1997 Toyota RAV4 Overview


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2 Door
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Avg. Price: $3,641
2 Door AWD
4 Door
Avg. Price: $3,667
4 Door AWD
Avg. Price: $4,034

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45 stars

Based on 12 reviews

Great, Reliable Car!! by sfgirl63
 — I was happy with this car since day one! I had researched Rav4's before purchasing a 97 in 1999. She was always reliable, safe, and without any major issues until she was older, which is why I ended... Read More
Its The Best by Karl
 — its quite unique .never given any trouble,really smooth while driving well quite a good car. handling, breaking n acceleration are quite decent.interior is the best as well as the exterior which is qu... Read More
The Best Small Suv by Danny
 — i like almost everything i wish it seated more ppl and the trunk was bigger this way i could have more people in the truck and i would have more room to lug things in the back with all the people in t... Read More

1997 Toyota RAV4 Overview

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1997 Toyota RAV4

When SUV's first hit the market, they were based on a truck suspension. In 1996, Toyota introduced its Rav4 based on a sedan. The 1997 Toyota Rav4 picks up where its predecessor left off, continuing to provide car comfort and quality while delivering the more commanding view of the road expected by SUV owners.

Reported mileage is 22/26, yet reviewers got anywhere from 25-30 mpg on the highway, depending on panel usage, such as air conditioning. Reviewers were very happy with the comfort of the front seats, though found the bench in back to be a little more lacking.

Problems cited include constant re-alignments and tire rotations, as well as a lack of the rapid acceleration needed for highway passing.


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Toyota RAV4 Questions


Fuel Not Going Through Injectors

My 1997 rav 4 was going ok then all of a sudden it stopped. I have plenty of fuel, good spark, pump is workin fine, is there a sensor somewhere that cuts power to the injectors. the check engine light...

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One Brake Light Doesnt Work.changed Bulb, Nothing. Hazard Lights Work. Coul...

16 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 months ago)
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Fuel Pump Not Coming On

1997 Rav 4. Replaced fuel pump and battery. Car has been run nearly dry many times so I suspected FP, when a blown FP fuse did not fix the problem. Put in new fuel pump. Still not coming on when w...

92 views with 6 answers (last answer 8 months ago)

1997 Toyota Rav 4 Engine Check Light Sensor And How To Check Diagnostics Co...

Hello my girl friends Toyota check light will come on every once in a while then stay off for weeks so I was wondering is the check light a sensor that could be dirty? Whatever the problem is it's min...

3,376 views with 4 answers (last answer about a year ago)

Rav 4 Does Not Go Into Any Gear Anlso Leaked 1 Pint Of Tran Fluid From Fron...

Car was going fast up a hill all of a sudden it would not go into any gear r , l. 2nd , or d. Leaking 1 pint of tranny fluid from front.,.. Fluid red smells good Thanks

51 views with 2 answers (last answer about a year ago)