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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-28-2016, 11:34 PM
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My 2WD RAV4 manual has been to places 90%of AWD RAV4's have never been, it has also been to Florida, California, and all points in between for vacations. I take a fishing trip to NW Ontario every year and after the pavement ends it's 70 miles of bush road. Power has never been a problem.
Maybe RAV's with auto are a dawg, but it sounds to me like there is something wrong with yours.
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I just picked up a 03 RAV4 with the 2.0L motor, automatic, fwd. It seem severely underpowered. I am a 4cylinder guy, but I am wondering if this is how it is with this motor or if something is wrong with mine. I feel like the max speed is probably 85 MPH. I was really pushing it on the test drive, and I got to 80 MPH slowly, but it was a struggle getting it much further, and this was with two adults weighting 160lbs. I worry that when I load up the RAV4 with my family for trips, it might not have enough guts to maintain sufficient speed for highway travel. I got the RAV4 so that I can have some more space for my family on trips.

This is a replacement for my wife's 99 Accord, 4 cylinder automatic. Currently, the traveling car is my 2003 Accord 4 cylinder 5 speed, and it is quite peppy with the 160 hp engine.

Is this normal power for the 2.0L motor? I am thinking to hunt down a 2004+ to get the 2.4L engine. How do you guys hold up?

I have not started driving the RAV4 daily yet, because it has some maintenance items that I am taking care of before putting it on the road, but those should not impact the power.

I have an 02 with the 2.0L engine, and I kinda wondered the same thing myself. I'm a college student who travels 300 miles one way to school, all highway. My personal opinion is it does alright for 0-60, takes about 10.5 seconds. But once I get above 60, 65, if I need to gun it fast from 70 to 85 to get around someone, it does it pretty quick for a small engine. Not sure if anyone else has noticed that, but that impressed me. It isn't jaw dropping, but something I noticed for a small engine.
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The boat ways just shy of 1000kgs and the trailer 300kg. It will tow much quicker than is legally allowed

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If you are saying your Rav cant hold highway speed with 3 people then its broken.
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