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1997 Toyota RAV4Review
GuruMZSDG writes:
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The Toyota RAV4 is like a fine wine. It gets better with age and is always there when you need it most.

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1997 Toyota RAV4 4 Door AWDReview
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Black Beauty — Our 1997 RAV4 was a workhorse. It would probably have lasted forever, except we loaned it to a friend of our son who didn't check the oil when the oil light came on. We logged over 150,000 miles on it with nothing more than routine service, and it had 32K on it when we bought it. We drove it from home out to Montana one year, and other than being a little slow going up grade, it was a fun "little" SUV. We went camping often, and it stowed a lot of gear and carried our kayaks on top. It was a little small on leg room in front and back, but then I'm pretty tall (over 6'5"). We live up a small hill, and we never had a problem with traction in the winter, while others were spinning their wheels. I haven't driven any of the newer RAV4's, but the 1997 was a great car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Great traction in the ice and snow of Michigan winters, and not bad gas mileage on the dry summer pavement. We hauled my wife's artwork and often camping gear. In the summer, the kayaks went up until time to take them down after the first big snows. Dependable, reliable, sure footed.

Cons: The 2 liter 4 cylinder would max out going up long grades--we trudged through the Rockies on a trip out west. There's no legroom in back if you are anything but a small person. There's not much legroom in front if you're a very tall person. My knees grazed the fascia on the dash.

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1997 Toyota RAV4 4 Door AWDReview
Della1949 writes:
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Great Car — I am most pleased with this car...little trouble, always started in winter in Wisconsin...maintain excellent, oil changed every 2500 miles, excellent brakes, good transmission, air condition...excellent tires, wheel alignment, great gas mileage, brakes new, ball joints replaced, exhaust system replaced, the car accelerate fastly...safe driving car, comfortable ride...this is a great fun car to drive.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: great runner, four wheel drive, interior excellent, engine good shape, transmission great, maintain annually

Cons: few scratches, wheel coloring fading

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1997 Toyota RAV4 2 DoorReview
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Buy It If You Don't Care About What People Would Say About It — Good performance and relaible accelerates moderatly but good pickup..not that build quility but you will only take it to a garage once in two to three years..intrior is rabish but if paint it it looks like a new car..it is fun in little rocky area also in desert...

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: mileage

Cons: interior

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1997 Toyota RAV4 2 Door AWDReview
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The Rav4 Is Less Expensive But It's Very Reliable Compare To Other Suv's — My RAV4 is awesome, compared to a 4 door. The unique space for 2 persons than have to much room. The exciment with just going to a peak in San Francisco and Utah are the best equiped machine, that anyone would love. I love my RAV4. It's awesome.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: The navigation to peak to peak

Cons: always check on the CV boots time to time

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1997 Toyota RAV4Review
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Its The Best — 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 quite a unique colour n i love it.......

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: its the best

Cons: no reason at all

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1997 Toyota RAV4 4 Door AWDReview
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The Best Small Suv — 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 there as well

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: good on gas

Cons: none

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1997 Toyota RAV4Review
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1997 Toyota Rav4 — There isn't much I can say about my car, it gets me from point A to point B. I haven't had many maintenance issues with my car despite its age. We've used the car several times to move and I must say we've managed to haul a lot of stuff. The ride is a bit rough, as to be expected from an SUV, its especially bumpy and rather cramped in the rear seat.

Pros: Interior space for stuff, few maintenence issues , decent gas mileage

Cons: rough ride, road noise

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1997 Toyota RAV4 4 Door AWDReview
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Rav4 — engine is way to small for a car of that size, slow acceleration, can handle any type of weather, decent on gas, a little noisy to drive on the thruway, a bit over 3k rpm going 65 mph in overdrive, so not really good for long trips, stock sound system sucks, but w/e

Pros: fun, able to take harsh weather conditions

Cons: slow acceleration, loud

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1997 Toyota RAV4 4 DoorReview
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Sharp And Dependable — My wife loves this car because it looks good. I lke it because its a Toyota. I don't worry about it breaking down on her. This car replaced another 1997 RAV4 that she had that was totalled in a head on collision that she walked away from. We ended up buying the exact car, even down to the color all over again.

Pros: Sharp looking and very dependable suv

Cons: A little small.

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