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    Hi guys, my mother is looking to buy a Toyota for traveling between the farm and town mostly. About 18km of gravel road to town. She originally wanted to buy a corolla, but i adviced her against it because of the state of the road. With other words she needs something higher with bigger wheels. I told her that the RAV4 looks like the perfect vehicle for her, but i dont know the RAV4 never driven in one. The car must also be economical on fuel as she is a pensioner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dieselman View Post
    Hi guys, my mother is looking to buy a Toyota for traveling between the farm and town mostly. About 18km of gravel road to town. She originally wanted to buy a corolla, but i adviced her against it because of the state of the road. With other words she needs something higher with bigger wheels. I told her that the RAV4 looks like the perfect vehicle for her, but i dont know the RAV4 never driven in one. The car must also be economical on fuel as she is a pensioner.
    Any advice will be highly appreciated.
    Just imagine your mother in a 200kW FJ Cruiser?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dieselman View Post
    Hi guys, my mother is looking to buy a Toyota for traveling between the farm and town mostly. About 18km of gravel road to town. She originally wanted to buy a corolla, but i adviced her against it because of the state of the road. With other words she needs something higher with bigger wheels. I told her that the RAV4 looks like the perfect vehicle for her, but i dont know the RAV4 never driven in one. The car must also be economical on fuel as she is a pensioner.
    Any advice will be highly appreciated.
    A very good Toyota for ladies that just want to travel some dirt roads is a Diahatsu Terios.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrewfus View Post
    A very good Toyota for ladies that just want to travel some dirt roads is a Diahatsu Terios.

    Yes it IS a Toyota...
    Nou gaan jy 'n paar ouens wat Teriosse ry se bubbles bars...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony View Post
    2.0 Petrol Manual 7.7L/100km
    2.2 Diesel Manual 5.6L/100km
    2.5VX Petro Auto 8.5L/100km
    Not even close!

    Wife drives the 2.0 GX Petrol Manual and it's more like 10L/100km!

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    Okay so any other info and advice ?
    Are they permanent 4 wheel drive, and do you get 2x4 as well ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dieselman View Post
    Okay so any other info and advice ?
    Are they permanent 4 wheel drive, and do you get 2x4 as well ?
    Anyone ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dieselman View Post
    Anyone ?
    Are you asking about the RAV4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrewfus View Post
    Are you asking about the RAV4
    Yes, as i said i dont know much about them.
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    yes you do get 4x2 versions.
    I think they sold more 4x4 versions though.

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    Thanks guys, what else should i look out for when purchasing?
    Budget is around R100k.
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    There are many cross-overs, like the Polo, Etios, Panda. Even a standard CitiGolf or Tazz. AWDs such as X-Trail or Duster, 4x4 such as Forester.

    No particular reason or argument, just the models I would consider.
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    The RAV is a SoftRoader - even the AWD models normally only send drive to the front wheels.

    I don't think a RAV will handle a pothole better than a Corrolla.
    Pothole jumping is a tyre function & the RAV doesn't really have big rubber.

    R100k is going to buy you an old RAV.

    Why not a Terios Auto?

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    I'm driving my fourth RAV.
    1st two were 3-door 2.0 litre petrol models.
    The other 2 are 5-door 2.2 D4D (turbo diesel).
    All of them permanent 4x4.

    Acceleration of the RAV is excellent due to the high power to mass ratio.
    Handling is superb due to the permanent 4x4, through potholes, water etc.


    Fuel consumption on the petrol models were about 10km/l for long distance driving. The diesels are giving 15km/l on the open road if travelling at 110 km/h.

    Downside:
    All 4 needed all shocks to be replaced while under warranty.
    Front brakes last up to 45 000 km if you do a lot of driving in town. Hind brakes slightly longer.
    The RAV is not a cheap SUV and I also guess that for the price bracket that you are looking at, it will be an old RAV.

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    Honestly there is not much out there for 100k that is fuel efficient and high clearance.Why not put her into a nissan np200 bakkie or even corsa bakkie,especially if it will just be her driving mostly alone,.

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    We have a RAV4 3-door for the exact same reason, off-road on gravel and around town.
    16" wheels with 205x70R16 tyres gives a reasonable ground clearance.
    Car comes with permanent 4WD and electric diff lock (push button).

    Good vehicle for ladies and reasonable in costs (it's a Toyota!)
    Never bothered to measure fuel consumption but it possibly varies on how you drive, ours is manual.

    Good road sight due to high sitting position and with nudge bar reasonably protected against "road creepers".
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    I had a 1995 RAV4 for several years, it was 4x4, obviously no low range, great car, handled gravel well, I even had BFG A/T tyres on. Average fuel consumption was 9.5L/100km. I rode up Sani pass with it (when it was still nasty) a couple of times.

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    I would also consider a Suzuki SX4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mnrvermaak View Post
    I would also consider a Suzuki SX4.
    I agree.

    I did the breednek pass in magalies in june in a FWD version. Handles dirt roads nicely, has good clearance, and is not too big for driving around town. This one is a 2013 model with the auto box and had about 500km on it then, its got about 1500 now. Fuel consumption has been about 10L/100km average, but as the kms are climbing the consumptions going down.
    My dad picked it up from suzuki for R199k including mats, tow bar, safety tint. It had 12km on it.

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