pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
104,600 miles
Total Complaints:
106 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (68 reports)
  2. replace pistons and seals (20 reports)
  3. see t-sb -0094-11 google it (12 reports)
  4. new pistons, rings, and bearings (5 reports)
  5. replace engine (1 reports)
2008 Toyota RAV4 engine problems

engine problem

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2008 Toyota RAV4 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 6)

problem #106

Jun 042019

RAV4 Sport V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles


I also did not do my research. I bought my 2008 RAV4 used at 106,00 miles in January of 2016. I was completely unaware of the excessive oil issue. I was told to keep an eye on it, that higher mileage engines burn a little more oil. Now that I have to add oil more frequently, I looked into it and found the issue on line. Of course not by Toyota sending me any notifications. The dealership I bought it from was not a Toyota dealership. By reading several complaints I know that being past the 10 year mark I am on my own. I just don’t know if it is worth it to keep or get another vehicle, not Toyota. By the way I was told by a Toyota dealership that you should do all recommenced service. They are recommended for a reason. I don’t think that would have prevented this issue. This was my first and last Toyota. What a shame, I would be getting a new vehicle in a couple of years and same with my husband. I guess loyalty today is not what it used to be. Feeling bummed.

- Stacy R., Sykesville, MD, US

problem #105

Jun 012013

RAV4 4 Cyc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

At around 90,000 - 100,000 miles Car started burning oil 1 quart every 1500 miles. Brought to dealer in Bronx, NY. They said it was not a problem, also said nothing about any recalls. As years have passed car keeps burning more and more oil. I set tripometer and when it reaches 400 miles, I need a quart of oil. I have maintained this car religiously, changing oil every 3000 - 3500 miles since the day I purchased it new. I feel that this is a problem Toyota has known about, but has simply ignored. At some point, I feel the engine will just fail. I have been quoted prices ranging from $3000.00 to 4500.00 to fix. I'm stuck with a car that is too much $$$$ to fix and that I cannot honestly even sell to anyone. Sad thing is that otherwise, the car is in all around great shape.

- Ronald D., Kansas City, US

problem #104

Jun 212018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,121 miles

I had an oil change last summer and the technician suggested that I have an Oil Consumption test run by a dealer because my car burns through oil. I went to Nalley Toyota of Roswell and had an test run. When I returned for the 2nd part of the test on 11/7/17, the results was PASS any my mileage was 113262. I was told if the problem gets worse to return before the car reached 10 years or 150,000 miles. My car mileage is currently at 118121.

Meanwhile, I had an oil change a month ago which states that I need my oil changed again at 121334.

Today I had an Oil Consumption test with a different dealer - Marietta Toyota. They tested my oil, added 2 quarts but told me that my car has passed the 10 year mark on 6/6/08 so that I was not eligible for the recommended dealer solution but that I could stop in for oil if it needed.

I don't believe my oil issue manifested itself in that short of a time-frame. I think it was always there and the original dealer did not want to deal with the consequences or repairs.

- francineosora, Atlanta, US

problem #103

Jun 152014

RAV4 2.4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Oil burning. Excessive oil consumption. Bought it 40,000 miles. after 2 years noticed a oil consumption.

- Chris A., San Diego, CA, US

problem #102

Jan 172019

RAV4 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,000 miles

To all of you, did you call Cororate of Toyota and report this problem? 1-800-331-4331 https://www.toyota.com/support/contact-us We all need to file the complaint regardless if you don’t have 2006-2008 RAV4. This is the only way to change bombard them with this complaint to get a recall. I have already filed my complaint, this should never had been just extended warranty, it’s need to be recall. Pleas let me know if you have already or did file. Thanks!

- E F., Massillon, US

problem #101

Dec 032018

RAV4 Limited 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

I bought a used RAV4 at 140000. My first oil change was done at 3000 miles. There was no oil on the stick. It didn’t strike me the oil was burning. Now at 159000 I am adding oil every 1000 miles. This is a lemon. This is my fourth Toyota. I have not had any problems. My Tacoma is over 180000 with no issues. Our corolla is at 80000 with no issues. I bought a Camry and it lasted to 275000 miles before I sold it.

Toyota should back their product especially with a long time customer.

