really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,137 miles

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2007 Toyota RAV4 engine problems

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2007 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 6)

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problem #98

Jan 042016


  • miles


Toyota is a well known global auto company with high standard and high performance autos. It's totally unacceptable for an engine to consume oil after 60,000 miles. The low mileage engine malfunction is totally due to bad quality manufacturing practices, low standards of quality and performance which may cause thousands of dollars in losses and penalty for the Toyota 01/15/2016 file number: 1512120607 motor sales company. Only in California over 40 customers reported complains to California bureau of automotive repair a department of consumer affair over the engine oil consumption of Toyota Rav4. The Toyota motor sales company is required to correspond within three business days upon receiving this letter to prevent further legal complaint by the plaintiff. Hereby the plaintiff demand the Toyota motor sales to issue a full refund in amount of $ $1395.63 for the cost related to the auto parts damaged as the result of engine oil consumption. The damaged to the following auto parts and services (pump assy, belt, thermostat, gasket, gear assy, plung, tensioner, gasket, inspect block and oil consumption head) was caused as the result of engine malfunctions. Herby the customer is looking for prompted response from Toyota motor sales prior to his/her further complain to California department of consumer affair which may lead to a recall on the Toyota rav model, and causes the Toyota motor sales to pay millions of dollars on penalty, and fees to general public. (attachment 1 copy of the sales receipt and the repair's worksheet).

- Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

problem #97

Apr 242016


  • 80 miles
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.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #96

Mar 292016


  • 60,035 miles
On March 29, 2016, I was driving to work in the far left lane when a gentleman driving a green pickup truck come rushing up beside me. He was waving at me pointing down at the right front side of my Toyota. I thought that maybe I was driving on a flat tire and didn't realize it so I rolled down the window. He yelled as he was still pointing down at the front of my Toyota "your car is on fire". he got ahead of me and I pulled over to the right shoulder of the freeway. He got out of his truck and ran back to my 2007 Toyota Rav4 and said "MA'am, you better get your purse and things and get out, your car is on fire". at that time, smoke was pouring out somewhere up front on the passenger side by the tire. I got my things and we moved to the back of my Toyota when at that time, it went up in flames. I took care of that vehicle because I can not afford another. My last oil change was in November 2015 with only 50035 miles on the vehicle. When it was last inspected, everything was fine. So I am not understanding how this happened. Tires were about a year old as well. Car just don't catch on fire driving down the freeway. On April 4, 2016 a friend and I took a drive to my burnt vehicle and she could not believe that was my Toyota. And I could not believe I had walked away without any injuries. There is no engine, no dashboard, no steering wheel, no front seats, and no back seats. All burned! how could this happen?

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #95

Mar 112016


  • 124,413 miles


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.

- Mansfield, MD, USA

problem #94

Mar 112016


  • 238,000 miles
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.

- Galt, CA, USA

problem #93

Jan 252015


  • 49,446 miles
Oil burning recall. My car Rav4 burns oil at least one quart per 1200 miles. The dealership refused to replace any part due to the 1200 miles test driving. Toyota sent me an enhancement warranty notice about the problem of oil burning. This is unacceptable to me. We paid so much yet what we get is a defect engine in a new Rav4. This should be a recall and Toyota is responsible to fix the rings and other parts that are required to replace in order to stop the problem.

- Alamedaalameda, CA, USA

problem #92

Dec 272015


  • miles


2007 Rav4 uses an excessive amount of oil. I recently purchased this vehicle used with approximately 146,000 miles. The vehicle has been driven approximately 4,000 and I have had to add 2 quarts of oil to the engine. I have read numerous complaints online about the same situation and Toyota is doing nothing to fix the problem.

- Oak Park, VA, USA

problem #91

Jan 152015


  • 75,000 miles
While driving the car suddenly loses all electricity, all the lights, every light indicator, the radio are off. The engine stops running and the car stops immediately. This normally happens while driving on city streets but also happened once when the car was parked and the key was out. After I entered and turned the key the car wouldn't start and there was no electricity in the car. No lights, no indicators, etc were on. Took it to the mechanic to take a look but he couldn't find anything. Also took it to Toyota dealership and the technician inspected it and ran a diagnostics test but couldn't find the problem either.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #90

Dec 182015


  • 108,000 miles
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.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #89

Nov 042015


  • 111,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Rav4. The contact stated that while making a left turn at approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. In addition, the contact mentioned that on several other occasions, the failure recurred when the radio or turn signal was activated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 111,000. The VIN was not available.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #88

