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Im looking into a RAV4.1 but I just wonder the reliability of these RAVs.

May I know if there is any common problem on these years I should know of?

any changed within those years, if so, which year is a better choice?

Any recall?

At what mileage the 1st major maintence should be done ?

thanks a lot for the time answering my questions!
Im looking forward to join you guys soon!
 
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I bought a Rav4.1 1999 this summer so I don't have enough experience with it. If you check the fault and fixes forum there's a ton of useful info.
 

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If its a manual, check 5th gear. Drive it in 5th and see if the gearstick moves when yuu apply power.

Also check for smoke on start up............they have a common problem with the valve stem seals.
 
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Thanks for the tips about the 5th gear.
Does this only apply to certain years or all?

and also for the smoke, does it only happen at the first start up of everyday or after sitting for a while?
 

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As far as know even the later Rav's have the problem with 5th, though its not that expensive to fix.

With the smoke, its usually when its started after sitting for a little while . So take one for a test drive, park it, then start it again after 10 or 15 minutes at least.

Though mine does have a problem that it uses a fair bit of oil, but doesnt blow any smoke at all, so its a bit hard to look for.
 
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