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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
81,832 miles
Total Complaints:
143 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (77 reports)
  2. replace engine block (13 reports)
  3. toyota says 1.1 qts. per 600mi is normal (11 reports)
  4. rebuild engine (10 reports)
  5. situation was not fix. I was told to get a new car (10 reports)
  6. starting the excessive oil consumption test (10 reports)
2009 Toyota Camry engine problems

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #123

Feb 022016

Camry 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,150 miles


Stationed overseas in Busan Korea and was told by the dealer here that my VIN doesn't show any problems in their database so he won't do any tests or replace any parts for my excessive engine oil consumption problem.

I called the 1-888-270-9371 Toyota Customer Assistance Center (1605310016 verifies I called) and the representative told me there's nothing they can do since I'm stationed overseas. Easier to ship parts to the US.

I will be stationed in Korea for 2 more years and my 2009 Camry "red low engine oil pressure" light turns on after 2-3 months and when I check the engine oil level it barely registers on the dipstick. I have to keep putting engine oil in the car. My mechanic (local guy, not Toyota Dealership) showed me how only a liter or less of engine oil came out during my last engine oil change at 65,000 miles...and that was after I put in a liter at the ~64,500 mark when the red low engine oil gauge lit up. The yellow Maintenance light lit up around 65,000 miles.

- , Springfield, MO, USA

problem #122

Jun 032016

Camry LE 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,707 miles

Added oil myself.

- , Westerville, OH, USA

problem #121

Nov 012015

Camry SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,868 miles

Adding oil constantly, to keep it within dipstick oil marks. Excessive oil consumption test done at the local dealer, and they said it was normal. BS!!! I also have a 1998 Tacoma with a 2.4L motor that I use for work that has 190K miles on it, that doesn't use a drop of oil!

- , Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #120

Jan 012016

Camry V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


I bought the car used from an individual. I do my own oil changes, and noticed the engine is burning oil. I take it to the dealer (Toyota of Plano), and they do an oil consumption test (no charge). Turns out the car does burn oil. The dealer told me that Toyota will take care of fixing this problem (out of good faith). The dealer fixed the problem by replacing the piston rings (no charge).

- , Sachse, TX, USA

problem #119

Oct 122015

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

Never makes it to the 3,000 oil change without adding a quart or 2 of oil. Recommended oil changed level is 5k.

Thank god the dummy light comes on, guess I will have to check oil every 1k. Never had a car that used a quart of oil every 1200 miles. Toyota should fix this problem free.

- , Federal Way, DE, USA

problem #118

Apr 012016

Camry 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

I purchased my Camry due to the rumor "they run forever!" & planned on driving it until the wheels fell off and was elated because I JUST paid it off.

My last oil change I had ZERO oil on the dipstick. Shocked, I demanded the tech to search diligently for any leaks and make sure everything was tight. They said it was. That's when I began Googling and found out this has been reported as a common problem with my make, year and model.

I guess I'm pretty much S.O.L because I'm out of warranty status. I'm now looking into trading it in and enjoying a new car payment. I can guarantee it will not be another Toyota.

Pissed Off...


problem #117

Aug 012015

Camry LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles


My Camry started consuming oil in excess of over a quart on a monthly bases. I have taken the car to the dealership so they can run the 1200 mile oil consumption test, the results they said was normal. So is normal for Toyota to said that is normal for a Camry to consume over a quart of oil every month. Toyota have loose my business as a costumer, I will never buy a Toyota again.

- , Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #116

Jul 022015

Camry XLE 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,695 miles

After having regular oil changes performed, the low engine oil low compressor light started coming on. Even though I have regular oil changes by dealer before the next oil change due the indicator light is coming on, Dealer start the test and say that it pass however before next oil change is due problem start up again.

Service Adviser and mechanic hands are tied because they are doing what Toyota requires but the problem continues. Had oil change 2-19-16 at 98451 and before the next oil change is due I had to carry my car back to dealer on 4-27-16 because of the low oil compressor light indicator is on. Adviser told me to add 2 quarts of oil because the last consumption test was done on 10-31-15 and I have to wait until the 6 months is up. However before the next oil change was due and the dealer had topped off the oil and said I had to wait.

