I own a 1997 2 door/2 wheel drive Rav4 with the stick shift and was wondering what other people's habits where while driving. In town if the speed limit is 25 mph do most drive in 2nd gear or jump to 3rd. At 25 mph in 2nd my Rav4 is at 2000 rpms and sound a little loud but it is easier to keep it a 25 mph. If I jump to 3rd my rpms drop to a little over 1000 rmps and is hard to keep 25 mph, I always end up going 30 to get the rpms around 2000. Same with 35 mph, do most of you jump to 4th or leave it in 3rd. Maybe I am just worried about the noise at 2000 rpms thinking the engine is getting worked hard when it is just that the RAV4's engine is just noisy. Would like to see what others have to say. It might be differnent with the AWD models.