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Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 61 problems related to engine burning oil (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 1
Failure Date: 05/11/2014

Very abnormal oil consumption , carbonation on piston rings.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 2
Failure Date: 05/10/2014

May, 2014 I had my vehicle oil change done. I follow the policy of three month or 3500 miles which ever comes first. I have been using this quick lube place for fifteen years. When the oil was drained I was informed that the oil was low. I assumed that when the vehicle was in the dealers shop for a recall and the oil change was done their that they failed to put the proper amount of oil into the vehicle. With less than 3500 miles and three months the oil light came on again. I went in to have the oil changed and checked for leaks. It was short approximatly two quarts with no signs of an oil leak. I was told that they have several customers with this same model who experience the same problem due to the vehicle burning oil, and told to contact Toyota. It was also sugessed to regularly check the oil every two weeks. Upon returning home I checked on line and found multiple complaints for the same issue with vehicles with low mileage. I have been the original owner from day one and have maintained this vehicle.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 3
Failure Date: 04/11/2014

The engine oil consumption is excessive in my Rav4. It is using about a quart or more per 1,000 miles. The Toyota dealer says this is normal oil consumption for this engine. I see many other reports of this same problem being reported on this web site and other owners receiving the same response from their Toyota dealers nationwide. This is not routine and will cause unexpected engine failure and/or engine seizing.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 4
Failure Date: 03/25/2014

I began to notice a burnt oil smell when I would return home from school in the evening, I checked my oil, the dip stick showed not a trace of oil! the vehicle was half way between oil changes at the time, my husband added 4 quarts of oil (so we know for certain it was empty) and brought it to Toyota. They "checked it", changed the oil, and sent us on our way telling us to monitor the oil level. This was at 68k miles. It was next due for an oil change at 73,000miles I checked the oil level yesterday at 71,000 miles and it was nearly empty. Called the dealer again, was told they couldn't get me in for 10 days!! I called another Toyota dealer who told me to bring it in. The service mgr acknowledged there was a problem with "certain rav 4 engines" and that a service bulletin had been issued to repair the issue (not a recall-he made that clear). He explained that I would have to follow their procedure before it can be repaired though by doing two oil consumption tests (that I have to pay $24. 95 for, and drive 1200 miles each) then I would have to authorize them to do an engine removal and disassembly for $575 to determine it is not something I had done to the car. I have babied this vehicle from day one! I never go beyond 4000 miles for an oil change, ever. Now I have to drive my family around in a potentially hazardous vehicle while they decide whether or not to repair the engine that they have known there was a problem with for years!! unacceptable! this is terrifying knowing that my engine could seize at any moment while I am on the highway driving with my child. It is equally as frightening to realize that I may end up having to pay $6000+ for a new engine for this piece of defective merchandise I am still paying for because Toyota believes they are above the law. Please hold them accountable.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 5
Failure Date: 03/19/2014

Engine would try to die when I applied the brakes. The engine light came on and I looked it up in the manual and saw it was the engine oil symbol. I took it in where I had the oil changed last and they said it was 2. 5 qts low. They topped it off and told me to come back after 200 miles and when I did, they said it had used more than it should have. Took it into the Toyota dealer and they started the oil consumption test. Yesterday was the final for that and low and behold, they determined that the vehicle was using oil. They said the rings, pistons , valves and etc. Should be replaced for a total of $4,300+. They offered me no assistance but did tell me that they were offering 0 percent on new vehicles. I would never purchase another Toyota. I know someone with the same car as mine who spent several hundreds trying to get her car fixed with the same problem and just finally traded it for something else. From reading consumer complaints online, there are hundreds of people having the same problem with this vehicle, please, please step in and make Toyota address this issue. Thanks.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 6
Failure Date: 03/07/2014

Excessive oil consumption due to bad piston rings installed at time of manufacture. Toyota believes 1 quart per 1,000 miles is acceptable and will not cover repair unless use is over that limit.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 7
Failure Date: 03/05/2014

Tl - the contact owns a 2008 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the vehicle was consuming an abnormal amount of engine oil and would smell oil burning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 94,000 and the current mileage was 95,000. Dr.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 8
Failure Date: 02/20/2014

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 9
Failure Date: 02/10/2014

The car is burning oil. I was told that it was burning 1/2 quart every 1200 miles & to keep adding oil. That this usage was wnl. After an online search I find this is a common problem that Toyota has not been dealing with. I have an extended warranty that will be running out soon. I feel the car should be recalled and they should do the right thing. I have filled a complaint with the USA cooperate office.

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Failure Date: 01/28/2014

The engine is burning excessive amounts of oil due to a defective oil ring. The dealership says the only fix is to replace the engine.