On 5-4-16, carried car for engine oil light, the service tell said he added 1 quart of oil today which is a total of 3 quarts in less than 7 days. They marked the oil dip stick and sealed the oil cap and said don't add any oil but If I didn't add any oil on 4-27-16, I would probably have a locked engine and they would say that I fail to properly maintain or ignored my service.

The engine has failed but Toyota does not want to fix the car. I understand cost is about $4 to $5K to fix it. This is outside of the my standard and extended warranty because I have to keep driving the car which is now about 101K. I am told to bring car back for the 3rd time to see if it passes within 1200. I am very disappointed with my Toyota Camry and its performance.

- , Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #115

Apr 052016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,143 miles

My 2009 Toyota Camry used 0.6 quarts of oil in 1,064 miles. I've heard countless stories about similar or worse problems with Toyotas from other people.

It disgusted me to receive a letter from Toyota informing me that my vehicle may require repair under the excessive engine oil consumption warranty enhancement, or whatever the Hell they're calling it, have the inconvenience of tracking mileage for 1,000+ mileage, only to be told that my car passed. The fact that it used 0.6 quarts of oil in 1,064 miles was considered to be "normal" to Toyota's standards.

The reason I jumped at the chance to have the car tested is simple . . . I've had it for about the last 30,000 miles of its existence and I've been putting oil in it the entire time. Sometimes it amounts to one quart of oil in 3,000 to 4,000 miles.

Neither of the statistics I have described is acceptable. Considering the fact that it is now at almost 99,000 miles, I have to wonder how long the car will last. One thing I can say for sure: It was my first and definitely my last Toyota.

I will gladly tell EVERY single human being that I have contact with about my experience and how Toyota's tagline in the letter they sent me, "Toyota stands behind its product," is a complete crock of bullshit!!!

One very dissatisfied, upset customer, Roya Oshrieh

- , Shelbyville, KY, USA

problem #114

Mar 152016

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,643 miles

Brought the car in as soon as I received the oil consumption letter back in march. I had 98k on the odometer. after 1200 miles (mid April), I came back and they measured the oil. My car burned 1.75 qts of oil in that time, which was "highly excessive" according to my advisor. I left the car immediately with them so they could start the repair process. I've been without my car for almost a month, I'm told the bearings are on national back order. Perfect. I'm a little worried that I'm going to have problems with the engine after I get the vehicle back, I will update with more info later!

Update from Jun 2, 2016: Now, after hitting 101k miles.... 101,005 to be exact... I checked my oil and it seems pretty low, which is raising a red flag to me. The plot thickens... I mean, after replacing all of that, barely driving 1300-1500 miles and my oil levels are decreasing this much? Now, I know that some consumption is normal but when i've previously checked oil on previous, non Toyota, vehicles, the dipstick doesn't seem to register any loss of oil. I guess it's back to Toyota!

- , Pawtucket, RI, USA

problem #113

Jan 152016

Camry LE 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles


Took Camry into Janzen Toyota Stillwater OK for Oil consumption test and after 1000-1200 mile test it used 1 full qt. In my book 1 quart of consumption in 1000 miles is too much. Now I have to wait 5000 miles or 6 months to go through this "TEST" again. I think this is a racket and Toyota is not willing to fix their problem. If not, why waste the stamps to send me the warranty enhancement for this problem, When they know it is a PROBLEM!! Waste of my time!

- , Blackwell, OK, USA

problem #112

Apr 012016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles

I just bought this car on March 4, 2016 after having to get rid of my Corolla due to an auto accident that was not my fault. The salesman was very much in a hurry to get this car in my possession. I should have known there was an issue. I called to complain about the oil level and they want me to pay for an oil change to do an oil consumption test. After doing more research - I see it is a known issue and there was a class action lawsuit and they still have the nerve to ask me to pay for a portion of it.

I never had an issue with my other Toyota - and this actually deters me from wanting to buy another. I used to think that Toyota had the best service - but now - I would say no. They know this is an issue and they should have inspected the car better. Toyota certified inspection my Arse!

