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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,018 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry engine problems

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #32

Jan 112015


  • 80,890 miles


It has 80,000 miles and burns excessive oil. I checked it yesterday and there was no oil touching the dipstick. It starts consuming oil two years ago and now it consumes 3 quarts between the oil changes.

- Antelope, CA, USA

problem #31

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 #30

Oct 302013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
My Toyota Camry consumes an exorbitant amount of oil. I bought this car in summer 2013 with approx 35,000 miles, and within two-three month after my first oil change, the low oil warning lamp would turn on at hard braking. It turned out that the oil level was critically low even though it had been very recently changed. I was lucky to discover it when I was close to home so I was able to add oil. The inspection of the car did not reveal any oil leaks. I now have to add oil every several weeks even though the car has barely touched 50,000 miles. The car is now out of warranty. Had I embarked on a long trip right before the oil level fell low enough to trigger the low oil warning light, I could have experienced a catastrophic failure of the engine as open highway driving does not usually require hard braking. As a result I would have not found out that the engine was out of oil and could have suddenly stalled causing an accident. I am the second owner of this car. Before it was serviced as a Toyota dealer and the maintenance paperwork that came with the car did not point to any issues with the higher than normal oil consumption. Please do not wait until people get hurt in accidents caused by failed engines and make Toyota to fix this problem as the oil consumption is getting progressively worse with time and miles driven. Instead of sudden acceleration people may start getting killed from sudden stops caused by failed engines!!!

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #29

Dec 132014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 65,400 miles


The car is consuming excessive oil. Have to add 2-3 quarts of oil between oil changes about 5000 miles. Problem started around 35000 miles. It now has 65400 miles. The consumption has progressively increased.

- Rochester Hills, MI, USA

problem #28

Feb 012014


  • 36,800 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the engine oil would dispense rapidly at approximately every 2,000 miles. The contact also stated that the low oil pressure warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be diagnosed and was placed in a 1,000 mile consumption test. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 36,800.

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #27

Sep 052014


  • 36,000 miles
My Toyota Camry car got water pump leak issue and it overheated my engine and it needed engine replacement. I am out of warranty has 36K miles on it and 5 year 6months old. Toyota dealer asking me to replace the engine, water pump, and other misc parts.I have not received any recall notice. Is my VIN number missed in recall. Am I ripped off because of Toyota issue.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #26

May 242010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 14,637 miles


The vehicle had a water pump leak and was replaced under warranty. I noticed the drop in the coolant level and made an appointment with the dealer.

- Elizabethtown, PA, USA

problem #25

Jul 232014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 48,983 miles
About a month ago I was driving along and the radio got really loud for no reason for 10 seconds and then subsided. I didn't think much of this at the time, but after Wednesday, I now believe it must have been related somehow. I was sitting off-road waiting for traffic to pass by in order to turn-around and begin driving South. I had just turned on the car and turned the steering wheel in order to make my approximate 175 degree turn. My foot was on the brake and the car ready to move. All of a sudden the engine revved up and the car tried lurching forward as though someone's foot was on the accelerator. I had to reassert my foot pressure on the brake in order to keep the car from moving. My foot had not left the brake, there was no person or thing trying to accelerate the car, it just occurred. The news about faulty accelerators entered my mind. There has not been any further incident at this time.

- Rosemount, MN, USA

problem #24

May 082013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Upon researching the smoke coming out of the exhaust of my 2009 Camry le, I found lots of online forums with owners of the Camry that have been having the same issue. There are discussions of lawsuits because Toyota isn't taking any responsibility. I called Toyota corporate office and they said they never heard of the issue, however just by a simple google search I found hundreds of complaints highlighting the same issue with the same car and all experience the issue post 60K miles, which is outside the warranty. I also went to a local dealership and they seemed very familiar with the issue but [xxx] from North hollywood Toyota stated that Toyota?S corporate office would have to pay for them to diagnose the issue. This is a health hazard, as each time I power on the car after an hr of the car being under the hot or cold weather and a big cloud of smoke comes out of my exhaust vent. Toyota refused to help me address this issue and simply gave me a case # [xxx] and asked to go get the problem diagnosed myself. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Studio City, CA, USA

problem #23

Apr 292014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 82,000 miles
This model of car has a manufacturer's defect in the pistons that is well documented in various resources, causing the engine to rapidly burn oil. See the following link for discussion: the car is now burning up to a quart of oil per 1000 miles and Toyota is claiming this is normal.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #22

Jul 042014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 31,000 miles


Driving North on a highway I experienced the battery check and check engine light turned on, as well as lost power steering. Pulled off at the first available exit to see what happened, engine was no longer powering the wheels and I coasted to a stop on a ramp where I was forced to wait for police assistance. Opening the hood I saw the serpentine belt thrown off the engine and steaming from the belt side, after police helped me push the car to a nearby parking lot there was noticeable wobble in the water pump which allowed antifreeze to leak out and get sprayed inside the engine compartment. The next day the vehicle was towed to a dealer who wanted to run a diagnostic and then wanted to disassemble the engine to see the extent of the damage. I was informed that the cylinder head was warped due to the loss of coolant when the water pump failed and that they saw this often enough to be sure of the cause. Water pump failed at around 31,000 miles with no leakage beforehand. This seems to be an issue with the Camry that Toyota is refusing to admit to and assist in repairs. Due to self maintenance of car they claim damage was most likely showing and ignored by us.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #21

May 082014


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while attempting to stop, the vehicle made a loud bang sound and stalled. The contact mentioned that multiple warning lamps illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was merged to the side of the road but failed to restart after several attempts. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the water pump needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 56,000.

