Due to my two months or so of ownership I thought it only fair to mention once again car number 8b, the other August car, a 1996 Toyota Rav4, with a 2.0 litre Petrol engine, with an automatic transmission, and miles showing 126235 miles on the odometer.
And so finally away it goes, off to be an off road toy on a farm down in Bristol.
Thinking about the two Rav4's, and I have to say that personally I preferred the automatic, they both drive so very similarly both on and off the road, however I think that I am just getting a bit lazy in my old age, and I do find that on the manual I do seem to spent a fair amount of time rowing through the geaarbox, so for me atleast, if I was to get another one it would almost vertainly be another auto. For Mrs Clint however, she thinks that the manual is the way forward, and in no way would like her Rav4 to have an automatic transmission. I guess what we are looking at here is the difference between someone who just wants to cruise when they get behind the wheel, and someone who thinks they've entered the Cannonball run when the climb behind the wheel. Perhaps I'd better stop there, before I'm sleeping on the sofa without dinner tonight.
all that aside, would I have another one? Well, I've sort of still got
one, but anyway, yes I would. There's not really a lot to dislike about
these little Toyotas in either manual or automatic flavour. They both
drive pretty well on the road, they seem fairly competant off road for a
soft roader, are comfortable to sit in, and I think they even look
pretty good. I would even go as far as to say that I prefer the
first-generation Rav4, known as the XA10, over its replacement the
second generation Rav4, known as the XA20 based on it's looks. However,
that being said the XA10 is starting to get a little bit harder to find
due to rust which I am of the understanding was quite a problem to the
earlier models, and so at some point in the future I will no doubt find
myself the pilot of a newer XA20 model. But until that time I've still
got Mrs Clints quite nice little Rav4 to sneak out and enjoy from time
to time should the need arise.