1995 Toyota RAV4 Reviews

1995 Toyota RAV4 GX 2.0L petrol from UK and Ireland

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 from UK and Ireland

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 4x4 2.0 from Greece

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance155000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Prado

Summary:

If you want it for off-road, stay away!!!

Faults:

Not a very reliable TOYOTA!!!

After 10.000km, the spark wires went off!!!

Automatic transmission failed...

Cat converter broken.

General Comments:

Not for serious off roading, especially the auto transmission.

Basically a city car.

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

Review Date: 6th December, 2010

7th Dec 2010, 10:02

Again a high mileage vehicle review. You are obviously subjecting this vehicle to abuse if you are off-roading it, so things are going to break. You have high mileage, so things are going to break. It isn't a brand new car by any means, or even close.

I think you are disappointed this SUV can't do what you want it to do more than anything else. All of your issues were probably caused by serious off-roading, so they would be your fault, not the cars. These are great vehicles if they are used properly, and within their limitations.

Buy an old Jeep if you want to go off-roading. They are made for more of that type of abuse.

8th Dec 2010, 23:02

We have a 95 RAV4 3 door manual, and it's been utterly reliable and extremely durable. We do regularly use it for light offroading e.g. up the beach and through paddocks etc, and it's perfectly adequate, would not however use it for serious offroading, but then we are realistic and appreciate that this vehicle was never designed to complete the Rubicon Trail. It's a cracker wee car, and I don't think that this review is particularly fair.

13th Mar 2011, 17:43

I have had a 1995 manual RAV4 for some number of years now and it has been the best most reliable car I have owned.

It offroads often - beach and up and down steep rutted dirt roads. Very reliable and tough.

My mother in law owns one too and she was rear ended a couple of years back, only had a dent in her RAV but other car was a write off.

1995 Toyota RAV4 GX 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

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

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 11 reviews