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CarComplaints.com Notes: The Camry Hybrid's first year is a mixed bag of brake actuators failing and power issues. The hybrid version even shares the same excessive oil consumption as its non-hybrid counterpart. And it hardly gets enough fuel efficiency gains to warrant the extra costs up-front or during repairs.

Toyota seemed to get their act together with later model years, so if you're looking for a used Camry Hybrid I suggest looking there.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
95,955 miles

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2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid brakes problems

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2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #77

Mar 252016

Camry Hybrid

  • 125,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The Toyota warranty enhancement propgram (ZE1) is a sham. My 2007 Camry hybrid has no brakes, no skid control, and goes on and off without warning. I took my car to peruzzi Toyota in hatfield pa while it was "under extended warranty" and they failed to diagnose the problem, because the warning lights go on and off. I showed picture of the lights on, and followed totyoa recommended procedures on the ZE1 issue. I took it back later to same dealer and the lights stayed on, and they said yes it is part of the ZE1 warranty but now it is past the time limit. This is a known issue, Toyota is shirking their responsibilities but not issuing a recall. The car is defective, dangerous, and at $1500 plus in need of repairs. The problem can happen stationary, moving or failing to stop!

- Harleysville, PA, USA

problem #76

Oct 272015

Camry Hybrid

  • 114,478 miles
Vsc lights and ABS lights stay on and power assist to brakes is intermittant causing extreme pressure to be applied to stop. Also audible alarm sounds frequently.

- Chickamauga, GA, USA

problem #75

Oct 212016

Camry Hybrid

  • 172,390 miles
I was driving on the free way the first time this event happened to me. My brake light came on indicating that my brake was on I pulled over to check it and my brake was off. When I went back on the freeway all of my warning lights turned on and it was very hard to brake I had to press the brake pedal really hard to even get my car to stop. The warning lights will stay on for about 10 minutes or so and then the brakes lock and come to a sudden stop. I took it to the Toyota dealership who sold me my car and they ran a diagnostic and could not find anything. The second time this happened to me it became quite dangerous. The brake light came on again while I was on the freeway going 65 (the speed limit). I was being very cautious with my car since that happened. All of the warning lights came on again. I was on a freeway ramp merging to get onto a different free way section. I could not brake to slow down. Finally when I pushed the pedal hard enough my brakes locked and I did a 360 almost hitting two cars passing me. My car is at the Toyota dealership right now they do not know how to fix it. I don't feel safe driving my car like this after it did the 360 at 60 mph. Please help I submitted pictures of all the lights that come on the picture is missing the ABS but the ABS light comes on as well. I also submitted what I think is the problem also.

- Magna, UT, USA

problem #74

Oct 042016

Camry Hybrid

  • 91,098 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On 2 occassions our 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid lost braking power. Dash board lights ABS, vsc and brake light all came on. When brakes were used, car had very little to no braking power.

- Thousand Oaks, CA, USA

problem #73

Aug 112016

Camry Hybrid

  • miles
My car has hit 171073 and is the 2nd time or 3 time that saids "check vsc system"and my stability control is notbworking propertly the dealer said is something normal with this year mkd and model of the car please help.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #72

Jul 202016

Camry Hybrid

  • miles
Warning signs appeared on dash and the car was taken to a local dealership for diagnostic. Upon diagnostic, the dealership advised to change the hybrid battery to fix the problem. Took the car to the local hybrid battery expert and found that the battery was operating normal. Took the car to another dealership and they advised ABS actuator was faulty. Toyota acknowledged using the faulty ABS actuator and was offering free replacement for vehicles under 150K. The car just passed 160K and the service was denied. The car has been serviced by the local Toyota dealership for regular mainteinance and they should have been instructed to inform the customers of possible danger of faulty ABS actuator. The owner of the vehicle was never informed when the car was in for services at the dealership.

- Madision, WI, USA

problem #71

May 142016

Camry Hybrid

  • 167,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Two warning signals appeared immediately after starting the car. 1. "check vsc system" 2. "check hybrid system" the warning message are on constantly. The hybrid system does not engage at all. The braking system does not stop the car as normal. Extra pressure is required to slow the vehicle.

