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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
I'm currently having a tough decision here, and wanna see what's your opinion. I have two vehicles that sit in my house and I just need one, and here are their spec:

1998 RAV4 4 Door Automatice

- Current mileage: 273000km
- Fully load (power everything) with factory big wheel package (comes with big wheel, factory LSD and front strut tower bar) and sport side bar package
- Body Condition: no rust, some parking lot ding, little touch up highway stone chip and park outdoor almost all of it's life
- Full suspension overhaul (front and back include spring and shocks) with oem parts
- New oem condensor
- New factory alarm
- fairly new bridgestone tire (for summer), and a set of michelin x-ice on separate factory steels rims
- new oem exhaust system
- new oem power steering pump
- new oem brakes (pads, shoes, disks, drums)
- new front bearing
- new FR ABS sensor
- rebuilt alternator
- 3 years old AC delco battery
- new egr valve
- timimg belt + water pump every 120000km
- regular oil change at 5000km with mobil 1 and oem filter
- regular differental (from, mid and back) and transmission fluid change every 30000km with oem fluid
- yearly coolent flush, power steering fluid and brake fluid replace with oem stuff
- other misc item perform regularly like throttle and injector cleaning, filters and sparkplugs change
- rust proofing yearly
- fuel cost CAD$45 per tank for around 450-500km

2001 Prius

- Current mileage: 310000km
- Power everything with factory fog light, 6 disc changer and GPS retriofit
- Body Condition: no rust, very little parking lot ding, alot of touch up highway stone chip and park indoor almost all of it's life
- New hybrid battery back in 245000km
- New power steering rack at 280000km
- Need new tire for summer and fairly new bridgestone winter tires on echo's steels rims
- Need new shocks and front bearing
- regular oil change at 5000km with mobil 1 and oem filter
- regular transaxle fluid change every 30000km with oem fluid
- yearly radiator and invertor coolent flush and brake fluid replace with oem stuff
- other misc item perform regularly like throttle and injector cleaning, filters and sparkplug replaced.
- rust proofing yearly
- fuel cost CAD$35 per tank for around 650-700km.

so.....if you were me, which one will you sell and keep the other one?
 

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With the future of gas prices ... I would stick with the Prius.

That is just me.
 

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The real question though is do you need the 4WD ability? If you do, keep the Rav-4, no question. That said, I think you have a bit much in both cars, so if you don't need the 4WD, figure out which one you'll lose less money on and sell it.
 

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The real question though is do you need the 4WD ability? If you do, keep the Rav-4, no question. That said, I think you have a bit much in both cars, so if you don't need the 4WD, figure out which one you'll lose less money on and sell it.
Indeed both cars ultimately not bring in a lot of money. Basically it likely comes down to which one is less of a money sink, how much you can get for either one and which one will be easiest to sell.
 

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Sell the Prius and keep the RAV4 since you have already replaced a lot of the major components on it.
With the future of gas prices ..I would stick with the Prius.

These are the major reasons I was stick between the RAV4 and the prius because before I done all the overhaul and part replacement I ask my sister last year did she plan on having a new replacement (the RAV4 is my sister DD), but she said she like the RAV4 and she would like to keep it, so we go ahead and do all those repair. Then last month, she decide she don't want to keep the RAV4 anymore and she go ahead and lease a new yaris herself.

For the Prius, it's my DD and from the mileage you can tell I drive quite alot and it did save me alot of fuel cost compare to the RAV4.

The real question though is do you need the 4WD ability? If you do, keep the Rav-4, no question. That said, I think you have a bit much in both cars, so if you don't need the 4WD, figure out which one you'll lose less money on and sell it.
After driving the prius for 8 years I only got stuck once and it was my mistake (driving in a white out condition and didn't see a snowdrift with bumper height in the middle of the road, and it took me an hour to dig out/unstuck myself) and that's the only situation I wish I'm driving a RAV4. Other than that, I have no problem driving the prius during winter. I did also drive the prius on the beach once and I didn't got stuck in that....

I did do the figure too, the market value between two is around $1500 to $2000 (If I'm lucky , prius market value is around $5600-$11000, Rav4 market value is $3500-$6500) different. If I sell the prius and keep the RAV4, look like I did save a higher initial cost. But with a higher maintance and running cost (differental oil change, power steering fluid change, brake wear more frequency, timing belt and water pump and higher fuel cost) It will end up costing the same in a long run. But one thing I want to point out is, for "repair cost" wise (I'm saying replace the hybrid battery and all other extra stuff that you can't find in a normal vehicle), RAV4 no doubt is way cheaper than prius.

I would concur plus the prius has so much higher mileage.
It's true, but the prius is half gas and half electric, so at least 1/3 of the time during these 8 years the engine is not running, only run on battery. Also, the brake wear is surprisely minimun since I only replace the brake pad twice, the disk once and the drum + shoes still original. Compare to RAV4, the RAV4 are having it's 3rd set of disk, 6 set of pads, 2nd set of drum and 3 sets of shoes.

Btw, here is the most recent pic for the prius:


I don't have the pics for the RAV4 now, but I can say they are the similar condition.
 

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Personally, I'd sell the Prius, but I wouldn't have bought one in the first place so I'm biased. Don't want any hybrid. I'd think the RAV4 would have utility as a spare hauler for bulkier stuff and/or pulling a trailer.
 

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After driving the prius for 8 years I only got stuck once and it was my mistake (driving in a white out condition and didn't see a snowdrift with bumper height in the middle of the road, and it took me an hour to dig out/unstuck myself) and that's the only situation I wish I'm driving a RAV4. Other than that, I have no problem driving the prius during winter. I did also drive the prius on the beach once and I didn't got stuck in that....
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I lived in Michigan all my life. Had a car. NEVER got stuck. I was in love with the SUVs. It made me mad that my car was not weather challenged and could not justify an SUV other than the DESIRE !!! I did get 4Runner and RAV4. The RAV4 was 2wd and it BOTHERED me how it was not 4WD... I lost a lot of money in the switch to 4WD but I was sleeping so good. The bank account was empty.
Now I got two kids. Reason comes before the desire... You see what your priorities are in life.

For me right now.. I have three cars. I need a 3 row of seat vehicle which can be nothing but a Land Cruiser. Land Cruisers takes a lot of gas. Neither my wife or I will drive on a regular basis so she drives a Camry and I drive a Corolla and the Land Cruiser is driven only when 3 rows are needed.

I could have bought a Sienna minivan but why make a rational decision. Right.
Camry + Land Cruiser = one Sienna (could have been wise)
.... and I will need Sienna for wife and corolla for me... but no. How can I have a fuel efficient minivan in the house but at the same time I am calculating mileage everyday... so Corolla is the answer... It is so messed up...

You see what fits you the best.
 

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I really wish I can lose the lexus but my mom didn't want to downgrade from the IS to RAV4.
 

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Keep the Rav4 :)
 
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