Sweeneywolf

best older RAV4 for a carer???

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Hi All,

As a carer on a tight budget which older RAV would suit me best for my short stop /start rural and hilly runs in the  snowy in winter Derbyshire Peaks.

Budget is up to 2k so a higher mileage( 150,000?) variant...  2005 ish. ?

Do I go petrol or diesel?

Will do 18,000 miles p.a.

I read elsewhere to be wary of high mileage diesel RAVs

 

Thanks !

 

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Forget a diesel, because you do short, stop, start journeys.

I just looked on Autotrader and there's a fair few three door petrol auto and manuals to chose from for the budget you mention.

Unless you need the extra space etc, I don't see the point in you dragging a heavier five door option around and using more fuel !!

Look for a tidy one with as much service history as possible.

Good luck.

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3 hours ago, BobbyMcLeish said:

Forget a diesel, because you do short, stop, start journeys...

I'll second that.

One of my late mother's carers bought a diesel Astra, and found the Battery kept going flat because the very short hops between clients were too short to replace the energy used to start the car.  A new Battery didn't help, and she ended up getting her husband to charge the Battery at least once a week.

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Diesel probably isn’t ideally suitable for your usage, the engine will take longer to reach the correct thermal condition to operate efficiently, a short cold run isn’t going to do that.

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