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I have a 1999 RAV4 with 120,000 that's vibrating at Stops when in Drive, but not when in Neutral. Would it help long term if I used Neutral when stopped? OR should I start looking for another car? I'm not a mechanic. Thanks

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This hardly sounds like a problem for which the whole vehicle needs replacement.

The symptoms could be explained by a misfiring cylinder, in which the vibrations are most obvious at idle and with the drivetrain engaged.

Common causes for misfires include ageing spark plugs/wires, absence of spark or improper fuel delivery (usually a clogged fuel injector).

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A flashing check engine light would typically occur if misfires are the problem. –  denver Apr 28 at 13:33

I would not put it in neutral every time you stop. You risk premature wear and tear on the shifting mechanisms.

It depends on what you mean by vibration. A little (slightly inconsistent) vibration when idling is just fine and is not worth doing anything about.

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