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Trustworthy Toyota
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2003 Toyota RAV4 Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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We've now had our RAV for 4 years and it's still running like new. We had a Corolla before this that had absolutely zero problems. I perform my own mechanic work so I thought I'd give some feedback in that respect. 55,000 miles with no oil leaks anywhere. Oil filter location is the easiest I've ever experienced. The motor has a timing chain, not a belt. Annoying rattle developed around the glove box and finally narrowed it down to plastic grommets that hold plastic panels under the windshield wipers. A design flaw in my opinion. The battery is tucked under this area which makes it difficult if you ever needed a jump start. We invested in a Black & Decker jump starter just in case.


Best Features

Gas mileage is wonderful. We can make it about 350 miles on a single tank, which translates to about 30-miles per gallon. Removable back seats allows more cargo area than our Nissan XTerra. And most importantly, it's a Toyota, so it'll never leave us stranded.


Worst Features

Auto transmission has sluggish and downright dangerous response. It would actually seem more powerful if the transmission could keep up with the engine. We're always very careful about passing. I've counted up to a full 3-seconds of high rev before the transmission kicks in.


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An Unbiased Review
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By Mitch C
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2003 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I have had my AWD RAV4 for four years and put almost 90,000 miles on it. I could not be happier. I have never written a car review before but this car deserves it. I just came back from the dealer for routine maintenance. I was told that it needed nothing. I have only put gas and oil in this car and have had no issues whatsoever. It drives new and looks (minus normal wear) excellent. Build quality is outstanding, no rattles. Everything works like it should and you can see that this car gets driven a lot. The noise problem that has been commented on improves 100% with better quality tires (comes with TOYO tires new). The AWD works excellent in real conditions (black ice, snow storms, etc).


Best Features

Permanent AWD. Overall quality and finish. Reliability. Retail value. Looks. Cargo space (huge with back seats folded).


Worst Features

Better tires from factory. A turbo-diesel engine would make it perfect.


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RAV4 rates #1 for me!!!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By C.B.
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2003 Toyota RAV4 Fwd 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This is my first Toyota. Let me list all the things I like about my RAV: it is easy to get into (not as tall as other SUVs), easier to see over the hood while driving, the back door swings from the side, the versatility and configurations of the back seats, the gas mileage, its pretty looks (definitely a girl's car), the short radius for turning, the brakes stopping on a dime. This is all that comes to mind, although I know there must be more regarding the motor and things like that. I believe this will be my last vehicle for many years to come.


Best Features

Looks, ease of getting into and out of, ability to look over hood while driving, the display panel is no-nonsense, the various configurations of the back seats, trunk space, the back door opens like a door.


Worst Features

An option for having a pet screen in the trunk space while transporting pets. Seats could be more comfortable, and the ride less jarring; smoother.


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OK, just OK
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By Russ
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2003 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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This is my wife's car and she loves it except for poor mileage (17mpg in town) and the noise. Good tires would help the noise and ride. Traction is excellent. Seats are good in front and marginal in back. The swing out tailgate with attached spare tire is awkward


Best Features

AWD, reliability, superb handling


Worst Features

Better standard tires, better soundproofing, improved mileage


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Dependable RAV4
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By FRAN
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2003 Toyota RAV4 AWD 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Very dependable and comfortable vehicle. Gas consumption is minimal compared to previous vehicles.


Best Features

Quick acceleration and response considering small engine size. Comfortable for long trips.


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