After 42,000 miles and 14 months its time to say bye bye to the Rav. The car has been fantastic and only due to the obscene price of fuel it is time to have something a little more easier on the pocket, thats not to say the car is at fault. Due to the fuel and a bum twitching moment with a safety camera I have been driving like a saint and have been rewarded with a 47 - 52 mpg average over recent months with my daily 200 mile drive. I have had no major problems with the Rav (nothing to take the ownership enjoyment away) and me and the whole family are very sad to see it go. No more soft roading!! Marshall Toyota of Peterborough have been fantastic especially when it came to part ex for a new Yaris diesel. Hinchcape Toyota Derby have also been great and I look forward to using both dealers in the future. Well done Toyota!
This is quite an excellent car. It's good and easy to drive. It has a brilliant diesel and it's quicker than you would think. 40mpg is realistic, even driving quickly. It also looks great.
There are a few negative points, but they are very minor. The tailgate is heavy, and not for the small or weak. Rear visibility is poor - reversing without park-assist would need concentration. Some dashboard controls are illogical and annoying.
Overall, though - get one!
I've had this model since May06 and have done 20k miles in it to date. I am very pleased with its overall performance - very swift and good torque and ideal for my purposes. I've not had to return it to the dealer for anything but a leaking shock absorber was detected and fixed foc at its recent 20k service. Suspension is a bit harsh over the many rural roads I travel but this was predicted by the salesman and attributed to the large wheels and run flat tyres. Diesel consumption averages 40mpg in line with my expectations. I dread the cost of new tyres which will be needed during 2007. On the negative side, the gearbox is a bit clunky especially in the lower ratios. I have got used to it though and no longer worry about it. I love the built in satnav which is new for me.
I bought this RAV to tow my caravan (still to do that yet) and I have high hopes that it will be a good tug. Solo it is absolutely tremendous. excellent torque and lift especially in the 30mph to 70mph range. When I first took delivery I was treating it with kid gloves and getting 46.6 mph. Now that it is second hand the respect has dropped a little and I am getting 42.4 on A and B roads with the longest journey being some 60 miles with lots of 10 - 20 mile trips. If were to be critical at all I would say that the power steering is a bit lifeless and the rear door could be a nuisance if you need to put a large wide object in the boot. When you close the boot door it sounds a bit tinny because of the spare wheel carrier and cover. The tow bar weight limit is only 80 kilos but I can work round that. The other big benefit is it is a Toyota and should hopefully be bullet proof. Would I buy it again - Yes definitely.
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