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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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
64,987 miles
Total Complaints:
62 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (38 reports)
  2. replace engine block (9 reports)
  3. situation was not fix. I was told to get a new car (8 reports)
  4. toyota says 1.1 qts. per 600mi is normal (4 reports)
  5. rebuild engine (3 reports)
2009 Toyota Camry engine problems

engine problem

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #42

Jan 012014

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles


I am convinced my 2009 Toyota Camry is consuming oil at an excessive rate. The low oil indicator light started to come on before the 5k interval between services. When I brought up my concerns with the dealership that services my vehicle, the tech could not find a leak and I was simply instructed by the service adviser to do more frequent oil changes (approx. every 3k miles). Subsequently, the oil indicator light now comes on barely after I drive 3k since the last oil change.

I took my vehicle to a local oil change shop rather than a dealership and explained my concerns. The tech there confirmed there wasn't any visible oil on the dipstick and very little oil left in the engine. There were no signs of a leak. The tech took the time to search online for possible recalls and found a service announcement from Toyota for replacing piston rings. Apparently, there is definitely a problem with the engines in several Toyota models, including the 2009 Camry. According to the local oil shop tech, it would cost several thousands of dollars to fix the piston ring problem.

I submitted a complaint to Toyota USA asking when a recall would be issued to fix this problem because clearly it's not an isolated incident. I've seen other complaints on "carcomplaints.com" and other websites regarding the same oil consumption issue and I'm hoping my fellow 2009 Camry owners will also file a complaint to Toyota by going to http://www.toyota.com/support/#!/app/ask.

- , Hayward, CA, USA

problem #41

Feb 072013

Camry 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,425 miles

My 2009 Toyota Camry with 82,000 miles uses 1.5 quarts of oil every 3000 miles on average which is excessive. It is not leaking any oil so the oil has to be going into the atmosphere which is a serious environmental issue as well as a problem for me. Dealer said this is "normal", but I am not stupid. This is my second Camry, but after all the recalls, premature component failure and now the oil issue I have given up on the brand. I have purchased a 2015 Mazda 6 and I will never go back to Toyota. I still own the Toyota, but have given it to my daughter much sooner than I had planned.

- , Euless, TX, USA

problem #40

Jan 102012

Camry SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,010 miles

I bought a certified 2009 camry in 2011 with 35000 miles and from my first oil change about 40000 miles I told them that it seems to be either leaking oil or burning it. Each time they told me its normal for this car but looking back on my bills they never wrote my concerns on my bills. Now with 96010 miles on car (100000 mile warranty)I checked oil after 4500 miles on this oil change and I had to add one full qt of oil before I could even get a reading on dipstick. I had it service 4 days later and they said I was 1.7 Qts short and now I had them add it on my bill of record and they will check in 1200 miles to see if I have a claim. WTF if ?? They know its a problem google it. They released a TSB-0094-11 for this engine but they are making us Toyota people wanting to switch auto makers for our next car. I hope they make good on my warranty. I will update this site what happens, stay tuned.

- , Rootstown, OH, USA

problem #39

Jun 032013

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


USING 2 QUARTS BETWEEN OIL CHANGES. Toyota says this is normal.

- , Durham, NC, USA

problem #38

Jun 212013

Camry LE 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

I bought my Camry end of 2008, it's a 2009 model. I never check oil level because I think the car is new until now, only 100.000 miles and started loosing oil. But last year I want go San Jose so I check the oil, it is below the low level, really bad. I call Toyota to find out, they said that is normal. My car every 600 miles have to add 1quart. Only car that needs to add oil every two weeks, something is not right. I have since every 3000 miles, oil changed still the same. I called Toyota more then 3 times, they still say normal. Looks like I have to trade out this car, no more Toyota Camry .......

Update from Dec 11, 2014: My 2009 camry is 60.000 miles losing more then last 6 month every 500 miles need to one quart of oil is just like the car over 200;000 miles , I been try the thick oil 5w30 is not that bad but the car is no power ....toyota don t want to fix they say is normal

- , Rosemead, CA, USA

problem #37

Nov 042013

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I bought this car believing I would have a reliable vehicle for at least 200,00 miles - it is, after all a TOYOTA. But soon after I drove off the lot trouble began. First it was the mold issue due to a poorly designed drainage system. I had to get the carpet professionally clean and spent $$$ on Lysol in an attempt to kill the mold that was lingering inside the elusive AC coil/core. I was going to spend $600 to get that problem fixed when I was told the front end needed work - $650. After that I checked the oil on a whim and there was nothing on the dip stick. That happened again when I checked it a month later.

When the mechanic looked at it he said Toyota did a horrible job designing their 4 cyl. My choices were to add oil every week or get rid of the car. Changing engines would be costly and ultimately lead to the same issue with the next one. My previous car was also a Toyota. Funny thing is, I had to sell that because, after only 60K miles, two cylinders went bad! In addition, that car's drainage hose got clogged too, soaking the carpet in the process. I will never recommend Toyota to anyone.

