pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
103,192 miles
Total Complaints:
122 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (56 reports)
  2. added oil (29 reports)
  3. Toyota is doing an oil usage test (17 reports)
  4. rebuild engine (11 reports)
  5. toyota is waiting for part (4 reports)
  6. no--the dealership continues to wait for repair parts (3 reports)
2007 Toyota RAV4 engine problems

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2007 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #122

Aug 012017

RAV4 Limited 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles


So far the Rav4 has been a good car, but since this summer it has been eating a hole in my pocket by burning oil. I have not gotten any answers yet to see if Toyota will help with the fix (since poor engineering is the root of the problem). As for now I'm doomed to check/add oil every few hundred miles!! that's right, I figured I'm burning a quart every 800 miles. Come on Toyota!! Probably the first and last Toyota I'll ever own.

- , Rice Lake, US

problem #121

Nov 012017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 163,000 miles

My car went through an oil consumption test via Toyota and was deemed to have an acceptable amount of oil loss while in use. This is crazy as it needs a quart every 500 miles. This isn't acceptable and considering Toyota knows this is a problem across many of their vehicles it is a major hazard. All you have to do is forget to fill the oil and you've destroyed your car. Something must be done. Toyota recognizes the problem exists and deems it normal. I've never had a vehicle that needed so much oil without leaking all over the place. This is not acceptable and Toyota needs to step up.

- , Vallecito, US

problem #120

Mar 062017

RAV4 Limited 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,339 miles

Ongoing issue of excessive oil consumption. Continue to put in oil to ensure the engine does not blow up. Currently using 1 quart every 1,200 miles.

- , Marysville, US

problem #119

Sep 012017

RAV4 ES 2gr-Fe V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles


We bought car in July and my daughter has only driven a couple thousand miles and we have gone through 4 quarts of oil. And the engine rattles like a diesel upon cold starting. If we don't keep dumping excessive amounts of oil in car then I will lose the engine.

- , Solvang, US

problem #118

Oct 192017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles

Around 90,000 miles I noticed the car was consuming too much oil. I had to add oil before my oil changes. Never have I had a car where I had to add oil before the change was due. As I put the miles on, it gradually started to get worse. I brought my car in to a local dealership for a recall on oil consumption. The result ...everything is normal, "it's normal for the engine to burn a little oil". Now I drive 100 miles and have to fill it about 1/4 quart. Now my car is smoking. I will not bring it to the Toyota dealership because I don't trust a bunch of Bullshit artists.

- , Bemidji, US

problem #117

Jan 092012

RAV4 LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

It is a pain in the ass especially since I use synthetic oil,very costly over the years. I hope they Toyota come up with a fair fix or compensation, my friend has a Volkswagon diesel and they compensated him for faulty emission testing,how can excessive oil burning or dripping into the enviroment be a good thing, I'm suprised that the envirormentalists arent all over this horrible problem !

- , Orillia, ON, Canada

problem #116

Aug 292017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles


2007 RAV4 total engine failure due to oil consumption. Was due for an oil change, but until I could get in to get the oil changed, I had a quart of oil added to bring it to full. 2 weeks later, the engine failed. Diagnosis is total engine failure due to no oil. Frustraing part is that while speaking with Toyota, this has been a problem for a quite a while. it rears its ugly head at around 100,000 miles or so. Toyota has issued several enhanced warranties and fixes, but no recalls. The enhanced warranties are not easy to find and are not communicated the same as Safety Recalls. Toyota Customer Service rep clainms to get many calls on this issue. They stopped the enhanced warranty fixes in March 2017. The notifications went out in 2014 and 2015. We bought the vehicle used in July of 2015 and never received any literature or notificatioin of the excessive oil consumption issue nor any possible fix for it. Now we are without a vehicle. New engine is $4000. Blue book for car is about the same. So disheartening! And so pathetic of Toyota to know of this issue and not stand behind their product. Never owned a Toyota before. Never plan to again.

- , Chesterfield, MO, US

problem #115

Feb 082016

RAV4 Limited 2.5L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

When I discovered I was losing oil in early 2016, I brought my car to my mechanic. He did the oil consumption test, tied off the dipstick, and I brought it back at 1200 miles. The oil was down almost 2 quarts. I then took it to the Toyota Dealership in Apex, NC. When I pulled into the service line and mentioned what I was there for, the man immediately said, "that's $800 right off the top for me". In other words, there was no way they were going to repair my car whether it needed it or not. After having my car for 3 hours that day, they came back saying I needed $650 of work before they would consider doing the oil consumption test. I had them do the work, tie off the dipstick for the testing and brought the car back to them at 1200 miles as instructed. Again down almost 2 quarts and they said the was within the range that Toyota accepts for oil loss. They said I could bring it back in 6 months (I think) and they could retest it. I did take it back, but to the Raleigh dealership. Again, they had my car for 3 1/2 hours and came back to say I needed $1,200 worth of work before they can do the testing. I took my keys and left. I lived with the fact that I needed to add oil to my car every 4 - 6 weeks. Expensive and a pain in the ass. Well, my car's engine blew up on 8/28/2017 and I am at a loss of what to do.

- , Apex, US

problem #114

Dec 172016

RAV4 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,700 miles

Often have to cancel trips because I am concerned about my oil consumption. This is getting out of hand and affecting my daily routine. The engine often needs to be tended to during long trips.

- , Philadelphia, US

problem #113

May 062016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

My car is going to die before it's fixed! You know the problem, it needs to be done.

