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CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
6 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,775 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry electrical problems

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #35

Nov 142014

Camry 6-cyl

  • 71,556 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving or when parked, all dashboard gauges (engine temp, speedometer, etc.) drop to 0. at the same time, the "brake" and the "ABS" lights illuminate. The indicator for park/drive/reverse is no longer illuminated, and the outside temperature indicator flashes between "E" and the correct temperature. In addition, the A/C fails to cool, despite all lights/indicators on the console appearing normal (no flashing lights to indicate a malfunction.) all above issues will randomly occur - no obvious correlation to braking, acceleration, etc. At times, some of the gauges will normalize, while others remain at "0." in addition, some gauges will fluctuate sporadically, or "bounce" up/down - not indicating true engine temp or speed. The problems will all resolve at times, seemingly randomly, and then reoccur - just as randomly. I have found numerous videos on youtube which document this issue, and I have noted numerous complaints on this website describing the same problem. After several weeks (on 11/14/14), I took my car to the local dealership, describing the issues and suggesting the brake actuator had failed (as I had read from other owner complaints.) the local dealership stated that they had seen several other vehicles with similar issues, but was confused about the involvement of the A/C issue. (please note: I live in a city with a population of less than 250,000.) after several days of diagnostics, the local dealership contacted a Toyota specialist in houston, tx, who confirmed that the brake actuator had failed. I paid $1932.23 for parts and labor (that's including a 10% discount) to have the issue repaired. My vehicle was with the dealership for 11 days before it was finally repaired. I am concerned that so many people seem to have had the same problem, and that a recall has not been issued for a condition affecting multiple safety features of the vehicle.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #34

Jul 252013

Camry 6-cyl

  • 107,420 miles
Moved to tx in 2012 and have not had any previous starting issues before moving. Attempted to start the vehicle during my lunch break, engine turned over but was unable to start. Attempted to start the car again and the engine cranked and started with a hard "jolt" as if the gear shift was out of position. Several days later the temperature was warmer and the same problem occurred. Scheduled a appointment with my local Toyota dealership and was told all systems were normal and they could not determine the cause of the problem since they could not replicate starting issue. The starting issue occurs on relatively hot days, turning the key to "on" before starting does not help the problem, the second start attempt is usually a "hard" start such that it feels as if the engine is jerking. Toyota should investigate electrical/fuel/and air components to determine the cause of this starting problem, especially since the issues seems to be temperature related.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #33

Nov 012014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
ABS actuator is failing. Happened right before it hit 75K miles.

- South Gate, CA, USA

problem #32

Dec 042014

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Recall on switch overhead it may melt and possibly result in a fire.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #31

Sep 072013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
ABS and brake lights come on. Speedometer stops working and tachometer is erratic. Temperature gauge will drop to cold and A/C unit shuts off. This happens randomly throughout trips of various distance.

- Mcdonough, GA, USA

problem #30

Oct 162014

Camry

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, there was a loud abnormal noise coming from all the speakers and the instrument panel failed. The vehicle was restarted and the failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Weling, IL, USA

problem #29

Sep 252014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 67,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2009 Toyota Camry no power to radio and ac/heater motor fuse 1 and 2 or good relays are good please advise.

- Alexandria, LA, USA

problem #28

Sep 182014

Camry

  • 44,750 miles
The brake and ABS light are on, the speedometer and RPM meter goes to 0 when I was driving at 40 mph. It also happened when I was stopped in park. The A/C also don't work. The fault is intermittent.

- Caguas, PR, USA

problem #27

Aug 152014

Camry

  • 73,165 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the ABS and brake warning light illuminated and the instrument panel gauges fluctuated. The vehicle was restarted and the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the brake actuator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 73,165.

- Lauder Hill, FL, USA

problem #26

Jul 182014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 114,306 miles
On July 18, 2014 while traveling out of town, I smelled a burning while driving on the interstate. Pull over at the next rest stop to look the car over and I notice the headlight cover had burned. On July 22, 2014, back in town, I took the car to Toyota dealership and was informed that 51 previous bulb melted and discolored headlight housing. Please note that the bulb was replaced at the dealership two months ago. I was also advised that no light is escaping from housing which may cause it to overheat over a period of time and estimate cost to replace housing - $499.75 (includes all labor and taxes). My concern is that this bulb melted and cause a burn on the headlight cover, this is a defect and consumers should not be paying for a defective part that cost almost $500. This requires the complete housing to be replaced and not the cover nor does it repair the problem since this can happen again.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #25

May 032014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 26,300 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The brake and ABS lights went on, the speedometer and odometer stopped working. I had the brakes replaced. The problem continued. I had the car diagnosed and the electrical has failed. I need to change the interior computer. Cost $2,100.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #24

Feb 272014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 71,483 miles
During normal operation of a 2009 Toyota Camry le with 2.4L 4-cylinder engine and 5-speed automatic transmission on the highway traveling approximately 60 mph, the speedometer suddenly dropped to 0 and the ABS and brake lights on the dash board illuminated. The car did not cease normal operation and the brakes appeared to still function and the car was drivable as normal. The speedometer needle did not move and the ABS and brake lights stayed illuminated for several minutes with no noticeable change in braking ability. Then, the speedometer suddenly jumped back to 60 mph and appears to operate properly. At the same time, the ABS and brake lights on the dashboard turned off. There were no noticeable changes in the operation of the car. That the same night, the exact same symptoms returned 2 more times just as they had occurred before with no warning at all. During one episode, the lights illuminated during a complete stop and the speedometer was inactive after leaving the stop. Again, after a few minutes, the speedometer returned to correct operation and the ABS and brake lights on the dash board turned off.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #23

