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 9 of 10)

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problem #26

Jul 012012


  • 61,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that she noticed that the exhaust tail pipe was black and the oil was consumed prematurely. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 61,000 and the current mileage was 67,000.

- St Louis , MO, USA

problem #25

Sep 212011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
On or about September, 2011, and within warranty, my oil light came on. I immediately went to ira Toyota. I had two quarts of oil remaining in crankcase. They conducted an oil consumption test, one of three, and told me that the loss of one half quart per 1,000 miles was within specs. Rubbish. I then complained to Toyota motor sales, usa, Inc. They sent me their engineer who stated that Toyota would fix the problem. They performed another oil consumption test, of course. Never saw engineer again. Before engineer, ira Toyota offered to fix it. They claimed it was a $1,500 job and if I gave them $150, they would fix it. They "repaired auto" but it remained the same. And they kept the $150. They kept lying to me for a year. Then, they told me that they would not honor my complaint. Now, my auto uses one quart of oil per 600 miles. Toyota is a fraud. They have so many complaints that they cannot financially take care of all of them. Their vehicles are lemons and their warranties are worthless. (short version)

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #24

Jan 142013


  • 116,000 miles
Vehicle was purchased new and has performed well to this point but the other day the oil pressure light flashed a couple times. A check showed the level completely off the stick and took 2.5 quarts to fill. Engine oil had just been changed 2500 miles previous to this. Since filling to the mark, it has used an additional.5 quarts in the last 500 miles. Car is garaged when not being driven and does not appear to be leaking (no spots on garage floor). Some soot in tail pipe but is not smoking. I have owned ~9 different cars and never had one use oil like this. Information on Toyota's web site indicates this is normal. Vehicle should be recalled with defective engine.

- Wilcox, PA, USA

problem #23

Jan 092013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 68,000 miles


I was driving to work in the early morning, all of a sudden engine started making some wired noise and within next 2 min vehicle stopped in the middle of freeway (somehow managed to pull it out to shoulder) could have been fatal injury, then towed the vehicle to dealership, they found that engine sized because of waterpump breakdown, (it didn't give me no time to take that into dealer ) how this could happen for such a low miles and abt 5.5 years old and well maintained vehicle, was complained abt this to Toyota but didn't get a satisfactory answers.

- Dublin, OH, USA

problem #22

Aug 022012

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
I owns a 2007 Toyota Camry xle. The contact stated that the vehicle was burning more oil than usual. The check oil warning light illuminated often. The contact had the oil changed at 69,000 miles and the mechanic advised that there was less than half a quart of oil left at approximately 74,000 miles. The contact had the oil changed again and the same issue recurred.

- Norridge, IL, USA

problem #21

Jan 112013

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
Oil sign on dash was lighting up (on and off) - checked oil in vehicle - totally empty. No oil leaks ever ! have no idea where it went. I had last oil change around 3,000 miles ago. Last couple of times I had my oil changes done - service technicians stated that my engine oil was extremely low, and that they saw no leaks. I went on the internet and found scores of the same complaint, about the 2007 Camry, 4 cyl.. judging by all of the complaints I've read it is quite apparent this is a major problem that has been brought to Toyota's attention. These vehicles should be recalled and properly fixed.

- Selkirk, NY, USA

problem #20

Dec 222012


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 12V491000 (visibility:power window devices and controls) and since then, the brake warning light illuminates intermittently. The contact also stated that the RPM gauge fluctuates without warning. The vehicle was not taken to a mechanic. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- Baron Rouge, LA, USA

problem #19

Apr 102012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 77,383 miles
Engine is consuming 2 quarts of oil every 1000 miles. I have seen that there are similar complains and its seems that dealerships know about it already. I strongly believe Toyota should fix it and recall all Toyota Camry's 2007. I would like to get this problem fixed as soon as possible.

- Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USA

problem #18

Jan 072013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
My Toyota Camry 07 (2.4 engine) is burning 2 qts in last 2 months. Didn't find any engine leakage, no spots under car. Before it is burning too but little bit less. I think that is factory problem with engine design which needs to be recall. Thanks.

- Kissimmee, FL, USA

problem #17

Jan 032013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
I was driving the car as usual and noticed red engine oil light came on when I brake for a traffic light. Checked the oil level when I got home and realized there was no oil on the dip stick at all! I ended up putting in about 2 qts of oil to return it to an acceptable level. After researching for the problem, I found out there was a service bulletin for exactly the same problem and basically the engine needed to be rebuilt in order to fix the problem. Seems like Toyota hasn't been honest about their products potential problems lately. Please pressure Toyota to issue a recall for this problem. Otherwise I will never buy any Toyota product again. At the same time, I recalled my dealership, where I purchased the maintenance package from, had previously suggested that oil pan could have been leaking oil. I went under the car, and there was no sign of leakage at all! the dealership always knew about the service bulletin and was trying to misguide me!

