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2002 Toyota Rav 4

2002 Toyota RAV4

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Reliable SUV

by from Spruce Pine, NC on October 14, 2010

The 2002 RAV 4 was a great vehicle. My wife owned it for six years and traded it in on a newer model (2007). The RAV 4 was a 4WD and did exceptionally well on slick roads, in snow or ice. The 4 cylind...
The 2002 RAV 4 was a great vehicle. My wife owned it for six years and traded it in on a newer model (2007). The RAV 4 was a 4WD and did exceptionally well on slick roads, in snow or ice. The 4 cylinder engine was a little loud, but it was economical to own (26 mpg) and was well maintained by our family.
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good vehicle less one pricey repair

by from on July 11, 2009

I like toyota products having owned a corolla for 230000 miles. picked up a 2002 rav4L a year ago. ran well till one day ( at 85000 miles) transmission started shifting erratically. started downshifti...
I like toyota products having owned a corolla for 230000 miles. picked up a 2002 rav4L a year ago. ran well till one day ( at 85000 miles) transmission started shifting erratically. started downshifting for no reason. took to dealer for repair . ended up spending $1300 on new transmission computer. This has effected a fair number of rav4's and toyota will not cover it. so buyer beware check the service on the tranny computer first. otherwise great vehicle !!!.
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A Nice (but bumpy) Ride

by from Sacramento, CA on May 19, 2006

I have owned a 2002 Rav4 for the past year, and have driven it about 8,000 miles. So far, so good. It is very reliable, and can haul an amazing amount of stuff with one or both back seats folded or ...
I have owned a 2002 Rav4 for the past year, and have driven it about 8,000 miles. So far, so good. It is very reliable, and can haul an amazing amount of stuff with one or both back seats folded or removed. It's very easy to park, and has a great short turning radius. It's 4-speed auto transmission is smooth, and is mated to a pretty peppy motor. Only downsides are its somewhat choppy ride over rough pavement, and the amount of noise the 4-cylinder engine makes when you stomp on the gas. I would buy it again, however. It's that good.
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RAV takes all you can throw at it and wants more

by from Cotati Ca on February 25, 2007

I have had my 2002 RAV4 since I bought it new in 2002. It has served me well for 5 years and I have never had a problem with it. I consistently get 28-31 mpg and I can haul many many things in the cab...
I have had my 2002 RAV4 since I bought it new in 2002. It has served me well for 5 years and I have never had a problem with it. I consistently get 28-31 mpg and I can haul many many things in the cabin with the versitle seat configurations. I love my rav and will not be giving it up until it does.
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MOST RELIABLE CAR I HAVE EVER OWNED

by from SHELBY TWP, MI on October 5, 2011

RELIABLE, SMOOTH RIDE, TROUBLE FREE,GOOD ON GAS AND I ENJOY DRIVING THIS SUV. I INTEND TO PASS ON TO MY SON THIS GREAT CAR IN NEAR FUTURE INSTEAD SELLING OR TRADING.AND THIS WILL BE MY SON'S FIRST CAR...
RELIABLE, SMOOTH RIDE, TROUBLE FREE,GOOD ON GAS AND I ENJOY DRIVING THIS SUV. I INTEND TO PASS ON TO MY SON THIS GREAT CAR IN NEAR FUTURE INSTEAD SELLING OR TRADING.AND THIS WILL BE MY SON'S FIRST CAR WHICH HE HAS DRIVEN RECENTLY AND HE LIKED IT VERY MUCH.
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Uses car for Having fun

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long-time Toy/Honda owner and Rav-ing "maniac"

by from auburn, al. on July 24, 2015

This lil' Rav o' mine just keeps on rollin'... bought it new in 2002, has manual tranny, and w/good servicing have had next to no problems. hit 220,000 miles this month - did replace clutch about 6 mo...
This lil' Rav o' mine just keeps on rollin'... bought it new in 2002, has manual tranny, and w/good servicing have had next to no problems. hit 220,000 miles this month - did replace clutch about 6 months ago, but this little unit refuses to quit! We plan to buy a new hybrid Avalon soon, but I'm keeping my "little mule" !!!
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Uses car for Transporting family

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LOVED It!

by from KC, Mo. on January 28, 2007

Bought my RAV slightly used and drove it a lot. It was fun to drive, easy to park and cheap to run. It puts you higher up in traffic than a car without giving you the feeling that it would tip easily....
Bought my RAV slightly used and drove it a lot. It was fun to drive, easy to park and cheap to run. It puts you higher up in traffic than a car without giving you the feeling that it would tip easily. 80,000 miles later, NEVER had a single problem inside or out. My only complaints were that the seats could be more comfortable and it didn't come with auto pilot.
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Long Time Toyota Owner

by from Snoqualmie Valley, WA on January 9, 2011

We purchased this car with 60,000 miles on it, and the only issue we had was the tranny computer, which was, later on, recalled by the company. Toyota issued a good faith recall for up to 8 years or 1...
We purchased this car with 60,000 miles on it, and the only issue we had was the tranny computer, which was, later on, recalled by the company. Toyota issued a good faith recall for up to 8 years or 150,000 miles, whichever was first. The car suited our needs so well that we just fixed it and kept on driving. And driving. And..... driving. Very minor repairs, if any. It now has close to 200,000 miles and never fails to start or get from point A to point B. This car sees an average of 25-30,000 miles a year, all kinds of weather, and not a great schedule of upkeep. This engine can have a gelling problem, if you don't use synthetic oil or change regular oil every 2-3000 miles. Great for people with disabilities such as bad hips, or for those who have difficulty getting in and out of a regular car. Also the back door and roof line are so tall that you can remove the seats and it becomes almost like a small van in back. There is so much space, four bikes can fit easily! Road noise is definitely there, but for what the car is, that is a minor annoyance. Have had several Toyotas, and our only disappointment was the 06 V6 4x4 Rav we bought new. It was terrible in the snow, had a lag/surge problem with the tranny, and was dangerously overpowered. We still have our '02 and plan to buy another '04-'05 with 4WD. Hope this information helps someone out there who is considering one. They are a bit pricier, but if you don't like trips to the mechanic, then this car is for you... you will LOVE the resale value!
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Great Value and So Practical!

by from Catskill Mountains, NY on February 13, 2010

I can't say enough about my Rav4. It has 145k miles on it and the ONLY problem has been a sticky accelerator. (I just put the clutch in, pulled over and shut it off each time). This is a very practica...
I can't say enough about my Rav4. It has 145k miles on it and the ONLY problem has been a sticky accelerator. (I just put the clutch in, pulled over and shut it off each time). This is a very practical size and yet, it gets 30 mpg. We have gone on family vacations with a dog crate, camping gear etc. and have also hauled ducks, chickens in crates to a fair...Bought it one year old and it has been SO reliable. This would be a good choice for a family with two children who still want to haul things...,need traction in winter weather, but can't live with low fuel efficiency.
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Uses car for Just getting around

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Perfect for large eco-concerned guys

by from Denver, CO on September 12, 2009

Sure, I’ve had a few repairs- breaks needed some work and recently the steering column needed work- but I’ve put 150,000 miles on the cart so no complaints. I’m a large man (6’2”, 250lbs) and this is ...
Sure, I’ve had a few repairs- breaks needed some work and recently the steering column needed work- but I’ve put 150,000 miles on the cart so no complaints. I’m a large man (6’2”, 250lbs) and this is one vehicle that fits me well. For the size and the ‘SUV’ name, it gets the best mileage that can be expected. I’ve driven out of snow drifts that would leave any car crippled and have carried a full sized clothes washer in the back (with the door closed)- what more could you want?
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