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Engine Burning Oil Problems of Toyota RAV4 - part 1

Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 180 problems related to engine burning oil (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 1
Failure Date: 10/05/2017

Excessive oil consumption leading to the engine problem, nearly stalling on highway (my two young boys in the car), very dangerous. I was able to pull into a gas station - almost no oil in the engine. I change oil every 3k-4k miles. As I read up more on the issue, Toyota has a design flaw in its pistons, leasing to oil consumption (2006-08 Rav4) with the 2az-fe engine. Toyota performed the oil consumption test (2 step on 10/05/2017), my car failed (too much oil consumption), but Toyota will not fix, as my Rav4 pass the warranty date. Bought the Rav4 at Toyota of morristown, NJ in may 2007. Other Toyota models also use the same engine. They sold me (and many others too) the Rav4 even with the known design flaws. It will cost over $3. 5k to rebuild the engine at Toyota. I never received any notifications, they only issued a fix in 2011 within Toyota dealerships. Models impacted: camry 2007-11, camry hybrid 2007-11, corolla & matrix 2009, Rav4 2006-08, solara 2007-08, scion xb 2008-09 and tc 2007-09.

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Failure Date: 10/04/2017

I'm writing in regards to Toyota TSB 0094-11 "2az-fe engine oil consumption. My vehicle is using oil and the dealer tells me now I need to rebuild the engine. I brought it in the first time, but the bulletin said I could have two checks. Today was only the second check.

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Failure Date: 09/05/2017

1. Excessive oil consumption up to 1qt every 1200 miles, under normal driving conditions noticed December of 2013. 2. Ecm fails to hold reverse gear. Gear frequently slips in reverse when gas pedal is pressed, won't back up hills. Noticed December of 2013, no power when first starting up for first 10 to 15 minutes of drive. October of 2013 immediately after purchasing 3. Head gasket fail between number 2 and 3 cylinders due to faulty head gasket. Replaced head gasket June 2016 4. Very low fuel economy December 2013. 5. No oil pressure very ruff idle oil pressure light on, with oil level reading full. September 2017.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 4
Failure Date: 08/29/2017

Total engine failure at 115,000 miles due to excessive oil consumption. Burned through 4 quarts of oil in less than 3 weeks time. Need a new engine or engine rebuild. Will be $4,000 to fix. Toyota is aware of the issue and had issued enhanced warranties for vehicle n the past. We purchased the vehicle in 2015 after notifications had been sent. Issue often becomes apparent around 100,000 miles according to research. Calls with Toyota have been unsuccessful at any sort of recourse for this. Toyota customer service rep claims to receive multiple calls per week on this issue. Our engine failed on a major interstate. While traveling 60 miles per hour.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 5
Failure Date: 08/26/2017

Excessive oil consumption. Three weeks ago, August 2017, at 100,000 miles I have had to add 1 quart of oil every other week.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 6
Failure Date: 08/15/2017

Excessive oil consumption. Engine down 2 quarts of oil after 2000 miles of driving after oil change.

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Failure Date: 08/01/2017

Excessive oil consumption caused engine to leak oil.

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Failure Date: 06/10/2017

Engine is burning oil rapidly. Have to keep adding oil on a regular basis when red icon button to add oil comes on!!.

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Failure Date: 06/02/2017

Engine started excessively burning oil at approx 110,000 mile mark. Took to dealer. Warranty was still valid. Engine would be almost dry at 3,000 mile mark. They did a consumption test, said it passed. When I asked how that could be since it shouldn't be dry at 3,000 mile mark. They told me to watch it and come back. When it happened again, way before next oil change was needed, 3,300 miles, bone dry, they said my warranty was expired. Internet shows this is a problem with my make, model and year car, they know it, but refuse to recall due to cost. They refuse to fix the engine.

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Failure Date: 06/01/2017

Toyota warranty enhancement program (ze7) phase 2: 2006 - 2008 my Rav4 warranty policy bulletin pol 14-12 12/16/14 due to excessive oil consumption. Toyota failed to notify me of this issue despite my taking my vehicle in for numerous recall issues, and my ordering seals for my oil system due to oil loss.