Mar 052011


  • miles


My vehicle has been burning excessive amounts of oil. It has been checked and there has been a repair @ a Toyota dealer I also was told there is a recall on the engine but I need to get a gasket fixed again. I was told there needs to be a test done of how much oil was burning which I think is a bunch of crap because they know a problem does exists and Toyota neglects to fix it. In the past few years I have been getting oil added at least once a month and my vehicle also shakes very badly while waiting at lights of just sitting still. Also, a few years ago my door caught on fire and I was accused of doing it which I tried to tell the staff at Toyota of braintree where I purchased the vehicle that I would not burn up my car but they kept insisting I did horrible things to make the door catch fire, like pouring water in the door riding with the window down in pouring rain putting lit matches in it. That was horrible I had to pay out of pocket over $600 then fight to get my money back after 2 years. When I confronted the dealership, they told me to come in and they would accommodate me; they wanted me to give back my vehicle get another one and have a payment, which I didn┐T do because that is not right to sell a defective product. My vehicle was paid off in 2 years and this is the service I get from Toyota" another payment" no! then the drive shaft/seal needed replacing, and then the window fell out $300 + which was another out of pocket cost. Now, I am totally disgusted with this vehicle after all of these problems and I brought it new. In light of that, I have decided that I will now go to the media to see if there is any help I can get because this is not fair that Toyota does not stand up to its products again, this is a problem that needs to be fixed at no cost to myself asap because I have put too much money in a vehicle that should not have these problems

- Brookline, MA, USA

problem #87

Jul 242015


  • 136,103 miles
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.

- Whitefish Bay, WI, USA

problem #86

Apr 012015

RAV4 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Toyota rav 4. consumer writes in regards to vehicle has a defective engine. The consumer stated he has been waiting since April for parts. The consumer was informed by Toyota, the parts were unavailable nationwide.

- Somers, NY, USA

problem #85

Jul 242015


  • 136,000 miles
7/24/2015 traveling with family from Wisconsin to Florida in my 2007 Rav4. Driving on freeway when engine lost power. Coasted off freeway down exit ramp. 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 has not responded to my notification to them of the catastrophic engine failure.

- Whitefish Bay, WI, USA

problem #84

Aug 082015


  • 114,131 miles
I purchased a used 2007 Toyota Rav4 in late February 2015. According to my trusted and loyal car repairman, the car is a lemon. In the short time I have owned it, I have accrued well over $6000 in repairs which did not refurbish the vehicle and now the vehicle is not driveable as the engine malfunctioned. The dealership where I purchased it is refusing to help me since I purchased the vehicle without a warranty. It is my understanding that Illinois does not have lemon laws for consumers of used vehicles, however, the federal government may have lemon law protection for me. I am now seeking free legal consultation to successfully resolve this matter to recoup the purchase price, all subsequent repairs, legal fees, and damages for being stranded on the highway during a long distance vacation miles from home. The car had no warning lights come on whatsoever. Had the car died any sooner, we would not have made it to the shoulder risking a high-speed multiple car accident pileup on the highway.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #83

Jan 192015


  • 92,600 miles
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.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #82

Jul 022015


  • 54,875 miles
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?

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #81

May 012008


  • 20,000 miles
This is an ongoing issue of excessive oil consumption. It has been an issue since my vehicle was purchase new. I noticed that I had to get my oil changed every 3000 miles and could not make it to 5000 miles as recommended by my mechanic for oil changes. This has gotten worse as my car has aged. I now run out of oil (oil indicator light comes on and not a drop on the dipstick) every 1200-1300 miles. I have to carry quarts of oil in my car all the time to be sure I don't get stuck with a seized engine and I need to top off my oil at least twice in between 3000 mile oil changes. I have spoken with other rav owners as well as my oil change establishment and I understand this is a common and known issue for ravs. Toyota needs to address this.

- Danbury , CT, USA

problem #80

Jun 072015


  • 130,000 miles
Engine hesitates/stumbles and RPM needle fluctuates at speeds under 60mph

- Springtown , TX, USA

problem #79

Jun 072015


  • 128,910 miles
The car failed to start, the battery was extremely hot and had not water in it. Changed the battery, the car started properly; however, once set to drive it hesitated a bit, as if it were chocking for lack of gas but it had gas. Drove on and at about speed of 40 mph steering became hard to handle, ac and engine cut off. Restarted it drove back home... just made the last payment on the car, car was regularly serviced at the dealer.

- Miami, FL, USA

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