1998 Toyota RAV4 from North America
If you find a '98 used, it's a good buy
Had to replace the clutch - but at 290,000 km!
Other than that, brakes, fuel pump, alternator - all the general things you need to fix. Nothing out of the ordinary.
My wife purchased this car in 1998. She sat in it, liked the feel, never test-drove it, and drove off the lot with the '98 RAV 4.
We have driven it thru four kids. Drives to and from Calgary to the in-laws farm in Saskatchewan, a road trip to Lac La Biche... I had to "commute" from Edmonton to Calgary for four months, and this car never quit. Many highway miles. After all these years - and kilometres - the biggest expense was the clutch replacement at 290,000 km. But, it was worth it.
The body's starting to rust... But the interior is excellent - and this, after four kids, three still at home! It's gutless up a steep hill, and passing on the highway, but it's great in the snow, and starts every morning.
Since my wife got a new Honda Fit, it's my daily driver - now a beater that never lets me down. Ever. A bit of a head gasket leak is visible. But no white smoke from the exhaust. I've hit a deer with this car going 120km/hr, and received a ding that's now rusting, but the car continues to roll.
The driver's seat area feels cramped at times - and I'm only 5'9"/165 lbs. Not a lot of leg room. But it's a car I know will get me from point A to B daily. And I think I could drive it cross country. Maybe.
One thing I did do, after 370,000 km; I went to 91 octane fuel, and fuel line cleaner every fourth fill-up. Red Line is the fuel cleaner I now use, after sampling many. I get 24-25 MPG, commuter driving, mostly around 80 km/hr. Not bad, for a 21 year old beater!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th August, 2019