2004 Toyota RAV4 Cruiser 2.4 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Stunningly reliable beyond all measure. The best car I have ever owned


Nothing. No really, nothing.

General Comments:

In 2004, I decided to buy a new car and I wanted a small-medium 4WD. I test drove most of the cars on the market at the time. But because I had a good experience with my Toyota Land Cruiser, I decided to buy a RAV 4.

The exact model I got was a RAV 4 Cruiser, 5 door, petrol, manual.

We added a safety pack to it, a bull bar, spotlights, window tinting and a few other things. It cost about AU$45,000 when we bought it.

As I write today, in 2015, my car has done 438,000KM.

It still has the original engine, clutch, and everything else. I have bought new sets of tyres many times.

The car has never broken down, and never had a major problem of any kind.

All we have done for the past 11 years is:

- Service it every 10,000KM.

- Use Premium fuel at all times.

My wife and I still use it daily.

The RAV 4 is simply an unbelievable car, and Toyota is an incredible car maker.

How many cars do you know that will run for this many kilometres, with no issues? Some cars only last for one-third that distance, and compared to those, the RAV 4 is like getting 3 cars for the price of 1.

Having now decided to buy a new car, I also intend to write to Toyota soon and offer them the story of my good old RAV. Just in case it's useful for any marketing purposes. And why not? They sold me one of the best, most hassle-free products I have ever bought in my entire life. I'd be happy to give something back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2015

10th Feb 2015, 14:45

What is stunning about this review is its degree of surrealism. There is no such vehicle out there today or in the past 10 years that can do 400000km without having wheel bearings replaced, tie rods and dust boots replaced, alternators and many other parts replaced. Because these parts are designed to last no more than 200000-250000 km. Speaking from an engineering point of view.

2004 Toyota RAV4 2.4 VVTi from Ghana





General Comments:

I bought the base 4WD edition over a month ago, and I must say, I'm very impressed.

The car is quite stable and very swift with the manual transmission. Those of you who think the 2.4L engine lacks adequate power should try the manual transmission.

Fuel consumption of this car is also very efficient. I dare say it's almost at par with my previous GEO Prizm or even better.

The engine is silent at idle, and sometimes gives the false impression it's stalled. On the other hand, it is a bit noisy at high speeds so make sure your audio works!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th March, 2009

2004 Toyota RAV4 from UK and Ireland


Worst car I have ever had


This car has to be at the service station every month, I had for less than a year and I have spent more than 1000 pounds in repairs. My latest was my break head cylinder had to be replaced. Before that I had my engine oil was leaking. before that I had some sort of electrical short. I had no head lamps and dash lights... and the list goes on.

General Comments:

I have changed from TATA Safari because I taught it gave me some problems. But the Safari had minor problems compared to this piece of junk. 1 more problem and I give up on this vehicle. I bought Toyota because of their reputation, I will never touch a Toyota again. If I have to go back to TATA I will, but never Toyota.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th November, 2007

13th Jun 2009, 09:36

Hope you got everything sorted with the car. Maybe you got a lemon or something, but my 2004 RAV4 is an indestructible tank. Got no problems at all with her. Makes me wonder if the European version is different from what we have here. Just to balance out one of your comments, I myself will not touch any other car except a Toyota.