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: The 2009 Camry used to be adorned with our “Seal of Pretty Good” but that was before an alarming number of complaints started rolling in for excessive oil consumption.

Owners are being caught off-guard with how quickly their cars are running out of oil. No leaks, no spills, just 1 quart of vanishing oil in as little as 1,200 miles. Toyota maintains this is “normal” for the 2AZ-FE engine, even though they issued a TSB for the problem in August of 2011.

The issue may be the result of defective piston rings and is the possible target of a class-action lawsuit.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,030 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 6 of 6)

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problem #13

Apr 302014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 61,800 miles


I absolutely adore my car, but I too have a melting dashboard. I spent about $60 for a dash cover and that wont even stay on the dash because in the Florida heat, it still melts. My dash has marks in it now from it melting and if I ever decide to sell, even with the low mileage, it will take away the value of my car which is in excellent shape.

- Port St Lucie, FL, USA

problem #12

Feb 012014


  • 64,619 miles
My daughter owns a 2007 Toyota Camry, the interior of the vehicle has been kept in great condition, and my wife has been driving it for the past 18 months. We recently noticed that the dash board on the vehicle has gouges in it (on the area that hangs over above the steering wheel) and we realized that merely accidentally touching the dash board with your fingernails (as one could do accidentally if you were driving and turning the wheel) is enough to cause the nails to "sink in" and cause a permanent scar in the dash board. The entire dashboard, when you touch it, is "sticky", or "tacky", almost like drying paint or tar. It's so soft, that conceivably, you could take an ice cream scoop and scoop out entire chunks. My 2009 Toyota Camry also has the same issue. I did not clean my dash board with any polish. My first thought was that.. the dashboard is melting or suffering some kind of heat-related damage due to the Florida heat, but this still should not be happening. I should note that my wife and I have never applied any cleaning chemicals or anything to the dash board, other than taking an ordinary dry rag and wiping down the dust. Have you guys heard of this problem before? thanks in advance.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #11

Sep 012011


  • 30,000 miles
Dash started to get sticky and whatever I tried to clean it with would end up sticking to it. Over time this has gotten much worse. Today, if you put your finger into the dash it will create an indentation and stay that way.I have been on the internet about this issue and a lot of Toyota owners seem to be having the same problem. It is time for me to purchase a new vehicle and im not sure if I should get another Toyota or go to a different vehicle. I have tried to sell my car out right and every dealer is taking at least $2000 off of what the car is worth. Why has this problem not been recalled? it is obviously a manufacturers issue and should be repaired or replaced by Toyota. Im hoping that you will be able to help me resolve this issue as soon as possible.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #10

May 122013

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,800 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that when the sun would shine on the dashboard material, it would reflect and cause an obstruction to the driver's visibility of the roadway. In addition, the material on the dashboard would become very sticky as if it were melting. The vehicle was taken to the dealer however, the technician did not inspect the vehicle. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 35,800 and the current mileage was 37,534. Updated 10/17/13 the consumer stated he noticed the dashboard was very shiny and sticky and there were small holes beginning to appear. As time went on within a week, there were more holes. The holes were an inch long...updated 12/17/13 updated 12/18/13 photos received 12/18/13

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #9

May 232013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The dashboard is starting to melt. It is causing a glare on the windshield due to the dash melting and becoming shinny. The dashboard is becoming so soft that you can leave finger prints or indents in it. I called the dealership (cramer Toyota in venice fl) they told me that the warranty was only good for three years for the dash, recommended a dash cover. They didn't seem to acknowledge the problem but I have done some research and have seen more and more complaints about the 2007-2009 Camry models across the country melting.

- North Port, FL, USA

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problem #8

Sep 072010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 20,000 miles
I purchase a Camry and the dashboard is melting.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #7

Feb 012013

Camry 6-cyl

  • miles


2009 Toyota Camry. Consumer writes in regards to problems with vehicle roof. The consumer stated she heard a noise as she was driving. The dealer informed the consumer, the roof had disconnected from the frame of the vehicle.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 012012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that during warmer weather, the dashboard began to melt. In addition, the dashboard reflects light like a mirror to the drivers eyes. The vehicle was not inspected by a dealer or an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was contacted and advised him that there were no recalls for the component. The failure mileage was approximately 31,000. The current mileage was approximately 31,650. Updated 3/14/13

- Talahasee, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 142009


  • 41,585 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that during heavy rains, she would observe large puddles of water in the front driver and passenger's side carpet. The dealer advised that the contact drove over a puddle and installed floor panel body plugs to correct the failure. The failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where he found that the A/C drain was clogged with pollen and debris. The dealer serviced the vehicle accordingly yet the failure recurred at the next heavy rain. The failure mileage was 41,585 and the current mileage was 46,222.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 102009


  • 900 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry which was purchased in February 2009. He stated that a piece of metal was hanging from under the passenger's side front frame, near the passenger's side wheel. He also stated that upon starting the vehicle, the engine began idling uncontrollably and within minutes it would settle down and repeat. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they replaced the piece of metal that was hanging underneath the vehicle. The engine failure could not be duplicated; yet, the failure persisted. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the failure again, could not be duplicated. The dealer advised the contact to file a lemon law complaint since the failure could not duplicated. No repairs were made. The failure mileage was 900 and the current mileage was 4400.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 012009


  • 15,000 miles


2009 Toyota Camry - incidents happened before current acceleration hoopla. Twice to my wife, twice to me. When quickly applying brake, foot touches gas pedal and car accelerates. Never on any other car, including a 2005 Camry has this happened. I believe that the relation of both pedals to each other is too close. Also the design of both does not help. I drive autos, not design them, but I think this is more of a concern than floor mats. Thanks for your consideration. Bob willett

- East Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #2

Oct 252009


  • 36,013 miles
All four struts found leaking and need to be replaced with my new 2009 Toyota Camry. The mileage of the 2009 Toyota Camry is 36013 miles.

- San Ramon, Ca 94582, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 222009


  • 3,000 miles
Rust on 2009 Toyota Camry. The dealer compared to other 2009 same model and they all have the same rust problem. Contacted the manufacturer and they are not responsive.

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

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