1997 Toyota RAV4 L from Australia and New Zealand
Reliable little runabout
The seatbelts don't retract properly, and get jammed in the doors, if you're not careful.
This is a very reliable little runabout, I have had to spend nothing but normal servicing on it in 3 years.
Cons: The 3-door is a little cramped for adults in the back, and the boot space seriously limited if you don't put the back seats down.
Road noise is very bad.
Power is limited at highway speeds - allow yourself plenty of time for overtaking.
The seats are really uncomfortable (and ugly).
The battery is tiny, and if the seatbelt gets jammed in the door, the interior light will drain the battery overnight. This happens regularly, as the seatbelts don't retract properly.
Exterior is still very stylish, 13 years later. The grey plastic on the bottom half takes a lot of crap, and saves your paintwork.
It is a great mid-height, which is easy for getting in and out of, and the back door is very handy for shopping/luggage.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th January, 2011