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Hello everybody,

We want to get our 3rd Toyota, a RAV4. I've read about excessive oil consumption in some engines and want to know how much to worry about it. What engines are effected?  We're thinking about a 2012-14 with on demand 4wd.

Is there any way to check a used RAV4 to see if it uses lots of oil besides driving it 2000km? Would the tail pipe show signs?

Any pre purchase advice greatly appreciated. 



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Thank you Ashley. Further searching shows the "AZ" engine used till 2012 sometimes sucks lots of oil past the rings.

The "AR" engine used in the RAV4 in 2013 doesn't have this problem. We'll be looking for a  2013 to buy next year.



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