Why is it that impending MOT day reminds you of school exams? All of a sudden all confidence disappears and you are convinced you are going to fail – or in this case, the vehicle’s going to fail. No matter that the thing has been ultra reliable, isn’t making any funny noises and all the obvious bits seem to work. Somehow you still have the feeling of impending doom.
This was the case of the RAV when it was due its annual service and MOT this February. It was obvious that the brakes were likely to be in need of pads, probably discs (these things seem to go together if you’re not careful) and the cold weather had certainly indicated that the battery was struggling to kick start my RAV every morning. It never failed, but it sounded like it was struggling and since it was still on its original battery, after 100,000 plus miles, a new power source was probably overdue. But apart from that, all seemed well.
Make: Toyota RAV4
Model: NV VVTI
Recent costs: Rear spring £104, Battery £49.85, Front discs and pads £123.67
Arrived: June 2010
You can read more about this Toyota in the April 2012 issue of 4×4 Magazine – available here