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My Awesome Rav4 by An MSN Autos Consumer on 01/16/2010. Trim: 2003 Toyota RAV4 2WD, Owned 7 years.
Pros: I LOVE IT!!! Style, comfort, reclinable and moveable rear seats, rear seats move forward or come out. The level of front seating, the look, the storage, the power plug in the cargo area and in the console- great for road trips and plugging in the DVD player. Easy to drive, park, u turns, turns like a small car!! It's amazing. It's fun and stylish, I bought it before I became a mom, and now I'm a mom and it's still perfect for us. I realy enjoy driving it and in 2007 we bought a new Sienna, I got tired of driving that big thing around, so I let my husband drive it and took the Rav back.
Cons: The road noise is loud when you are inside. Check engine light came on around 68,000 miles. When I am on a road trip, I don't like to talk on the phone because I can't hear the person on it. Other than that, I have no issues, but now after reading some of the things people say that happens after 100,000 miles, I'm afraid of what will happen to my car in 30,000 miles.
Overall review: I bought my Rav at 9 miles old. She is now 70,000 miles old. We have not had any major issues. About 2000 miles ago, the check engine light came on, my husband had it checked by a mechanic and it's an 02 Censor that needs replaced. He said that it doesn't have to be done right away. We are in the process of getting it repaired. It will cost us around $400. I don't see that to be a huge problem considering that the gas mileage is great, and it's a great little SUV. As far as the peppiness, I could care less, when I need it to get up and go, it does, but I'm not rough on the engine, and I do mostly around town driving, hardly interstate. And in FL there are no hills or mountains for the RAV to climb. This car would be great for a teenager, single person, married couple, or with one or 2 children.
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