1995 Toyota RAV4 Reviews from UK and Ireland

1995 Toyota RAV4 GX 2.0L petrol

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.0L petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired137790 miles
Most recent distance138990 miles
Previous carFord Fiesta

Summary:

Good all rounder. Love it, but not the MPG

Faults:

Since owning my RAV4, I've found it starts first turn of the key.

The clutch is noisy, but it drives better than my Fiesta.

I've got the estate, so it's roomy.

27 MPG-ish at 56mph.

Nice height & the interior is like new.

Had 2 tyres and an exhaust already. Only owned for 2 weeks.

Love how it drives.

General Comments:

Haven't towed or been off road.

The seats are firm, all electrics work well; just wish it was better on fuel and had a rear load cover.

Just fitted reversing sensors, as there's no rear mirror to see small kids when parking. Feel better knowing I can't crush someone.

My oil is still clean on the dipstick. Think this is good with 138,990 on the clock. No smoke either. Exhaust isn't a bit tarnished with any carbon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th August, 2012

1995 Toyota RAV4 2.0 litre

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 litre Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 miles
Most recent distance156500 miles

Summary:

Completely Reliable Vehicle.

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

I bought the Rav 4 in 2006. I had it for four years, and all I can say that it was superb. I did plenty miles in it, and at all times, it proved to be ultra reliable and never let me down.

I sold it a few weeks ago, and to be honest, there was plenty of interested punters on the phone.

Anyway, if you are interested in one, get it - trouble free driving and the usual Toyota reliability awaits. It's also a testament to the build quality of a fifteen year old vehicle and to Toyota's claim that they are the best built cars in the world.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th December, 2010

1995 Toyota RAV4 GX 2.0 petrol

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance122000 miles
Previous carToyota Carina

Summary:

Good little working car

Faults:

Rear diff mount perished when I got it; 110000 miles.

Toyota 5000 alarm and immobiliser needed to be bypassed as it was stopping the car going. Easy to do, just find the old wires under the dash and rejoin them. Immobiliser black box is in the passenger side foot well. Follow the 4 black wires across the dash, and cut them and rejoin the original wires, 20 minutes work.

Oxygen sensor (Lambda) stopped working making the car almost undrivable 116000 miles.

Both front shocks starting leaking 118000. Cheap to replace as they are inserts.

General Comments:

It is very good on snowy roads during winter time, if you have the right tyres fitted.

Not as well built as other Toyotas of a similar age; lot's of squeaks and rattles inside.

It returns about 32mpg with me, but that's 50mph driving 32 miles each day to work. Lots of town or motorway stuff, and you're probably looking at 26ish, which is high for a small car.

Not the most comfortable of vehicles to sit in, the suspension is harsh and the seats narrow and thinly padded, lucky I am not!

Holds the road well, and drives more like a car than a 4x4, good turn of speed, but watch the fuel gauge go down!

Good enough car, nothing special, but has some of the Toyota reliability and togetherness.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2010

1995 Toyota RAV4 GX 2.0

Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired31000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carRover - Austin 200

Summary:

Great reliable all-rounder at a great price

Faults:

The only fault has been the rear windscreen washer, which never functioned when I bought the car. A simple plastic clip for the hose was bought and fitted to fix.

Have had the car serviced and my mechanic couldn't find a thing wrong with it.

General Comments:

My RAV4 is exceptionally good value for money. I bought it at trade price and it seems a bargain.

It handles well in all weather on the roads. This is mostly due to the all wheel drive system which grips the road very well indeed. A high driving position, ABS brakes and power steering all make it easy and fun to drive car.

The interior appears to age well and wear slowly and despite the fact I have a 3 door model, the lack of rear leg space (which is still enough for a average guy to feel comfortable in.) is made up for in rear head room, which is fantastic.

The cabin and dash is very basic with a few cubbyholes and 4 cupholders in mine. However its all well layed out and easy to get too, and the drivers position is spot on for me.

The rear door gives access to a very small space for rear luggage. I use a small cargo net to store small odds and ends and there is still room for a large suitcase. But when I want to take bigger loads, The individual rear seats fold over and up to create a whopping boot space.

I would recommend if you buy the car to buy a centre console box/armrest, which is not available in the UK, but can be bought online. Makes for complete comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2004

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 6 reviews