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Hi all,
I just joined. I've always been a Toyota person. All our vehicles have been Toyotas. 2005 Tacoma, 2012 Prius, 2010 Sienna, etc.
Now looking for RAV4 for my 16 year old daughter.
Most of what I've been looking at are '06's and '07's and quite a few '05's.
Most mileages are in the low to mid 100k miles.
Is there anything I should look for when inspecting these vehicles?

(I'm am reasonably mechanically inclined and I've done all routine maintenance and moderataley difficult maintenance, mods and repairs, so likely don't need a professional mechanical: Oil, diff, tranny, brakes, rotors, struts/coils, springs, plugs, electrical, etc.)

Right now, I have on my radar:
2007 2.4 L AWD with 117k Miles.
and
2002 2.0 L AWD87k Miles

Any suggestions and input is welcome.

Thanks
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Welcome! One check which can be done is to go to www.toyotaowners.com and register, enter the VIN of one of the RAVs which you are considering, and all of the maintenance, recall, and repair records which have been done by Toyota dealers will be revealed. To check on another RAV, go to the same web site, delete the first vehicle and enter the VIN of the second one. Good luck in finding a good RAV for your daughter - a 4 cyl. is a good choice for a 16 year old.
 

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Subway4x4 the following are good bets: 2004 and 2005 (they have 2.4 litre engines but they don't burn oil like the 2006 to 2008 models) ; 2009 to 2012 with the 2.5 litre engines. If going with 2009 to 2012 check for seal leaks for the rear differential if you are looking for 4WD models.

As Focus123 has mentioned the 2001 to 2003 models has problems with the ECM which can lead to severe automatic transmission problems.
The 2006 to 2008 models (2.4 litre) has many problems like water pump, engine oil hose leaking, high engine oil consumption, etc

If you can find a low mileage 2004 or 2005 model it would have the least amount of problems. Having own a 2005 for 5 years it is very reliable. Also it has the fewest recalls of any models to date.
 

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Subway4x4 the following are good bets: 2004 and 2005 (they have 2.4 litre engines but they don't burn oil like the 2006 to 2008 models) ; 2009 to 2012 with the 2.5 litre engines. If going with 2009 to 2012 check for seal leaks for the rear differential if you are looking for 4WD models.

As Focus123 has mentioned the 2001 to 2003 models has problems with the ECM which can lead to severe automatic transmission problems.
The 2006 to 2008 models (2.4 litre) has many problems like water pump, engine oil hose leaking, high engine oil consumption, etc

If you can find a low mileage 2004 or 2005 model it would have the least amount of problems. Having own a 2005 for 5 years it is very reliable. Also it has the fewest recalls of any models to date.
Yes, those years are reliable 2.4's... I stand corrected... here are some examples:
2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 4WD - $5,000
Dealer's Price: $5,000
Location: Lafayette, NJ · 64 miles away
Mileage: 107,283 miles
Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
Exterior Color: Green
Interior Color: Gray
Gas Mileage: 20 MPG City
24 MPG Highway
Engine: I4
Seller: Dealer
VIN: JTEHD20V550055786

2005 Toyota RAV4 Base 4WD - $5,988


Dealer's Price: $5,988
Location: Langhorne, PA · 10 miles away
Mileage: 102,655 miles
Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic Overdrive
Exterior Color: Green
Interior Color: Gray
Engine: I4
Seller: Dealer
VIN: JTEHD20V850053921
Stock #: 110056A
Major Options: Steel Wheels

2004 Toyota RAV4 Base 4WD - $4,995

Dealer's Price: $4,995
Location: West Paterson, NJ · 66 miles away
Mileage: 120,357 miles
Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic
Exterior Color: Green
Interior Color: Gray
Gas Mileage: 20 MPG City
24 MPG Highway
Engine: I4
Seller: Dealer
VIN: JTEHD20VX40013614

https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/inventorylisting/viewDetailsFilterViewInventoryListing.action?sourceContext=forSaleTab_true_0&formSourceTag=112&newSearchFromOverviewPage=true&inventorySearchWidgetType=AUTO&entitySelectingHelper.selectedEntity=c3983&entitySelectingHelper.selectedEntity2=c3966&zip=18974&distance=100&searchChanged=true&modelChanged=true&filtersModified=true&sortType=undefined&sortDirection=undefined
 

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Hey guys. Thanks for all the input. It helped a lot!!!!
I avoided the 2.4L oil consumption nightmare, and did a quick eyeball for oil seal leak at the rear diff, but need to look closer.
Today, I purchased a 2010 2.5L Base AWD with 115k miles on the odometer.
Thanks again!!!

I'll move my mechanical and other questions to the appropriate forum.
 

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Congratulations! Should be a great vehicle for your daughter. She apparently is planning to do a lot of driving....:wink (Also posted on your other thread)
 

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Hey guys. Thanks for all the input. It helped a lot!!!!
I avoided the 2.4L oil consumption nightmare, and did a quick eyeball for oil seal leak at the rear diff, but need to look closer.
Today, I purchased a 2010 2.5L Base AWD with 115k miles on the odometer.
Thanks again!!!

I'll move my mechanical and other questions to the appropriate forum.
One of the better trouble free years...Good luck.

Next step join http://www.toyota.com/owners/ see what recall have been done.
 
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