Excessive Oil Consumption

2007 Toyota RAV4 (Page 1 of 8)

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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
102,900 miles
Total Complaints:
157 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (70 reports)
  2. added oil (41 reports)
  3. rebuild engine (18 reports)
  4. Toyota is doing an oil usage test (17 reports)
  5. toyota is waiting for part (7 reports)
  6. have to replace vvti line (4 reports)
2007 Toyota RAV4 engine problems

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2007 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 8)

problem #157

Jan 012017

RAV4 Sport 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


Last oil change interval was about 2,100 miles. It took four quarts and retrieve only two of used oil.

- Ed Daniel R., San Juan, Puerto Rico

problem #156

Sep 122018

RAV4 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,658 miles

September 12, 2018 at oil change, oil did not register on dip stick. It was over 3 quarts low. Oil is changed every 3000 miles, not had this excessive loss before. Use Full Synthetic MaxLife Valvoline OW20 API SN. At oil change, changed filter and oil, and have checked weekly from 9/12/18-10/25/18.


112,658 mileage at oil change 9/12/18

114,900 mileage 10/25/18 most recently checked

I have added 3.2 quarts of oil in approximately 2000 miles of driving.

On 9/29/18, Toyota admitted to me the engine was defective (was a problem with the way the piston rings work). This causes excessive oil burning. The extended warranty was 10 years/I believe 120,000 miles. The car is passed that in years, not miles. Toyota Direct in Columbus offered to fix the problem for approximately $3000.

- Charles S., Westerville, US

problem #155

Oct 182018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,877 miles

I had known that my Rav was using oil, but being single had not paid much attention to how much till recently. In July I had an oil change and went out of town. When I got back didn't think about checking it until first of October. I was almost 4 quarts low with no oil light coming on!! I was so lucky as to not have seized the engine (use to have a boyfriend who took care of this stuff). Then I started checking weekly. I just checked and it used 1/2 quart in 276 miles! I tried to see if there were recalls on this but couldn't find anything. Then I found this site and there are 154 complaints regarding this issue! This is unreal. My vehicle only has 138,000 miles on it but looks like I need to plan on getting rid of it before I wind up having major problems. Shame on you Toyota, I thought you were better than this!!

- Jackie L., Poplar Bluff, US

problem #154

Aug 012017

RAV4 Sport 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 164,140 miles


Toyota knows the issue and they should send out a recall to fix this issue years ago.

- Michael Vuong C., Flower Mound, TX, US

problem #153

Aug 132018

RAV4 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,038 miles

Since I bought this 07 Rav4 I have been down oil, seems it loves to burn oil and I have never had a vehicle burn 2 quarts of oil at a time and this is before it is due for an oil change. I had just taken a trip and checked it and would not even drive for fear it would run out of oil and burn up my engine. I never had to check oil as much as I do this Rav4

- Debra K., Springfield, US

problem #152

May 152016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles

Bought the car used 5/4/16 and just read title 118k miles. One owner. Got oil change Goodyear said watch your oil level. It is low. SO I started watching. At first I added 2 qts. between oil changes. This car had 2 recalls. One suspension, rear seatbelts I took in to Toyota Dec. 2017 to fix 2 recalls and told them my car is burning oil like crazy now. They informed me of the warranty enhancement. I was past deadline by months.(expired 5/30/17) or 150k miles. I was not notified even though the notices went out from (per recorded Toyota conversation 12/204 thru 5/30/17. I was informed if I had my service at Toyota they would have told me. I called Toyota and spoke with call center and then to supervisor saying I was never notified. They informed me (AND I SCREEN SHOT THE WHOLE CONVERSATION ON MY CLOSED CAPTIONED PHONE...(I have severe hearing loss) SO I HAVE WHOLE CONVERSATION) that they were not obligated legally to notify me. I was 7 months past expired and under 150k.

- Anita W., Memphis, US

problem #151

Apr 012016

RAV4 Limited 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles


I have always taken care of all my car with regular maintenance and oil change every 3,000 miles. What a PITA now when I have to constantly get looking at my oil light and asking the gas station to check my oil. I need this problem fixed.

- Alicia G., Fair Lawn, NJ, US

problem #150

Jul 152015

RAV4 2.4L 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Took to dealer when I had to add 2 qts. between oil change. Dealer performed oil consumption test and pronounced it acceptable. It now uses 1 qt every 400 miles!!

- Linda E., Gualala, US

problem #149

Mar 012018

RAV4 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles

I have had 4 toyotas - this is unbelievabe! I am adding 1 1/4 qts of oil for every 1200 miles- toyota needs to FIX this on these they know it is a problem!!

- Lisa W., Palisade, CO, US

problem #148

Mar 012018

RAV4 Sport 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles

My 2007 Rav4 was consuming a lot of oil 2 yrs after i bought it. The oil light would come on and when i would go to a garage it was always bone dry. I would always have to check the oil. Then i had a new gasket cover installed along with an oil change. That was 3 months ago. Now, the oil light came on again and it was bone dry. I am going to call the dealer and ask them if they have any idea why this is going on and if they are aware of all the complaints. I did see online where the problem lies with defective Piston Rings. So, I will get on that now.

- Millie S., Westminster, MA, US

problem #147

Nov 062017

RAV4 Sport 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,600 miles


I have liked my 2007 RAV4 Toyota until this problem. Other than the paint on the wheels bubbling and peeling, which I felt was rather minor, I was very satisfied with my vehicle until I starting noticing the check engine oil light coming on just a couple of months after an oil change. At first I thought maybe the oil was not topped off after the oil change. But, after this happened the first time, I checked the oil level which was good. Then this next time the check engine oil light came on again before I had put on 2000 miles. I talked to my brother-in-law about it and he checked a website and saw this was a common problem that Toyota refuses to recognize. Now I am hesitant on purchasing another Toyota. I have since found others that own older models of the Toyota Camry having the same problem which indicates to me that this has been an ongoing problem that Toyota has yet to fix.

