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Engine Burning Oil Problems of Toyota RAV4 - part 1

Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 116 problems related to engine burning oil (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 1
Failure Date: 10/23/2015

My car burns more oil than it should. When I took it in for the recall, they recomended ,I let them put new oil stem valve gaskets in for $530. 00. Now maybe I need them but,everytime, I take my car in for a recall the dealers want me to pay to get some thing fixed. Enough is enouhg.

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Failure Date: 07/24/2015

7/24/2015 traveling from wisconsin to florida in 2007 Rav4. Driving on freeway when engine lost power. Unable to restart engine on the side of the freeway exit ramp. Had car towed back home. Later that week had car towed to mechanic. Mechanic discovered catastrophic damage to engine. The engine had seized. The metal on the pistons melted and other engine parts where scorched. Replaced engine with a rebuilt. Only had 136,000 miles on Rav4. The Rav4 had regular oil changes and routine maintenance. Now I am seeing on the NHTSA website that Toyota knew about engines problems. I did not receive notice of this issue and I am out the cost of a rebuilt engine and the cost of a rental car while the engine was replaced. Is this same thing going to happen to my rebuilt engine? Toyota had me submit documentation of what mechanic found and did told me that they would review documents and that I was eligible for reimbursement under the csp ze7 program. On oct 19 written notice received, states reimbursement for replacing the engine denied. Received notice from Toyota regarding warranty enhancement ze7 after engine failed that rav 4 had an excessive oil consumption problem. Attached are pictures of melted engine parts of an engine that had regular oil changes.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 3
Failure Date: 07/16/2015

The 2006 Rav4 model Toyota has a record of stuck or clogged oil rings causing excessive oil consumption which can lead to failure of engine and catalytic converter. This defect causes oil to burn at a rate of approximately 1 quart or more every 1,000 miles. My Rav4 was brought to the dealership on 7/16/2015 to perform the first phase of an oil inspection & consumption test. On 8/4/2015 the vehicle was brought back to the dealership for re-inspection. It failed the consumption test & I was told that as soon as parts became available I'd be contacted; however, there were several customers ahead of me awaiting the same repair. Two months have passed & I have yet to hear back from the dealership as to when the repair can happen. I called the service manager 10/2/2015. The service manager told me he would look into the matter & return my call in 15 minutes. He never called back. Toyota has only issued a TSB about this issue to dealers/mechanics, thus owners may not be aware that oil is being burned off as the excess smoke is absorbed by the catalytic converter, which causes causes premature failure of that par as well. This needs to be a recall item. If a car doing 70mph has an engine failure due to loss of oil then the person will loose steering and brake control leading to a serious accident or death. This is a mechanical issue as well as a safety issue.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 4
Failure Date: 07/06/2015

I am having oil burning issues with my Rav4 also. It is a 2008, 4 cylinder. I have had my oil changed religiously in this car as it was my first new car. Every 3000 miles and I have the all the paperwork. About 4-5 months ago, every time I press break and noticed the oil flicker on and off. Stopped at a station and it was completely empty of oil. I had had an oil change about 2500 before this happened. I thought may be Toyota dealership did not put enough engine oil as recommended. Next time I took my car to firestone service and again today I found out that there is no engine oil left, the engine oil stick is completely dry. I was reading on online forums that a lot of consumer had same problem with their Rav4. There is no recall from Toyota and local dealer don't want to fix it.

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Failure Date: 07/02/2015

Certain cars from Toyota have a know excessive oil consumption problem. My car is one of them. My car, while older, has less than 56k miles on it. Last year, the mileage dropped precipitously-- by 10 mpg, in fact. Since then, my low oil light indicator came on in less than 3,000 miles. Toyota won't fix the problem. They have redefined what it means to burn excessive amounts of oil-- 1 quart every 1200 miles isn't a problem according to them. Thousands of Toyota owners now find themselves with cars that burn oil, have reduced mpg, and no recourse with Toyota. My car has been to the dealer 5 times since last year-- all because of the oil issue. This car is not what I bought. I bought a car that was economical, environmentally friendly, and got good mileage. Toyota should not be able to redefine what acceptable oil consumption is! I now find myself in the unfortunate situation of having to carry a quart of oil with me everywhere I go because I do not know when my car will run out of oil. Of course, I'm now stopping every 190 miles or so to put gas in the car because of bad mileage (used to be around 350 miles). Why is ntsa letting this go?.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 1997 Toyota RAV4 6
Failure Date: 04/23/2015

