1996 Toyota RAV4 Reviews - Page 3 of 3

1996 Toyota RAV4 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired50 miles
Most recent distance30500 miles
Previous carToyota Tacoma

Summary:

Reliable, fun to drive, you can't go wrong with this vehicle

Faults:

Only had to recently replace the battery, that is all in over 5 years.

General Comments:

I have one the first models ever made, a 2 door with 4wd.

Great in the snow, ample room, sporty and cute.

The best car I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2001

1996 Toyota RAV4 4-door 2.0 inline four from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 inline four Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired16 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carToyota MR2

Summary:

Typical Toyota reliability and features

Faults:

Absolutely nothing. I have never even been to the service department with this vehicle.

General Comments:

The RAV4 gets great gas mileage (25mpg) and uses no consumables (original brakes, tires, and wiper blades). I have yet to perform any unscheduled maintenance and even the timing belt isn't due for a change until 100,000 miles. Unbelievable reliability considering the abuse I put it through.

The off-road prowess of the vehicle was an unexpected surprise and the seats have yet to leave me wanting.

I will buy another Toyota when this one gets tired, and until then, I will continue to whip this one. This little truck has lived up to its reputation and continues to shine every single day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th August, 2001

1996 Toyota RAV4 GS 2.0 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired44000 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Smart 4x4 with excellent performance

Faults:

Nothing of note.

General Comments:

Not very much boot space for a family of four. But with roof bars and a box there is more than enough luggage space for holidays.

Extremely quick off the mark and can break the ton barrier without trying. Bit heavy on juice on long trips though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2001

12th May 2005, 14:35

I think you're right about it being OK for a family of 4, I found the rear wheel arches encroached on the back seat space making it uncomfortable for the 5th passenger. overall great fun to drive and good in snow.

14th Dec 2010, 15:38

Hi, do you recommend it for an off road car? Because I'm thinking of buying one for the field, but do not know how they do off road?

Thanks.

1996 Toyota RAV4 LX 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
Engine and transmission 2.0
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10

Faults:

Minor probs. with elec. keys.....dealer not too helpful....condesending to my wife...usually results in early death !! (of dealer)

General Comments:

Excellent motor..reliable, safe, handles like a normal car...almost...despite being a 4*4 so safe in ice and snow.

All round GREAT.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 9 reviews