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:
6 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,522 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #53

Aug 302016


  • 71,779 miles


ABS, A/C, and speedometer stopped working. Had to replace ABS module/actuator for a cost of $2,156.65! car only had been driven 71,779 miles. I understand that the Toyota highlander had a recall for the same issue and there have been numerous complaints about this problem on the internet. Toyota will not reimburse me for this safety issue because I didn"T have the repair work done at a dealer even though the part was obtained from the dealer.

- Encino, CA, USA

problem #52

Jun 252016


  • 14 miles
I started to back out of the parking spot at the hotel I was staying to go out for dinner with my friends, I release the brakes and put the car in reverse. Then all of sudden the dash board lighted up then disappeared briefly when I put it in forward. As I was driving away from the hotel the lights on the dash board was lighted again. Then as I proceed to get on the freeway the dashboard lit up with warning check vsc system. (the hotel to the freeway ramp was a block away) I was driving in the right hand lane for several miles on the 580, because I noticed the brakes felt weird. The lights on the dash board remained lighted. The red indicator light for my brakes were on indicating the brakes were not released, but it was. At this point I was tensed and scared as I drove on the 580 freeway. I exited off the freeway slower than normal and I would press down on the brakes lightly and it would jerk and rock. It would bounce myself and friends in a rocking motion. We were all scared when I told them that I was not pressing on the brakes as it rocked. I was not playing with the brakes. My friend sitting in the front passenger side, confirmed to my friend sitting in the back I was not doing anything with the brakes as we rocked while driving or at the stop signs. I was driving cautiously on the streets due to I was afraid I might rear end someone. Every time I made the stop it would rock. So from the restaurant to the hotel I drove the streets and stayed off the freeway. The "check vsc "and indicators lights remained on the whole time. The following day, my husband drove out to get the car and drove it home for me. We took the back roads home to avoid freeway driving. As I drove behind him, I notice the brake lights stayed on most of the time. He too noticed the lights on the dash board remained on and the brakes were not working correctly.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #51

Feb 092016


  • 165,465 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving at any speed, the speedometer, tachometer, RPM, and temperature gauges failed to provide accurate readings. The instrument panel lights failed to illuminate. The failures recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The failure mileage was 165,465.

- New Albany, MS, USA

problem #50

Jan 192016


  • miles


Power window master switch assembly has been re-called when I took to Toyota they determined it only need to have grease applied even tho the unit is not working properly.

- Franklin, MA, USA

problem #49

Nov 202015


  • 79,800 miles
Passenger mirror stop responding after few seconds. When I use mirror switch to driver side again and back a can use ( up, down, right, left) for a few seconds and it stop again.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #48

Sep 082015


  • 94,500 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving at 60 mph, the vehicle lost power. The accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to accelerate. Upon further inspection, the contact noticed coolant leaking from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle had previously been inspected by an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the water pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired and was towed to the contact's residence where the water pump was replaced by an independent mechanic. Afterwards, the vehicle failed to start. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 94,500.

- Birmingham , AL, USA

problem #47

Jul 012015


  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the headlights failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was informed that the heat caused the headlight lens and plastic covering to soften and scratch causing the headlights cover to become cloudy. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Greenwood , IN, USA

problem #46

Jul 102015


  • 90,283 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the tachometer gauge was not displaying the correct reading levels, and the odometer dropped to zero. In addition, while driving at 65 mph, the ABS and the brake warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,283.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #45

Jul 242015


  • 50,970 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving 3 mph, the vehicle lost power without warning. The vehicle operated normally while in reverse. The vehicle had to be towed to the dealer, where it was diagnosed that the ground to the main wiring harness malfunctioned and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,970. Updated 10/06/15

- Manchester Center, VT, USA

problem #44

Jul 012015


  • 156,300 miles
ABS light, brake light come on dashboard, speedomater stops working, RPM jumps up and down, thermastat stops working, ac stops working, I was told by a mechinic it's the ABS module and can only be repaired/ replaced by the dealer.

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #43

Apr 292015


  • 102,693 miles


On my way to work and another driver just rammed his struck against my car his tired ended up on top of my car it was a hard hit and I even thought I had my seat belt I my airbags did it go off at all the impact was so hard and I would like to know why didn't my airbags deployed my question is do I have any airbags that really concerned me and would like Toyota to look at my car as soon as possible in my opinion my airbags should have went off I was hit by a bigger veichle and I would like Toyota to take reposability since I had witness that saw the accident and testified that I was not at fault if there is no airbags in my car it's new to me because when I went to buy the car the only thing high was the mage and I was promise that if anything went wrong with the car Toyota will be responsible for it. I think that Toyota took advantage and was trying to get rid of the car so I got the wrong end of the deal. If I find out I never had any air bag si should no be reponsie le to pay a die out of my pocket.

