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#140 of 176 Re: toyota rav 4 2007 used alot of oil [scott269]
Sep 11, 2013 (11:02 am)
Scott, The oil sludge problem was a different failure mode. I believe the fix is what ended up causing the 2007 2AZ-FE engine problems. The design change from 2006 to 2007 includes a reduction in piston ring thickness and a change in the piston shape that effected the compression ratio.
The technical service bulletin (T-SB-0094-11) issued in August 2011 has to do with oil consumption. The corrective action, if the vehicle fails the allowable consumption rate of 1 qt in 1200 miles, is to replace the pistons and rings (essentially undoing what the design change was).
Start with Toyota Customer Service 1 (800) 331-4331 (They will most likely say they know nothing about this issue). keep insisting that they do something to help you. I went as far as sending a letter directly to the president of Toyota residing in Japan (Mr. Akio Toyoda) and received a letter to contact the Toyota Motor Sales Executive Offices in Torrance CA. (310-468-2442). Be persistent and hopefully you'll get something. I didn't but if enough people contact them, maybe they'll give a little.
#141 of 176 Re: toyota rav 4 2007 used alot of oil [ravnmad]
Sep 24, 2013 (10:01 am)
They offered me $1,000 off my next Toyota purchase...as if I'll ever buy another one.
#142 of 176 Re: Engine oil problem 2007 Rav 4 [simrant]
Oct 16, 2013 (2:41 pm)
I'm in too for the Law Suite. I usually think Law suites are petty. But I like others bought Toyota's reputation. When I went for an oil change and the guy tells me there was only one quart left, I froze. What if I had waited a week? Now it seems I'm checking every couple of days. Every time I talk to Toyota they play dumb. My car is a 2008 Rav4 with 130,000 miles on it. Everyone of us should join this law suite. I say when Toyota sells us lemons, lets use a law suite to make lemonaid!!
#143 of 176 Re: Engine oil problem 2007 Rav 4 [henry82]
Oct 17, 2013 (4:45 am)
You should trade your RAV. I did, and I will never buy another Toyota. I bought a Nissan. I'm sure all manufacturers have their issues, but I'm totally disappointed with Toyota. I thought they would stand behind me, especially since I started having this problem before my 100,000 mile warranty was up. They are not very smart to lose loyal customers. If you hang onto your RAV, you will eventually have to replace the engine. I was almost to that point. When it starts using a quart every 1000 miles, you're in trouble.
#144 of 176 Re: Engine oil problem 2007 Rav 4 [henry82]
Oct 19, 2013 (5:55 am)
I also have a 2008 rav 4 with only 78k and having same issues from dealership. I've been having the problem since it had around 60k and I've been getting excuses left and right. I had to go threw he'll just to get a lifter replaced when I told them that already but they threatened me with fees that I couldn't afford. I thought toyota was a good dependable car but I was wrong. I think I
Will buy a honda next time.
#145 of 176 Re: Engine oil problem 2007 Rav 4 [teresa60]
Oct 24, 2013 (4:54 am)
While it is a pain in the rear, if you know about the problem you can safely monitor the oil usage and add as needed. I have been doing this for several months with my 2008. It is using a little less than a quart per 1000 miles. Yes it is a pain, but it is manageable. I wouldn't say I'm in trouble. The real trouble would be if you didn't know about the problem and ended up with a ruined engine.
#146 of 176 Rav4 burning oil.
Oct 25, 2013 (4:27 am)
We own a 2007 rav4 with 122,000 miles. we bought the rav with 105,000. this last oil change we had 4 qrts burn on 5000 miles. They put dye in the oil after finding no leaks for us to check when we bring the rav in for a recall we just received BST. There is a not thats part of the inspection they do it says "engine is consuming oil and most likely needs revised design piston/ring set or engine short block per TSB#0094-11.
#147 of 176 Class Action on Oil Issue
Oct 27, 2013 (5:02 am)
If anyone has begun a class action lawsuit, email me, Im in.
At 110k on my 2006 RAV 4, I was driving with NO OIL until my car began to sputter and died.
No engine light ever came on, as others have written here. My car remains in the driveway as I attempt to put 5 quarts in tomorrow in hopes that it will work again. I've always changed oil every 5000 miles.
I've always said if I had to buy another car, it would be another RAV 4.
Well, I was fooled. Never again..
#148 of 176 Re: Oil consumption & TSBs [Stever@Edmunds]
Oct 27, 2013 (6:09 am)
Are you kidding? They owe us loyal assistance for the thousands of dollars we paid for the vehicle and the supposed integrity of their name and product. Toyota is the designer and manufacturer of the product and should stand behind it. My neighborhood mechanic is not liable for the product defect.
#149 of 176 Re: Oil consumption & TSBs [textwork]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Oct 27, 2013 (7:56 am)
For how long should Toyota stand behind it? Your 2006 is at least a year out of warranty time-wise and 100,000 miles over the drivetrain mileage warranty (link).
The article I linked notes that a manufacturer does not have to offer any after warranty assistance, but they are more likely to if the consumer shows loyalty.
Being a repeat customer is certainly one way to demonstrate that loyalty. Having your car maintained at the dealer is another.
The other factor that may work against you is whether you purchased your used RAV4 in '08 at a Toyota dealer or not.