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.
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.