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:
61,991 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 #38

Apr 152015


  • 100,300 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving at approximately 60 mph, the vehicle decreased in speed, unknown warning lights illuminated, and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and was not able to be driven. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,300.

- Riverdale, IL, USA

problem #37

Jun 152014


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that when the vehicle was started, the service oil warning light illuminated. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was consuming an excessive amount of oil. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician advised the contact to bring the vehicle back at intervals of 1,200 miles and another time at 1,500 miles to check the oil levels for the manufacturer standards. The technician informed the contact that the piston ring possibly needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Oak Brook, IL, USA

problem #36

Mar 012011


  • 100,000 miles
I have to put a quart of oil in it every 900-1000 miles (5 quarts between changes which occur at 5K). It's not leaking (I park in same spot daily, it's being consumed in the engine, and I've recently heard of a recall and have rec'd info. At my home from Toyota about a potential recall).

- Lancaster, OH, USA

problem #35

Jan 012014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


Toyota engine excessive oil consumption. There is almost no engine oil left after driving about 1500 miles.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #34

Dec 172014


  • miles
Excess engine oil consumption. Engine oil keep disappearing. Have to add more oil every week or two (that's less than a 500 miles to burn a quart or 2 engine oil!) to bring it back within the acceptable level. There is no visible leaks, no blue smoke indication. It is dangerous if engine suddenly fail when driving. This seems a common manufacturing defect from Toyota (T-sb-0094-11: 2az-fe engine oil consumption).

- East Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #33

Jun 102014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 117,669 miles
Traveling on cruise control at 60 mph on freeway - heard rattle and metallic sounds so I pulled off to side. When my mechanic opened up the oil pan there was no oil and lots of small metal shards - blown engine. As it happens I had scheduled the routine maintenance (every 5000 mi.) so all I saw on the dash display was the usual scheduled maintenance message - no low oil notifications or, anything out of the ordinary.

- Novato, CA, USA

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

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