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Saw one of the 2003 RAV4s with the Sport package the other day in a parking lot (there are freaking tons of RAVs in this town... I see a minimum of four different ones every day), and they're pretty slick looking. I think I still prefer my '97, but if I have to upgrade, I'll definitely look into the '03.
 

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I went from a '98 to a '05, and as I said in an earlier thread, it's a love-hate relationship.........some of the changes they made in the 2nd gen still irritate me........
 

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Mindscape said:
Saw one of the 2003 RAV4s with the Sport package the other day in a parking lot (there are freaking tons of RAVs in this town... I see a minimum of four different ones every day), and they're pretty slick looking. I think I still prefer my '97, but if I have to upgrade, I'll definitely look into the '03.
Just a question, are you aware that there '04 model changes from the 03' model? I mean the tail lights, and round fog lights instead of square, turn signals in the headlights color matched side mouldings and fender flares etc.... small differences I admit, but in my opinion nicer on the eye. Not sure about in North America, but in Europe the '04's came out with automatic air conditioning and cruise control as well, the 03's didn't have that. The 04's also came standard with the traction control, anti slip and diff. block that were extra options up until 03'.

The engine and everything else mechanicly is exactly the same, as for the rest.... maybe something to think about? Good luck, happy shopping!

EDIT: what I meant by all that was simply that if you're looking to upgrade to the newer body style, maybe a 04' is the way to go as it's identical to the 05', 100% the same. Of course if you are aware of all the little differences between the 04's and the 03's and you still prefer the 03's then good on ya man! You're the one driving it right? Peace!
 

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The engine and everything else mechanicly is exactly the same, as for the rest.... maybe something to think about? Good luck, happy shopping!
Engine also changed from 2003 to 2004 :D

1994-1997 2.0-liter (3S-FE) with 120 horsepower and 125 ft.lb. torque
1998-2000 2.0-liter (3S-FE) with 127 horsepower and 132 ft./lb. torque
2001-2003 2.0 liter (1AZ-FE) with 148 horsepower and 142 ft./lb. torque
2004-2005 2.4-liter (2AZ-FE) with 161 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. torque
2006-2006 2.4 liter (2AZ-FE?) with 166 horsepower and 165 ft./lb. torque
2006-2006 3.5 liter (2GR-FE?) with 269 horsepower and 246 ft./lb. torque

(These are all US figures.)
 

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Kelly Smith said:
Heinznfries44 said:
The engine and everything else mechanicly is exactly the same, as for the rest.... maybe something to think about? Good luck, happy shopping!
Engine also changed from 2003 to 2004 :D

1994-1997 2.0-liter (3S-FE) with 120 horsepower and 125 ft.lb. torque
1998-2000 2.0-liter (3S-FE) with 127 horsepower and 132 ft./lb. torque
2001-2003 2.0 liter (1AZ-FE) with 148 horsepower and 142 ft./lb. torque
2004-2005 2.4-liter (2AZ-FE) with 161 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. torque
2006-2006 2.4 liter (2AZ-FE?) with 166 horsepower and 165 ft./lb. torque
2006-2006 3.5 liter (2GR-FE?) with 269 horsepower and 246 ft./lb. torque

(These are all US figures.)
OK, we don't have the 2.4L available to us in Europe, so for us there is no difference from '01 to '05. (as far as the engine goes)
 

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As for me, I loved the squarish fog lights, much nicer and original than the round ones which made it look like a frog. As for the body mouldings, I also prefer the gray, which hide scratches better. I am moving from a 2000 to a 2002 with only 47,000 KMs on it, I believe it will be worth spending the money to fix the minor dents. The biggest concern is the yellowing of the fornt lenses, something which I did not have in the 4.1!
 
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