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #16

Dec 192012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 85,645 miles


Engine made knocking noise. Inspection by Toyota dealer revealed engine main bearing problems probably resulting from low oil pressure or oil depletion. Possible faulty piston rings with this engine/year 2007. This problem is reportedly common with this 4 cylinder engine, but I do not have sufficient data to better assess.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #15

Dec 112012


  • 53,266 miles
My Toyota Camry burned 1 quart of oil about every 1000 miles, the problem started at 51000 miles, dealer performed oil consumption test and advised me to pay 2500 dollars for labor to fix that problem, they only cover the parts cost 1500 dollars. I did a research and found out many Camry had the same problem, I can't afford to fix this car, please help, hopefully NHTSA would make the Toyota corporation doing a recall and fix this problem, thank you very much.

- Van Nuys, CA, USA

problem #14

Nov 192012


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for an oil change and the dealer advised that the front axle failed. In addition, the vehicle was leaking engine oil. The vehicle was repaired. The engine oil ring and the front axle were replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure and current mileage was 73,000. Updated 2/4/13 updated 02/20/2013

- Downey , CA, USA

problem #13

Nov 092011


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that he added too much oil in the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they advised that they wanted to run a consumption test. The consumption test was not performed and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the issue but provided no assistance to the contact. The failure mileage was 90,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #12

Nov 092012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 69,712 miles
When I do 70K miles maintenance in Toyota dealer, they told me my car has water pump leak, oil pan gasket leak and front struts leak. And I heard many Camry owner suffered from water pump leak. I think it is potential safety issue. So I report this. No accident happen.

- Santa Clara, CA, USA

problem #11

Sep 182012

Camry 6-cyl

  • 32,755 miles
2007 Toyota Camry le 6 cyl. - premature water pump failure with 32,755 miles. The dealership was aware of the technical service bulletin regarding leaking water pumps. They claimed that they would give me a discount on a new pump....labor & parts totaled over $800 !!

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #10

Oct 202012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
My 2007 Toyota Camry engine has been burning oil for the last one year. There are significant sludge in the engine that can damage the engine very soon. If I don't fill the engine with additional oil between two oil changes, when its time to change oil, nothing comes out from the engine - the entire oil is being burnt by the engine and the red oil change sign comes out while driving. This is a serious quality issue with Toyota. I never had to deal with similar issues with any other vehicle. When I told the Toyota dealer, they refused to acknowledge this problem - they asked my to keep adding oil. If I remember correctly, there was a recall for 2001 - 06 Toyota for the same issue. There are hundreds of Toyota owners who are having the same issue - please google it to check. Therefore, I am requesting an NHTSA investigation of this engine problem and start a recall of all 2007 Camry engines asap. Will appreciate any help from NHTSA.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #9

Oct 022012


  • 69,000 miles
Bought this Camry new in 2007 for my wife. I've maintained it as per mfg schedule. After having oil change done at around 65000 miles, I was driving vehicle & noticed oil pressure warning light coming on intermittently. Upon arriving home, checked dip stick & there was no oil on stick!!. this was after oil change 2000 miles ago. I took vehicle to a different service station to get car looked at & a new oil change. The tech found no oil leaks.. he mentioned that he had heard of Camry having excessive oil consumption problems. Went on internet, found a lot of other owners of Camry, this age & with around the same mileage having the same problem. I haven't taken it to the dealership as I don't want to be told "that this is normal:, "that expensive repairs are necessary" but don't solve the problem. Please add me to the list of very unhappy & concerned owners. Given Toyota's track record, I don't have any trust or faith that they will do the right thing for their customers unless forced to.

- Wyckoff, NJ, USA

problem #8

Oct 012012


  • 66,560 miles
The contact owns 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated while having the vehicle inspected by the dealer they confirmed that the crankshaft sensor was leaking oil. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure and current mileage was 66,560.

- Ennis, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 292011


  • 38,152 miles
I had my oil changed about 5,000 miles previously to a moment when my oil light came on barely, and then flashed back off. I decided to check it, just in case, and found that I was totally without oil. I went to Toyota and they informed me that it was simply because I had waited longer than six months to have an oil change. I got the oil change, and the problem continued. They then began an "oil consumption check" where I bring the car in every 1000 miles to see if it has consumed too much oil. At this point in my oil consumption check, after about 3000 miles, I've burned about 1.5 quarts oil, according to them. The car now has about 45K on it, and I say it shouldn't be burning so much oil. The car also doesn't start as responsively as it ought to. The oil also looks very dirty. Toyota continues to tell me this is normal, but many customers are having similar issues I've noticed in online forums, etc., and I suspect Toyota is avoiding taking responsibility for an engine problem.

- Seattle, WA, USA

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