- Foxboro, MA, USA

problem #20

Jun 282013


  • 85,000 miles
I purchased my 2009 Camry le brand new in July of 2008 from Toyota. During a recent routine service appointment for an oil change, one of the mechanics noted in the system that my car was excess oil in June of 2013. Toyota suggested an oil consumption test. In may of 2014 the car was brought back to Toyota with approx. 85,000 miles. Toyota determined that there was a problem with my oil consumption, and the car was in fact burning more oil than it should have been. They asked my permission to remove the engine cylinder head, due to their belief that they oil was leaking inside of the engine. After their removal of the engine head, it was determined that oil had leaked inside of the pistons due to failure of the piston rings. The service adviser and service director told me that this is a "known problem". the engine short block would need to be replaced. In turn, I asked them whether this is a common issue and they physically pointed to six Toyota Camry''s who were all getting engine replacements (short block only) due to the same ring failures. When I probed whether this was a recall, they said Toyota has not recalled this but has issued several technical memos about the issue. After reading numerous complaints online about engine failure in fairly low mileage vehicles for the same reasons I was compelled to notify your Agency. It is very apparent that Toyota has a known problem with their engines at least in the 2009 Toyota Camry. Unfortunately, many consumers have lost money, vehicles even to this problem without Toyota owning up to what their service managers and mechanics described to me as a âdesign flaws in their engine. I was told they redesigned the engine short block to fix this problem which they are now putting into their new cars.

- Columbia , MD, USA

problem #19

Feb 022009


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, there was a sudden loss of engine power without warning. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that the engine pistons needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 5,000 and the current mileage was 117,000.

- Kittanning, PA, USA

problem #18

Apr 032014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
I was driving the car to work and the ABS light and red brake light came on in the dashboard. Also, the RPM gauge was going up and down. I stopped and turned off the car. When I turned the car back on, the lights came back. I took it into just a jiffy lube because it was the closest car place near me. They checked the brake lights, brake fluid, car battery, and checked for functional issues. There were none. I took it to a Toyota dealership and they did a diagnostic that came back with code U0029 for communication loss at skid control (ECU) - engine control unit needs to be replaced. They also checked out all operational functions of the car and did not find any other issues. They gave a $2K estimate to repair the ECU. The car is still driveable and the lights still come on intermittently. Sometimes when the ABS and brake light come on though, the air conditioning stops working and then the spedometer sticks at 0. if I stop the car and turn it back on, it sometimes clears up. The vehicle is only 6 years old. I had my last Toyota for 14 years and drove it for 239K miles. I am concerned about the safety of a usually reliable vehicle and think it must be a defect.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #17

Jan 252014


  • 56,200 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact was driving approximately 10 mph when she applied the brakes and the engine rpms increased excessively. The contact shifted into neutral and the rpms decreased as the vehicle came to a stop. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who could not duplicate the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the problem and advised that there were no failulres with the vehicle. The approximate failure mileage was 56,200.

- Sparta, WI, USA

problem #16

Jan 152014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
My oil light blinked once on my way home. I checked the oil the next morning before starting the car and it showed no oil on the dipstick! we added 4 1/2 qts of oil. I had never been so much as a 1/2 qt low at oil change. There are no leaks. The oil light never stayed on as a warning. My motor could have conceivably burned up without my knowing there was anything wrong. My 5 year old vehicle is now using at least 1/2 - 1 qts of oil every 1200 miles. We have a 1999 Toyota Camry with 245,000 miles that only uses approx. 1/2 qt oil per 3,000 miles. After researching on the internet, I can see that mine is not a singular event. Toyota should be made to fix the problem.

- Cabot, AR, USA

problem #15

Feb 202014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 77,800 miles
Car was running rough, went down my drive way, engine light came on. Had it towed to Toyota dealership and was told coolant in cylinders and engine was wrecked.

- Lawrenceburg, KY, USA

problem #14

Feb 022014


  • 52,500 miles
I own a 2009 Camry which I bought as a new car. Few days ago I was approaching my garage driveway at a normal slow speed when my car suddenly accelerated by its own. I tried to press the brake at hard as I could to stop the car but it continue to speed up till it smashed into the garage wall and broke it. The impact was so severe the stair case on the other side of the wall go displaced and shattered. Air bags did not deploy. I kept on pressing the brakes but the wheels were rotating so fast that the front tire got burst after rubbing so fast against the garage floor. The vehicle finally came to stop after the impact but the entire garage and the house was full of black smoke due to burning tires. This uncontrolled sudden acceleration might kill someone if it had happened on a city street. This is a severe problem and must be investigated thoroughly to avoid similar cases in future. We demand that the regulatory agencies and state and federal transportation boards shall investigate this case and avoid similar future incidents.

- Norman, OK, USA

problem #13

Nov 222013


  • 99,000 miles
2007 - 2009 Toyota Camry have been noted to have excessive oil consumption issues. My Camry is burning approximately 2 qts every 3,000 miles. Per Toyota's request, my car has been routinely serviced by Toyota dealerships; however, no one has ever brought the known issue with my model year to my attention. The most I've ever heard, "your car was a little low on oil." With a published service bulletin, Toyota should have notified all effected owners with this information. As the sole owner, and with 99,000 miles, my Camry is beyond their warranty, and will require an engine rebuild to mitigate the issue. This is a poor design by Toyota and is unacceptable.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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