- , Merced, CA, USA

problem #112

May 012016

RAV4 Economy 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 115,000 miles


I have never seen an oil spill on my driveway but ALWAYS get oil light on about 1,500 miles into my 3K oil change cycle

Last year the dealer said they would check, gave me an oil change I didn't ask for (I just had one so all that good new oil when to waste - that's what the car does anyway I suppose), charged me for unwanted oil change and quoted me another $1,300 to replace gaskets, hoses etc., not sure but basically they said they could not isolate the problem without fixing these things first.

I planned to have the work done elsewhere and comeback.

Recently when I was at the deal for ANOTHER recall remediation (there are so many it is tough to keep track), I mentioned the oil thing. The dealer acted like it was the first he'd heard and unapologetically said that it was out of warranty so there was nothing they could do (didn't even consider overcharging me to fix it). I'm done with that dealer but assume most are the same. I generally mistrust these guys, they are shady and lie. In this case could be manufacturer instruction, hard to tell.

- , Randolph, US

problem #111

Apr 012017

RAV4 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 156,000 miles

The vehicle is needing oil weekly, the only fix is rebuilding the engine or trashing it at an $8000 loss. It's not sellable and the dealerships won't repair it because it's past warranty. So, we've got a current RAV4 loan for $8000 and as a student can't get another vehicle loan to purchase a replacement one, at this rate the engine is going to seize. This should be a recall.

- , Rutland, US

problem #110

Jun 242017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 209,000 miles

I am extremely disappointed in Toyota. I have complained to three different dealerships about the oil consumption in my 2007 Rav4. A test was done last year and I was told: "it was normal".

It is not normal to put a quart of oil in your vehicle every 1000 miles.

- , ElizabethtownE, KY, US

problem #109

Jul 012016

RAV4 Limited 4 Cyl 4x4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

This POS 2007 RAV 4 Limited was rated #1 & I'll NEVER TRUST their ratings again. Bought it new. Traded it in on a new 2012 Ford Escape Limited 6 cyl & still have it with no complaints at all with 48k still like new. Toyota = Recalls !!! I don't know how they could be rated so good.

- , Fuquay-Varina, NC, USA

problem #108

May 212017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

Received letter from Toyota regarding possible excessive oil consumption. Took it in and followed through with the consumption test. When they checked oil usage, they said my vehicle did not use an excessive amount of oil. I'm not sure what they consider excessive, but I have to add a quart of oil every 30 days!!!! That is NOT normal! Like others, I cannot in good faith sell the car without disclosure of the problem, and with the issue the trade-in value is decreased. Will not buy Toyota again!

- , Evansville, IN, US

problem #107

Apr 072016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles

My excessive oil consumption test failed on 4/7/16, making me eligible for the engine replacement. It took 3 1/2 months and a call to Toyota Consumer service to get the repair done. While a large portion of the repair is covered under warranty, I paid $680 for the "optional" machining of the upper part of the engine. So much for Toyota reliability - I'll be going back to Ford.

- , San Anselmo, CA, USA

problem #106

Jan 012017

RAV4 LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

I'm very mad with Toyota for not taking care of this problem. They know they made a mistake with this type engine, and they refuse to accommodate costumers and to fix the problem. Very mad indeed.

- , Whittier, CA, US

problem #105

May 262016

RAV4 Sport 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,024 miles

Two months in a row was down to 1 quart of oil when the 5000 mile maintenance light comes on meaning, get an oil change. Toyota did the Excessive oil consumption test TWICE and said it passed. Otherwise they would replace the pistons at no cost. They tested by plugging all holes that the oil could come out of. Since then I have driven 1200 miles and I am down a Full Quart! I not only own this RAV 4 that is on your list of Toyotas with excessive oil consumption reports, bought the Camry 2010 that I gave to my mother is also on this list!!!!! I have two problem cars.

- , San Diego, CA, USA

problem #104

Jul 012015

RAV4 LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Excessive oil consumption is a well known problem to Toyota. Having your engine burn through as much as 1 quart of oil in 600 miles. The dealer confirmed the engine’s oil level, that it is going very low just after 1500km by taking a test at their service center almost a year ago. They said that they are waiting for head office instructions to fix the issue but still nothing happens, and now the situation is so bad that I have fill the oil every day.

Toyota knows it very well that Rav4 2007, 2008 has this issue. People have reported problems with the oil consumption in their engines, me too as a RAV4 owner.

I submitted all copies to my local service center related to timely oil change just after they took the test, but still waiting.

Hoping fix is made soon.



- , Milton, ON, Canada

problem #103

Apr 012006

RAV4 D4D 2.2L

  • Manual transmission
  • 68,000 miles

Rav 4 engine developed cylinder head gas leak so that it pressurized the cooling system which blows fluid out and eventually overheats. Toyota refused to cover this under the extended warranty despite knowing that this was a manufacturing fault. The cylinder head wears at the top and toyota replaced the engine (old engine is remanufactured by skimming head and using new pistons and rods). This is then used to replace other failed engines.

Our car was low mileage so took longer than usual to develop the fault by which time it was just out of warranty, Toyota main dealer refused to contribute to repairs and no joy out of Toyota UK either.

Toyota main dealer wanted at least £5,000 to carry out the warranty style replacement. Essentially the early engines blow up at around 60,0000 miles. Many engines in Rav4's have been replaced under warranty but are in fact remanufactured units.

- , york, UK

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