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Failure Date: 06/01/2017

I took my vehicle in for a recall. The technician found it was low on oil and filled it. Two weeks later I had my mechanic check and it was low 2 quarts of oil. I set my trip odometer. It has been 2000 miles and I have had to add 4 quarts of oil to my engine. I am told this excessive oil consumption is due to bad pistons that will need to be changed. I understand this to be a costly repair.

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Failure Date: 04/18/2017

My 2006 Rav4 has an oil consumption problem. The car was burning 1/2 quart of oil every 300 miles. I am paying $3500 to have the pistons and rings replaced.

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Failure Date: 04/01/2017

This vehicle falls under the excessive oil consumption issue; the dealerships won't repair it under warranty, I need to add oil to it weekly, it has no value and can not be sold due to this and I'm worried that the engine will seize. This vehicle has been a large financial loss and Toyota knew that this was happening and didn't send out a recall.

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Failure Date: 03/13/2017

After my engine oil light flickered briefly a few times when driving. I had the oil checked and found it virtually empty, we put a quarter in and took it to the dealership where they filled my oil and taped the oil cap and had me return between 1000 and 1300 miles. Today I took it in at 1200 miles and was 2 quarts low. Have had all of my oil changes done at 3000 miles at the same dealership the car was purchased. They claim a letter was sent offering a oil consumption test and would have possibly covered repairs if I had an issue during the 10 year period they were offering warranty enhancement. I never saw such a letter. My car never had lowe oil recorded until my one oil change where I was basically empty. I have filed a claim with Toyota, but they are saying there is nothing they will do for me. This is a well known issue with many lawsuits and should be a recall. Never once did the service people ever mention this issue or offer to do the oil consumption test when my car was under warranty. The engine is probably going to require a new pistons and rings and cost several thousand dollars to fix. I think Toyota needs to step up and take responsibility for these faulty engines they put in their Toyotas.

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Failure Date: 03/11/2017

It seems there is a problem with the oil consumption in many different Toyota vehicle models including mine. I brought my vehicle in for service on this particular problem and they did an oil consumption test, which was not performed as I drove over the required 1200 miles. However, they told me I needed to have the bottom part of the engine rebuilt. Not once did they mention the ongoing problem. I told them I had to think about it and was told to check the oil more often than normal. After getting home and doing research online did I find that my engine can seize at any time even with oil in it. Also, if I pay for the repairs, this can happen again. I don't have the money for repairs nor another vehicle. There should have been a recall on this problem. I would have never bought my car if I would have known. I don't know what to do. Can you advise?.

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Failure Date: 03/06/2017

Oil consumption of more than 2 quarts in a week. Purchased vehicle used from Toyota dealership October 2016. This vehicle is used for school and going to atlanta for appointments over 50 miles from my home. Filed a claim with Toyota but was told that I was over the 10 year mark by 2 months havent reached the 150,000 mark yet just at 135,000 miles.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 17
Failure Date: 02/23/2017

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Rav4. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle stalled three or four times. The oil and maintenance warning indicators illuminated. Once home, the contact checked the oil stick and noticed that the reservoir was empty. The dealer diagnosed that the failure was due to lack of maintenance. The vehicle was scheduled for an oil consumption test. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

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Failure Date: 01/18/2017

This car has the infamous Toyota excessive oil consumption issue with the 2. 4 l i4 engine. It burns a qt of oil in 2000 miles or less.

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Failure Date: 12/06/2016

Starting in 2014, I had to refill 1 qt of oil every ~1200-1500 miles despite meticulous maintenance. After receiving a "warranty enhancement notification" letter from Toyota motor sales u. S. A. , inc. Addressing excessive oil consumption, a first oil consumption test was initiated at a Toyota dealership in October 2015 and evaluated in December 2015. According to the dealership, the car passed this test; oil consumption would still be within engine specification. This was a surprise, given that the official maintenance schedule requires an oil change every 5000 miles, and that the permitted oil consumption in such an interval according to engine spec. Could lead to severe engine damage, or failure. A second oil consumption test was initiated in September 2016, and evaluated early December 2016 by the same Toyota dealership. This second test confirmed an excessive oil consumption, I. E. The test had failed. I was told that the engine would be repaired under the warranty enhancement free of charge. Soon after, I was informed that the enhanced warranty period of my vehicle had expired 10/31/2016; therefore, any cost for the engine repair would no longer be covered. Consequently, the engine repair was cancelled. The dealership argued that although the oil consumption test was initiated during the warranty period, the confirmation of the condition took place after warranty expiration. The oil consumption test requires me to drive 1100-1300 miles before I can bring the car back to the dealership for evaluation. The dealership responded that it would have been my duty to drive the required mileage before the end of the extended warranty coverage. I checked the detailed conditions of the warranty enhancement and found no written statement mentioning that the test has to be evaluated before the warranty expires; it is only stated the the test has to be initiated during warranty.