- Marge P., Middleburg Hts, US

problem #146

Jul 032017

RAV4 Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I bought this car in July of 2017. I have to check the oil every week. It is very annoying. I want to know why this car uses so much oil. I have to drive around with bottles of oil in my car & worry that I am going to run out of oil. I don't think I would ever buy a Toyota again.

- Grace M., Plainview, US

problem #145

Dec 122017

RAV4 Limited 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

I purchased this used auto from Best Auto Mart, Dec. 12, 2017. It was a one owner with a clean Car Fax 129,000 miles. On arrival to my home via tow truck drop off from the dealer. I got into the auto to drive to an inspection center so that I could register etc. I drove the car for 15 minutes and the engine light came on, oil light, ems. etc.

I pulled over called the dealer and a tow and sent the auto back. The dealer stated he would repair the issues including the cruise control. The auto was once again returned to me by tow. I get the car take it for inspection and it passed. However, later the oil light comes on. I take it to a oil change facility and low and behold NO OIL in the engine, just a drop before the engine would have blown.

So I call the dealer again. He stated; I refuse to fix another thing on that car. My 30 days warranty is not up. So I call again and a man stated he was out of the country and I would have to wait till he came back. Guess what? He is back and is still not answering my calls.

Now I call Toyota because I had them check the car and they told me it had call backs on this model and year some they could do and I would have to call Toyota to get permission for the call back on the oil consumption problem. Now Toyota spokespersons. CEO's or supervisors stated it should have been done by the last owner and they will not repair it now.

Now I have a 5 year payment for a car I can't drive unless I keep putting oil in it every 350 miles. It is $8.00 a quart. I am so disappointed and mechanics tell me it was a recall and the Toyota CEO says its not.

I am elderly and handicapped on a limited social security as well as single. So tell me what to do. I am so upset and Toyota should fix the problem because they knew it was a problem and still is in the 2007 limited Rav4s. Now someone told me the other day to call the state police for safety as it may be an issue..

Good God what do I do? Any advice anyone? The dealer should take the car back or Toyota should fix the problem? Someone pleas help me. Oh yes and I called Toyota again and they explained there is another call back on this car, it never ends.

- Roseann Z., Revere, MA, US

problem #144

Feb 082017

RAV4 Limited 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Noticed more than average oil use in my 2007 Toyota RAV4. Oil consumption is about 3 to 4 quarts between oil changes. Took the car to Toyota and informed them of the oil consumption, their response was "that's normal" and they offered no other help or solution. I learned from YouTube about the oil issue on the RAV4 and did some research and found a TSB bulletin for the problem but no recall.

- Michael S., Gilroy, CA, US

problem #143

Nov 072016

RAV4 Vvt-I

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,000 miles

Hi, I take my car to norwalk toyota but they never said anything about my car problem until the warranty went off. That's when they said 'your car is burning too much oil, you need to change the pistons, and your warranty is no longer covering the cost'. I wonder what can I do? Because this is B.S and I should not have to pay for this repair. They waited until my warranty ran out to tell me the problem.

- yuneez2000el, Norwalk, US

problem #142

Oct 042017

RAV4 Sport

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

My husband and I are always on top of this but there are times when we forget to buy oil from AutoZone and we end up using the other car that we have. We love this RAV4 because it's so sporty and agile.

- mfpt, Mechanicsville, US

problem #141

Nov 012017

RAV4 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 176,000 miles

At least adding one quart a week. Sometimes if forgotten (thank god for the idiot light) it is down at least two and a half quart. I'm no scientist but that's not good for the motor.

- dwskidw, Harwich, US

problem #140

May 052010

RAV4 Limited 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,282 miles

The oil consumption getting worse and worse. I have 220,000km on my car and I have to add 1 liter of oil every 800 km.

- Alexander S., Gilford, ON, Canada

problem #139

Oct 272015

RAV4 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,297 miles

I have dealt with this issue and the issues that have arisen as a result, clogging emission system, hoses, valves, etc. since I purchased the car in 2014. I have spent a lot of money. Very bad experience. I purchased this car from a dealer, one previous owner. Car facts were impeccable, maintenance every 3000 miles, not 5000. All I have had is engine problems since the purchase. I have been without a vehicle at least once a year for every year since my purchase. This has been and continues to be the most awful experience I have had in the purchase of a vehicle. It is now not running with P2420, P0420, P0441 codes, I still owe $5000 and mechanics basically running because they know it has already been through so much and who knows where this will go. I don't ordinarily put an automaker down but have seen your complaints on the 2007 RAV4 and I'm hoping Toyota will make good on this wrong. I plan to write as this is just not right. I would never allow this to happen to my customer. I could have purchased a new car. I have taken my car to multiple reputable mechanics in this area, who have been in business many years, as well as Toyota service. All shake their heads in discouragement. So, while I could add several more complaints, I will let this one suffice for now.

- gitnitdun, Atlanta, US

problem #138

Dec 092017

RAV4 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,655 miles

Toyota RAV4 2007 with really low mileage - 69,000. I am the original owner. Wife does not drive a lot. The low oil light started to come up at 69K when car was 11 years old and out of all warranties. Dealer suggested a repair for $4,300. It is unheard of having engine excessive oil burning at 69K. Dealer said that Toyota only covers up to 10 years or 150K. This auto is 11 years old but only half the mileage. Dealer said Toyota does not cover such repairs for my car. I read that this issue is common for many Toyota's built between 2006 and 2011. Not sure how industry auto leader can get away with such major issues?

- alex chicago, Buffalo Grove, US

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