3rd Jul 2006, 12:45

Wow, you must have gotten a Friday car, I have bought a 2004 rav4 chili in Canada and I love it. Being the spirited driver that I am, it can pull me through anything, icy, cold, hot and sticky, off-roading and day to day stuff...it's a great reliable car. Thankfully, the truck was given a newer faster engine which is more than adequate. Might I add that I am 6'3" tall and this truck does me great. In the two years and 50,000kilometers I have owned it, I haven't had any problems with it. Tires wore quicker than I expected, but I think that was partially my driving style... If I was in your situation, I would sell your current rav4 and buy another one, they really are great! Good luck!

4th Jul 2006, 06:24

I've got to say, I've had my RAV 1.8 NV 3DR, from new, its five years old now, 120,000 UK driven miles, and it is the best car I've ever had and I've had a few other brands. Nothing has ever gone wrong with it and the Customer from their UK dealers is one of the best I've experienced. I do agree with the poorly designed rear door, but I've been told that is due to the fact that the rear hazard lights must be seen operating when the rear door is opened. I love my Rav4 and I'm now loyal to Toyota, Well done guys.

4th Jul 2006, 07:17

To the poster a few responses back, the Rav-4 is definitely not a truck. It is a car based SUV that has nothing in common with a truck.

4th Oct 2007, 07:32

I bought a 2004 RAV4 and am disappointed. There are funny noises coming from the engine, I'm not sure if they are normal or not. Its sort of a squeak, and it sounds like the engine "wines". When I put it in 1st gear and than reverse, it makes a "clunk" sound. When I rev the engine, or when I'm moving up in the gears, it sounds like its sucking air before it accelerates. The A/C does not feel ice cold, as should an A/C feel for a car with 25,000 miles on it!

Does anybody else with comparable mileage (less than 60,000 maybe?) have any of these problems? Maybe its all in my head.

26th Nov 2007, 16:36

I do find the a/c isn't as cold/hot as I'd expected and my model has only 13k on it - runs fine though being a small 4x4 you do notice the bumps in the road a bit more. Only thing I find a bit annoying is some of the trim rattling.

14th Mar 2008, 21:44

I cannot believe the things I am reading about this vehicle. To the original poster: this is not a sedan. It is an entry level SUV and will not have the ride and comfort of a sedan. Not sure what you'd expect as far as noise from open windows, or about handling bumps, or "cheesy" materials. Unless you got the more upscale model, it is a very basic interior. It sounds like you expected a 4Runner or Sequoia at a RAV4 price.

28th Aug 2008, 11:48

I bought a used RAV4 and have put 60,000 miles on it. I love it. It is just right and have had no major problems. I do regular maintenance though on all my vehicles. It has 91,000 on it now and still going strong. Everyone who has driven the RAV4 loves it. (My 3 sons and 1 grandson) Thanks Toyota. Wanda E.

27th Feb 2010, 16:58

We bought our 2004 RAV4 4-wheel drive A/T four door brand new. It now (February 2010) has about 60k on it. It has an extra set of wheels for the winter with Michelin X-Ice tires. It has never had any flaw or anything go wrong with it since day one!

Great on the highway, great in the deepest snow, extremely reliable and 100% trouble free!

We were totally fed up with GM (rust, fluid leaks, dead batteries, etc, unintended acceleration!) and Chrysler (bum A/T, + endless problems too numerous to mention during and after the warranty period) and decided that it was time to give a Japanese made product a chance.

Guess from which company we will buy the next car/SUV?