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2.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,242 miles

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2008 Toyota RAV4 engine problems

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2008 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #16

Aug 022013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2008 Toyota Rav4, 4 cylinder engine, which currently has a technical service bulletin out advising Toyota dealerships that the 4 cylinder engine for that particular year is defective. The piston rings do not properly remove the oil as the piston travels up and down, and as a result the engine consumes excessive oil. My vehicle uses approximately a quart and a half of oil in only 1,500 miles. Toyota said that they would fix it under the power train warranty if it's within 5 years or 60,000 miles, which mine is over the miles with 70,000+. so, I have a 5 year old vehicle and I have to pay for new pistons and rings, because Toyota doesn't want to designate this as a recall for their defective engine. Toyota prides itself on its reputation and reliability of their vehicles, but they acknowledge that they have a defective motor, but want us to pay for the repair or in some cases a portion of the repair, which is costly......around $5,000.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #15

Jul 242013

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
I was driving down a street when my car suddenly died. The engine would not turn over though the battery finally turned on. My car was towed to the local Toyota dealership. The service department took the engine apart and said a valve spring broke which caused the valve to drop down and make contact with the #4 piston, breaking it completely apart. (it ended up in the oil pan.) my engine is ruined and must be replaced. They quoted a price of $7000 to replace the engine. The service department manager said there was nothing I could have done that would cause the spring to break like that or cause that kind of damage. My vehicle is 9,000 miles outside of warranty (though still within 6-year time frame of warranty). My car has 69,000 miles on it.

- Fort Smith, AR, USA

problem #14

Jul 312013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
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.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #13

Dec 022011

RAV4

  • 35,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Burning of engine oil!!! every 1,000 miles 1 quart of engine oil would burn.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #12

Jun 062011

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
At around 75,000 miles the engine started using oil and has gotten worse to the point where I need to add a quart every thousand miles.

- Mokena, IL, USA

problem #11

Jun 272013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
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 purchased 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!

- Livonia, NY, USA

problem #10

Jun 012012

RAV4

  • 65,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The engine is burning too much oil too quick and woburn Toyota services refuse to research deeper for the problem, I have all extra warranties and they say it is normal. It is not normal the amount of oil the car is consuming.

- Stoneham, MA, USA

problem #9

Jun 062013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 100,525 miles
The engine died on our vehicle. Dealer said it stopped working but would have to take apart the engine to find out why. They said they could not find any leaks but it ran out of oil & ceased the engine. It was only 4 months since our last oil change. People are telling us it should not have ran out that fast without there being a leak. Toyota said they will not cover the repair because it is out of warranty. By only 525 miles!!!! this is our second Toyota & we loved them. We were intending on being life long customers. But now we will never buy another Toyota! especially since I have read other people having the same problem. They need to recall these vehicles!! we now have $13,000 left to pay on the vehicle & can't afford to fix it & have no other vehicle.

- Mount Carmel , PA, USA

problem #8

Mar 072013

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 93,667 miles
This vehicle is exhibiting excessive oil consumption, up to 1 qt. Within 1,000-1,200 miles, based on my own and a Toyota dealer's consumption tests. The dealer claims this is "normal" consumption 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 am now stuck with a high maintenance vehicle that I 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.

- Johnstown, OH, USA

problem #7

Jun 122013

RAV4 6-cyl

  • 35,904 miles
Water pump required replacement.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #6

Jan 082013

RAV4

  • 124,191 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated while driving approximately 70 mph the engine, four wheel drive, traction control and ESC warning indicators illuminated continuously until the engine was turned off. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer three times. The technician detected a leak in the evaporation canister which was repaired. In addition, the computerized system was reset twice on separate occasions. The failure recurred after the repairs were performed. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 124,191.

- Radcliff, CT, USA

problem #5

Nov 012010

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
I have owned this 2008 Toyota Rav4 since I bought brand new. I did all the oil changes myself on time. After approx 2 1/2 years and 30,000 miles I notice considerably less oil in drain pan at oil changes. I started pulling the dip stick between changes and saw that it needed substantial oil added between changes. Not until close to my warranty expiring did I find out that their is a tsb from Toyota on this very 2.4 liter engine for a manufacturing defect that Toyota admits is their fault. I went to my local dealer for an oil consumption test. I made the mistake of not checking their topped off oil level on my dip stick before they applied a security seal. The dealer had me return after 1K miles, which by the tsb they should have had me return in 1200 miles. They pulled the dipstick while I was not present and stated that it was well within range. I have since performed my own consumption test 7,000 miles after the dealer did, and my engine is consuming 1.2 quarts in 1080 miles. This is a fail by Toyota' own tsb guide lines. Toyota will not help customers with this situation they have put them in.