 
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Failure Date: 12/13/2013

I purchase my 2008 Toyota rav 4 in 2012 with 39,739 miles, currently it has about 56,000 miles. The engine is burning oil. I noticed that over the last 6 months that the oil light will suddenly go on (car is not due for an oil change, under mileage and under date range needed) and I will pull into a gas station and I am told that there is barely any oil in the engine. This is shocking. . . As the warning light only went on when it was practically empty. This is also concerning as the car is usually way under the need for an oil change. It is not leaking oil, it is burning it. I plan on bringing it to the dealership on 12/21. Hopefully I will have some answers; however, this is very concerning and very dangerous.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 12
Failure Date: 12/04/2013

This car has started to burn oil excessively--around 1 quart for every 600 miles. It has had its oil changed every 5000 miles since it was brand new, along with all recommended service at the recommended intervals at the dealer. Has around 110,000 miles on it.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 13
Failure Date: 11/25/2013

My son was driving home from work when the car stopped performing properly. Shaking and no acceleration. He had to reduce speed and wave people past him on a 2-lane road. I took the car to the mechanic, the next day with the same difficulty. Drove with hazard lights on. My mechanic reported the car had less than 1 quart of oil, and the engine was blown. I felt that was not possible. Never any oil in driveway. Oil had been changed within last 4 months and 4000 miles. The car has less than 63000 miles and has been maintained. The check engine oil light never came on. It makes no sense. Cost for new engine is $7,000. I did some research. Google "Toyota oil consumption issue". Numerous reports of the exact same issue. Toyota even has a service bulletin t-sb-0094-11 that describes this very issue for this very make and VIN. Only it isn't a recall, and unless you are a dealer service center you do not receive the bulletin. So unfortunately, the way Toyota is handling this, you learn about this issue only after the car gives out. This is outrageous. My 18 year old daughter used this vehicle to drive to school every day! with my 16 and 13 year old sons as passengers! it is plain luck that the car didn't give out while she was driving them all in rush hour morning traffic. This engine defect is all well documented. It seems like Toyota is ducking and dodging responsibility for a defect they acknowledged in their very own service bulletin? how is this possible? *updated 12/17/13.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 14
Failure Date: 11/06/2013

Change oil every 3000 miles. In sept changed oil and was told oil was low. Today had car inspected only 1500 miles into oil change and my engine light was on I was told the dip stick was clean. Seems the engine is burning oil. I see many other people complaining of the same issue. I have not taken it to Toyota dealer but plan to have them check this out, but I am sensing from the other same complaints something is not right. Hope this gets investigated.

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Failure Date: 10/26/2013

My Rav4 has been consuming lots of engine oil lately and I have to get the oil refilled for couple of months this year before its service is due. On 10/18/13, the check engine oil warning light again started so I took it to get the oil refilled and the service guy told me to bring it back after a week so we can check the oil level again. So it took it back on 10/26/13 and was surprised to find that my Rav4 had burned I quart oil in just 8 days. I don't know what to do. I read similar reviews in edmunds website regarding this engine oil issue with Rav4 models. Is there any solution? my warranty has expired and I am the only owner of this vehicle.

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Failure Date: 10/26/2013

Oil light flashed on then went off. Stopped at a gas station to check oil, there was none in the tank and I had had an oil change less than 1,500 miles prior to this incident. I added 3 quarts of oil to my engine and not 3 weeks later, had to add 2 more quarts because it was empty again! upon further research as to why this keeps happening, I found that this is a common problem with Rav4's model years 2006-2008, and that Toyota is aware of the problem. However, even though they know this is a problem, they are stating that the oil consumption is within Toyota's acceptable limits! how can that be? a car should not go through 3 quarts of oil in 3 weeks! also, Toyota is stating that the only fix for this is to either replace the engine or do a complete engine rebuild to the tune of $5,000-$7,000!! for a car that has less than 80,000 miles on it! if they are aware of the issue, why do they continue to let it be ok? this is a major safety concern that should not be happening to vehicles this young. Luckily it hasn't been for me yet, but for others it has, and Toyota should do their part to fix a defect in their engine design.

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Failure Date: 10/18/2013

I'm a owner of 06 Toyota Rav4 it has 152,488 miles I have been noticing oil consumption dramatically, the dealer has told me that is low but there are no leaks, Toyota says change your oil every 5,000 miles but my engine light starts to flicker at 3,000 I have stop to check my oil stick an it shows less than a quart of oil, I have switched to synthetic oil and the same things is happening. I've been speaking to several owners of Rav4 and it seems that I'm not the only one with this issue it looks like this is a big issue with these Rav4.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 18
Failure Date: 09/02/2013

This car has started to burn oil excessively--around 1 quart for every 600 miles. It has had its oil changed every 5000 miles since it was brand new, along with all recommended service at the recommended intervals.

