As soon as I sold my "right-hand drive" RAV4 of 2001 (2 liters, four-wheel drive), I decided to buy a RAVchik, but fresher in terms of the year of manufacture. The right-hand drive was equal in price to the left-hand drive, and I decided to try to buy a left-hand drive RAVchik ... Well, and compare them. In short, six months ago (in autumn) I bought a RAV4 in 2003, but from America. I bought it myself, via the Internet at an ebay auction, in principle I bought front-wheel drive (not full) and with a 2.4-liter engine.
For the US and Canadian market, all RAV4s are assembled exclusively in Japan. So for many it is like a balm for the soul. But there are features. For example, until 07/2003, only 2-liter RAV4s were delivered to America (front-wheel drive or full-wheel drive - to choose from), and after this date only with a 2.4-liter engine (you can also choose a drive). Accordingly, if you want a fresher RAVchik from the states, then there is actually no choice in terms of engine, only 2.4 liters. But the drive can be selected. According to statistics, 90% of all RAV4s in America were sold exclusively with front-wheel drive, respectively, the same offer in the secondary market. This ratio may seem strange (to us in Russia), but Americans simply know how to count money. Well, what for did they give up four-wheel drive there in California or Nevada? Front-wheel drive (for the new RAV4) is $1800 cheaper and fuel consumption is 1.5-2 liters less. Plus, the dynamics of the front-wheel drive is better. The question is, what for all-wheel drive? Therefore, they do not bother. Even in the ads for sale (at the same ebaymotors auction), they very rarely write about which drive on RAV4 (secondary buyers are probably not interested there either. Accordingly, it is difficult to determine the all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive RAV4 in front of you just like that (without knowledge). Trunk lids with a "4WD" badge usually don't mean anything (it's cheap and many just stick it on.) Moreover, since front-wheel drive versions in the US (both new and used) are cheaper than all-wheel drive, many (as in USA and in Russia) when selling used American RAV4s, they successfully pass off front-wheel drive modifications as all-wheel drive ones. But there is a way out. Just look at the body plate. In total, 4 different types of RAV4 were exported to the USA:
ACA21L - four-wheel drive (4WD) and 2 liter engine
ACA26L - front wheel drive (2WD) and 2 liter engine
ACA23L - four-wheel drive (4WD) and 2.4 liter engine
ACA28L - front wheel drive (2WD) and 2.4 liter engine
That's all! I basically wanted a front-wheel drive modification (below there will be photos that it can !!!), so I just purposefully searched for the "ACA28L" body. I found it quickly enough, looked through the history of the car on the Internet using Carfax and Avtocheck (there are different bases) and just bought it. Delivery was by container to Novorossiysk (it turned out to be cheaper than through Finland and St. Petersburg), in general, after two months I was already driving with might and main in my Zamkadovo;)
Features of the "American" RAV4 - in the car there is only a simple air conditioner (in all RAV4 officially sold in the Russian Federation there is a climate), there is no heated seats and heated mirrors (on American RAVs this occurs, but in one car out of a hundred), rear drum brakes (not disk as on Europeans). No headlight washer. Actually, that's all. In the pros - There is a choice of engine and drive, there is a large selection of interior colors. I counted 8 (!) different types of different salons in the USA, different materials, different textures and colors are used. There is also a choice of leather or velor.
I did the heating of the mirrors (I bought mirror elements from the European RAV4 and wired the mirrors, changed the candles and the oil ... I didn’t do anything else, I just drive and enjoy. Compared to the previous all-wheel drive RAV, fuel consumption has become 2 liters less, and the dynamics the front-wheel drive 2.4 is indeed much better.
And now the most interesting. For some reason, many are sure that front-wheel drive is a complete ge. Type to the first snowdrift. So, especially for the doubters below, I attach photos of the movement of the front-wheel drive (!) RAV4 through the snowdrifts this winter. We must immediately make a reservation that the car has good studded winter tires. I think that after such photos, all doubts about the front-wheel drive RAV4 will disappear. I also attach photos of the differences between modifications for the US and Canadian markets (you can see how to distinguish a Canadian from an American), a photo of the plates (not mine) where you can see how to read them correctly on American RAV4 and examples of body colors on American RAV4
So far, I have not regretted buying a front-wheel drive RAV4. I observe from the "Toyota RAV4 Fan Club" (www.4rav.ru) that there are more and more similar American RAVs in Russia, which means that more and more people are getting rid of the dogmas of all-wheel drive jeeps. The car should please and bring driving pleasure, and not disappoint with poor dynamics and increased gas mileage. Respectfully to all who have read.
Category: 2003 Toyota RAV4 Reviews