Our 2004 Rav 4 has been a very solid performer and been reliable until today. At 78,000 miles (we just learned) the steering unit is leaking, the front brakes need rotors turned and pads replaced (2nd time). Also the water pump is leaking. All told - it looks like Toyota will charge $1200 to get things fixed. These are the first issues we've had, so I can't complain too loudly. Savannah Toyota has exceptional service and sales staff - so we don't mind supporting their business.
The engine is very strong and the vehicle overall is super strong / stout. The style of this year is sportier than other model years.
Passenger seat is most uncomfortable and small. Front seat won't move back far enough. At 6 feet tall (with short legs) I have to move the seat full aft to drive. It now looks like the steering unit and water pump have quality issues.