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Engine Burning Oil Problems of Toyota RAV4 - part 1

Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 141 problems related to engine burning oil (under the engine and engine cooling category).

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2005 Toyota RAV4 1
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 2
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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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 3
Failure Date: 05/09/2016

The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. While driving at any speed, the vehicle consumed oil excessively. The vehicle was driven to the dealer and passed the oil consumption test. At 2,500 miles, the vehicle burned almost three quarts of oil. The warranty was extended through to October of 2016. The contact stated that the test was inaccurate. The failure mileage was 112,100.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 4
Failure Date: 04/25/2016

Purchased my Rav4 used from Toyota/scion of grand rapids around January/February of 2016. It had just a smidge over 77,000 miles on it. My first oil change was early due to low oil light coming on. I took it into a private owned shop where it was discovered there was hardly any oil in it at all. Contact the dealership, they had me bring it in to check, and start my oil consumption test. Test completed at 81,711 miles. The techs "checked it" and that it passed the test and therefore, would not perform the rebuild. Additionally, told me that it's normal for vehicles to consume oil. I thought it was a bit excessive, getting a low oil light halfway in between oil changes. I accepted the news thinking maybe it was just a fluke. After 2,000 miles, I decided to re-check my oil. Again, there was practically nothing on the dipstick, my light had not turned on. I contacted the dealership again and I asked about having another test done. To which they replied, "Toyota only allows 2 free tests (per year?)" . So instead of starting another test, I was told to check my oil every thousand miles. And if my light came on again, contact them as soon as possible. Their goal was to "make it fail" so that they would perform the rebuild for me. At the 1,000 mile mark, I checked the dipstick. Already down to about 3/4. I thought this alone was pretty excessive. At the 2,000 mile mark I checked again. Hardly anything on the dipstick this time. Could not read the level properly. I contacted the dealership and the tech asked some questions. Still wasn't "good enough. " I questioned him about the newest reading, he said it was "normal" and gave me some garbage about oil use and thinning out, etc. He instructed me to put in 2 more quarts of oil and to keep checking every 1,000 miles. Seems to me that there is definitely an issue, and the dealership is not acknowledging it.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 5
Failure Date: 04/24/2016

Unintended acceleration after the car hit a pot hole on I-270 southbound. With both brake and emergency brake fully engaged the car still went with a speed faster than most of the cars on the road. I was forced to drive the car in the grass intermediate area for ~10 seconds till the car rolled over and the engine finally came to a stop. This Rav4 was recalled by Toyota and had its "stuck gas pedal" problem fixed a few years ago. Toyota also fixed the excessive engine oil consumption problem last year and I have been pleased with Toyota's service and how the performance of the car in general till this life threatening event occurred yesterday.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 6
Failure Date: 03/11/2016

Burning 1. 5-2 quarts of engine oil per week, this has been an ongoing issue for at least 2 years. Oil consumption test was done on the vehicle and it failed. The dealership has failed to fixed the issue.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 7
Failure Date: 03/11/2016

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that the vehicle consumed at least four quarts of oil per month. The oil pressure warning indicator constantly illuminated. The contact also received a notification from the manufacturer to have an oil consumption test performed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 124,413.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 8
Failure Date: 02/08/2016

My oil pressure warning light comes on less than 1600 miles after an oil change. I have had the "oil consumption" test three times. Each time, I have been told my car has "passed" the test because it is "normal" for a car to be a quart low on oil after 1000 miles.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 9
Failure Date: 01/25/2016

Oil cumsumption recall. My check engine light would pop on only a few weeks after an oil change. I brought the car in for an oil consumption test. Brought the car back in 1200 miles after the oil change, and they said the car failed the oil consumption test, and that I would be notified when they have a fix. Four months later I am still waiting. Had another oil change near the end of March, I inquired on what the status was for this fix, they told me that since this is a large national recall that I was on the bottom of a repair list, and that there is only one plant in the united states making parts for this recall. They then told me that I have been moved up to number 5 on their wait list. Toward the end of April, my check engine light went on again. I first checked the dipstick, and there was no oil on it. I refilled the oil myself and it took a full 5 quarts. Now there is oil on the dipstick, still have yet to hear a thing from Toyota. Why are they making me wait? are they waiting until the warranty on my car expires so I have to pay for the repair? in my opinion, to make me have to wait this long is not right. Toyota is a billion dollar industry and should have the parts ready especially for a recall of this magnitude.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 10
Failure Date: 01/20/2016

