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I saw a local dealer selling an 01 Rav4 with just 82k asking almost $7000. Of course when I called he said he would take lower. Still seems high for a 16 year old car. Only 2wd. Automatic. What do y'all think is a fair price? Anyone selling a Rav4 close to sw Alabama?

I just bought a new Titan XD and figures I get a job 55 miles away. So needing a cheap car to get back and forth until I can move.
 

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Ibsam2005 - that's INSANE $$ for a 2001 & not 4x4 is a BIG FAIL...dealer is CRAZY.

I'd be looking for a:
2004-5 RAV4 (Gen2) with higher HP 4 cyl...like a 4x4 Chilli Edition, with hood scoop, their cool

I looked 6 months for a v6-269 HP (Gen3) and bought one privately from a Doctor, 2 years ago:
- mint 2008 Limited v6 4x4, leather, moon roof, heated seats, etc. with 55,000 miles (89,xxx Km) for roughly $10,200 US$ using today's Cdn-US $$ exchange rate

More reading here:
http://www.rav4world.com/forums/86-4-2-general/264353-looking-2001-rav4-what-worth.html
 

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Re. I just bought a new Titan XD and figures I get a job 55 miles away.
So needing a cheap car to get back and forth until I can move.

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^^ But $7,000 is far to expensive for a 2001 period, especially not having 4x4.
- you have a new Titan XD, so drive it
- gas is cheap until you move, the $7,000 could be better spent

You don't have to spend $10,000 on a used RAV4, like we did...but its the wife's work vehicle & family runner.
- my point was, $3,000 more bought us a low mileage v6 4x4, and the SUV was mistaken by a few people, as brand new

There is a lady in CA, that is unloading a 1998 RAV4 with 55,000 original miles (another 2WD).
- buy it cheaper and have it delivered on a transporter, is an option to save some $$
http://www.rav4world.com/forums/90-private-party-classifieds/261769-wtb-rav4-2-door-4wd-auto-hardtop-softop.html
 

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The 01-03 engines are far more reliable than the 04-05s. The 04-05 had overheating and oil burning issues. While less powerful, the 1azfe 2.0L is pretty desirable for commuters
 

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  • The 01-03 engines are far more reliable than the 04-05s. The 04-05 had overheating and oil burning issues. While less powerful, the 1azfe 2.0L is pretty desirable for commuters
    I didn't know that. I thought the 04-05 was more desirable. I just hope my 01 5 speed runs forever!
 

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  • I didn't know that. I thought the 04-05 was more desirable. I just hope my 01 5 speed runs forever!


It's still just an opinion, as you'll see lots say "go for the bigger 2.4L, more POWER!" They also say the 2.0L is a dog with acceleration, but at the same time you're going to see way more people with catastrophic issues with their 04-05 2.4l engines as opposed to the 01-03 2.0l engines. Not to say the 04-05 is a bad engine, but there were a handful of oil, headgasket and cylinder head issues that persisted. some at low mileage, even into the 4.3 generation with their 2.4Ls which were the same until the 2.5l came out. Toyota eventually addressed it with TSBs.
 

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The 01-03 engines are far more reliable than the 04-05s. The 04-05 had overheating and oil burning issues. While less powerful, the 1azfe 2.0L is pretty desirable for commuters
Having own a 2005 AWD Base it was the most reliable car I ever owned. Had it for 5 years and it was much cheaper to maintain than any previous cars. The only problem was rust on the exhaust system which cost $200 to repair and the driver lock actuator which was a common failure item. Unlike the 01-03 it never had ECU/transmission problems that plague those models.

This engine does not have burning issue only the 06-08 models do even though it is the same engine. There are some engine that had head bolt problems but that was not that common. The other thing is the engine was very peppy with the bigger 2.4 Litre 162 hp engine vs the smaller 2.0 litre 148 hp under powered one for 2001-2003 models.

Check out the Consumer Report and it shows 2004-2005 models had the lowest problems/recalls out of any generation of RAV4.
 

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If we put aside 01-03 ecu/tranny and 04-05 head issues, I see far more 04-05 reliability issues on this board.

Just my observation...

Also, a well cared for and tuned up 1azfe is VERY peppy.
 

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I never had any mechanical problems with my 2001 2.0L, but when came time to do the clutch job, I thought why not put a 2.4L at the same time? I found one for 250$ from a 2005 Camry, and I'm very happy with the result. I still have the 1AZ if a problem occurs with the 2AZ, and many parts/sensors are the same.
 

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info to us members

2004-2005 gen2 is also available with 2.0 engine. (1az-fe)

not in us i think, but anywhere else.

do not say 2004-2005 gen2 is unreliable without clarifying what model you mean.

2az-fe (us model 2004-2005 gen2 2.4 engine) is just different than 1az-fe.
 

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Yet another wrinkle is the problems the 2001-2003's have with the automatic transmissions and transmission control modules. I would search for a manual transmission if possible.
 
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