Re: Arrrgghhh! Beaten by a rav 4!
My folks have a V6 Rav4. While I hate, hate, hate the interior and exterior, that thing really is quick! Let's just say I don't back down from running with people when I have their car.
And theirs is the AWD; the torque is very noticeable.
If racing is that important to you, you should really just start looking for a used SRT immediately, IMHO. I'm guessing it really isn't, but I hear ya on not wanting to be a chump when all you want is to be respectable. Some engines pop and others just miss, sounds like yours was soft from the factory. Sorry.
2014 Overland Blk/Lt Frost
1979 Honda CX500 cafe racer wannabe
2000 Kawasaki ZRX1100
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