Help Scotty! My Daughter's Toyota May Be An Endless Money Pit!


Hi Scotty, I'm a big fan of what you do and I watch your videos everyday.

Recently, I bought my daughter her first car (she just turned 16).  It's a 2007 Toyota RAV4 automatic with 143,000 miles.  My daughters requirements were that it be white, have a sunroof, and have an aux. port so that she can listen to music on her iphone (lol).  My requirements were that it be a Toyota (preferably made in Japan), be well maintained and rust free, and preferably be all wheel drive since we live in Minnesota.  The RAV4 met all the criteria, including having complete records showing that the oil had been changed every 6 months without fail, plus it had new tires and brakes.

However, after only a few weeks it has become clear that the engine burns a quart of oil or more every 1000 miles.  Around the same time I learned from one of your videos that the 2.4L 2AZ-FE engine is notorious for burning oil due to poor oil ring design.   As I'm sure you know, Toyota extended the warranty on these engines, good for 10 years or 150,000 miles, under which they would rebuild the engine if it was found to use excessive oil.  Unfortunately, the car is over 10 years old and I'm probably out of luck with the warranty.

To add to it, two codes recently showed up.  Namely PO138, O2 sensor high voltage, bank 1, sensor 2, and PO606, ECM/PCM processor .  After some investigation, I cleared the codes and so far they have not come back.  Right now I'm assuming they could be sensor 1 or 2 fouling related to the excessive oil burning problem.

Scotty, what should I do: 1) try to shame Toyota, 2) find a good local mechanic to rebuild the engine with the Toyota piston/ring kit, or 3) just live with it?  Living with it troubles me, as my daughter will be off to college in 2 years and I don't want her having to stand outside her car by herself and put oil in it constantly.  I guess another option would be to just get rid of it.


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