Sludge can build up in the engine because Toyota did not recommend frequent enough oil changes. Lexus will sometimes offer a discount on cleaning the engine if necessary. Owners who changed their oil every 3,000 miles did not experience these problems. This sludge build up can lead to excessive oil consumption.
Excess Engine Oil Consumption on Toyota Avalon
Average mileage: 128,280 (12,000–205,000)
Engine affected: 3.0L V6
20 people reported this problem
1998 Toyota Avalon - 3.0L V6 93,000 mi, Visitor
sludge in engine. change oil 3/5000 miles. not fixed.
2000 Toyota Avalon - 3.0L V6 156,000 mi, Visitor
There was built up sludge from oil changes at 5,000 mile intervals instead of 3,000. They cleaned out the sludge and replaced a few parts in the engine that could not properly be cleaned.
2004 Toyota Avalon - 3.0L V6 205,000 mi, Visitor
Sludge build up in the block.
2000 Toyota Avalon - 3.0L V6 23,000 mi, Visitor
Have had problems since I bought the used car. interesting that others have experienced the same problem. Will check on these sights before buying my next vehicle. Brought this up to dealerships repeatedly. Have gone through numerous (at least 5) PVC valves!
1999 Toyota Avalon - 3.0L V6 135,000 mi, Visitor
Car was to the point of oil contaminating the exhaust system at about 135K miles. Previous owner didn't change the oil frequently enough and this all resulted in top of motor replacement. Sludge cleaned out now (i hope) and it no longer smokes profusely like it used to.
2000 Toyota Avalon - 3.0L V6 150,000 mi, Visitor
Only cleaner I found that worked (I tried 5 of them) was Auto Rx. follow the instructions completely.
2001 Toyota Avalon - 3.0L V6 145,000 mi, Visitor
Sludge accumulated on the underside of the valve covers in spite of scheduled Mobile 1 oil and filter changes every 4,000 miles (Mobile recommends every 7,000 miles). Don't know if the oil was the problem or moisture condensation/oil mix (after engine shutdown)caused the sludge. However sludge eventually got into the valve guide seals and caused heavy oil consumption (1 quart ever 100 miles) which ruined a catalytic converter. Cost of the fix ? Toyota dealer charged $3,416. No idea if it will happen again. Changed to total synthetic Amsoil 5-20 and Amsoil filter. Love the car but thinking about installing a small block Chevy and converting to rear wheel drive (did that to a Nissan Altima).
2001 Toyota Avalon - 3.0L V6
Oil was being blown out the exhaust (white smoke) making it look like it was coolant but the oil was leaking rapidly, not coolant at all. The entire engine had to be cleaned out due to sludge buildup and I am only going to run synthetic oil from now on to avoid the problem again.
Just started useing oil very bad. I took off front valve cover and holes in head was stoped up.. I could not get the back cover off. This is a very good and clean car..Help....
1998 Toyota Avalon - 3.0L V6
sludge stopping up the PCV system causing blown valve cover gaskets and engine had to be cleaned and flushed with valve cover gasket replacement.