Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: SW Ontario
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Unless your other car has a prancing or galloping horse on it, or if you plan to tow a medium sized camper, Iím sure youíll be happy in the long term with your 2.5. Iím a leadfoot sometimes (prior Mustang ownership for many years) but we were in a similar position with our 2012 a year and a half ago. I wanted a V6, in anything really, but found that compared to my 5 year old RAV with only (then) 76,000 km, there was very little in my price range. We were leasing it and I was trying to decide to keep it or trade on something with a V6.
I found that the only thing close to my buyout value was a 2010-12 Hyundai Santa Fe with at least 120,000 km. In other words, no newer and likely older, and more used up for the same money. That made my choice simple. I then perused this forum to see what was needed to help my RAV go above and beyond to last me for another 15 years.
Iím keeping up on the maintenance and rust proofing, and have a B&M transmission cooler (70268) arriving tomorrow. That with a full fluid change out (poor manís flush, search the forum) will help immensely. Ultimately if I need a ďzippiness fixĒ I can take my wifeís Golf out and use Sport mode on a back road. Otherwise the 2012 FWD Base RAV4 we have (touring package) is enough vehicle for me. Maybe someday Iíll add a Pioneer head unit and screen headrests, and those coveted heated seats, but itís still good like this. Iíve hauled renovation supplies, carted away my old shed in bits, pulled more earth, gravel, and paver stones than I care to remember (and more to cone this year) and it still keeps going. And yes, Iíve stayed within the GCWR by taking half loads in my trailer. If I need to carry more, I have my old Ranger to use (which will soon relieve the RAV from working duties anyway)
My advice: especially with that few miles on it, keep it, care for it, and give it an honourable burial in 30 years.
Current Fleet (of 2)
2012 RAV4 2.5 2WD Base
2017 Golf TSi Auto
Easy now, it's actually our 3rd Toyota!