How do I make a final decision between Toyota Rav 4 and Subaru Forester? My main goals are low maintenance, reliability and ability to perform in tough weather/mountain roads. Major problems?
Coin flip, Both good
Maintance and reliability go hand in hand, so the better you maintain your vehicle the more reliable it becomes. I live in an area where if any kind of problems come up with a certain brand of vehicle the dealerships fail, so far the only ones surviving are Ford, GM, Dodge Trucks, Toyota and Mazda. The others like VW, Subaru and Fiat are gone. Roads out here are terrible, then only time they are smooth is when they are snow covered and the holes are filled in with ice and snow, so a rig has to have some quality to survive. I would recommend the Toyota if that is what you like. The trend out here seems to be a toss up between Ford and Dodge right now, but a few years back it was GM and Toyota. Just my 2 cents worth.
STAY AWAY FROM THE FORESTER THEY ARE HAVING PROBLEMS WITH OIL CONSUMPTION, NOT A GOOD CAR RIGHT TO PURCHASE...
Get the RAV4, much more reliable and Toyotas don't have the oil consumption issues that the Subarus are plagued with. I would stay FAR away from Subarus until the problem gets resolved.
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