- , Lehighton, PA, USA

problem #111

Jun 092014

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Have been facing excessive oil consumption for more than a year. The oil consumption test "passed"per Toyota standards the first time. Meanwhile the problem got really bad. Had to add oil every 2k refused to test again as reportedly oil consumption test can be done once in 6 months.

Finally completed the re test today . It FAILED.

I have known this for almost 2 years, but Toyota officially acknowledged the problem today!

Someone will call me for engine rebuild and it "should" be covered under extended warranty. I was told that the actual repair may take a few months..

- , Naperville, IL, USA

problem #110

Aug 152014

Camry LE 4 Cil

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

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How many Toyota cars are polluting our world? They don't care about it. They care just about profit... This is the Kyoto protocol to TOYOTA With Canada....

- , Mississauga, ON, Canada

problem #109

Mar 062016

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,753 miles

Received letter from Toyota to take car in for an oil consumption test. Took the car to Prime Toyota in Boston and was told the oil pan gasket needed to be replace before the test. I told the service advisor that car is not leaking any oil, I had changed the oil and filter the night before and all was bone dried around the oil pan. Advisor told me there was a little seepage in one of the corners and it would cost $420.00 to fix it.

Got my car out of there, got home and got underneath to check and there was no leak. Service advisor refused to perform my oil consumption test until I got the oil pan seal replaced, which is unnecessary. I felt that from the get go he was bothered by me going in for help.

I have been a Toyota family for 30 years. I guess after this experience I will never buy another Toyota. I called the Toyota consumer hotline and am waiting for a call. My car has been burning about 3 quarts of oil in 1200 miles. Toyota motors is not the same that I knew years ago. I am extremely dissatisfied with this dealership.

- , Boston, MA, USA

problem #108

Oct 012012

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,778 miles

I have been adding between 2 and 3 litres of oil, every couple of weeks, for over 2 years. Ridiculous. Not buying Toyota, ever again .

- , Mississauga, ON, Canada

problem #107

Mar 042016

Camry SE 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,432 miles

i had my camrry for about 2 months now i bought it used, i bought it was 133450 miles on it and now it was about 135k miles i barely even put 2k miles on it and it broke down on me already. as i was driving my oil light, engine light, and battery light came on at the sametime and the car just turned off. i took it to the dealership and they said it was the oil consumption. wow barely 2 months ive had it and they suggest to replace the engine. they gave me a rental for however long it takes to fix it. but this shouldn't be happening. thanks a lot Toyota you suck!

- , Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #106

Jan 302011

Camry LE 2.4L 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Purchased brand new 2009 Camry in late '08. Had all regular maintenance performed meticulously by the selling dealership. By the 3rd year of ownership, the excessive oil consumption problem became noticeable. Servicing dealership insisted that this was "normal", and to "keep a close eye on it".

The sheer volume of oil being consumed (despite no leaks and no smoke from anywhere) was not only expensive, but a constant worry. Now I am reading on this forum that some people have received an extension of their engine warranty by Toyota to appease owners with this problem. We've not received any word on such a warranty extension from Toyota or our dealership.

Now that we're looking to purchase a replacement vehicle, this issue with this car is preventing us from moving forward (despite it being in immaculate cosmetic condition). Who would want to buy this vehicle without the assurance that this problem will be addressed properly by Toyota instead of getting the runaround until the engine fails?).

Anyone know how to obtain this extended engine warranty or how to get the problem fixed under the original warranty (as we have documentation of the service manager's admonition to "keep an eye on it" while it was still under manufacturer's warranty)?

- , Kalamazoo, MI, USA

problem #105

Feb 092016

Camry SE 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,456 miles

Just got Warranty Enhancement Notification - ZE7 from Toyota on my '09 Camry SE. So I went out to check the oil level and its 1/2 quart low @ 61,456 miles. I change the oil & know it is always at the complete full after setting for 30-60 minutes after the change. They will only cover 10 years on this issue and i will not get to the excessive mileage for that period. Just starting process. Will keep informed.

- , Suwanee, GA, USA

problem #104

Oct 012014

Camry LX 2.4L I-4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles

My Camry is eating oil like kids like coca cola. I need to ass 2Qt every 1.5 K. No oil leaks. It is burns it...

- , Atlanta, USA

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