Used 2000-2006 Toyota RAV4 Review - Should You Buy One?
And due to the automaker’s reliability standards, you can easily find a used car from which you can squeeze at least 50,000 miles with proper maintenance, like the 2000-2006 Toyota RAV4.
The second generation RAV4 came in 2000 and it was offered in eight configurations, with three or five doors and two levels of trim levels - Edge and Cruiser. You can find them fitted with 2-liter or 2.4-liter engines producing 110 kW (147 hp) respectively 120 kW (160 hp), bolted to either manual or automatic transmission.
Being a soft-roader, there were few ones pushed hard in the wilderness, so there are a lot of them with a lot of potential out there. Still, you should always check for damage underneath it, suspension included. Who knows, maybe someone pushed it hardcore on a rocky terrain. Other than that, the reviewers from Drive Australia advise on getting a manual one, as the automatic has a small glitch at big loads. It is software upgrade at Toyota that solves the problem, but if you are not in the mood to go at a dealer with it, get the manual.
See full review at drive.com.au