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What’s the 2005 Toyota RAV4's life expectancy?

I want to get a reliable, used car for my teen daughter—and I want something that will at least get her through her freshman year of college. What’s the 2005 Toyota RAV4’s life expectancy?

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Mary Alice Morris · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
If you’re looking at a used
Toyota RAV4
, you’re on the right track for a long-lasting, reliable vehicle. It’s a huge component of Toyota’s brand. If it’s been properly maintained and cared for, a 2005 RAV4 should achieve 200,000 to 250,000 miles before any major issues appear.
Unfortunately, not every used car for sale has been properly cared for. Before buying a car, it’s important to inspect it carefully and obtain a complete history of it as some factors can significantly impact the vehicle’s lifespan. These factors include:
  • Maintenance: Proper upkeep, such as frequent
    oil changes
    ,
    tire rotations
    , and routine inspections, can increase the lifespan of a car. Neglecting these important services, however, can lead to bigger issues and shorten the car’s longevity.
  • Driving style Harsh driving practices, like sudden acceleration and braking or driving at excessively high speeds, can put a heavy load on a car’s engine and other mechanical parts.
  • Quality of parts: If the car you’re considering has undergone any repairs, find out if OEM or aftermarket parts were used. Cheaper, lower-quality parts are more prone to breaking down and will shorten the car’s lifespan.
  • Accidents: Involvement in a collision can cause serious damage to a car, reducing its longevity. It’s recommended to obtain a vehicle history report, such as a
    CarFax
    report, before purchasing the car.
  • Rust:
    Rust damage
    can weaken the structure of a car, causing parts to deteriorate over time and shorten its lifespan. Carefully inspect the car from top to bottom for any rust spots.
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