Little Blue Coupe: 1996 Toyota RAV4

You don’t see a lot of Toyota RAV4s on the pages of DailyTurismo…but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t own one because they offer a level of usability and reliability for a light crossover that is almost unmatched…and the older ones are starting to become cool…in a goofy way.  Today’s first generation RAV4 is a 3-door version with electric blue paint and Lexus ES300h wheels. Find this 1996 Toyota RAV4 offered for $4900 in Florida via Dave’s blogger site.  Seller submission from Dave.

From the seller:

I’m not saying that a two door 1st gen RAV4 is gangsta cool or even modern rap cool. But it’s definitely hip-hop cool: I can’t imagine Parappa learning to drive in any other car. Here’s our rare and sought after 2-door Rav4, perhaps the nicest in the country hanging out with our new-to-us 1990 Nissan Pao.

The Rav4 coupe is an extraordinarily uncommon and cute vehicle with the driving dynamics of a tall Honda CRX. Two door coupes demand a premium, which reflects the rarity of these quirky, fun cars.

Ours has super glossy paint and a fresh set of Lexus ES 300h hybrid wheels.  Original stamped steel wheels included in sale. Spare tire on hatch replaced with a much lighter temp spare.

Required equipment for any aspirational hip hop mutt, the Kenwood kdc-bt360u bluetooth stereo sounds great & matches dash lighting + the original cassette unit is included. 

Entire windshield Llumar tinted to reject heat and UV with dark band added at top. Cold AC, keyless entry and an alarm. USB charger on dashboard. The only nonfunctional part on this car: the tachometer.

Fun fact: all seats can be folded flat providing space for two people to catch a nap on a long trip. 

Fun fact: there’s two enormous, removable sunroofs for a near-convertible experience.

NEW within the last two years:

Timing belt, water pump and tensioner

Distributor assembly including cap, wires and spark plugs


Kenwood kdc-bt360u with bluetooth and USB inputs

Brake master cylinder and brake fluids

Fresh transmission gear oil


Infinity Kappa 621x Two-Way door speakers and Pioneer in rear

Llumar highest spec ceramic nanoparticle tint 

Fresh marker lights & all bulbs LED including brake lights that strobe for a split second

And probably many more things I’m spacing on…

Cruising around to Parappa’s driving test music.

Lots and lots of space for a tiny car. It’s insanely well engineered for being practical. The rear seats flip and fold forward presenting a very tall space for big stuff.

There’s a lot of thoughtful touches to the 1st gen RAV4 two door like glass headlights that never turn yellow or fade and upholstery that’s borderline insane by today’s standards. Also these Lexus wheels were meant for this car – as after all, a Lexus is a Toyota.

If you’re interested in buying this minty RAV4, drop us a line! Others have sold for much more than this one at $4900 so hurry before it’s gone …

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