2001 Toyota RAV4 4WD 2.0L I-4 from North America
A great all-purpose everyday vehicle
Rear brake squeal at 7,000 miles, dealer replaced drums according to TSB, covered under warranty.
Check engine light on at 16,000 miles, dealer updated ECU according to TSB, covered under warranty.
A couple minor rattles, fixed most of them myself.
Bought this car used with only 7,000 miles on it, 2 years old, but looked brand new. Toyota certified used vehicles are definitely the way to go, saved quite a bit over buying new, and got great 6yr/100K warranty.
It's no hot rod, but has good performance if you get the 5-speed manual like I did. 4WD is great in the snow even with summer tires on. Would have liked ABS, but really don't miss it, the braking is outstanding anyway.
Interior is quite roomy for it's overall size, and the seats are comfortable on long trips. There is some road noise on the highway, but mostly due to the type of tires.
Sure there are a few rattles and other minor issues here and there, but I'd choose a couple small problems over one large problem any day.
It is definitely a great compromise vehicle, it may not do one thing outstanding, but does many things quite well. Good fuel economy for an SUV, but on the low end for a car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th April, 2004
31st Oct 2005, 22:37
I just wanted to update this review. I now have 82,000 miles on this Rav4 and the only problem I had was last year when the dealer had to replace the catalytic converter under warranty. Other than routing maintenance, I have not needed to fix anything on this vehicle.
This is a summary of all the maintenance I've had to perform from day one up to now: oil changes every 5,000 miles, replaced the tires twice, the front brake pads once, the cat once (under warranty), two coolant flushes, two transmission/differential fluid changes, one alignment, new spark plugs, a few air filters, new serpentine belt, and a new battery. Most of this I do myself in my own driveway since it is easy and saves me quite a bit of money.