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2004 Toyota RAV4

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 20/Hwy 24/Comb 22 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.4 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Japan Country of Assembly: Japan

2004 Toyota RAV4 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 401 Ratings for the 2001 - 2005 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

ECU Issues Have Plagued My Experience

By on Tuesday, February 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Comfortable"

Cons: "ECU Issues, Small (even for a Compact), Rear Door"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This model of Toyota is notorious for shifting issue due to a faulty ECU. The ECU has been replaced twice and reset 5 times. Every time the transmission acts appropriately for a little while before falling back into it's problems. Otherwise... PROS: it runs well outside of the shifting issues, comfortable, a bit on the smaller side (even for a compact SUV). CONS: I'm not sure if it's the ECU problem or what, but I'm lucky to get 13 miles to the gallon city, 15 highway. The rear fold down seats do not fold down flush with the cargo space, so it operates like a bi-level cargo area. That is quite inconvenient. I was surprised to see that the back window does not open (due to the spare tire being attached to the back door) and therefore cuts down on what I can tow in the back. If I have a package from Ikea, I usually have to call in a favor with a friend who has more room. Not a fan of the back door swinging open instead of being a liftgate."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

I own this Cross over for a while it as 160,000

By on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I owned and sold this car
Reason: still got it.

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great on gas 22 to 28 mpg"

Cons: "It could be a little bit bigger. But still good."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a great reliable car and l got 160,000 on my toyota rav4 2001. Just do you regular maintenance and the car won't give any problems. Transmission fluid change, oil change, front and rear break change, Windows motor replace, Head lamps replace they got yellow, Interior is holding really good. no rust or any problems with the car. Part are really cheap and reliable. Gas is the best it don't waste anything. Its a great car with a good reputation. I have this car in the dominican republic and l can tell you it ruff out their and so far this car as last. I recommended."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Buy this SUV if you want Reliability and value

By on Saturday, January 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Awesome reliability, value, gas mileage, room, etc"

Cons: "ECU issue on some models, paints a little thin."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this RAV4 used with about 80k miles on it for 10k cash a few years back. It was a one owner with all the service records. Someone loved this vehicle and it showed. The only issue I had with it was the infamous ECU computer was causing erratic idle and hard shifting like others have had with this 2001-2004 model year. I replaced it for about 600 bucks new (do your research as some dealers charge way more)and it's been fine ever since. The only other things I've replaced were normal wear items like the radiator, all four 02 sensors, brakes, tires, all fluids changed, and that's it. And all these parts are cheap compared to other cars. It has had no mechanical failures and runs like a champ. I love it. I look at new vehicles all the time thinking I want something newer or bigger, but every time I jump back in my RAV4 and haul butt off the dealers lot. I just can't sell it. It's been too great to me and it's paid off. How can anything compete with that? Buy one, you won't be sorry."

Best Car

By on Monday, December 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the bast car I've ever owned. I've owned this car since new and,with the exception of a couple of manufacture recalled items, have never had to make any repairs that are not normal wear and tear. Pros: mechanically solid, well built with excellent long lasting parts. The paint has lasted and still looks good. Cons: the seating is a little uncomfortable for long drives. I routinely drive for 1-2 hours and the seats are fine, but for 4 hours of longer, they get a little hard to stand (sit)."

4 people out of 10 found this review helpful

LOVE love this car

By on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 141,638

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Love my Rav.. fun to drive and a breeze to park!"

Cons: "cup holder could be more accommodating"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a one owner car and we have had owned it from the beginning! we did have to replace the radiator but with 257,000 miles I don't think that is too much to ask! Other than regular maintenance... tires, brakes, and a clutch.. this little truck just keeps on traveling! This is one of 8 toyota's we have owned and I just cant say enough about how dependable this vehicle and all the others we have owned have been!"

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

This is the best vehicle I ever oened

By on Thursday, August 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 139,376

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "This car is automatic transmission."

Cons: "Could have better gas milage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

2001 RAV 4

"I purchased the vehicle with 43000 plus miles in 2004 as its second owner. I have never loved a car as they are necessary tools. However, I love the car. It is small but has spacious room for transporting all kinds of materials. I have used it to transport my hand-made items to many craft fairs. I have used it to transport my dog sled and 6 Siberian Huskies for sledding adventures in winter. I drove this vehicle to work for 12 years with no problems in all types of weather. It goes great in snow and rain as the 4-wheel drive kicks in when the climate calls for it."

21 people out of 25 found this review helpful

2001 RAV 4

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