Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: An increasing number of Toyotas are experiencing excessive oil consumption and the 2007 Camry seems to be leading the charge.

Owners are reporting that their engines are deprived of oil halfway through their maintenance schedules and in some cases the damage is so bad that entirely new engines need to be installed, paid out of pocket. The issue may be a result of defective piston rings and is the possible target of a class-action lawsuit.

Toyota has issued a TSB for this problem, but maintains their stance that vehicles equipped with a 2AZ-FE engine are burning through a “normal” amount of oil.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,990 miles

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2007 Toyota Camry engine problems

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2007 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 6 of 10)

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problem #86

Apr 012013


  • 75,000 miles


I began noticing during my regular oil change maintenance at 3000-5000 miles, that closer to required oil change my oil light would engage during braking. I didn't think anything of it at first, but began noticing it at a consistent rate. When I had my oil changed at 90,000 miles the service person indicated I only had about 1 1/2 quarts removed from the car. I thought I had an oil leak of some sort, but I never have had any significant discharge from my oil pan, oil filter and so forth in my driveway. I went to my son who is a mechanic, and he said he saw little sign of any leakage, and I must be burning it. So he suggested I get online, and look for similar incidents, and now I see 2007 is a popular year for this type of issue. I have yet to bring it to a dealers attention, and see no re-call or manufacturers problem advertised by Toyota.

- Brookeville, MD, USA

problem #85

Dec 292012


  • 76,520 miles
I took my car for an oil change at 85 thousand miles to a local mechanic, and I was told that my card did not have much oil, of course I blamed them, I thought they were lying. I always have my oil change every 5 thousand miles and did not have a problem before. I took the car to be inspected by another mechanic; he found no oil leaks. The mechanic told me that the problem is with piston rings and it will cost me a lot to fix it. Since I cannot effort to get it fix right now, I been adding at least a 1.5 quarter of oil every 2,000 miles. On December 2012 I had problems with 4 front struts leaking and water pump. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fallbrook, CA, USA

problem #84

Dec 292012


  • 76,520 miles
On December 29, 2012 the dealer told me that the water pump was leaking and needed to be replaced as well as the 4 front struts. February 2014 took the car for an oil change 85 thousand miles. Told that my card did not have much oil, of course I blamed them, I thought they were lying. Because I always have my oil change every 5 thousand miles, so I asked them to check their records. I took the car to be inspected another mechanic, the car has no oil leak. I took the car to be inspected another mechanic, the car has no oil leak. I mechanic told me that problems is with piston rings and it will cost me a lot to fix it. Since I cannot effort to get it fix I been adding 1.5 quarter of oil every 2,000 miles.

- Fallbrook, CA, USA

problem #83

Jul 032014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 113,000 miles


Earlier this year, my 2007 Toyota Camry started producing some whitish smoke when starting the engine. More recently, the engine began sounding noisy when accelerating - more of a rattle or clacking than a knocking sound. I had it checked out and the mechanic didn't see any leaks, but mentioned that it could be engine components that were machined properly and started to show as the car got more mileage. While traveling on the highway a couple weeks ago at 70mph, my car started to lose power and the engine was sounding worse and worse. I managed to get to the shoulder of the highway just before the engine sputtered and died out. When I tried to restart the car, there was a loud banging and clanging in the motor and the motor then died. The mechanic said that my car had thrown a rod and it shredded the motor. My options were: 1) rebuild the motor from dealer parts - $8-9K! 2) have a rebuilt motor installed - $6-7K! 3) have a salvaged motor installed - $5-6K! options 1 and 2 didn't make much sense as that would be very close to the current blue book value. I had my car towed to my local mechanic and managed to get option 3 done for $4500. Still a lot more than I was hoping or needing to spend. Both mechanics mentioned that they had seen a number of 07 Camry with motor problems, including one very recently that was the same as my damage. The salvaged motor I had installed was at 59K miles and I'm really hoping that I don't have similar problems. This makes me very concerned for the quality of Toyota cars.

- Pearland, TX, USA

problem #82

Jun 112013


  • 100,200 miles
The engine light goes on before the scheduled oil change because there is no oil and the stick is dry. Because of this problem I have to refill the oil frequently. I was told by the service people that the oil is burning out, which has a negative effect on the environment.

- Ossining, NY, USA

problem #81

Jun 082010


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle was burning excessive oil and the low pressure oil warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was confirmed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 120,000.

