"Truly one of the best cars I have ever owned !! Like a mountain goat in the snow. AC still cold as ice ! Have never really had any major repairs, Original muffler and exhaust !!! After 15 years !!! Liked it so much bought a new 2008 for the wife, she loves it !!"
Cons: "Didn't come with a winning lottery ticket."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned my 1998 Rav4 for only 2 1/2 months but I have put on over 7000 miles on it. It now has 193,500 miles.
It's just so much fun to drive. It's one of my all-time favorites and I have owned over 100 cars and driven many more in my 50 years of driving.
I get, as an average, 26 miles per gallon. Never less than 24.5 even if it's just city driving.
I paid $3000 for it and feel that it was money well spent. I have changed the oil twice and switched to synthetic which makes it run even quieter. The A/C is great. I love the view from the expansive greenhouse. The sound system is great although the original CD player is sort of showing it's age. I can fit my bike in the back or ride very comfortably with my grandson and 2 dogs.
I also really like having a 5-speed manual and AWD. I like how easy it is to get in and out of. I know that it's not exactly an Indy race car for acceleration, but it's still good enough to get on the highway without causing a problem. It's certainly, as it has been categorized, "adequate".
My complaints about this 17 year old Rav4 is that the clock doesn't work and the rear view mirror is a little loose. Hardly disqualifiers.
I try to make excuses to go and drive it. It's a cool, personal sized, well-built vehicle and I'm so glad I bought it."
"I love this car. It has served me well & reliably for 17 years. I would keep it, but I recently bought a trailer and I need a larger car to tow it safely. It has a dent on the right rear passenger door which renders that door inoperable. I chose not to fix it as the repairs would cost me more than Blue Book value of the car. I rarely use the rear passenger doors anyway, so it was not an issue for me. Slapped a big bandaid decal on it and it looks cool. ;-) In September 2013, I put $6000 into maintenance, replacing struts, shocks, clutch, and fixing the 5th gear (manual transmission) which was popping out upon acceleration. Service advisor told me after completion of these repairs that I had a great car and that it was bulletproof for easily another 150,000 miles. Toyotas run forever if you keep up with regular maintenance, which I have done since I purchased it new in 1998. Best & most reliable I car I have owned to date, and I've owned cars since 1972."
"this car belonged to my brother in California then I inherited it. It has made several trips to Missouri and other places in US. Needs to new front tires and a timing chain. other than that never had a problem at all. Has been a great vehicle. If you like to hunt and fish its great. Needs a paint job clear coat is finally fading on it."