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Trade '07 RAV4 sooner, or later?
Still have less than 45,000 miles on my 5 1/2-year-old RAV4 Limited. No real problems to date, other than the usual stuff -- steering column "clunk", bad radio, white noise in the audio when playing and charging my iPhone/iPod simultaneously. Had all those repaired and the oil-line fix as well before it became a problem (thanks for the heads-up RAV4 World). I still have nearly a year and a half to go on my extended warranty. (At the rate I'm driving, I'll never hit 100K miles before then.)
I'm accustomed to keeping our cars for 10 years and putting at least 150,000 miles on them. However, since we got a 2012 Camry XLE hybrid earlier this year, I've been thinking about replacing the RAV4 with a hybrid offering similar utility. I love the mileage we're getting with the Camry; we're averaging 40-41 mpg over about 5,500 miles so far. The most I can squeeze out of the RAV4 in mixed driving around here is 22 mpg. And I just hate idling at traffic lights.
Possible replacements for the RAV at this point: Prius V or the new Ford C-MAX hybrid. The Prius's reliability is unquestioned, but its 134 combined hp is pretty anemic compared to my RAV's 268 hp. (I haven't driven a Prius yet, ever.) The C-MAX puts out 200 hp combined, but it's too new; I prefer to let the first-adopters have a go at it before I buy one. I've also been researching the Lexus CT200H hybrid, but under the skin it's just an overpriced Prius.
Anyway, our RAV is in very good condition, with only a couple of minor body blemishes (I'll probably get those fixed in any case). Per Kelley's BB it's still worth $15,600 to $16,400 to a dealer. I don't feel any urgency to unload it now, but I'm thinking I might want to before the extended warranty expires in April 2014. I don't think a hybrid RAV4 is in the cards, although the Prius might be updated by then -- with Lithium-ion batteries and a more robust power plant. (Are you listening, Toyota?)
I'm interesting in hearing what other RAV Gen. 3 owners think about this. Would you want to trade a five-plus year-old RAV4 with similar low miles for a hybrid now? (I wouldn't consider unloading it for anything else.)
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