Toyota vehicles are proven to be reliable. However, with the mileage on this vehicle, you can expect things to need repaired more often than on a vehicle with less miles. The Rav4 is a good vehicle and will be no more expensive to repair than other vehicles of the same type, so don't worry about repair cost. As far as parts, they are very close in price to American built vehicles.
Try to find maintenance records of the vehicle. If the prior owner took good care of it and maintained it, you should have few problems. Make sure your mechanic checks the operation of things like the 4wd unit. Have him test drive it and check for noise from wheel bearings, engine accessories.
Let me know if you have other questions.
Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 AT 3:07 PM