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so i'm deciding whether to buy an older body 2012 or 2011 model with low km's or a newer body 13 or 14.

I own a 2006 limited which has a lot of km's on it so looking for another.

in the 2013-2014 models are there any major issues i should look out for, for instance the 2006-2008 4 cylinder engines ate oil after a period. are there any major issues in the newer ones i should look out for? I'm looking at 2013-14 because that's what my budget allows.

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No issues I'm aware of like that. It uses the exact same 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that was available starting in 2009. Reliability is excellent.

Be aware that the 2013+ models lost the massive trunk storage under the rear floor, which is where the temporary spare tire now resides.

They also lost about 1.5" of ground clearance, which may be important if you live where it snows. Of course, they lost the V6 engine option as well.

Here's a thread JuneBug set up when the 2013s first came out which lists many of the differences between the 4.3 and 4.4 models, most notably for the year ranges you mentioned (especially the 2013 and 2014 years) --

http://www.rav4world.com/forums/123-4-4-general/96545-features-added-dropped-2013-2014-rav4.html

If you're only looking at 4-cylinder models, the 4.4s have a VASTLY better transmission, 6-speed vs. the 4-speed that was in the 4.3 4-cylinder versions. Huge improvement.

Best of luck in your search.

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Love my 2013. Ive had it off on forest service roads (some not so great) and its done great.

Tow a little 14' tin can boat and it doesnt even know its there. Its like 600lbs with trailer.

Threw a roof rack on it to carry camping gear. Carry 2 adults 1 12 year old and 2 dogs.

I average 27mpg in it.

It is a great vehicle.

 
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