- Bluffton, IN, USA

problem #80

Dec 262013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 112,187 miles


Vehicle has been maintained at two area Toyota dealers since purchased. Maintenance intervals were closely adhered to, and no problems were ever reported by the service people regarding engine performance or oil consumption. During a December 2013 vehicle service at an authorized dealership, service technician reported that the oil pan seal and the valve cover gasket needed to be replaced due to oil leakage. I (owner) inspect vehicle frequently, and knew this was not the case. Between vehicle servicing dates, I checked the oil and found it to be too low to register on the oil dipstick. I added the grade of oil indicated on the oil fill cap and made an appointment at an independent certified auto shop. I also inspected the engine frequently for leakage at the oil pan and valve cover, and observed no oil leaks.the independent certified shop inspected the vehicle, and found no signs of leakage. The independent certified shop performed the routine service, including oil change, and provided the Toyota 2011 service bulletin that described the excessive oil consumption and Toyota's own suggested repair. This lead me to research the engine, and I found that this is likely a significant and widespread defect that Toyota identified as early as 2008. As a commuter, I fear the excessive oil consumption could lead to premature engine wear, resulting in catastrophic engine failure.

- Canby, OR, USA

problem #79

Dec 242013


  • 140,000 miles
TL * the contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 140,000 and the current mileage was 148,000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #78

Sep 022013

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
My 2007 Toyota Camry with miles of 127,000 that is burning oil about every 1000 miles driven on it. The car is taken care of oil is changed every 3000 miles. It does not leak. I do not understand why so many people are complaining on this matter and nothing has been done to fix this problem. I have owned 3 other Toyota's and have never had this problem before on any of them. If Toyota knows about this problem why is this not been recalled. I have also been told by a Toyota mechanic that the 2007 Toyota's do have bad blocks in them and Toyota is not doing anything with this problem.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #77

May 252014


  • 50,000 miles
I purchased my 2007 Toyota Camry in July 2006, new. At approximately 50K miles, when turning corners my engine sounded like it was stalling, the accelerator did not work, and a "low engine fuel" warning came on. I took my car into the dealership and was assured by the dealership that there was nothing wrong with my car. This same incident occurred at least 7 times since and each time I was assured by the dealership that there was nothing wrong with my car. My car was still under factory warranty, and then my extended warranty when these incidents first occurred. I'm now at 108K miles. For the past two weeks while driving and turning corners, the "low engine fuel" warning displayed briefly. Since the dealership previously assured me that nothing was wrong with my car, and my car had 2K more miles before my next oil change, I continued to drive my car. Then on Sunday, June 25th I decided to have auto zone take a look at my car. To my utter surprise, there was absolutely no oil on the stick when the auto zone guy checked my oil levels. I purchased two quarts of oil and the auto zone guy put the oil in my car. The following Saturday I took my car to my usual Toyota dealership and explained my experience. The service advisor informed me that my piston is probably worn out and oil is probably leaking into my engine, which would be a $4K repair cost. As I stated to the service advisor, at any moment my car can conk out while driving, because oil is leaking into my engine and the only time a warning appears is when I turn corners. If I'm driving on a highway where speeds are in excess of 80 mph, and my car conks out because oil is leaking into my engine, that is a huge safety concern. A service technician who overheard our conversation stated, "yeah, the engines on those cars are a piece of junk." Toyota refuses financial responsibility.

- Fort Washington, MD, USA

problem #76

Apr 152014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 142,000 miles


Our four-cylinder Camry le with 141,000 on the odometer was just diagnosed with "low-end bearing noise, " meaning the engine has sustained major damage and needs to be replaced. This happened after a very "hard start" that sounded like the engine had no oil in it. A very disturbing sound. We have run this car on synthetic oil (and top-rated oil filters) since the first oil change, and almost all the 141,000 miles on the odometer are highway miles in the mid-atlantic. I maintained the fluid levels without fail, even when the engine began consuming inordinate amounts of oil--a frequent complain about 2007 Camry. We have driven this car gently, never exceeding 75 mph. No racing, etc. One would expect to get at least 200,000 miles from a Camry engine run on synthetic oil. The dealer and two additional service centers have no explanation for what went wrong. Bad things happen, they say. A remanufactured engine costs about $6500 for removal and installation, so we clearly are less than pleased.

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #75

Apr 282014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 69,219 miles
Own a 2007 Toyota Camry with 69,000 mile which has heavy oil consumption, one quart every 3,000 miles approximately. Toyota says this is normal oil consumption. Filed complaint with Toyota usa, complaint number CR21044. They said I was the first complaint concerning this problem. The car has no oil leaks. Toyota knows about the problem because they issued tsb-0094-11 bulletin. Would like for the NHTSA to investigate because in all Toyota Camry 2007 forums this is a common problem among owners and nothing has been done. At some point in time this is going to cause major damage to the vehicle about a manufacturing defect that Toyota is aware of. If they were not aware of problem why did they issue tsb009411?