Received warranty enhancement notice-ze7, as instructed, dealer test was performed. Oil loss totals under 1qt. For ea. 1200 miles driven. Was told this did not qualify for repair. My concern is this: Toyota service required for oil change is every 5,000 miles. My car has excessive oil consumption of just under 1qt per 1,200 miles, so driving 5,000 miles would effectively burn 4qts. , or more, thereby starving engine for oil and resulting in engine failure. Service department advised me to keep checking oil level, and add oil as required. I am disappointed in Toyota's solution to this problem and advised them of my opinion. I am able to add oil as required, but questioned customer service about other senior citizen's ability to self maintain the oil level, or for that matter, any consumer that has this problem. Toyota has assigned me a case number from regional CA. Office. I was told that perhaps Toyota will change qualification requirements so that at 5,000 miles, oil consumption would not result in engine starvation and failure. Also, in my case continue to monitor oil loss, and if it increases in volume, come back to dealer and test again. I think that design failure due to manufacturing defect should be fully covered under this warranty enhancement notification that was mailed to me.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 7
Failure Date: 04/09/2015

I was driving on the highway when I noticed my oil light coming on, I pulled over to check knowing I just recenetly had the oil change about a month ago but I do drive alot, when I checked my dipstick I found no oil on it. This engine seems to be going through oil consumption at a very rapid pace.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 8
Failure Date: 04/03/2015

My engine seized on a moving highway. I had to have it towed to the nearest mechanic who identified the vehicle had very little oil in it despite just having had an oil change 3 weeks prior. He checked that there was no oil leal and advised to me take it to the dealership because he felt my vehicle had a faulty engine. My car was towed to the nearest Toyota dealership who lied first about my vehicle having a faulty engine and then when I presented to them the existing literature on the engine oil consumption problem, only then did they confirm my vehicle as having a faulty engine. Based on my VIN, I have the 2az-fe engine which poses a safety risk to consumers in that it causes engine problems including failure. Toyota knew of this defect when I purchased my vehicle and did not disclose this to me. They also issued a safety bulletin in 2011 but only to dealerships and not to consumers. Toyota has not disclosed of this problem to its consumers and continues to regard their vehicles as safe. My safety was compromised because of Toyota's dishonesty and deceit.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 9
Failure Date: 03/23/2015

Toyota oil consumption test conducted. Usage of ~3/4 qt per 1,200 miles. First noted excessive usage at ~ 95,000 mi. Tested at 138,739 mi. 2. 4l 4-cyl dohc engine.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 10
Failure Date: 03/13/2015

Received a warranty enhancement notification (extended warranty) for the excessive oil consumption. Free fix. What a joke. They tell you to come in for the test, fill your oil to full and tell you to come back in 1200 miles. Twelve hundred miles later you go back your car is at low/add level, they add 1 qt oil and state and I quote "found that vehicle burned 1qt of oil in 1,241 miles. That is ok to Toyota standards". That last line tells it all. If you do the math, at 5000 miles, which they tell you to come in for an oil change, there would be no oil left to change with a 4. 8qt engine oil limit. I couldn't believe Toyota has such low standards. We have all Toyotas in my household. With the we don't care attitude by Toyota, we will become a Honda household. I expected better, Toyota standards have really deteriorated. Dontbytoyota. Com is available. Just may buy it to warn potential customers.

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Failure Date: 03/03/2015

My vehicle has an oil consumption recall. The vehicle burns oil thus a recall to conduct testing. I took the car to a local Toyota dealership and they were to test the oil consumption. However, they scewed the test results by overfilling the oil to make it look like there was no oil burning once the test was completed. They wanted me to drive between 1200-1400 miles then look at the dip stick. But they overfilled the oil on purpose to effect the results.

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Failure Date: 03/02/2015

Excessive oil consumption: checking the oil on this 4 cylinder engine showed that it was down 1 1/2 quarts in only 1,500 miles. The local dealer found no oil leaks.

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Failure Date: 03/02/2015

Low engine oil light came on at 4200 miles of scheduled 5000 mile oil change. Dipstick checked and no oil was in engine. Two quarts added and brought to dealership for oil consumption test. Car filled with oil driven 1200 miles and brought back. Dealer states approximately 1 quart of oil consumed and it does not qualify for excessive oil consumption correction.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 14
Failure Date: 01/19/2015

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the oil warning indicator illuminated before the regular maintenance oil change time. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and was advised by the mechanic that they were conducting an oil consumption test. The mechanic also stated that there may be an issue with the pistons and the engine. The contact was informed to check the oil every week to make sure it was topped off. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 92,600.

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Failure Date: 12/01/2014

Excessive oil consumption on the Rav4 is one quart at 1,100 miles that the local Toyota dealership will not repair although the head Toyota motor corporation as release a technical service bullentin specific for this problem. Local dealership claims this is "normal" for a car??.

