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My 2006 RAV4 burns oil. It goes through about 1 liter per 2,500 kilometers (1 qt. per 1,500 miles).
Toyota covers their a$$ by stating right in the owners manual that oil consumption of up to 1 Liter per 1,000 Km (1 qt. per 600 miles) is considered acceptable. I think that is utterly ridiculous. Why bother with oil changes then?
There's no indication as to where its going. No blue smoke at startup, no oil leaks or drips... nothing. Dealer did a couple of consumptions reports but because of the "acceptable" clause in the manual, can do nothing. I even had them change the PCV valve at my expense to see if it made a difference. Nope.
So, I just dump oil into it and don't give a sh*t anymore. The only thing that concerns me is that starting next year, I have to get that Drive Clean test done every 2 years. I'm not sure how the oil consumption will affect the emissions testing.
Last edited by seadragon; 09-04-2010 at 12:28 PM.