- Coamo, PR, USA

problem #74

Feb 192014

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
The car began to burn oil rapidly between oil changes. Dealer claims no knowledge of cause and recommends complete engine replacement.

- East Bethel, MN, USA

problem #73

May 032014


  • miles
I purchased my 2007 Toyota Camry 3yrs ago, this car burns so much oil, I keep my oil changed but in between oil changes I continue to add an additional 3 qts, I have inquired about this problem on several occasions to the car dealership (louie herron) in milledgeville ga, to express lube but no one seemed to tell me why my car was burning so much oil. It was not until this weekend I took my vehicle back to the dealership is when he advised me my particular vehicles engine needs rebuilt but is not considered a recall, I'm trying to get to the bottom of this, it is very frustrating as a woman to buy a vehicle from a dealership an later (3years later) find out the engine is shot, the dealership is aware but "I" was left in the dark..

- Milledgeville, GA, USA

problem #72

Apr 272007


  • miles
I purchased my car in 2007 as a mark down because it had been returned by a business but the oil leak problem was not fixed before I bought it nor was I told of the problem. Soon after I bought it I noticed that the oil was low but I couldn't find where the oil was leaking from. There was no black smoke so I took it to the dealer. Over and over again I took the car in and complained about the missing oil. One of the things they told me was that they never put the required amount in but always put in from one half to a full quart low. I never missed scheduled maintenance and each time I told them about the oil problem but they never fixed it. Instead they always offered me some excuse. The warranty is now expired but the problem has been continuous from the beginning of the warranty. I believe the car should be covered under the lemon law. I was taken advantage of because I am a woman. I need you help because I am at wits end and I don't think I should have to be worried all the time and always have to carry spare oil in my trunk.

- Roanoke Rapids, NC, USA

problem #71

Jun 062013


  • 80,000 miles
I bought this car at 78000 about 2 months after I noticed I had to put oil like once a month the car is not leaking oil. Now a year later I have to put a quart in and the car is not leaking oil and blowing any dark smoke. This is a problem.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #70

Jan 012013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
Approximately toward the end of 2012 and into 2013 we started to notice that the engine oil light was coming on periodically - roughly around the 65 - 70,000 mileage point. We began adding oil, and re-checking the oil and found that the car was consuming oil at a rate of about 1 quart per 2 weeks. I would estimate based on the distance to employment that it comes to about 1 quart per 600-700 miles. A couple times the engine oil dip-stick was almost dry & covered in tar - which I had to rub vigorously to get off after adding oil? now, we keep close track of the level. We took the car into the dealer on 5/31/13 and the dealer had no answer for the increased oil consumption other than to verify that were no leaks or oil in the cooling system.

- Sussex, WI, USA

problem #69

Dec 272013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 77,411 miles
Driving on highway, heat gauge spiked suddenly. While trying to bring the vehicle to stop and pull to the shoulder, engine is lost. I had the vehicle towed to a Toyota dealer and was told that engine was lost due to water pump failure. They estimated $ 6,000 cost for a replacement engine. Six months and less tan 5,000 miles before the incident, Toyota dealer offered $11,000 for the vehicle during the oil change service. Vehicle was always serviced at the Toyota dealer. Six months before the incident, I was told by the dealer that (when dealer offered $11,000), there might be a slight water leak, but, it is a known issue, and therefore, keep watching the coolant level. I kept watching the coolant level as they told me. Coolant level was normal before I started to drive right before the incident and within 50 miles of driving engine was lost. It was within an hour of checking the coolant level.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #68

Jan 012013


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated the engine failed and consumed oil prematurely. The low engine oil warning light illuminated sporadically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure. The dealer sealed the engine oil dip stick and advised the contact to have the vehicle inspected every 1200 miles. The manufacturer advised the contact that the premature oil consumption was normal. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 70,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Harthorn , CA, USA

problem #67

Apr 042014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
My car was purchased used in 2009. I've kept up with the maintenance and other issues such as the engine coils going out. Today, my car stopped as I was driving on a busy street. No, there wasn't a crash but there could have been. The car is a 2007. Luckily I stopped in front of the Toyota dealership. I found out that my transmission went out. It went out with no warning prior to today. I was told it would cost $4200 to repair. I don't have that kind of money. I'm still shocked that the transmission died. I purchased a Toyota because my previous car, a Chevy, was giving me so many problems. When asked why would it just die without warning...I was told it just did. There's no way of knowing. I'm not understanding that when I go for regular maintenance.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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