- Philadelphia , PA, USA

problem #42

Jan 062015


  • 93,000 miles
First to fail was the speedo after the ABS and brake light came on. No actual brake problem but the lack of speedometer is unsafe. ABS unit essentially controls instrument cluster..not necessary or safe plus dealer repair part approx $1800.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #41

Dec 172014


  • 104,500 miles
The dashboard ABS and brake lights came on, speedometer dropped to zero, and the tachometer jumped while on the freeway. The first reaction when seeing the brake light on was to reach for the emergency brake release and on the vehicle the release is the step type. This release is the hood release and luckily the safety on the hood did not allow the hood to open. I've reported this to Toyota when I got a recall for replacement of the dash if it cracked. They told me they hadn't heard this, and I told them to go to the internet as it was there and there were youtube videos showing this condition.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #40

Apr 162015


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving at 10 mph, smoke emitted into the vehicle and the contact noticed flames coming from the driver side power window switch. The contact was able to extinguish the fire. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact was aware of NHTSA campaign number: 12V491000 (visibility), but the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was 107,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #39

Mar 122015


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While at a stop sign, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. One day later while driving 2 mph, the brake pedal was depressed, the vehicle jerked, and failed to stop. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. No injuries were sustained. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 09V388000 (vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 33,000.

- Clear View, IL, USA

problem #38

Sep 232012


  • 74,000 miles
My 2009 Camry dashboard is melting. The leather console between seats has cracked.the electrical system keeps shorting out. All cigarette lighters/charger locations have shorted out including the aux. A week after buying my car the safety feature to lock place mat in place broke. Nearly causing a car wreck as the place mat lodged in between the gas and brake. The radio, location where speedometer, clock, and service lights locations are fogged up and getting worse daily. When I took my car to the dealership about the dashboard I was told, "it was my fault. Probably caused by a cleaning product." Which I knew was entirely not true. Cigarette lighter covers have dry rot and broken, plastic/leather has dry rot under all 4 windows leaving scratch looking marks, dry rot paint by stick shift is peeling. Headlights fog up easily with water in them. I was in a car wreck a couple of years ago.when I was going about 10 mph and a vehicle ran the red light hitting the right side of vehicles front area. They were going at least 45 mph. No airbag deployed. Underneath front of car is a plastic piece that keeps falling down. Some days I am unable to take car out of park unless I turn the wheel, "hard". I have never received anything via mail about any recalls on my vehicle. I still live at the same address! took car to dealer again about front passenger window and driver side window not being able to roll down or up windows. I had to pay quite a bit of money to have fixed. Passenger window switch is broken and still is just like drivers side was. Was told" it was most likely because someone tried to break into my car." Which I knew was not the case. I am very disgusted and considering filing a lawsuit against Toyota. I bought a lemon car! I keep my oil changes up to date, fluids, filters, etc.I have never felt so disappointed in a vehicle purchase in my life. I'd like a full refund.

- Ocean Springs, MS, USA

problem #37

Jan 312013


  • miles
Upon purchasing this car in/2013 we immediately had trouble with the 12 V cigarette lighters. Plugging in the standard items like a cell phone or gps will only get us about 20 minutes at brst, before blowing the fuses. It doesn't matter which power point we use, it happens in each if them. The place we bought the car examined the situation three times and couldn't decipher the problem. A Toyota dealership would charge over $100 just for a diagnostic check. Due to this problem we don't feel safe traveling far with the vehicle, being unable to charge cell hone, gps, or safety cameras. The car is otherwise very reliable, but for a battery which suddenly died on us one very cold night. We were surprised it didn't dive a warning that it might need replacing soon. As for the electrical problem, we were told we may be able to purchase an alternative external system to compensate for the cigarette lighters, from a place like best buy.

- Manchester , NH, USA

problem #36

Jan 232015


  • 71,000 miles
Guages started going crazy and the ABS warning light and brake light came on. After reviewing several comments off the internet I think that the ABS module is faulty.

- Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #35

Nov 142014

Camry 6-cyl

  • 71,556 miles
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

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