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Engine Burning Oil Problems of Toyota RAV4 - part 1

Toyota RAV4 owners have reported 84 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: 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.

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car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 2
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: 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 2006 Toyota RAV4 4
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2007 Toyota RAV4 6
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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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 8
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 9
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 10
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.

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

Very abnormal oil consumption , carbonation on piston rings.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 12
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.

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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 14
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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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 16
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 17
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 18
Failure Date: 02/20/2014

Engine burning oil. .

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2008 Toyota RAV4 19
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.

car image   Engine Burning Oil problem of the 2006 Toyota RAV4 20
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: 01/01/2014

Because of a manufacturer defect, the oil gets all burned up by the engine even though there is no leak. As consumers, we do not know about it until it is too late.

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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 23
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 24
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.

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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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