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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,333 miles

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2006 Toyota RAV4 engine problems

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2006 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments

problem #11

Feb 162011

RAV4 4WD 6-cyl

  • 103,002 miles


Last night while driving with my young daughter on a lonely highway with no cell service, my 2006 Toyota rav 4 V6 limited started making a noise. I immediately checked my dash and no lights were on, pressures okay. The noise stopped and I kept driving. About twelve miles from home the noise started again and my daughter noticed. I looked down and my oil pressure light flashed on and right back off. We barely made it to our house. When I got out and looked under the car, oil was everywhere. It had ran all the way to the back of the car. When I pulled the dip stick there was no oil on the stick. My husband checked it today and found a hole in a rubber hose. I went on-line and have read hundreds of similar stories. Supposedly, Toyota was to send out a letter in October 2009 to all 2006 rav owners. Well, I never received a letter and I've been the one and only owner at the same address. So, it's not like I couldn't be found. Now my husband is trying to find the replacement part for the vvti- oil hose, that is now called a 'pipe'. I want to know why this wasn't considered a recall issue instead of a limited service campaign? that oil had spewed all over and under the hot engine onto the manifold. There was nothing keeping it from catching fire which could have taken both our lives. If I had received the letter (a year and a half ago) the hose could have been replaced. Now, I'm looking at repair costs that could include a new engine. At this point, we don't know how much damage was done. My car is paid for and I don't have the funds to buy a new car or have the engine replaced. I want to know with all of the other Toyota issues in the last several years, why this wasn't addressed? my husband just called a local dealer to get the replacement part. He said the warehouse has over 250 in stock! which tells them that this is no isolated issue. He said that the part number has changed about four times, which means Toyota knows there is a safety issue.

- Mcarthur, OH, USA

problem #10

Apr 242010


  • 40,000 miles
My 2006 Rav4 4WD (40,000 miles) began leaking oil at a very fast rate, leaving a large puddle of oil on the garage floor, which wasn't immediately noticed by me. The oil pressure indicator light never illuminated, therefore I had no way of knowing that there was almost no oil in the car. I would not have known there was a problem if my boyfriend had not called me from the house to warn me that most of the oil that should be in my car was on the garage floor. Toyota replaced the defective oil line and says that the oil pressure indicator system is working correctly, but I am concerned that the next time there is a problem with my oil delivery system, I won't have any warnings to prevent me from burning up the engine.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #9

Mar 172010

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 29,262 miles
Toyota: Limited service campaign for vvt-I oil line this is how Toyota handles this issue I own a 2006 Rav4 sport with the 2gr-fe V6 engine. The car was serviced on 3/17/2010 for the limited service campaign related with the vvt-I actuator oil supply hose - or it should have been. The issue is that the metal-rubber-metal oil line part #15707-31030 has been replaced with the metal-rubber-metal part #15757-31030 (a palliative fix), instead of part #15772-31030 ¿oil pipe metal¿ that is made entirely from metal and fits the 2gr-fe V6 engines manufactured after April 2008. Also on the invoice that was released, the limited service campaign for the vvt-I actuator oil supply hose shows up as ¿90K oil cooler hose (Rav4)¿ that is not the same thing with actuator supply hose. I have discussed with the service manager and he agreed that the metal oil supply line has a better design, but he refused to perform the replacement with the metal component because accordingly with the VIN, this is what should be used. As an engineer with more than 20 years experience I believe that this recall has not been addressed in a technically sound manner and I would like to have the car serviced with the correct all metal oil pipe part #15772-31030. I believe that this fix do not solve the problem, but delays the failure of the oil line that can cause the seizure of the engine in matter of minutes. This definitely is a serious safety risk.

- Trumbull, CT, USA

problem #8

Mar 072010


  • 55,000 miles


Massive engine oil leak. This is the hose referred to in lsc 90K - variable valve timing with intelligence (vvt-I) oil hose replacement limited service campaign. While driving in the local walmart parking lot virtually all of our engine oil drained while we were driving at less than 10 mph. We had no warning lights on the dash. Our only warning of a problem was a hot oil smell. We stopped and I checked the dip stick which was completely dry with oil sprayed all over the engine which explains the hot oil smell.

- Villas, NJ, USA

problem #7

Feb 012010


  • 46,000 miles
The accelerator is very twitchy. On one occasion, about a month ago, the accelerator stuck in our parking area. I immediately put the vehicle into neutral and averted an accident.