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Failure Date: 11/22/2014

Bought the car with 86,226 miles on it. Checked the oil at 91,103 and found only a half a quart of oil in the pan. Changed the oil at that time and then had to add another quart at 92328. Engine is burning way too much oil.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 17
Failure Date: 11/14/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that it had oil consumption. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 123,000.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 18
Failure Date: 11/01/2014

My car is burning excessive oil. The dealership claims they have never heard of such a thing; however, when researched online there is a pending class action lawsuit against Toyota and there was also a service bulletin in 2011 advising the dealerships to remedy problem. At that time my car would have still been under warranty but since it is no longer under warranty the dealership refuses to cover it. They estimate cost between $4-6000.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 19
Failure Date: 10/27/2014

The 2006 Rav4 is know to burn oil at excessive rate which will cause the engine to lock up at a high rate and lead to not being able to control the vehicle because of loss of steering or braking.

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Failure Date: 10/01/2014

This vehicle has required about 3-4 quarts of oil to be added in between oil changes. The oil consumption test has been performed at 2 separate Toyota dealerships, and both have stated that the vehicle is not using an excessive amount of oil and therefore does not require repairs. However, the vehicle continues to need 3-4 quarts of oil between oil changes.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 21
Failure Date: 09/28/2014

Tl-the contact owns a 2007 Toyota rav 4. The contact stated while driving approximately 55 mph, the engine was burning the oil excessively. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and a consumption test was performed. The vehicle was not diagnosed but the mechanic placed less oil in the vehicle and advised the contact to come back after she had driven 500 miles. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 126,000. Pam.

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Failure Date: 09/25/2014

I have been having regular oil changes at my local aaa shop as scheduled for my 2007 Toyota Rav4. When my maintenance light came on I took it in to aaa within the next few days. I was told it had only been 3000 miles since my last oil change, but that there was only 1 qt. Of oil left in the car. There were no leaks detected and they said the car was not smoking to indicate it was burning oil. Two mos. Later I took the car to my Toyota dealership for an inspection sticker. I told them the car was running rough and to check it out. They replaced spark plugs and valve cover gasket. Shortly thereafter I received notice from Toyota about excessive oil use for my model. I took it in for the excessive oil consumption test. During the 1000 mi test it burned another quart and a half of oil. They disregarded my complaint about burning all but 1 qt. Within 3000 mi. And said the consumption was normal. Car continues to run rough.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 23
Failure Date: 09/03/2014

My engine oil light came on and I found it was 3 quarts low after checking on the internet I found Toyota has a TSB on excessive oil burning internally with the pistons and rings but they fail to make repairs under warranty even though they stated it was a design flaw on there engine design.

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Failure Date: 09/01/2014

I have been bringing my car to a local Toyota dealership for maintenance and repairs for more than a year. During this period my car was covered under manufacturer's warranty. I've had my brakes repaired, several recalls tended to, and many oil changes performed. There was one occasion when I brought my car to a chain auto service store to have an oil change performed. It was at this chain that I was informed that the oil level in my car was dangerously low. I called the local Toyota dealership that I usually bring my car to for maintenance and repairs and was told that they needed to perform an oil consumption test on my car. I brought my car to the dealership on three separate occasions so that they could perform the test. On the final test day I was told that my car was indeed losing abnormally excessive amounts of oil and that the first step to remedying the matter would require taking the engine apart. At this point my manufacturer's warranty has expired and I am now relying on my extended warranty. After researching the problem, I found that the excessive loss of oil in cars like mine is a issue that Toyota is very familiar with. In 2011, Toyota issued a technical service bulletin acknowledging the problem. The Toyota dealership which serviced my car never told me this even though they were aware of the problem. The dealership has told me that the extended warranty may decide not to cover the cost of repair after the engine has been removed and taken apart at which point I would be responsible for paying for the repairs. However, if the repair needed to be done when my car was under manufacturer's warranty, then why didn't the Toyota dealership repair it? the TSB was issued in 2011 and I began bringing my car to them in 2012. I should not have to pay to have my car repaired.

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Failure Date: 09/01/2014

I was told that my Rav4 was very low on oil and that I should have it looked at. Though I usually have my oil changed at the Toyota dealership, they never mentioned anything to me about low levels of oil in my car. I learned about the low level of oil when I took my car to a chain to have the oil changed. However, the people at Toyota have been aware of this problem since 2011. I mentioned the issue to the Toyota dealership and they have me return on three separate ocassions for oil consumption tests. Now my car has exceeded the manufacturer's warranty and Toyota has informed me that my extended warranty may not cover the cost of repairs even though the car was under manufacturer's warranty before the problem was pointed out to me. I was also informed today that it could cost me $1100-$1200 just to have to engine taken apart. The cost of repairing the vehicle will increase if they take it apart and the problem isn't covered by my extended warranty.

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