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"I don't wanna lose that girl!"
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By Jill Rose
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1996 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4dr SUV AWD


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This is a great car. I LOVE it. It is fun to ride, the visibility is GREAT. As a young girl, my "Runabout" got great gas mileage and had a lot of horse power for her size. She's 22 years old now and almost ready to retire, but I would keep her and fix her up if I could. She needs a new or rebuilt engine now.


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ZIPPY
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By USMC
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1996 Toyota RAV4 SUV 2dr SUV


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Bought to flat tow behind our RV. (our 2012 Rav4 is not recommended) I can't not say anything negative only positive. Wish I could buy a NEW one.


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In a Relationship
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By krnklng@yahoo.com
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1996 Toyota RAV4 SUV 2dr SUV


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I love this vehicle. 295,000 miles on my 1996 and still purring. I have to put oil in it almost weekly but a small sacrifice to drive this beast. I expect it to run another 100,000. Starts up beautifully but a little rough on the road, to be expected with so many miles. I want to buy another one when this finally gives up on me and hope to find one just like her with low miles.


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Little Ugly Monster
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By a79
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1996 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4dr SUV AWD


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I bought this car for A$5000 year ago when ODO meter was at 220,000.

This had been a awesome car in terms of reliability, I dive this to work 5 days a week which is a 90km trip and never misses a beat. Great in hauling stuff around.

Fuel economy was bad tlli I changed the fuel to Shell V, now it does little over 10km per litre.

We make frequent trips to Dandenong ranges with steep hills and sharpe curves, fun to drive and never gave any problems.

Low on safety features, no Air Bags.
Loving this monster.


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Great Car
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By mechanical1
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1996 Toyota RAV4 SUV 4dr SUV AWD


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4 Wheel Drive
2.0L 3S-FE engine 5 Speed

I say "great" car in the title... However mechanically this car is a horror story to work on. Toyota really did not think about maintenance when designing this car. It's definitely not a Honda... Plan on small working spaces, and hard to reach bolts for any maintenance other then oil changes.

When I bought it in 2010 the car was leaking oil out of just about every orifice. So when buying one plan on changing some seals

Aside from all that this car is wonderful to drive. I've taken it up mountains, through rivers, over rainy freeways, dirt roads. It handles like a car, but can take the beating of a truck.


Best Features

Versatility - it can take you to work or haul a load


Worst Features

Noise reduction - Any speed over 75 is horribly noisy Redesign engine compartment to make maintenance possible without dropping the engine Re-tune the computer for a more conservative A/F map, and reduce the risks of detonation, or make it possible to adjust the timing manually


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