2008 Toyota RAV4 Sport 3.5 V6 from North America
The car is overpriced and unreliable
Bought the car at the Toyota dealership only a year ago. Paid $19000 plus tax for it. Put less than 20K on it and the head gasket started leaking coolant at 77K. Warranty expired 3 months ago. Too bad we did not buy an extended warranty, but that's because we always trusted Toyota reliability. Dealer quoted $3700 for the repair, because they have to pull out the engine to do the job. Unbelievable! Put less than 20K on it, and now we have to spend $3700 for the repair on a car that was made in Japan and has only 77K on it. Did not expect that from a TOYOTA.
Also, there are two recalls on this car.
The paint work is really thin; scratches and chips off easily.
Interior plastic looks cheap and rattles sometimes.
MP3 CD does not play home-made MP3s.
Suspension is really stiff on our Sport model.
The antenna attached to the front fender makes it inconvenient to clear the snow off the windshield. Especially for short people.
Back door opens to the side, which is also uncomfortable.
Pillars on both sides of the windshield are thick and create blind spots.
The only good thing I like about this car is the powerful engine, but what good is it, if I have to add coolant to it every week or pay a pile of money to fix the problem.
We still have our old 99 4 cylinder Camry. Bought it used with 205K on it. Now it's got 306K and still goes without serious problems. It even has the original starter and alternator.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 19th November, 2013