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Safest Car I've Ever Seen
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By whisper292
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2006 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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Overall performance was great, but the car really pulled its weight during a recent accident. My 17-year-old flipped the car three times going about 70 mph and landed on the driver's side in a ditch. The car was totaled, but thanks to seatbelts and side airbags, she walked away with barely a scratch. I would recommend this car to anyone.


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Side air bags, 6-CD changer, lots of storage space


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impressed
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By chandwerk
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2006 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I have loved driving my 2006 Rav 4 from the day I drove it off the lot! I t has amazing pick up and power..reliability has exceeded my expectations. The dealership played the most important part--outstanding experience in customer service and repair! Thank you Mountain States
Toyota In Denver Colorado!


Best Features

Great get up and go! Rear door open access! Easy 4 wheel drive...Great paint...Overall reliability!


Worst Features

when rear windows are down a vibration or suction occurs..seats could be more comfortable and are hard to keep clean.


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Problematic 2006 RAV4 V6 Limited
10 of 19 people found this review helpful
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By squarebomb
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2006 Toyota RAV4 Limited 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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We were so excited to hear that Toyota was building a V6 RAV4. After owning a 1999 RAV4 L for many years, we were ready for a bigger and more powerful RAV4.
But because we couldn't get a good trade-in value for our 1999 RAV4, we decided to keep it. That was probably the best thing we ever did. While this RAV4 with the V6 engine si fun to drive, owning it is not fun at all.
From whining sound coming from the fuel pump, to grumbling sound caused by the AWD's ECU, to prematurely failed wheel bearings, to knocking steering wheel column, to rusted through "Stainless steel" muffler, to failing ignition coils, and leaking oil lines that almost bursted.
Now we have to replace the water pump. Sigh


Best Features

My favorite feature was the V6 engine when it was running fine before the problems started. I like that it's bigger so we could haul bigger items that our 1999 couldn't carry.


Worst Features

I suggest that Toyota gets their act together and tackle the quality and durability issues their customers are having with the current model lineup. They wouldn't even cover the embarrassing rusted through stainless steel muffler they installed on our RAV4. Remove the clean up catalytic converter from the muffler section so they could lower the muffler's price down to acceptable level. A Toyota tech at Toyota Universe in NJ couldn't even tell a catalytic converter from a resonator. What confidence will I have with their repairs. This is our last Toyota vehicle. Other manufacturers have caught up and surpassed them in terms of quality and durability. Toyota is now the old Ford.


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120K miles and still purring like a kitten
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By cinderella123
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2006 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV 4WD (2.4L 4cyl 4A)


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I'm the 3rd owner of my '06 4cyl 4WD, base model RAV, which had a 110K miles on her when purchased from a private seller. She was well cared for by her previous owners, with the replacement of the rear window wiper motor as the biggest issue. Since owning her, I've maintained her well and she purrs like a kitten & runs like a race horse. I've read a lot of negatives reviews here, but neither I nor the previous owners (judging from car reports and Toyota service records) have encountered any of it. I couldn't be happier with the continued solid & reliable performance of my Made in Japan RAV4, and look forward to years with her. It's all in the personal care and maintenance you give them.


Best Features

Fav feature has to be the exterior design; the RAV4 is just the sexiest looking SUV out there IMO. I also like the large rear side windows, that are not little triangle shapes like in other mid-size SUVs; rear visibility was a major "must have" on my list. Also the design and positioning of the side mirrors and rear view is so ergonomically well done that watching the rear action is like having eyes in the back of my head and looking out a big expansive window. There's no effort at all in seeing everything behind you. Gas mileage is also great considering the size.


Worst Features

Well, I've got an 06, so I would imagine anything I say has been improved upon already in subsequent models.


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Toyota RAV4 from hell
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By pabach
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2006 Toyota RAV4 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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The car has ample power and plenty of space inside. That's the short list of pluses. On the negative side, the car has been a godsend to the Toyota Manassas shop where we purchased the it. Over 76,000 miles we've had to replace all six cylinder ignition coils, the water pump and, just last week, the transmission, a $4,200 repair (luckily covered by our Geico insurance). Then, as we were driving the car away from the shop, we hear a grinding noise on mild turns, a $600 repair to change one of the wheel bearings. Toyota's were supposed to be reliable. Ours was not. Only a Russian Jeep Niva I used to own in the 90s was worse (don't ask). But at least that car was cheap to fix.


Best Features

Engine power of the V6. Space and versatility.


Worst Features

Toyotas are supposed to be reliable. Ours turned out to be the mother of all Toyota lemons.


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