100,000 miles of reliability
October 23, 2018
We have 100,000 miles on our 4 wheel drive V6 RAV4. I really love this car. The only problem it has/had is that we noticed a small leak under the engine two years ago. My mechanic said it was the rear main engine seal, and would cost $3000 to fix. We decided we could live with a minor weeping seal, which was his recommendation. It stopped leaking not long after. All fluid levels are normal, so I consider it a non-issue. Now to the positives: You can sleep in the back, as long as you put a small board down to cover the 3 inch gap. When loaded up with 4 people including climbing and camping gear it will go 80 miles an hour uphill all day long. We drive from Seattle to LA every xmas and that thing is a little sports car. It's fantastic in the snow...though that may be due more to the 4 studded snow tires. The seats feel great, even though we have the simple ones. Inside of the car is plastic...but so what? It works. Nothing has broken in 8 years. It has the original starter, water pump, radiator, alternator, everything. I've had to do brakes of course. We love Toyotas. I've got a 2004 tacoma with 240k on the original engine and clutch! And we have a 1991 Corolla that has 365,000 on the original engine and transmission. It's the unkillable car. I just put on the third radiator. 4th gear on the Corolla doesn't work anymore, but 4th is over rated. We go straight to 5th.