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Failure Date: 12/04/2016

Excessive oil consumption. Notices my vehicle used 1/2 a quart of oil in 480 mile. Took it in for excessive oil consumption test. Dealer indicated I may have to do $170-$1200 in gasket replacement to qualify for warranty repairs. First I could not see what they were talking about, I. E. Not leaks visible/apparent to me. Also this did not make sense especially since the repairs they indicated I may need to do, will have to be redone during the warranty repairs. When asked why, they said they had to require them to be done because Toyota hq would stick them with the warranty repair bill if they disagreed with them as to whether to authorize the warranty repairs. Toyota has admitted they have a design flaw in this engine in this vehicle. Why won't they fix it without such a hassle. This needs to be made a formal recall so they are forced to stop taking advantage of their customers.

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Failure Date: 12/01/2016

The car is burning oil and I was told to bring it in for consumption test when I got there the dealer told me it is no longer under warrant. But I know by doing research that it is.

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Failure Date: 10/07/2016

10/26/15 was serviced by germain Toyota, naples, FL, oil tank was empty and engine was overheated. The car had been driven 3711 miles since last oil change (there was no leak). I put a quart of oil in so that I could drive it to the dealer. They performed their version of an oil consumption test and claimed it passed the test. 3/11/16 oil tank was empty and car was overheated. It had been driven 2496 miles since the previous oil change. They said it had passed the previous test & all was ok. 10/7/16 oil tank was empty, had been driven but I had purchased 3 qts of oil and added it to the empty tank. Prior to me adding the oil, car was extremely overheated and I got burned trying to get the hood up. I could not touch any part of the engine or would have been severely burned. The car now failed a new oil consumption test. They advised they could not fix it because as of 4/3/2016 it was out of the their extended 10-yr warranty for oil consumption problem. They told me it is now my responsibility to continually add oil. If a safety hazard should occur they said it would be my fault and not theirs. In all cases above the engine was on, vehicle in motion on city streets when the indicator light came on or car overheated. There was no oil on the dip stick when checked in every one of the cases.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2005 Toyota RAV4 23
Failure Date: 09/24/2016

1) excessive oil consumption started earlier this year when oil indicator light came on well before scheduled maintenance was due. Initially, the mechanic was not concerned and just topped off the oil, and I had the oil changed at the next scheduled date (mechanic did note that the oil was again low, but not low enough to engage the oil light). About a 1000 miles after that change, the light came on again, and the mechanic did the same thing. When it happened again, I took the car to a different repair shop and had the oil changed (earlier than scheduled), and personally verified the oil level. Same thing again, and this time had the shop run a diagnostic ($250 tyvm) and was told the repair (remove and replace the cylinder head valve stem seals, head gasket, and valve cover gasket) would cost in excess of $3,400. 00. 2) check engine and vsc trac indicator lights engaged and mechanic initially indicated that an new gas cap was needed, however this did not resolve the issue, and had a diagnostic ran ($250 tyvm) and was told the repair (remove and replace the evac canister) would cost in excess of $875. 00. Kind of disappointed in the "Toyota quality" at this point.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 24
Failure Date: 09/14/2016

Ze7 repair oil consumption - I failed this test and the car was repaired. This was after months of having to add oil (after the light would come on). 2 months after the repair the bearings on the balance shafts flew apart rendering the car undriveable. The repair specifically states that the lower block is not to be opened even though it would be on an engine that has had oil problems. This should have been part of the repair (at no cost to me) which would have alleviated this issue. The failure of Toyota corp to notify owner of Rav4's of this issue, fixing the issue before it becomes a problem and then not inspecting the entire engine for low oil generated problems has now left me with a $6500 dollar repair which more than the kelley blue price of the car. I am hoping to have this covered but so far have not been successful. I am now down one vehicle which has further complicated things.

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Failure Date: 09/01/2016

My oil keeps burning every 500 miles.

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