- Walpole, MA, USA

problem #4

Jan 302013

RAV4

  • 220,000 miles
While slowing down for a stoplight, I pulled into the open left hand lane so as not to be behind a tanker truck, and with my foot on the brakes tried to stop the car at the light, when suddenly the engine revved as if the car was in neutral and rather than coming to a full stop at the light, I slid through a busy intersection. Had I not been in a lane without traffic and had there not been oncoming traffic, I would have caused a serious accident. Once through the intersection I pulled off the road and came to a full stop. Then I drove to a nearby gas station and drove around their parking lot to test the brakes and they seemed fine. I also checked to see if the gas pedal was free from the carpet and it was.

- Eastsound, WA, USA

problem #3

Jan 192012

RAV4 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Consumer complaint: ODI case number: 10444712 component: Engine and engine cooling details: My 2008 rav 4 all wheel drive burns about 1 quart of oil every 1000 miles. I brought the SUV to Toyota on 01/19/2012 for oil consumption. Tech checked oil. Oil level was 1/2 quart low. The tech topped off oil. I pick up rav at 1:30 P from dealer and checked oil level. The tech over filled the oil about 8 oz. I verified this with customer service he said he did not know why tech would over fill it. The dealer would like to recheck oil level in 1000 miles. However, tech over filled it so when I bring it back they can say see it doesn't burn that much oil. I wonder if the extended warranty has anything to do with it. Mileage 71393. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)[xxx] occurrences: 1 injuries: 0 fail date: 01/19/2012 deaths: 0 date added to database: 1/20/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Milford, NJ, USA

problem #2

Dec 212011

RAV4

  • miles
My 2008 rav 4 is burning oil at an unusually high rate. This began last December when my oil light flicked on when I was braking. When I brought it into a service station they said I had no oil. I have since brought it back to my dealer a few times for the light coming on and being out of oil. I have already done the oil consumption test back in may but Toyota felt that it was normal for my car to have lost oil in 1569 miles (per the owners manual). I just had it back at the dealer because after driving only 3,200 miles since my last oil change, my oil light flicked on again. When I checked it there was no oil in the vehicle. I know there is a tsb out for this issue with my car, and several other models of Toyota, but since I don't have an extended warranty on my vehicle the dealer/service dept told me to contact Toyota directly. Toyota did not acknowledge that I have an issue and continued to quote me page 314 of the owners manual and the oil consumption criteria on the page. For some reason they could not see the notes from my dealer from earlier in the day that I had run out of oil after 3,200 miles. The customer service rep actually said to me "what is it you want us to do"" I told him I want you to fix my car that you know has a problem as described in the tsb. I was told to once again do the oil consumption test with my dealer. I agree with others, if my car is set to go 5000 miles without an oil change, but I only went 3200 and had no oil, how can they not recall the vehicle or be forced to fix this known issue"!! Toyota, I feel, is jeopardizing mine and my family's safety by not correcting this issue. What disturbs me greatly is that the light doesn't come on and stay on, it flicks on when you are breaking so if you miss it, you will not know you are out of oil. A recall is in order and I hope it occurs before my engine is blown!!

- Hanson, MA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012011

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles
Car is having excessive oil consumption issues. Problem started around 57,00 miles when the oil light came on whenever I stepped on the brakes. Took it to the dealer(keyes Toyota) who told me that there was no oil in the oil pan. Dealer changed the oil but "neglected" to tell me that there was a tsb put out by Toyota for this problem. Took it to the dealer a few more times and each time I expressed concern about the oil loss. Dealer did not take my concerns seriously till after my powertrain warranty was up. Then they told me that could document the oil loss, which they also "forgot" to mention when the warranty was still in effect. My car is losing about 1.5 quarts per 1000 miles. Toyota will not cover the repair to fix the problem because it is out of warranty. I believe the dealer deliberately mislead me into thinking there was nothing wrong with the car till after it was past my warranty period. Powertrain warranty was good for up to 60,000 miles or 5 years. Dealer tried to blame poor maintenance but when I offered to show proof that I did all the recommended maintenance, they stopped blaming the problem on that.

- North Hollywood, CA, USA

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