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Failure Date: 09/02/2013

At around 80k miles my mechanic noticed the engine was burning up oil too quickly and advised I bring it in more often for him to check the oil and to add if needed. He did this for me until one day all the dashboard lights came on and he told me my engine was shot. I purchased a 100k warranty and when I took it into Toyota they said they would run a test and to come back in 1200 miles. The parts manager even admitted that this was a very common problem with the 2008 fleet of 4 cylinder enginines! as soon as I left the engine cut out while I was on the freeway. Towed the car back to Toyota, they kept it there a month waiting for the warranty tech to come inspect the engine. He claimed I did not maintain my engine and that the warranty would not cover any costs. I ended up selling the car to a mechanic at the shop for 800$ this covered the bill Toyota sent me for having the vehicles engine taken apart, they were going to charge me to put it back together but was offered the money from an employee to take it off my hands. I bought this car brand new in 2008 with the 100k warranty, I hate Toyota and will never purchase a vehicle from them ever again and I tell everyone I know to stay clear from these jerks.

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Failure Date: 08/27/2013

My family and I went on a trip to georgia and before I made the trip I changed the oil I always check the oil before I change it and it was down 1/2 a quart. When I got home after putting 1800 miles on the car it was down 1/2 a quart again. I called the dealer where I bought the car, and explained the problem, they told me it was normal for that engine. I then research on the internet and found that people were having the same complaints with the Toyota 4. 5 engine. As mileage gets higher the problem gets worse, I am afraid that my extended warranty may run out before it gets repaired, as a lot of Toyota car customers have reported. I am a 100% disabled veteran the va gave me a grant to help pay for this car and a trailer hitch to carry my scooter with me. In the years past I have worked on cars and have spoken to many mechanics and they say this is not normal. I feel this car has to be recalled for this issue. My vehicle is now in the oil consumption test stage, we have to go 2 1/2 hours to the dealer just to have the oil checked. Other people say this is to prolong until extended warranty runs out.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 21
Failure Date: 08/22/2013

I own a 2006 Rav4. Bought it new and have had every oil change and recommended engine service done since that time done at the dealership. A few months ago, I took it in to have my fluids checked before a road trip, and was told that the dipstick showed that I had absolutely no oil! it was almost impossible as I had just had an oil change about 3 weeks prior. I immediately took the car to the dealer and they added some oil and said they would "monitor the oil consumption. " I thought maybe a careless mechanic failed to properly fill the reservoir. However, since then, I have had to go back every 1000 miles so they could check the dipstick and add oil, but each time was told that they will continue the monitoring. However, about 2 weeks ago, they called me and told me they had some information for me. I was told that to fix the problem I really need a new engine, as the oil is being used internally by the engine due to a piston assembly design problem per the TSB. I asked if Toyota was going to fix the problem for me at it's cost, and they told me that there is no recall because it is not a safety issue. This is an unacceptable answer as this is not a "normal wear and tear" issue, it's a design defect issue. As such, Toyota should step up and fix the problems that are obviously being experienced by ( judging from the various blogs I've been viewing) lots of Toyota owners who have the same problem. The only option the dealer gave me was that I can have the piston repair work done and have the small block replaced for $3172. 00. Like I said, I felt Toyota should pay for this, not me, as Toyota, not I, caused the problem.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 22
Failure Date: 08/01/2013

Excessive oil consumption as described in t-sb-0094-11. Had all service done at Toyota dealer since 2007! this is a known defect and now the dealer wants me to pay for the removal and replacement of the pistons and piston rings - totally unacceptable!.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 23
Failure Date: 07/31/2013

Engine is burning too much motor oil. Have to keep putting a liter of oil in the car every two weeks. There has been a technical service bulletin released by Toyota that it is a problem with the r&r piston and ring set. My VIN id is impacted by this.

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Failure Date: 07/31/2013

I have always brought in my Toyota for regular maintenance to the dealer every 5,000 miles. In July of this year, the oil warning light began to light every time I hit the brakes. My dealer performed an oil consumption check. By November I was advised to have the engine reconstructed and repair the rings and pistons, because the engine was leaking excessive oil. I also had to replace the brakes. The repairs cost over $3500 and took over a week to complete. I recently learned that this model Toyota has a record of stuck oil rings causing excessive oil consumption which leads to engine failure. I feel that this should be a recall item. Engine failure due to loss of oil can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle. This is a serious safety issue. I would like to be reimbursed for this manufacturer's defect that Toyota is fully aware of.

