It's safe to say that this little Toyota has got under my skin a little bit, and once again I find myself at the end of the month, and not wanting to let the car go that I had bought for the month. I thought about trying to convince Mrs Clint that the way forward was that she should have this little car. I know she likes it, but she's liked several of the other cars that I've had this year, and I'd hoped she would have, but when the time came, she didn't want them and so off they went to their new homes with their new owners.
So despite me really wanting to keep hold of it for a while longer I felt that there was really no point in once again trying to convince her worshipfulness that she needed this little Rav4 in her life. It really has been a brillant and fun little car to own for the month, but as the end of the month approached I found myself out on the street, taking photographs of the Rav4 ready for its auction listing on fleabay.
And so away it goes... Ha ha, yeah right, if only it was so simple. There it goes alright,
off to Tesco with my Dad at the wheel. So how come I still have it?
Well, to put it simply while I was outside taking the photos to use in the ad on fleabay Mrs Clint came out and said, "I don't know what you're doing that for, that thing's going nowhere!" It would seem that she had decided that a 1996 Toyota
Rav4 is the car for her, and to be honest I kind of agree with her. So
instead of trying to sell it, and obviously losing yet more money I figured that she might as well have it as she likes it so much. I'm not sure if this is a win for me or not, but I'm pretty glad it's staying if I'm honest.
The RAV4 has been described as the
offspring of a Toyota Landcruiser and a Ford Fiesta XR2, and this pretty
much sums it up. It drives a little bit like a hot hatch, and it looks a
little bit like an off-roader. But what
else can I say about my month of Rav4 ownership? Well I covered 1311 miles in
it, and quite enjoyed every minute of it, it's a fun little car to
drive! These enjoyable miles cost me £230 in fuel, and that equates to
201.12 foreign litres or 44.24 UK Gallons! This works out to be about
29.60 mpg, which isn't great, but it has been stood with its engine
running for quite a lot of the time while I've been driving it about as I
seem to have spent an awful lot of time in traffic this month. Plus,
and I have to say it, Mrs Clint has been driving it a fair bit,
and her feet are much heavier than mine! Anyway, moving on before her worshipfulness reads that!
As I've said before, inside the cockpit is a surprisingly comfortable place to be, the seating position is comfortable, and being up higher than most other cars it gives you a good view of the road ahead, unless of course you're on the school run, as all the Mums around here seem to have bigger and higher 4x4's than the little Rav4, it does get a little bit leafy on the streets around here in Autumn, so they need those big 4x4's after all.
However the front seats are quite comfortable even on long journeys. Last weekend I had quite a lot of errands to do, and things to pick up which meant that I was effectively in the Rav for the whole day. I never felt uncomfortable in the seats even after driving for over six hours.