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I just bought a 1999 Toyota RAV 4 a couple of months ago. It has 80,000 miles on it. 78,000 when I bought it.

I love it. It had one owner who bought it new and traded it, and it's in great shape.. It's a 2-wheel drive, five-speed with the full power package.

Someone recently told me, however, that RAVs are famous for falling apart at 80,000.

I've always had Toyotas. My 1991 Corolla lasted 10 years and had 157,000 miles on it when I sold it for $2,000. And it was running great because I kept up with regular oil changes, etc. I'm told RAV's have Corolla engines.

They said my transmission will go soon. I think it was a scare tactic because they were trying to sell me something.

thoughts, anyone?

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That person must have confused the Rav4 with an American car.

Total bunk.

The Rav4 is one of the most reliable mainstream vehicles around.
 

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Agree with Jeff. Complete baloney. One of the major reasons I felt so confident buying my used 2000 model was all the other satisfied owners reporting high mileage with minimal trouble. They seem to just go and go.
 
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:) Well that's what I thought. My Corolla didn't start really needing major maintenance until it hit 150,000. Then it needed new brake drums, but the motor and tranny never gave me any trouble for 10 years. ..which is why I was so excited to get my RAV.

I've always heard Toyotas are good for 200,000+ miles with regular maintenance. That's been my experience with the Corolla.

ok, thanks for the feedback.
 
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LOL no thats so untrue mine is up to 119,000
no problems at all, she gets regular servicing
and goes like a dream :D
 

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jerimo9 said:
I just bought a 1999 Toyota RAV 4 a couple of months ago. It has 80,000 miles on it. 78,000 when I bought it.

I love it. It had one owner who bought it new and traded it, and it's in great shape.. It's a 2-wheel drive, five-speed with the full power package.

Someone recently told me, however, that RAVs are famous for falling apart at 80,000.

I've always had Toyotas. My 1991 Corolla lasted 10 years and had 157,000 miles on it when I sold it for $2,000. And it was running great because I kept up with regular oil changes, etc. I'm told RAV's have Corolla engines.

They said my transmission will go soon. I think it was a scare tactic because they were trying to sell me something.

thoughts, anyone?

jeri
184,000 km here, wy better shape than my 4 Runner was at 89,000 and a world alead of the S10 I had at 74,000. that thing was litterlly falling apart. It was mostly bailing wire and body fill. People who don't know the body styles of Rav4s think mine is a new one.
 
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Well I knew there was something wrong when the guy wouldn't let me say "no thank you" and hang up. He was trying to sell me an extended warranty. :?
 
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Yeah total BS! :? I've got 126,000 mi on my '97, and I have no complaints!! :D
 

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I've invested a lot in my RAV4 to help it. Man, I abuse my RAV4 a lot. I mean really hammering it on the Expressway, Street, visiting 6500RPM almost everyday. Man, I'm surprised of its reliability. The only thing that I've installed was a battery, and that was because I didn't tighten the battery terminals, the battery went dead. The rest have been adding performance parts. Exceeding its SUV intension, everyday, religiously. Yes, I do give its proper oil change and every where that it can be improved, I’ve done it. [Suspension, Cooling, Anti-Sway Bars F&R, Tires, Electrical system, exhaust.] I've kick Tercel, Escort, MPV, Explorer, Montero, Honda DX, Nissan, Echo, MR2, Daewoo, Even a BMW [No Sh_t]. Everyone in this forum knows I don't BS. Everyday I surprise people. The rest just get out of the way. :)
 

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I am glad to find that out -- 80,000 miles?? I guess I better start shopping around!
1998 with 273,000 miles
2000 with 107,000 miles
Any suggestions on what I should buy??
 

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Hi,

My Rav has got 90 000 miles on the clock, is a 1997 GX, has recently had new wheel bearings and hub but other than that has needed no repairs since I bought it two and a half years' ago when it had 72 000 miles.

I had been wondering how long Ravs live and am very impressed by the experiences of those who've posted.
 
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what the hell is that guy talking about,

i just topped 50k km and completed my break in. :)
 
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i just bought my first RAV @ 80K. i have put 5K miles in a little over 1 1/2 months and she is running fine. the guy i purchased from had toyota dealer do everything before i baught it. its a 97 5sp. here's the kicker, the tranny has a bearing that is making a winding noise upon deacceleration w/ the clutch out, and i still bought it. foriegn are known for thier durability, and a little noisy bearing is not going to stop me from a spectacular deal (brought her home for 5K!, excellent condition) plus 5spd is very cheap to rebuild, so ill just drive it into the ground and wait until it breaks. recently went very offroading, not mudding, but trails etc, held up fine, even accidentally jumped her a few times haha. i plan on driving it through mexico this summer to a little south of manzanillo for a surf trip, from houston texas. if all goes well, i will let you know how she held up.
 
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about to buy first rav4!!

Well I'm about to buy my first!! a 4dr '98 with about 150K miles. Carfax is fine, and < $6K, auto tranny, passed CA smog. Any recommendations on specific things to the RAV4 (Have bought a lot of other used cars before)??

Thanks for any tips!!
 
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thanks!!

excellent!! Anyone know where the best deal is to get an owner's manual (1996) and I have factory '96 toyota top roof bars, but no keys. The local dealer said to just take it to a locksmith?? Also, the local dealer can get me an owner's manual, but it would take $17 and a week or two to order. Anyone know if it's downloadable or available for less?

Where are the best sources to get some 15 or 16" factory alloy wheels? I have the stock steel ones. Thanks!!

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If you buy a RAV4, your in for the long haul. :wink:
 
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