On a 1 to 10 scale, the "Fun Factor" is a 15!!!
I bought my 98 Rav4 2 years ago just for fun. I got it for a great price from a guy that needed to sell it. I'm an old grease xxxxxx and do most of my care maintenance. The exterior is in great shape and interior is super nice. It had the original suspension parts and a bad right front wheel bearing. I replaced the inner and outer tie rods, sway bar links, CV axles, lower ball joints, struts, shocks and the bearing. It's a blast to drive and with 215K for miles this one will last. The previous owner had a timing belt and tune up 12,000 miles ago so that is a big bonus. I love the 16" wheels as it sets up off the ground just right! Well made as Toyotas from the mid 1990's to about 2005 were bullet proof. I have a 2000 Avalon with 315K and it looks and tuns like new. Also a 2002 Tundra with only 95K and also looks and runs new. I will be too old to drive when I wear these out and have no interest in a new car. Love my fleet!
I currently have a 1998 RAV4 AWD. I paid very little for it. I saved it from the crusher. It just needed some love. I'm the second owner and it currently sits at 244k miles. Original engine and transmission. I had to replace the rear end but a used one was $150. I'll keep this vehicle until I can no longer maintain it. I personally don't have much faith in the newer models of this vehicle and feel that this year of the RAV4 will last decades longer.
The best vehicle I've ever owned
This vehicle was reliable above and beyond any expectations. I purchased it new and it lasted nearly 23 years and traveled over 439,000 miles with the original engine and standard transmission. Normal maintenance was performed religiously with no major repairs required.