This Modified First-Gen Toyota RAV4 Is No Soft-Roader
The Internet king of quirks and vehicle functionality recently launched a new auto auction site. Of course we’re talking about Doug DeMuro and his new website with the very DeMuro name of Cars and offers. We have been watching since its launch, because the site is devoted to modern classics from 1980 and newer and frankly, it’s a nice segment that can offer epic fun for the money. The case in point is this curious 1997 Toyota RAV4 with a makeover on the theme of TRD.
Admittedly, the first generation RAV4 is not exactly known to be an all-terrain murderer. According to the description of the auction, this particular model is inspired by the legend of the Baja Ivan “Ironman” Stewart, who conquered the deserts of Toyota for almost 20 years. The RAV4 is actually red – the front half white and the yellow / orange stripes are a wrap that seems to peel off a bit, as detailed in some of the 168 photos included in the list. With a set of off-road lights on the front bumper, there is no doubt that it looks pretty cool and ready for at least a bit of off-road action.
As such, it should not be totally missed at the end of the road. The description of the auction mentions a lifting kit for a little more ground clearance, and an alignment was given to keep the RAV4 running straight on the track. An aftermarket exhaust system is also listed, as well as an improved stereo for the otherwise original interior. It’s not known if the exhaust helps the RAV4 in food service, but the odometer would show no less than 245,968 miles. This combat wagon has certainly seen action.
Regarding problems, the engine control light is on despite a multitude of engine maintenance listed in the description of the auction. For that matter, the RAV’s limited slip differential is non-op, and the body shows bumps and scratches. But hey, it’s a first generation RAV4 with a lifting kit and bitchin graphics – it was designed to hit the road less traveled, right?
The current owner of this Baja themed RAV4 is a YouTuber, and the construction of this quirky Toyota (sorry Doug, had to be said) is documented through a range of videos. The auction currently stands at just $ 1,100 with six days left to go, and if you’re interested in looking for inexpensive off-road glory, the auction with a multitude of photos is available at the source link below.