1997 Toyota Rav 4
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Just Keeps on Running...

by from Rochester MN on August 14, 2017

This is by far the oldest vehicle I've ever owned, and it's been one of the most reliable. We bought it as a 'beater', and it has filled the role very well. It's great for running around town.
This is by far the oldest vehicle I've ever owned, and it's been one of the most reliable. We bought it as a 'beater', and it has filled the role very well. It's great for running around town.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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First and only car I've owned

by from Victoria, Australia on May 26, 2017

Very reliable! I bought it second hand around 160,000kph (I've actually forgotten the exact kph), and have now got it to 240,000kph four and a half years later. I've drove it through some tough tracks...
Very reliable! I bought it second hand around 160,000kph (I've actually forgotten the exact kph), and have now got it to 240,000kph four and a half years later. I've drove it through some tough tracks and it's pulled me through every time. I have however recently needed to replace the front struts and the thermometer. Otherwise no problems with it. It can definitely take a hit and keep going.
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Purchased a used car

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Does recommend this car!!

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Great car overall

by from Allyn, WA on May 8, 2017

This is a great car for everyday use. It's comfortable and reliable. I can drive it to work everyday and not worry about something breaking. Overall wonderful car.
This is a great car for everyday use. It's comfortable and reliable. I can drive it to work everyday and not worry about something breaking. Overall wonderful car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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1997 rav 4 4x4 5 speed

by from texas on November 14, 2014

I bought mine a year ago with 242000 miles I now have 262489 miles on it have not done any thing to it but put gas in it took it on a 3000 mile drive last winter no problem took it to the beach tried ...
I bought mine a year ago with 242000 miles I now have 262489 miles on it have not done any thing to it but put gas in it took it on a 3000 mile drive last winter no problem took it to the beach tried to get it stuck and couldn't well the same day I bought the 1997 I bought a 2001 both run like champs so I went out and got my son a car will not buy anything but a rav 4 got him a 1996 rav 4 with 214000 miles on it all I have to say is that's the only car I will buy from now on
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

Does recommend this car!!

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Wonderful little car.

by from NM on May 14, 2014

After terrible experiences with a "01 Saab wagon we bought a "97 Rav 4 for our teenage daughter. That was 3 tears ago and 20.000 miles. Never any problems. We still get 30 mpg. We live in the high mou...
After terrible experiences with a "01 Saab wagon we bought a "97 Rav 4 for our teenage daughter. That was 3 tears ago and 20.000 miles. Never any problems. We still get 30 mpg. We live in the high mountains of New Mexico so have to shift to 4 or 3 to get up very steep inclines but the little guy always gets it done.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Only Buy Toyota

by from Duluth,MN on January 19, 2014

This is the 3rd Toyota I've owned and the second RAV4! It's the only model of vehicle I shop for!! Love love love RAV4
This is the 3rd Toyota I've owned and the second RAV4! It's the only model of vehicle I shop for!! Love love love RAV4
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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NO GOOD

by from CHARLOTTE,NC on December 13, 2013

NOT WORTH MONEY DONT WAIST YOUR TIME TEST DRIVING ITS SEEMS REALLY RUFF WHEN PUSHING ON GAS... I WOULD PAY 2000 AT MOST FOR THIS VEHICLE. THEY ARE TAXING TOO MUCH. HE LIED SAYING IT WAS 3500 AND THEY ...
NOT WORTH MONEY DONT WAIST YOUR TIME TEST DRIVING ITS SEEMS REALLY RUFF WHEN PUSHING ON GAS... I WOULD PAY 2000 AT MOST FOR THIS VEHICLE. THEY ARE TAXING TOO MUCH. HE LIED SAYING IT WAS 3500 AND THEY HAD TO JUMP IT WITH CABLES FOR IT TO START... ??? WHO SELLS A CAR THAT WAY! NO WAYY
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car

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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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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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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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My car says I'm smart!

by from Naples, Fl on May 11, 2011

Like the Toyota Celica I had long ago, and for a very long time...it just would not quit. NOTE: only bad point with RAV4 I have, the hideous dark green paint deteriorated horribly
Like the Toyota Celica I had long ago, and for a very long time...it just would not quit. NOTE: only bad point with RAV4 I have, the hideous dark green paint deteriorated horribly
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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