1999 Toyota RAV4 L 2.0L from North America


Efficient and cheap to operate


Water pump @ 126k.

Timing belt @ 88k and 126k.

Timing belt broke @ 174k; replaced tensioner.

Shocks and struts @ 100k and 170k.

Brakes @ 85k and 172k.

Spark plugs @ 80k and 150k.

General Comments:

Overall it has been a great little car. Outside of the water pump and broken timing belt, maintenance has been routine. 10,000 mile oil changes on Mobil 1 synthetic since 90k, recently down to 5k. Still runs great, is burning oil after 3000 miles on a change, about a quart per 1000 miles then, but a fresh change keeps it at bay for another 3000 miles.

This car wears tires like crazy, I have a set of Michelin LTX A/S on there now, and it looks like they might make it 30k; the car is lined up and the tires are inflated properly. But these will last longer than any other tire we have had on the vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th October, 2012

1999 Toyota RAV4 from North America


We love it, but too small for a growing family


When purchased, it needed front struts (183000 kms).

Front wheel bearing needed replacement at 300000 kms, then again 1 year later.

Rear shocks worn out at 375000 kms.

Factory replacement batteries every 2 years here in Canada. If you put the largest battery in, that will fit every 5 years.

Water pump shredded timing belt at 383000 kms - only real breakdown to date.

My have started burning oil recently, but at almost 400000 kms I'm not complaining.

General Comments:

Our little RAV has served us extremely well!

My wife is partially disabled, and it is one of the few cars that will fit her with the AWD we need living in rural Canada.

The fuel economy was a little poorer than we expected, given the anemic power at 26-28 MPG and 32 MPG strict highway, but still not out of line.

The back seat is a little small for a child seat or large adults, but for people who really don't need the back seat regularly, this is not a big deal. The front seats are comfortable, and don't get uncomfortable, even on long road trips.

All in all, we would get another one if we didn't have a baby and now need a larger back seat, and we would likely have put up with the small back seat if the kms were not so high.

I would highly recommend this capable little SUV to any couples or single people, but if you have a family, you will feel a little cramped.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2011

1999 Toyota RAV4 2.0 litre from North America


Incredibly reliable, and a smart investment!!


Fifth gear went out twice fairly early in ownership. Dealer fixed first time under warranty; second time just past it lapsing, but didn't charge me, and it's been fine ever since.

Water pump blew at 120000 km, and transmission bearings went around 190.

General Comments:

Although I've noted the above overall issues, the car has otherwise been incredible in terms of upkeep and repairs. It burns a modest amount of oil, but I've never touched the back brakes, and still have original radiator, suspension, alternator, starter, etc.

A friend did the front brakes twice, fifty dollars each time in parts -- a grand total of only $100 in brake repairs with such high km!!

Drives well, great alignment and ride. Incredibly reliable and fun to drive. I commute 80kms each way to work, and paint with it on weekends. I'm really getting my use out of it, and plan to buy another of similar model year with far fewer kms when this one goes. I'm hoping to hit 5 to 600 000 kms.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2010

1999 Toyota RAV4 2.0 gas from North America


Worth the money, small defects, but a long-lasting car


Driver's seatbelt sticks.

Back left door no longer opens.

Tint on the windows has started to severely peel.

Engine light is constantly on, nothing wrong with car.

Seatbelt light is on, only when you wear the seatbelt.

Radio wiring is messed.

Blinker hardly works, if you push it too hard, you'll just hear a faster-than-usual clicking sound, but no blinker comes on.

Engine refused to turn on at about 300,000 KM. (fixed).

No power behind engine, hard to accelerate.

General Comments:

Overall, this car is doing a great job at keeping itself up.

Almost 400000km and it's still going strong.

Lots of small technical/cosmetic things going wrong, but that's pretty much understandable because this car has been used A LOT. I wouldn't be surprised if it kept going for another 200000km.

I would suggest this car to anybody, as long as you're not expecting much power behind the engine, because it IS very hard to accelerate and hates going up steep hills, LOL.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th August, 2009

21st Feb 2011, 14:50

It would be useful to know how the engine was fixed when it didn't start! This helps to assess reliability and what problems are known weaknesses.