I no longer have the Camry. Toyota will not take responsibility for what they have placed on the market. If they would have been accountable for these vehicles that have so many inherent issues, that would be one thing. But they don't, leaving their customers in the lurch to scramble to keep the cars on the road and out of the garage.

- , Owens Mills, MD, USA

problem #36

Apr 102013


  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles


I have had it with toyota. I've contacted them numerous times about my car consuming oil every short drive i take but they tell me i have to come out of pocket with money that i dont have .

- , katy, TX, USA

problem #35

Jun 262009

Camry SE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,350 miles

My Camry is burning oil, I first noticed this when I came to a stop, my oil light came on, I reported it to the dealer and I was told that it is normal for it to burn a quart of oil for every 800 miles. My brother being a mechanic told me that was a lie, losing that much oil there has to be a oil leak to burn that much oil, so I took it back to the dealer/shop and brought this to their attention again and was told the same thing that it was normal and when I find out that it is low, bring it back to the shop. I did this and been doing this every time the oil is low and was told they could not find anything wrong that would cause it to burn oil. I am tired of being told lies by the Toyota dealer and I am also tired of checking my engine every two weeks to make sure the oil level is where is should be. Let's face it Toyota need to fess up that THIS IS a problem the 2009 Camry has, problem with it burning oil. Toyota need to do a recall and fix the problem.

- , Hyattsville, MD, USA

problem #34

Aug 012012

Camry SE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

My 2009 Toyota Camry SE was using oil on the first oil change after purchasing the vehicle. The engine had approx. 35,000 miles on it at purchase. We have had 2 oil consumption tests done on it. Actually we are in the 2nd one now. On the last oil change, the mechanic said we needed to have another consumption test done because there was barely any oil on the dip stick at oil change. This was after I had added a quart to it.

This is crazy that Toyota thinks this is normal. I know nothing will be done about this, it is a waste of my time driving 30 minutes every 1000 miles to have the oil topped off for this test. I really would like to drive it to Milton Martin Toyota and park it in their lot with the payment book inside the car. Very frustrated!

- , Mt. Airy, GA, USA

problem #33

May 012013

Camry LE V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

My wife wanted to purchase a Honda Accord , but I wanted a Camry. She followed my choice to make me feel happy. On July 4th 2008, I purchased an 09 Camry El from the Toyota dealership.

One day my son's Acura came back and he asked me to check it for him. This prompted me to check out the Toyota. I realized there was absolutely no oil inside the engine. So I refilled it and etc etc, it was gone again. My wife did not believe me, thinking it was old age. But after doing research online, this fast consumption of oil seems to be a very common occurrence. I find myself pouring 1 bottle of oil every month.

I encourage Toyota to do something about this. I called to inquire about this problem and they told me it's because I let someone outside the dealership change the oil. I feel that Toyota knows this to be a common complaint and appears that they refuse to address the problem. Possibly legal action?

- , Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #32

Aug 272010

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,510 miles


This excessive oil consumption started immediately. When I reported it to Toyota they claimed it was normal however as time goes on the problem is getting worse. I go thru at least 8 qts of oil in a week and this is not a cheap fix, $2500 to fix it or a new engine which will cost $6,000 or more. It is not covered under a warranty.

I think it is ridiculous that Toyota knowing it is due to defective piston rings is taken no responsibility for it .Watch what you buy !!!!!!

- , Whitinsville, Mass, USA

problem #31

Apr 132012

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles

My first car and what a shame. 50K miles and I need to check oil level every 800 miles just in case .

I took my car to dealer, they want to run a test which would state the known and charge me money for it. I say no thanks. Problem is not solved. I continuously check and add oil as needed. It is annoying.

Who would have known that Toyota would be such a miserable investment.

No more Toyota for me. Bad experience, too bad for Toyota because it's my last time I'm doing business with them.

- , Rego Park, NY, USA

problem #30

Jun 132013

Camry SE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,135 miles

I purchased my car new in 2009, thinking I had made a wise decision in puchasing a good reliable car. It was brought to my attention in June of 2013 that my car had a low leveal of oil when I took it in for regular maintenance. Thought that was strange because I service my car on a regular bases at 5000 miles. I started to notice white smoke coming out of the exhausted pipe in the morings. I took it in to the dealer and they sealed the car up and was advise to bring it back after running it for 2000 to see how much oil the car had consumed. Surly they said don't worry everthing is ok, no need to worry. After reading about other people out there having the same problem, it makes me SO UPSET! Toyota knows about this issue and has not declare it a recall problem, what the hell are they waiting for!!!! with this experiance I will never purchase a toyota again! I am going to fight this and I hope we can all do the same. I worked very had for the things I have and this is not aceptable!!! Please if you are reading this and are having the same problems please fight back!


Bee Palacios

- , Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #29

Dec 312013

Camry LE 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Transmission failed for the car when came out from Elgin Toyota & Sion in Elgin on Feb 12th 2014

at the mileage approx 13600.00

Paid $2200.00 to AAMCO to rebuild the transmission. Still have problem in the car.

Very Frustrating as the car was kept single handed with complete records for maintenance by Paul y Toyota

in Crystal lake & Elgin Toyota & Sion in Elgin IL.