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Failure Date: 07/16/2013

I have a 2007 Toyota Rav4 I bought it on 06/21/11 used with 51,251 miles in excellent shape in a holler dealer I purchased an extra insurance from Toyota dealer which promised free oil change, about 4 months ago I did a regular check I checked the oil to my surprise there was no oil I put 2 and a half quarts of oil in the vehicle I find it weird or rare this situation but I did nothing at the time so on 11/26/13 I checked it again no oil and what's amazing is the light never came on like the first time. I started researching the oil consumption to my shock I find that the Toyota Rav4 2006-2008 have a problem that was traced to the piston assembly and rings. I also found out a lot of complaints about the same situation with other owners with a Toyota Rav4 I believe this should be a problem Toyota should be responsible for and fix this issue I also ask for someone to investigate the Toyota dealer the type of oil they use to replace the oil since once I smelled the oil from the dipstick it smelled not normal like it should in conclusion I ask this issue to be handled with immediately.

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Failure Date: 07/03/2013

The engine for my 2006 Toyota is burning oil rapidly. I have about 115,000 miles and was hoping that this car would at least last me another 5 years. The dealership is telling me that my engine needs an engine overhaul which will cost about $3,000. I make sure to take care of my car and bring it for an oil change when it's due.

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Failure Date: 07/02/2013

Oil light came on. I stopped and checked the oil, and it was bone dry. It was down 3 quarts of oil. The car burns approximately a quart of oil per 1000 miles.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 28
Failure Date: 06/27/2013

Similar to several other complaints on this model, my vehicle is also exhibiting excessive oil consumption, up to 1 qt. Within 1,000-1,500 miles, based on my own consumption tests. The dealer has changed the oil since I purchsed this vehicle. The car begin to burn oil at around 66,000 miles. Many times I have complained of this - dealer claims this is "normal" consumption and within specifications as does Toyota motor sales. However, Toyota has issued a technical service bulletin (t-sb-0094-11) which acknowledges a consumption issue on my model as well as several others. I have read online message boards of other Toyota owners with the exact same issue. There is a known problem with the piston assembly that is causing this, however, Toyota refuses to remedy the problem if the vehicle is out of warranty. I contend that this issue was likely present within my warranty but, since I didn't discover it until afterwards, I am simply out of luck with an engine that consumes excessive oil. The dealer quoted me $3,400 to repair. I purchased a Toyota for its perceived reliability, but like other Toyota owners, I too am stuck with a high maintenance vehicle that I too will have to monitor closely as long as I own it. I feel that this problem warrants a recall, due to the extent of the problem in terms of vehicles affected and the potential severity of engine problems. Sadly, Toyota should stand by their products!.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 29
Failure Date: 06/11/2013

When I took my vehicle to get an oil change, the technician told me there was nothing showing on the dip stick. Although a low-oil light never appeared to let me know that the oil was low, the oil was very low. I started checking my oil level often and noticed that I needed to add oil between oil changes. I can also smell burning oil when I accelerate either to get on a highway ramp or to go up a hill. A dealership subsequently told me that the rings on the engine block were worn and that I needed a new engine that would cost approximately $8,500. Now I drive around with a case of oil in my back seat. From what I've read on the internet, this is not an isolated case.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 30
Failure Date: 06/05/2013

This model Toyota has a record of stuck oil rings causing excessive oil consumption which leads to failure of engine and catalytic converter. See new york times oct 14,2011 and the hundreds of on line complaints about using one quart of oil every 1 k miles. In April of this year my dealer did a complete check with oil change, in June the oil was down one quart and in September I did another oil change with only two quarts of oil left in the pan when it takes 4-1/2 quarts. I took my rav 4 to the dealer(11-23-2013) I bought it from and without looking at it I was told the oil rings get stuck and I need an engine repair for $2,660 plus tax and most likely a new catalytic converter for $2,500. I had them check it out and I got a written document with the repair that is needed documented. 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 and most likely death. Toyota did two recalls on my car in April, door switch needed a drop of oil and rear suspension needed to be re-torqued. Made a big deal out of what cost pennies to fix. Now a $2,660 engine repair and we need to go to small claims court of class action suit or plead to you to help us get this a recall item.

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Failure Date: 06/01/2013

Engine burns up a quart of oil about every 1,000 miles. The engine oil warning light doesn't come on until car has almost burned up every bit of oil. Toyota won't fix it because it is out of warranty and there is no recall.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 32
Failure Date: 05/02/2013

Tl- the contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the engine oil warning light illuminated briefly. The contact inspected the engine and found that the engine oil had been consumed prematurely. The dealer inspected the vehicle and was unable to locate a leak in the engine area. The dealer was also going to perform an oil consumption test. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 86,069. Kmj.

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Failure Date: 03/16/2013

Since I purchased the Rav4 I notice the engine oil was burning out very quickly causing me to run the car on almost no oil. Warning lights only came on when there was no more oil in car. I'm putting in 1 to 3 quarts of oil every two to three months. I have to check oil every week. Took car to dealership told me I had a oil leak but since I did not see any oil leaking at all I got a second opinion and found out about the stuck oil rings that cause catalytic converter.


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