I wrote a review when about 6 months ago ( spoke about how i had a outback turbo ) and writing to tell you my experience of ownership after 8 moths of purchase. I love the pickup,it accelerates quickly which my outback had an issue with. The visibility is great i can easily see around me. The sound system is great, just need to replace the antenna for better radio quality; I may be buying an in-dash stereo with a backup camera. The ride is pretty decent but not ultra smooth. For the longest time i had the chriping sound and my mechanic fixed the issue - said the cowl needed to be secure= no more annoying chirping sound! The cons: the front seats are not comfortable; im 25 and my back started to hurt driving this car. To solve that issue i bought a great car pillow so no more back pain. Wish it had electric adjusting seats. I ultimately bough this car because of consumer reports labeling this year car reliable and bc it didn't have a lot of known issues. I am very happy with my purchase and my car reached the 85,000 mark, mechanic said the car is in excellent shape. When i drive it, it does not drive like a 14 year old car. I feel safe and confident this car will last me a long time. The only thing that stopped me from buying a crv was the known radiator issue which occurs in the 2002-2009 models- it happened to my friend and he had to pay 2,000 for that repair. For a brief period of time I was obsessing over a rx350 but I knew it was wiser to go with the older rav4 bc the maintenance/repair cost on lexus is costly. I'm very excited about my car now that the chripin sound is gone !
This is a used car that's 13 years old, and I've had it for 9 of those years. This car has made me a loyal fan of smaller SUV's, and I think Toyota is tops. No major repairs have been made on the car - just oil changes and tires. It has a few little dings and quirks but nothing to get too excited about.
bought an 04 awd for 6500 with 80,000 miles- black with moonroof. It looks great. I bought bc the acceleration was fast and Toyota is a reliable car. I did hours of reading on consumer reports and opted for the 04 model bc the 01-03 model has ecm issues. Upon getting the vehicle I had to replace the rotors and pads, as well as an 02 sensor. I had an 06 outback trubo fully loaded and it died around 110,000 miles due to a failed turbo- never buy a car with a turbo. The front seats are not comfortable in the rav4 so I bought a lumbar pillow. I have a low mileage one and will keep up with the maintenacen schedule. it is fun to drive and I'm glad I have awd here in new England. Almost bought a lexus but the having awd small suv was better than fwd sedan. I'm excited and hope this car lasts a long time. I use premium gas only. I was also considering a crv but the 2004 crv looks to square and the 04 rav4 looks new still.
This was my first car purchase ever. I knew I wanted an SUV, but not a giant gas guzzler. I love that I can for the most part fit into most parking spaces. It does drive like a car. This car now has 130,000 miles and still going strong. I wish Toyota made them convertibles at that time bc then this would be my car forever. I've always wanted a convertible SUV, which there is one available now, that I am considering getting. But I am so attached to my Rav. Good thing my brother is going to buy it from me, bc it definitely deserves a good home. It actually has good sound too. I sure am going to miss my Rav if I do end up selling it. I'm fighting back tears as I write this review...sniff sniff.