Called Toyota Motors many times but they did not help.

- , Elgin, IL, USA

problem #28

Oct 252013

Camry LE 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

I have a 2009 Camry 4 cylinder. It has 71,000 miles on it. About 10,000 miles ago (2 oil changes ago), I checked my oil and found it barely registered on the bottom of the dip stick. I was stunned. I added a quart of oil and went on. After having service performed at Toyota again, I checked the oil after a trip and it was a court low. This started out of the blue. I brought this up to my local Toyota dealership who informed me that it was normal for a Camry to burn a quart of oil every 1,200 miles. I was stunned. I have owned many vehicles and never had an oil burner. I change my oil every 5,000 miles faithfully. What is going on? I ask my dealer for a copy of the form they showed me where it was normal oil loss and they have yet to provide a copy. They have started an oil consumption test where I have to go in every 1,200 miles to register the oil loss. Just what I bought a Toyota for, a faulty engine. There needs to be a recall on this as I have heard from a reliable Toyota mechanic it is a problem with the piston and rings which requires a new short block. Big bucks and a black eye for Toyota, so they are going to fight this. They need to remember we all put down a lot of money for a supposedly reliable car only to be fed stories about how it is acceptable to lose a quart of oil every 1,200 miles.

- , Bedford, TX, USA

problem #27

Jan 012010

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles

I bought brand new from Billpages Toyota dealer. The engine burns oil, first at 12000 miles, is lost 1 quart every 5000 miles. I asked Toyota dealer, they said it is normal. Year by year I have changed the oil every 5000 miles, I have to check every 1500 miles and add 1/2 quart of oil. It just burns more oil. The engine block has no leak at all.

Should the Toyota manufacture have to an extended warranty for the Toyota Camry 2009 because It has been defected for customers to make fair with them.

Vinh Nguyen

- , Sterling, VA, USA

problem #26

Sep 012010

Camry LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles

When I brought my Camry I thought this was the best car, but I found out later. I'm a single parent in school full-time and this takes money out of my family pocket that isn't there. Dealership lies to get the sale for the day and I can't afford to buy another car with my finances. I feel like they stole from me and my family.

- , Rich, VA, USA

problem #25

Apr 012013

Camry 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I bought this car brand new in August 2008 [it is a 2009] and have taken excellent care of it. Oil changes every 3,500 miles with tuneups as required. I first noticed the car was very low on oil about 8 months ago when the red light came on. I immediately took it in to Gas Station and am told it's 2 quarts low. I added oil and at next Oil change reported it to my mechanic. He said no oil leak anywhere. I continued to have Oil changes every 3500 miles. Then over this past weekend, Red oil light came on again, and I found it with hardly any oil on dipstick. I added 2 quarts Oil immediately and brought car to my Mechanic on Monday. They checked for Oil Leaks, no oil leak anywhere in engine. Reported it to Toyota, they said it's normal for car to use one quart of oil for every 1200 miles so that means I'd consume 3 quarts of oil in between Oil Changes. No way, they are lying! I had a Honda Accord that went to 195,000 miles and never had a problem with burning oil. I run all of my cars to 150,000 - 195,000 miles and take good care of them. I am outraged, how could this be happening to me when I take care of the Engine? Today I took car to Toyota as it has 83,000 miles and they want to do an "Oil Consumption" test. Toyota acknowledged that the 2.4 Liter 4 cylinder Camry has had problems with Oil Consumption!!! I am devastated! I am out of work/only working part time, I do a lot of driving, a single woman, and I can't afford to have this problem. I will never buy another Toyota.

- , West Long Branch, NJ, USA

problem #24

Mar 202009

Camry XLE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115 miles

My 2009 Toyota Camry XLE uses approximately 2 quarts of oil every 5,000 miles. I add oil every time I check and see it is a bit low. This is my 5th(and last) Camry I have owned. Car has 58k miles.

Dealer where I bought the Camry and have it serviced tells me this is a common problem with this model. When I ask why Toyota does not issue a recall and fix the problem, I am told the problem is not significant enough to warrant a recall. It is rather significant to me. I can only imagine the expense to Toyota if a recall was issued and repair attempted on all Camry's affected. At my last oil change the dealer started what they call an oil consumption test. I have to take the car back to the dealer every 1,000 miles so they can see how much oil level has dropped. This is a major inconvenience to me as my wife drives this car to work every day. I don't know what this is going to prove except for the dealer to say "yes, your Camry is burning oil".

Service writer suggested I consider something called "BG Performance Oil Change Service". If I understand correctly this is supposed to clean rings and improve compression. I don't see how this would help with the problem. I am only in my first 1,000 miles since last oil change so I will wait and see how it goes over the next 5,000 miles.

- , Hartselle, AL, USA

problem #23

Oct 032012

Camry LE 3,2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

I brought a 2009 Camery with 60,000 miles June 2013 , one month later my oil light came on after checking the oil I noticed it was 4 quarts low ,after 1000 miles later a added 2 more quarts , no oil leaks so what is the problem . Toyota need to do something about this on going problem.

- , Norfolk, VA, USA

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