent condition until I hit 89K on my 2003 RAV 4 last month when it's started jerking on shifting. I'm 3 months passed out of extended warranty as per TOYOTA 10 YEARS/150,000 miles. I took mycar to the dealer but told me I need to pay $$$$ for the diagnostic and repairs because of out of warranty...Even calling TOYOTA Customer Relation is still no help..This is my last TOYOTA ever...You lost one loyal customer...I traded my RAV4 for a 2013 Honda Accord...




Great car

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

I have had this car since 2003...it is manual shift though. It is peppy and I can fit both my kids in it and all of our junk. It is reliable and I have no concerns whatsoever. The only issue I have had is had to replace the breaks. Love the car so much that we looked this year to replace our mini-van with something more efficient and considered another RAV-4 (ended up going with the corolla after really thinking do we need two mini-SUVs????)



9 of 11 people found this review helpful

Transmission problems...don't buy!

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

I bought my Rav4 new in 2003. It now has 156,000 miles on it, and the transmission needs replaced. I discovered the problem after trying to merge into traffic with sluggish acceleration. After researching online and reading other reviews on here, these problems are due to a faulty ECM. Toyota extended the warranty to 20 years or 150,000 miles. Of course, my car is 6000 miles over the warranty. Now we're stuck with a $5000 repair. Sure, I drove my car for 156,000 miles, but Toyota built their reputation on reliability. I expected to drive this car another 50,000 miles. Don't trust Toyota. Their only concern is their bottom line, not the safety of their customer.




Good car; not for family

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

I drive a 99 Camry and love it, so when we has our first child and my wife needed a vehicle to replace her 94 accord coupe we went with Toyota. The RAV (sprt pkg)is sharp looking. We now have two kids, and it has become very cramped. We have had the car for a little over a year now and have had the ck eng light on for most of that time due to a failing cat converter, though we've not had any trouble yet. We also had to replace the main computer because it was causing the tran to slip- Toyota covered this pricey repair at no cost to us (thank you!), despite the fact that we are not the original owner and it is outside the orig warranty.




Good second vehicle

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Vehicle: 2003 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 4A)

I gave my son my 03 Corolla S to us for college, so I went out car shopping and after test driving the Rav4 is was hooked, it had a very comfortable drive, I knew I was driving a Toyota, . last winter here in Missouri we had several big snowstorms and blizzards roll through the area, my AWD Rav4 didnt have any difficulty getting around in the deep snow, the corolla would have never made it out of the drive way



Talk About The 2003 RAV4

2003 Toyota RAV4 Discussions See all Started By

skullguy
skullguy
06-22-2009
2003 toyota rav4 leaking clean water frrom passenger side blower just under glove box....


marcomeneses
marcomeneses
03-22-2009
RAV4 and Internal Engine Control Module” failure....


marcomeneses
marcomeneses
03-22-2009
RAV4 and Internal Engine Control Module” failure....



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