Prior to 2015, 2 different service companies on 2 separate scheduled oil change informed me that the car had no oil. In 2015,received a warranty enhancement program related to excessive engine oil consumption from Toyota. Since being told on 2 separate occasions that the car had no oil during oil change service, I contacted Toyota to schedule for the consumption test. Brought the car on 7/7/15 then returned on 9/2/15 between 1100-1300 miles as instructed and was told it passed. However, on 1/20/16 brought car to another service company for scheduled oil change (first oil change after it supposedly passed test) and was told there was no oil marking on dip stick. Therefore,was advised to bring it back to Toyota. No oil change was performed but service company added oil (approx 3. 5 quarts)per my request. Spoke with a lady manager at Toyota via phone to report the findings and was advised to schedule appointment for re-test. I brought car to Toyota on 1/29/16 as scheduled and was told by service advisor that a re-test will not be performed because it already passed the test in sept. 2015 despite the latest finding of a dry dip stick in Jan. 2016. Toyota suggested to change the oil at my expense and to check if there was a leak. I declined it because I expected the appointment to be a re-test for oil consumption as indicated by a Toyota manager. I eventually had an oil change on 2/17/16 performed by a non-Toyota service company and was told the oil drained was 2. 5 quarts which is 2 quarts below factory standards.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 11
Failure Date: 12/20/2015

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. While driving approximately 30 mph, the oil indicator illuminated. The contact checked the oil and noticed that the oil tank was empty. The contact added four quarts of oil and took the vehicle to the dealer who performed an oil change. The contact was advised to drive the vehicle and to bring it back after 1,100 miles. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer at 1,100 miles. The dealer stated that the vehicle did not qualify for an oil consumption service. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 50,000.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 12
Failure Date: 12/18/2015

Hello, my wife owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4 with 108,000 miles on it. It received an oil change at 103k miles, and I just brought it in to the dealership for a suspicious (and loud) top end noise, and the engine appeared to be empty of oil when the dealership checked it. There were no warnings, other than the check engine light coming on at precisely the right time to indicate the next oil change. Also no puddles of oil in the driveway. This appears to make me (at least potentially) an interested party in the Toyota oil consumption defect class action lawsuit , April lax, et al. V. Toyota motor corporation, et al. , case no. 14-cv-01490, in the u. S. District court for the northern district of California. Please let me know if you can recommend a course of action for me at this time.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 13
Failure Date: 12/01/2015

2008 Toyota rav 4. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle excessive oil consumption problems. The consumer stated the vehicle has consumer 15 quarts of oil in 36,000 miles. Also, there was a noise coming from the front brake. The dealer informed the consumer, there was some rust in the drum area that probably caused the noise.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 14
Failure Date: 11/30/2015

My vehicle was checked for excessive oil consumption in November 2015. The dealership ststed my vehicle did not have an oil problem. I am still adding oil to my vehicle less than 1,000 miles.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 15
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 16
Failure Date: 09/01/2015

Since 2015 I was informed by the elgin Toyota dealership during my oil changes that my Toyota 2007 Rav4 had virtually no oil. The dealership replenished it and 1000 miles later the oil light comes on and no oil was registered on the dipstick. Sept 2015 I was finally told about an oil consumption test which they said I passed yet oil would disappear now within 800 miles. They agreed to do another oil consumption test and during that time the oil light came on so I drove to the nearest dealership which was in st. Charles, IL. They told me there was no oil in the car and the elgin dealership should had never passed my car. I had to do a 3rd oil consumption test because I was a few miles over the required mileage for the 2nd test to be valid. In February 2016 I failed the oil consumption test and they put me on the wait list and told me they're out of parts to fix the car. Despite repeated phone calls to service manager and open case at the recommended toll free # I have not been taking care of. The car can not drive even 400 miles without me refilling the oil. They basically told me there is nothing they can do and the district manager did not approve a rental car. I am a professional businesswoman and have to go under my vehicle every 2 days! I have to purchased a 5 quart jug of oil every two weeks and was told to keep my receipts because they will reimburse me, which at this point I don't believe them because they don't appeared to have any attention on fixing the problem. I'm worried my only means of transportation will blow its engine which is what Toyota probably wants to happen so they can blame me and that's one less person they have to deal with. I paid over 20k for this car.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 17
Failure Date: 08/27/2015

This complaint is due to a recall: warranty enhancement notification ze7 concerning excessive oil consumption. A Toyota dealership tested my car on 8/27/15 and it failed. I was advised to keep checking & adding oil as needed and I would be notified when the parts arrived to correct this. When I called today, 2/2/16, they still haven't received parts for Rav4, I am very upset that it's taking so many months and I'm responsible for this problem in the meantime. I feel as if I'm driving a time bomb and it's very bothersome to keep checking the level.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 18
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 19
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 20
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 21
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 2008 Toyota RAV4 22
Failure Date: 05/01/2015

Excessive oil consumption.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 1997 Toyota RAV4 23
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 24
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 25
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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