RAV4 Oil Consumption Lawsuit Filed in Illinois

Have you checked your RAV4’s oil level lately? As in, this week? Seriously … there’s a chance it’s incredibly low.

A new lawsuit says that the 2006-2008 model years have a nasty habit of chugging oil at the rate of 1-quart per 1,200 miles. That’s just a tad bit off the 1-quart per 5,000 miles Toyota recommends for maintaining the engine’s warranty.

It’s easy to see why you might be confused when the “CHECK ENGINE OIL” light comes on 3,800 miles early. It’s also easy to see why you might be more confused when your Toyota dealer says its normal.

The lawsuit says Toyota dealers are being told to repair the engine, under warranty, if the consumer complains enough and their vehicle fails a test. However, consumers aren’t being told the problem exists.

So is it up to the owner to ask for repairs? Should Toyota be forced to repair all the defective engines? Is this just a ploy from the *United Auto Engine Oil Maker’s Alliance?

not a real agency … so we think