- davegaffer, Cleveland, US

problem #100

Jan 012018

RAV4 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


Engine began burning oil around 90k miles. By 115k it burned 1 qt every 700 miles. I mentioned the oil consumption when I talked to my local Toyota dealership service dept when the vehicle was 9 years 10 months old and around 105,000 miles. He informed me Toyota does not consider it a problem unless it burns more than a quart every 1200 miles. He suggested they could do an oil consumption test. I did not make an appointment for it immediately. I scheduled service with an independent auto repair shop to check into this problem. The independent shop informed me of the Toyota TSB for the 2AZ-FE engine excessive oil consumption. They told me to make Toyota fix it. However, by this time Toyota finally acknowledged the problem and that there was an extended warranty to cover the fix. But my car was now past the 10 year limit by a few months (but well under the 150,000 miles) . Toyota would not repair my car. And I will not buy another Toyota.

- Patrick K., Seattle, US

problem #99

Aug 012018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

My 2008 Rav4 is burning oil and everyone tells me that it shouldn't have that problem with the miles where they are right now. Not sure what to do about it. But I did hear about an Enhanced Warranty for pistons and rings for my style of Toyota that not all dealerships have given information about.

- ksiddoway, Sugar City, US

problem #98

Oct 012018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,000 miles

I have had my 2008 RAV4 since 2012. Within the last 2 or 3 years it seems that I am always adding oil in between oil changes. I have to add oil about once every 2 weeks. I have to keep extra oil in my car all the time because I never know when I might need to add more. I have been told there is nothing that can be done for this problem.

- Margie D., Temple Hills, MD, US

problem #97

Jun 162018

RAV4 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

The engine has gone through about 8 quarts of oil in a week.

- Michael J., Lolo, MT, US

problem #96

Aug 202018

RAV4 Limited 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,125 miles


After less than 50,000 miles, my 2008 Toyota Rav4 began to use a quart of oil between each oil change, 3000 miles. Before I had even reached 100,000 miles, the Rav4 was using 2, and sometimes 3, quarts of oil between oil changes, every 3000 miles. I went to Dublin Toyota in Dublin CA and asked to have this checked and they said that Toyota had a notice sent out to test for this problem. Apparently there had been numerous complaints for the same problem. They said that if my Rav4 used a specified amount of oil within 1200 miles, they would fix the problem. According to them, it didn't lose enough oil and therefore they were not required to fix the problem. I now have 146,000 miles on my 2008 Rav4 and have been adding at least 1 quart of oil for every 1000 mile.This last oil change, 5000 miles, I have added 7 quarts of oil to the Rav4 in between changes. I have changed to 5000 miles because oil changes are not inexpensive where I live and I am on a fixed income. Apparently Toyota doesn't care if we Rav4 owners are ever interested in buying another vehicle. Otherwise they would make this repair and enhance their "reputation" for caring. But, they just don't give a damn, they have plenty of other customers. In addition, why is Toyota not being held responsible for all of the "Oil Pollution" that they are allowing to emit from their defectively designed vehicles?

- blazerunr, San Ramon, US

problem #95

Apr 012018

RAV4 Sport 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,157 miles

Like most people mentioned on here. Car uses a lot of oil, I always took it to dealer for oil changes and sometimes 1000 or more km before service was due. during my 2 years of bringing the car there for service not a peep was heard or said about my oil level being low. I wish I would of looked in to this before ( total Engine failure!!) but I didn't.

My thought was that if I'm bringing it in to them and they don't seem concerned about it, it should be all good right ?? WRONG!!! Plus I trusted the brand that they have bubbled up over the years. They were also supposed to have given a letter to each customer about this issue which would lead to the consumption test, which i never knew existed until my engine totally failed on me.

Touche Toyota, touche, way to keep quiet about this issue till i went over the extended warranty and my engine Failed. Funny tho how they always mentioned every little thing they wanted to change on my car, like cabin filter $40 and not a peep about oil consumption.. I call for a class action lawsuit.

- Danie D., Saskatoon, Canada

problem #94

Sep 302009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

I bought the car in fall of 2009. It had 25,000 miles on it. Only had car 6 months when the oil light would come on between oil changes when I came to an abrupt stop or turning a corner. I added 1 1/2 quarts. I keep regular oil changes. Went online and read that excessive oil use was a problem with this make model and year. In this article there was an explanation why this was happening. It went onto say that Toyota was doing nothing to fix the problem. I still have my car because I love everything else about it and even though it goes through a lot of oil, it still has a lot of pick up and power. Coming up is the 20,000 mile checkup. I am going to see what they recommend then. It is not dripping any oil on the ground and neither do I see any oil on the engine or anywhere else.

- Karen B., Stanwood, WA, US

problem #93

Jul 262018

RAV4 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

My RAV4 was ready for an oil change. Before taking it in on 7/26/18, I checked the oil only to find no oil on the dipstick. Took in in to my dealership and they said there is nothing they can help me with because the last day for them to assist with oil consumption issues on the model was the prior day. Can you believe it, one day!

