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Tough as nails, 150,000 and a front impact
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By dcayres
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2005 Toyota RAV4 SUV Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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My Rav has 150,000 miles on her. Last October I rear-ended someone and thought she was done for. I pulled the frame back out a few inches, installed a new radiator and she's back running as strong as ever. My only complaint would be the wind noise, honestly. The clutch was replaced around 15,000 miles ago, but that's been the only mechanical issue. Regular maintenance, tires, and brakes have all been reasonably inexpensive. This is the first car I have ever kept until it was paid off. In the past, I would grow tired of issues, but not this baby. I am going to drive her until the wheels fall off.


Favorite Features

TSC, radio controls on the wheel, cargo area with wide opening door, cargo net, cargo hooks, and a cargo cover, and if you need more room, you can remove the rear seats in a snap.


Suggested Improvements

I think this was addressed in the '06 model, but the rear seats aren't the roomiest, but I never sit back there, so I don't mind.


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212000 and goin strong
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By over200000
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2005 Toyota RAV4 SUV Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I've been through 3 sets of front brakes 3 sets of tires, 2 water pumps and I think thats it. Just regular maintenance keep this little guy going. Oil changes every 7-10 thousand miles, radiator fluid flushed once a year, trans fluid changed every 50,000 miles. Thats about it. Just installed new struts and shocks long over due made an amazing difference in the ride. Oh I did have to have the Air Sensor thingy replaced it wasnt cheap like 350. The sensor light kept going on the dash.


Favorite Features

Gas mileage I'm getting 26-32 a gallon. Yes allot of hwy.


Suggested Improvements

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A Great, Reliable Vehicle
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By tuttman
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2005 Toyota RAV4 SUV AWD 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Purchased new in 2005. Good power and performance. Gas mileage was as listed until year 2-3. Now averaging 22-23 MPG, but not bad for an AWD. Now after almost 7 years and 69,000 miles, it's never needed anything but normal maintenance. Extremely satisfied with my RAV4. Brakes lasted almost 60,000 miles w/auto transmission! Paint and interior still in almost like new condition. The only issue is an exhaust "growl" at low RPM's. Not a big deal. Road noise is a bit loud, but the stereo works great to cover that. I love this car and would highly recommend it.


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Best Car
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By Orin Beitlich
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2005 Toyota RAV4 SUV Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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This was my first Toyota ever and I wished I had done it sooner! I now have reached 100K miles and it runs the same as when I bought it. I have never had any major problems with it. Front brakes around 50K and regular maintenance at recommended mileage. Original Tires replaced at 36K which is better than expected. BF Goodrich now have 64K and still good tread. I have never done a wheel alignment on this vehicle. I have tracked my mileage and it was exactly the 24 MPG overall that Toyota said it would be. It is only FWD so in winter I take it easy but this has been a very reliable vehicle for us. The utility has been great and removable seats are wonderful. I am very satisfied with it.


Favorite Features

Removable rear seats


Suggested Improvements

Full Rear bumper and rear door opening direction, ie up instead of sideways.


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One of the Best Cars I've Ever Owned
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By David Chase
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2005 Toyota RAV4 SUV Fwd 4dr SUV (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I purchased this car new and except for routine maintenance have never had a problem. My daughter was taking the car to college so I called a local Mechanic to see have the car checked out - I was concerned that the car had a serpentine belt that might need to be replaced. They informed me that the engine had a timing chain (lasts longer) and that the car wasn't scheduled for its first tune up until 120,000 miles! I purchased this car at the same time I bought a 2004 Toyota Land Cruiser - I made sure to purchase Toyotas that were made in Japan, not the U.S. (both were). I have had zero problems with both cars.


Favorite Features

Roomy interior, great gas mileage, reliability


Suggested Improvements

Upgrade the sound system, work on dampening road noise, smooth out ride


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