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1997 Toyota Rav 4

1997 Toyota RAV4

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4.8
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This is the best car I have ever owned

by from Syanford Kentucky on May 31, 2010

If something shouldhappend to this one I will have another one just like it Being from Ky. I have the blue one like the WILD CAT BLUE
If something shouldhappend to this one I will have another one just like it Being from Ky. I have the blue one like the WILD CAT BLUE
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Super reliable workhorse w/ comfort

by from Sacramento on January 17, 2009

I've owned my RAV4 for 6 years. It is awesome. Never had any major service problems. It is versatile, good for city driving, highways, and back roads. Toyota did a great job putting this one together....
I've owned my RAV4 for 6 years. It is awesome. Never had any major service problems. It is versatile, good for city driving, highways, and back roads. Toyota did a great job putting this one together. Super for a family.
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I'll will never give up one this one

by from Cayey, Puerto Rico on March 29, 2009

First time I saw it I wanted one. My Baby car (2 doors) have been in a serious collisions(not my fault). I had it fixed, and I still have it. Its 12th year with me will be in June 2009.
First time I saw it I wanted one. My Baby car (2 doors) have been in a serious collisions(not my fault). I had it fixed, and I still have it. Its 12th year with me will be in June 2009.
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Best car I ever had.

by from Michigian on January 16, 2008

I like the toyota Rav 4 because it is nimble and sporty and my sister likes it because of the fuel econimy. It protects the people in it really good. My brother wants one too. he thinks it would be ni...
I like the toyota Rav 4 because it is nimble and sporty and my sister likes it because of the fuel econimy. It protects the people in it really good. My brother wants one too. he thinks it would be nice to have a hybrid model. he really likes the space in it.
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Good and reliable car for your kid or yourself

by from Philadelphia on July 20, 2011

Toyota quality nowadays cannot match the past models. This 1997 Rav4 is a good example of this. After all these years, it is still reliable and performing as it should be for the car its own age. I bo...
Toyota quality nowadays cannot match the past models. This 1997 Rav4 is a good example of this. After all these years, it is still reliable and performing as it should be for the car its own age. I bought it for my college son and figured the small SUV with 4-wheel drive capability should be perfect for his first car. The only thing I did after buying this car (used) is to change oil, brake fluid, flush the coolant and check transmission/transfer case fluid. It ran fine for more than 8000 miles now. And since toyota parts are not expensive, I am not worried about future maintenance.. The performance is not great. After all, it only has 120 horse power and 4WD. Hence, not so stellar MPG either. It averages about 20-22 mpg combined. Still not bad for 14-year old 4wd suv. The most important thing, my kid won't get stuck in snow like RWD or FWD car.
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Uses car for Commuting

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great used car

by from ft wayne in on October 14, 2010

got it for my daughter for college, great buy and just an awesome used car she loves it. I would highly reccomend this Toyota model
got it for my daughter for college, great buy and just an awesome used car she loves it. I would highly reccomend this Toyota model
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Unbelievably reliable

by from California on April 29, 2013

I've had 2. One I bought new in 2000. Some drunk smashed into it in 2010. Totaled it. It was a completely reliable vehicle. I liked it so much I bought my 2-door '97 to replace it. It's still going st...
I've had 2. One I bought new in 2000. Some drunk smashed into it in 2010. Totaled it. It was a completely reliable vehicle. I liked it so much I bought my 2-door '97 to replace it. It's still going strong, goes anywhere, excellent ground clearance. If a drunk totaled it today, I'd get another. Only complaint: after 16 years, some other new small suv's get better mileage...
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Most Reliable Car I've Owned

by from Brooklyn, NY on September 16, 2008

I have had my RAV4 for 11 years. I've taken good care of it (followed Toyota's recommended maintenance) and never had any problems. I love its size and reliability. I regularly get offers "if you ever...
I have had my RAV4 for 11 years. I've taken good care of it (followed Toyota's recommended maintenance) and never had any problems. I love its size and reliability. I regularly get offers "if you ever decide to sell, let me know"! One negative, in this day and age, you need more than one cup holder, that's why it only gets 4 stars on interior design and features.
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Best Car I've Owned

by from Las Cruces, NM on December 20, 2008

What can I say, I have had my RAV for 8 years and LOVE it. It's reliable and comfortable to drive. I'm only 5'2" tall so driving comfort is an issue for me in many vehicles - not this one. I've been a...
What can I say, I have had my RAV for 8 years and LOVE it. It's reliable and comfortable to drive. I'm only 5'2" tall so driving comfort is an issue for me in many vehicles - not this one. I've been at home from the first time I drove it. To be honest, the only negatives are: only one cup holder and there is a good bit of road noise. For me, these have been easy to live with and the positives far outweigh the negatives. The only reason I am selling mine is to get a larger vehicle that will fit car seats a little better. When my kids are past the car seat stage, I hope they are still making the RAV-4 because I would definitely buy another one.
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Overall, not a bad little vehicle.

by from Edmnonton,Alberta on February 28, 2007

Had previously owned a '92 Toyota Previa 4 wd., but was offered a sum for it I couldn't refuse. I chose the Rav because I wanted another all-wheel drive and the practicality of a 5dr. The vehicle driv...
Had previously owned a '92 Toyota Previa 4 wd., but was offered a sum for it I couldn't refuse. I chose the Rav because I wanted another all-wheel drive and the practicality of a 5dr. The vehicle drives well -- a little jittery at times, and is reasonable on fuel. However, it can't compare to the Previa in either comfort or build quality; Granted, the Previa stickered for many thousands more, but I can't help but feel the Rav is a little "tinny". JUst trying to load a 4' by 4' sheet of hard board can be a chore. Currently, I have my Rav up for sale, and am back looking for another Previa.
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