I do not recall Toyota ever sending me a notice that 7/25/18 was the last day they would cover this issue. This same issue happened 4-5 years ago at around 40,000 miles and until I pushed the issue, my dealer did cover the repair. Although I had the best extended warranty, the dealership tried to get me to sign away my rights by saying that if, when doing the repair they were to find additional issues in the engine, I would be responsible for the additional repairs. I refused to sign and pointed out to them in the warranty where it said the most I would be responsible for would be belts and lights bulbs.

They finally backed down and added to the work order "Customer will be responsible for $0 on this repair." How can a car manufacturer charge so much for their cars and leave you on your own after something major happens, especially when they were aware of this engine defect? Going forward, I will be a General Motors customer!

- Tim S., O'Fallon, US

problem #92

Dec 312015

RAV4 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

I just missed the deadline for fixing this under extended warranty. It is reasonable for Toyota to set an expiration based on mileage, but not on years in use. Toyota did not make an adequate effort to notify owners. I get plenty of spam from them to come and buy a new car, but nothing about this repair.

- Kevin M., Los Gatos, CA, US

problem #91

Feb 052018

RAV4 Limited 2az

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,055 miles

Never received notice from Toyota about this problem. Have had vehile since new. Several months before Feb. 2018 had engine oil light flash now and then. Checked oil level, 3 quarts low. Added oil, started checking on line about loss of oil. We change oil regularly, and have taken vehicle in for any recall notice we have received - no notice sent to us about excessive oil consumption. Contacted dealer as vehicle was close to the 10 year limit. Ours is a low milage so shouldn't have made any difference.

They changed oil and "sealed" engine, but won't show me the oil level before sealing. This is Toyota's oil consumption test. Looked on line a found several instances of dealers over filling engine to help make sure engine would pass test (less than 1 qt oil in 1100-1300 miles). What a surprise, when returned engine had only used 3/4 qt oil (1221 miles), so "no problem" according to Toyota. Started checking oil and after 1164 miles oil level is down 1 qt! Went back to dealer for "free" top off and requested a receipt showing mileage and the amount of oil added. Got push back from them for a receipt, but insisted and they reluctantly gave me what I asked for.

618 miles more and am down another 1/2 qt of oil. Strange that I am not allowed to see oil level for their "test", and "all is good", but if I monitor consumption "all is not good". They say vehicle is now past the ten year limit and it passed their test, so any repair cost is solely on us. Toyota admits there is an issue with their engine design, and has corrected on new engines, but "too bad" if you have the earlier version.

- pnd, Yakima, US

problem #90

May 022018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

Very disappointed in Toyota, owned a 2000 Camry, 360,000 miles on original engine and not a drop of oil consumption, as a matter of fact very little problems beyond the normal maintenance. Sold that to buy this RAV4 and did not come here first to do my research because of Toyota's reputation for quality and their Genchi Genbutsu problem solving techniques, not to mention the awesome experience I had with the Camry.

To bad now that I have researched this problem and how they did-not really take care of their customers I am finding out they they are now no better than their American counterparts for quality and standing behind their product, and maybe worse- would have never guessed it

- Jeff V., Hersey, MI, US

problem #89

Mar 082018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,300 miles

The excessive oil consumption came to light approximately one year ago (94,000 miles). I then began to notice the oil light on much sooner than the recommended time to change the oil. I began checking the oil myself every two weeks and noted it was down between 1/2 - 1 quart. The car currently has 100,300 miles.

Unfortunately, prior to purchasing this car I owned a 1998 Camry. At 75,000 miles that car (mind you with a full oil tank) blew a rod/piston through the engine. That car was replaced by the RAV 4. I was told by the dealer- "that sometimes happens, sorry."

I did some research and learned the RAV 4 has a history of excessive oil consumption and the cost to repair was close to the value of the car.

I purchased both my Toyota's based on the reputation of the brand. I will never purchase another Toyota and will discourage anyone else from doing so. I recently purchased a Honda CR-V.

- Annamarie H., Massapequa, US

problem #88

Mar 062018

RAV4 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,906 miles

My car is consuming oil at an unusual and unacceptable rate. Toyota knows this is an issue with this car, set up an "oil consumption test" as an extended warranty, then when my vehicle barely "passed" (meaning it does not qualify for them to get it fixed on their dime), refuses to take responsibility for it. Now I will have to deal with monitoring the oil for the life of the car.

- Lucy F., Salem, US

problem #87

Aug 012017

RAV4 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Great vehicle except it uses oil like it is going out of style. You almost need to run a hose to a 5 gal. container just to keep oil in the engine.

- Eddie M., Powell, TN, US

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