Jan 012010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
When I was driving at night, I started to feel a lot of heat in my right hand, the heat came from the radio and the A/C controls stop working and the radio too, the radio turn blank but keep playing the A/C controls keep turning on and off by them selves. Since then my radio goes blank, on and off and the dealer wont do nothing about it, I have check with different Camry's owners and I have found out that they have the same problem. I also have problems with my brakes"??" when I step on the brakes my steering wheel starts shaking like if the rotors were bad, I took the car to my mechanic only to find out that a idle arm is bad, and he as well as other Camry's owners tell me that there are a lot problems with those arms. My car is stock, I haven't done any modifications. The other problem that I have is that I took the car for new tires and I saw rust inside all my rims, I live in California so there no snow or I do not live to close to the beach, and I do not know what to do, I told the dealer and they say nothing they can do. My visors keep falling off and they come of their base.

- Fontana , CA, USA

problem #22

Jun 202013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 98,800 miles
While driving, the speed, RPM and temperature needles dropped to zero, the brake and ABS lights came on and the A/C compressor stopped working while the car was traveling @ 75 mph... the rest of the systems were working normally... after about 2-3 minutes, the above mentioned systems starting working properly again with no lingering effects on the car... but after about 5-10 minutes it happened again... and the problem started to happen in a cycle as frequently as 5 minutes but as long as 30 minutes... this will also happen while in park. The dealer replaced the PCM and still has a problem they have not been able to diagnose the problem after a week trying... any ideas? it is driving us crazy!

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #21

Dec 012012

Camry

  • 69,000 miles
Parked car in driveway two hours later my neighbor told me my lights were on. Light switch was off could not get lights to go off. Called tow truck they could not get lights to turn off, so they pulled the fuses for the lights. Three hours later the horn started blowing, ,had to disconnect to get it to stop. Took into Toyota dealer where I bought it, a year ago. They said they thought it was a after market alarm system that was installed previously to my ownership. They disconnected it, three weeks later same thing started happening, except this time the high beam headlights would not turn off. Take it back to Toyota and now they say it is an internal electrical problem that may cause other problems if not fixed. Around $825.

- Clearlake, CA, USA

problem #20

Nov 112012

Camry

  • 72,500 miles
A dashboard light came on in my Toyota Camry, indicating a problem with the airbags or seatbelts (the "SRS warning light"). the service person at the Toyota dealer told me the cause of the warning light was a "spiral cable" in the steering column. The repair cost me $499.94. A cable does not have moving parts like a brake assembly. In my opinion, a cable should not fail. I learned that Toyota issued a recall of Tacoma trucks because of the spiral cable. See the two sections below from a 3-8-12 news release. pressroom.Toyota.com/releases/customer+faqs+Toyota+Tacoma+steering+wheel+spiral+cable+assembly+recall.htm 2. what is the condition" due to the combination of the steering wheel spiral cable design and characteristics unique to the Tacoma chassis, friction between the spiral cable and the retainer in the steering wheel spiral cable assembly may occur in some vehicles. Friction over time may result in damage to certain circuits that provide connectivity to the driver's air bag module. If connectivity is lost, the air bag warning lamp will remain illuminated, and the driver's air bag may become deactivated, preventing deployment in the event of a crash. 3. are there any warnings that this condition has occurred" yes. The airbag warning light is designed to illuminate when the vehicle is started. It goes off after about 6 seconds, indicating the system is operating as designed. If the airbag warning light remains illuminated after this period, please contact your local Toyota dealer for diagnosis and appropriate repair. I suspect the problem with the Tacoma truck is also a problem with the Camry. Owners should not be required to pay the cost of repairing a part that failed because of a design flaw. Furthermore, there is a safety issue because, in the event of a collision, the failure of the steering wheel airbag puts the driver in danger.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #19

Aug 142012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
My 2009 Toyota Camry had a window switch failure. On the main switch assembly, the switch button that controls the passenger's windows partially melted due to an apparent short. This could potentially have resulted in a fire, hence this report. Please add this complaint in your current investigation about this specific manufacturing defect and will appreciate any updates on this investigation.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #18

Jul 152012

Camry

  • 32,500 miles
While driving, the speed, RPM and temperature needles dropped to zero, the brake and ABS lights came on and the A/C compressor stopped working while the car was traveling @ 55 mph... the rest of the systems were working normally... after about 2-3 minutes, the above mentioned systems starting working properly again with no lingering effects on the car... but after about 5-10 minutes it happened again... and the problem started to happen in a cycle as frequently as 5 minutes but as long as 30 minutes... the dealer has not been able to diagnose the problem after a week trying... any ideas? it is driving us crazy!

- Mayaguez, PR, USA

problem #17

May 182012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 35,740 miles
Friday at 10 pm, me and my family were coming from visiting family.. I left around 10pm I started the car, drove like about half a mile, when I told my wife I smell something burning I opened the windows then I looked at my side door (driver) it was on fire, .. I pulled over to the side to get my family out, ....then I got a bottle of water that I had on the truck...and used to put out the fire on the driver side door...when I pulled over I hit one of the sign pole on the street..right fender was damage.. I had my two babies, , 3, and 1 year old....

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #16

Feb 042012

Camry

  • miles
All of a sudden my car lost all electrical power. I could not open the door of the car using the remote and everything electrical in the car is dead. It does not start, no power windows, cd player, nothing works. I wasn't on the road when this happened but I cant imagine what would have happened if I were driving. This is the most dangerous I could have ever imagined myself in but luckily my car was parked.

- White Plains, NY, USA

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