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Engine Burning Oil Problems of Toyota RAV4 - part 1

Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 95 problems related to engine burning oil (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 1997 Toyota RAV4 1
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 2008 Toyota RAV4 2
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.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 3
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 4
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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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 5
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 6
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 7
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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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 8
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 9
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 10
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 11
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 12
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 13
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 14
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 15
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 16
Failure Date: 08/19/2014

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the oil warning indicator illuminated and oil was leaking from the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was not due for an oil change until another 600 miles. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure and placed the vehicle under a 1,000 mile oil consumption test. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000. Updated 10/30/cn.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 17
Failure Date: 07/30/2014

Just after oil change, about one week later and having driven about 500 miles, oil was already one quart low. Since then it varies, but it burns more oil than any car I've ever owned. On average I need to add 2-4 quarts of oil between oil changes, which I perform every 3000 miles. My concern is that the oil consumption will progressively get worse. An obvious defect here somewhere.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 18
Failure Date: 06/20/2014

Oil changed at Toyota dealership at 83036 miles. At 87750 miles, oil light started to flicker and engine started smoking due to low oil soon after. Added 3 quarts of oil and had oil changed at Toyota dealership on 6/30/14 at 87829. Continued to check and add oil-next routine oil change: 11/19/14 at 93035 miles at Toyota dealership. Within a few months, car was struggling up hills and sounding like it would stall. Emergency oil check-low oil at 94709 miles. Local mechanic had to assist to prevent further damage to vehicle. Received an "excessive oil consumption" notice from Toyota on 2/6/15. Protocol to address malfunctioning engines is to have Toyota verify "excessive oil consumption". Customer must pay for oil change in order to begin process, regardless of past evidence to support claims of excessive oil consumption. Dangerous, faulty issues with engines should not be the drivers' responsibility to prove. Especially when the owner has maintained all records to demonstrate proper care of the vehicle.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 19
Failure Date: 06/02/2014

A little after its regular scheduled maintenance my 2008 Rav4 started to make an odd noise (rattling) when reaching 40 mph at 1500 rpm. Checked fluids and noticed that engine oil was dry (burnt oil on stick) and black atf. Immediately replaced fluids (engine and ws atf). Took car to dealer and they said they didn't noticed anything unusual. Drove with tech and showed him the noise at specified conditions. He said more tests needed to be done. Up until today they are not sure what the issue may be and suggested a bunch of different "fix" that I will have to pay for myself. Found a TSB online for a similar issue (t-sb-0094-11). Toyota should be held responsible and fix this issue at no cost to users.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 20
Failure Date: 05/11/2014

Very abnormal oil consumption , carbonation on piston rings.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 21
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 22
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 23
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 24
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 25
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.

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