- Lake Villa, IL, USA

problem #6

Oct 102009

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 73,400 miles
This past weekend we had just driven our 2006 Rav4 with a V6 engine over 150 interstate miles and pulled over for a rest stop. We smelled oil on exiting the vehicle and when we opened the hood we found that there was oil spraying on the passenger rear side of the engine. On checking the dipstick we found that it showed no oil. No warning light had come on and the engine had not made any unusual sounds. Since we were close to our destination we added 3 quarts of oil and made it another 30 miles to the end of our trip. Upon arrival I checked the dipstick and found again that it showed no oil. I contacted a local dealer and made arrangements to have it towed for repair. The dealer examined the vehicle and found that an oil line supplying the valve head had broken and that he had the part to repair the vehicle. When I asked if this was a common occurrence, the service manager (this is a small dealership) said that he stocked parts if he had 3 or more incidents in 12 months that required such a part. We are fortunate that we did not have major engine damage or have a fire and the dealership was very accommodating. The towing and repairs cost us $500. In doing an internet search, both on this site and in other locations, it appears that this is a problem occurring in any of their lines (avalon, Camry, rav 4, etc).with the V6 engines and that Toyota knows about it and that they have modified the oil line for newer models.

- Henniker, NH, USA

problem #5

Jul 252009


  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. The contact noticed a patch of oil underneath the vehicle. He checked the oil and discovered that it was completely low. He placed five quarts of oil in the vehicle and within 30 minutes, all five quarts had leaked out. The contact took the vehicle to a repair shop, but it has not yet been inspected. The dealer stated that they had just repaired this issue on another Toyota Rav4 and that it was a safety issue. Through research, the contact discovered a tsb for the Toyota avalon (service bulletin number 06405, NHTSA item number 10018855, component: Engine and engine cooling:engine, summary: Engine oil drip: Bank 1 vvti oil line). Both the avalon and the Rav4 have the same engine. The tsb stated that vehicles may experience a small/slow oil drip from the bank 1 vvti oil supply line on the front of the engine. The contact has experience repairing vehicles and stated that the oil supply line on the front of the engine appeared to burst, which caused oil to splatter all over the engine and exhaust manifold. There was no indication that the oil was low in the vehicle. The contact believes that the failure was due to a manufacturer defect and a recall should be issued. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 80,000.

- Fairfield, IA, USA

problem #4

Jul 092009

RAV4 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Rav4. While driving 35 mph, the contact was informed by another motorist that his vehicle was leaking oil. Prior to the failure, the contact heard valve chatter coming from the engine. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the entire engine needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileages were 61,000. Updated 8/24/09 a rubber hose in the oil delivery system failed which caused destruction of the engine. Updated 08/26/09.

- Shepherdstown, WV, USA

problem #3

Jul 182009


  • 45,000 miles
Failure of oil line on 2006 Toyota Rav4 V6 causes engne to loose oil at rapid rate potentially causing engine damage or fire.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #2

May 062009

RAV4 4WD 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
My wife was driving home from work and the engine started to lose power, and making a loud knocking noise. After arriving home, I started the engine and heard the same loud knocking noise. I checked the oil level, and saw that it was non-existent. After researching on the internet, I found many people with the same issue. It appears that the oil line is continuing to fail on the newer V-6 engines. I will be calling Toyota tomorrow. The car is a 2006 Toyota Rav4 sport 4WD V-6. it has 53,000 miles on it. Toyota performs regular oil changes.

- Enumclaw, WA, USA

problem #1

Feb 012006

RAV4 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
The vehicle has frequent problems with acceleration - especially from standing still. I have had many close calls when trying to enter traffic from my driveway, or from other places. I will step on the gas, begin moving, then the engine will bog down and I will have no acceleration at all. Having children, I bought this vehicle based in large part to its safety features. This problem, however, practically negates all of that. If I step on the gas I should expect reliable acceleration so I can safely merge with traffic. I have brought this up to my dealer, and their explanation has been that this is an intentional thing, to be sure the lubricant in the transmission and drive train is of sufficient temperature before allowing hard acceleration, thus reducing wear on components. However, this problem can occur at any time, even after driving for a while - I do not accept this reason, nor do I feel that this is an acceptable way to deal with component wear. I should have acceleration at all times. It is my responsibility to drive intelligently and not gun the engine when it is cold, possibly damaging the engine. But it is Toyota's responsibility to provide me with a vehicle that will respond to my demands at any time. My safety and my family's depends on this.

- Marblehead, OH, USA

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