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:
84,975 miles
Total Complaints:
154 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (81 reports)
  2. replace engine block (14 reports)
  3. rebuild engine (11 reports)
  4. toyota says 1.1 qts. per 600mi is normal (11 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 #134

Mar 102015

Camry LE 2az-Fe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles


began noticing oil consumption increase between oil changes in early 2015. Has become worse over time. Now adding several quarts between oil changes. Have had numerous occasions when I could not start car without multiple attempts and checked to find out the oil was low many times. I now have to check the oil level at minimum at least every 3 weeks. The oil light never comes on except for the normal oil change notice.

- , Aiken, SC, USA

problem #133

Sep 012016

Camry LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,500 miles

Change oil every 3 thousand miles notice it was a quart short every three months

- , Detroit, MI, USA

problem #132

Aug 082016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 157,000 miles

2500 miles since last oil change. I randomly checked the oil and found it to be > 2 quarts low. The oil light never came on. I added oil and drove the car the next day. The engine failed while traveling at 70 MPH in the inside lane of 285 in Atlanta.

- , Loganville, GA, USA

problem #131

Aug 152016

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


Every time i took my car to get an oil change (every 3000 miles sometimes even a little earlier), I am told my oil is low or dirty or both. This last time I took it I was told I was low two quarts of oil and I didn't even hit 3,000 miles yet. I was told next time if it was low I might have to do a complete engine flush. I decided to get a few more opinions before going forward with any work. I was told by a man at a Toyota dealership in Torrance, that it sounded similar to an issue another person he knows had which ended up being a recall for that persons car. I was advised to call the dealership I got my car from and check with them for a recall.

I called and received news that there was a "warranty enhancement" for excessive oil consumption. I took it in to get the first step of the test done which consisted of making sure there wasn't an oil leak and since there wasn't they topped off my oil then applied markers to my dip stick and other places so they can measure how much my oil went down after only 1200 miles.

When I returned after the 1200 miles they checked the levels again and saw obviously my engine burned a significant amount of oil since they last checked it. Here's what I do not feel is right. They added a quart of oil back into my car when I returned and since it was little above full AFTER they added the quart, they said my car passed the test and that although my car burned oil it wasn't enough for them to do any work to my car.

The Toyota employee who helped me also felt it needed to be fixed but his "hands were tied". Basically telling me that its $5,000 to fix and that it was normal in Toyotas to consume excessive amounts of oil. I bought my car certified used from the Cerritos Auto Square Autonation lot. I couldn't believe that they turned me away without even suggesting other ways for me to get better oil consumption or any other help for that matter. I was told I can do the test one more time and they actually told me to go to a different dealership which I also found strange.

- , Harbor City, CA, USA

problem #130

Jun 102016

Camry 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 132,000 miles

Daughters car we bought her for college travel, she comes home for the summer to work diving home one day check engine light came on I checked the oil it was 2 quarts low. Added oil because it still had 1500 miles before the next oil change. Started watching the exhaust as she was coming and going noticed smoking way to much so I found a good use motor and changed motors hoping this motor don't develop the same problem. I just thought the went bad because she let it get low on oil I didn't know there were all kinds of others having the same issue

- , Cassville, MO, USA

problem #129

Jun 202016

Camry LE 4 Cyc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 104,250 miles

Had to add two quarts after less than 4,000 miles.

- , Greenville, TX, USA

problem #128

Mar 312016

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,777 miles


I sick of this issue and afraid the engine going to blow up. I had oil consumption test done twice and Toyota say I can only have it done twice. They say it passed both times. But its still burning (consuming) oil. They say there's nothing they can do about the problem. I'm getting a lawyer and sue Toyota.

- , Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #127

Jul 082016

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,707 miles

I sick of this issue and afraid the engine going to blow up. I had oil consumption test done twice and Toyota say I can only have it done twice. The second time it was done on 04/21/16 with 109,156 miles.They say it passed both times. But its still burning (consuming) oil. They say there's nothing they can do about the problem. My lawyer will be calling them.

- , Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #126

Mar 152016

Camry LS 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 172,300 miles

This is the third time missing oil. This time we were missing 2 and a half quarts, which is a significant amount to lose between oil changes. Still waiting to hear if Toyota is going to fix. Really disappointed with Toyota as they were aware of this problem according to NHTSA.

- , St-Eugene, ON, Canada

problem #125

May 172016

Camry LE 2.4v

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,365 miles

I had it financed for $21,000 I put down $1,300 for it with only 70,000 miles already on the car. My Carfax I got for the car did not include that there was a problem with the engine. Only thing it had was a little fender bender on the right side of the car.. but air bags never came out.

As I was driving down the interstate my car started making a funny noise and started to shake. Then a big boom sound from the bottom of my car like something came off. A piece did come off and smoke and oil were coming from my car. I got someone to tow my car home and they said it looked like my piston ring or just the piston came off my car.. the light indicator never came on and it was time for my car to get serviced.

Now my extended warranty company is telling me I have to pay $1,500 for the dealership to break it down to look at problem and if it was my fault the engine is messed up, I'll have to pay the full amount to get it fixed $3000 dollars.. if I known it was an oil consumption problem with this model car, I would never brought. Now I still owe the bank the remaining amount of $10,000 dollars and I have no car.

My warranty company is not trying to help pay to get it fixed and I'm paying them every month for a extended warranty for my damn car.. I need help on getting car fixed because I loved that car and haven't had that car for over three months and now I'm out of a car back catching the bus. I need help resolving this issue.

- , Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #124

Jun 042015

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


I have owned Toyotas for years and found them to be very reliable rarely needing attention beyond oil changes. Last summer, my oil light came on. I was due for an oil change as the mileage since the last change was nearly 5000. (I usually change oil every 3000 miles. Life had been very hectic.) When I checked the oil, it was dry. I took it in to Toyota and they conducted an oil consumption test. Given the amount of oil the car was "burning", I did not qualify for a fix. They told me to come back in six months. Same routine, same answer. I was told "none of them" ever qualify for a fix at Toyota's expense. I dislike having to check the oil all of the time and add significant amounts between oil changes. I am displeased with the line that this is normal. Never had it with any other car!!! I would like Toyota to address the issue. At this point, I will not purchase another Toyota.

- , Eagan, MN, USA

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, US

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, US

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, US

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