- Calumet City, IL, USA

problem #70

Apr 142016

Camry Hybrid

  • 150,700 miles
After swerving/braking to avoid collision in intersection, vehicle dash warning indicators for brake, ABS, and check vsc all illuminated. Was able to continue driving to destination while braking cautiously and took car to Toyota dealer the next day. Dealer confirmed the ABS actuator needed to be replaced and that the car was unsafe to drive without spending the $2000+ (I was 700 miles over the warranty enhancement end date) to fix it. After reviewing the maintenance records on my vehicle, this will be the 3rd brake actuator in this vehicle. How can a manufacturer acknowledge an issue with a critical system like this, but get away without a recall? an investigation into the mean time between failure of a critical safety system such as this needs to be undertaken as this is criminal.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #69

Apr 022016

Camry Hybrid

  • 86,240 miles
Was driving, and hybrid system check light came on...continued driving slowly then car lost a bit of power..like parking break was on and vcs failure light came on. Drove home after with hybrid system check still on.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #68

Mar 182016

Camry Hybrid

  • 141,000 miles
While my car was in motion, my vsc system check light was on and almost simultaneously the check hybrid system light was on along with the check engine light. The car did not let me accelerate above 30mph.N and I could feel the friction while accelerating. I had to call roadside assistance to have my car towed.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #67

Feb 242016

Camry Hybrid

  • 152,850 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid with 152850 miles. This happened yesterday (2/24/2016). It was parked and when I started the vehicle this message immediately showed up along with 4 lights turned on. 1 - check vsc system 2 - red "brake" indicator (brake system warning light) 3 - yellow indicator (brake system warning light) 4 - master warning light 5 - ABS indicator light the brake oil is full. I felt like its taking longer time to stop. Also unlike before sometimes have to press the brake all the way to the floor.

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #66

Jan 212016

Camry Hybrid

  • 116,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid. While driving at 40 mph, the check vsc warning light illuminated and the vehicle experienced brake failure. The contact stated that the vehicle required additional braking distance to stop the vehicle, with extreme pressure being exerted on the brake pedal. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000.

- St.Louis, MO, USA

problem #65

Jan 202016

Camry Hybrid

  • 190,000 miles
I was driving about 45 mph when the break light lit up on the dash. Within a minute after the ABS light came on along with check parking break and check vsc sytem and the general hazard light all were on. I tried to break and pull over and when I did I realize I could not stop. The assist breaks had been completely disabled and I had to push very very hard to slow down. I had to also use the parking break to assist me. When I turned the car off and back on again the breaks are back as if nothing was wrong. This has happened a few times each with a very frightening without warning experience. My mechanic says there are no codes showing what is happening. This has the potential to kill someone. Especially a new driver or an elderly person that simply would not have the great deal of power needed or the reflexes to slow down when the system malfunctions. This should be a recall!!

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #64

Jan 042016

Camry Hybrid

  • 100,000 miles
"check vsc system" when I took my car out this morning, I got a warning light saying "check vsc system". my brake light and ABS lights are also on. The car brakes with a jerk and I am scared to drive it. This problem has been happening quite often. Complaints to the Toyota dealer did not help. As per www.consumeraffairs.com/news/feds-investigate-braking-problems-in-Toyota-Camry-hybrid-012814.html a lot of people are experiencing the same problem and have complained to NHTSA. Please help with a recall as it is unsafe to drive the car this way.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #63

Dec 112015

Camry Hybrid

  • 74,000 miles
I was driving when the check vsc warning came on as well as the indicator warning light, the brake warning light, the ABS warning light and the vsc warning light. All the lights remained on until I reached my destination. The brake system made a strange "grunting" noise when the brakes were depressed but the brakes seemed to function properly. The lights came back on when the car was restarted and less than halfway on the return trip, went off. There has been no noticeable loss of braking. On the 21st of the month the lights came back on and have not gone off. The ABS pump actuator appears to be cycling very quickly.

- Angleton, TX, USA

problem #62

Nov 032015

Camry Hybrid

  • 78,000 miles
I was driving to work in the morning and while on the freeway, my brakes suddenly did not work. Every light on the dash turned on and it said "check vsc system" it has now happened three times and I am afraid to drive my vehicle. I searched online and saw that this has happened to a lot of other people so I feel it's a defect and there should be a recall.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #61

Nov 042015

Camry Hybrid

  • 60 miles
Check vsc system comes on, the brake becomes very hard and lights such as ABS and others come up on the dashboard while in motion.

- Edmonton, AL, USA

problem #60

Nov 032015

Camry Hybrid

  • miles
I had to replace today my brake actuator and bleed brakes because started in one week ago, every time I stepped in my brake made noise like when you honk for somebody. I would like to know if Toyota had a recall about this problem because I think they did and I paid $1.800 for a problem I think they should pay for this problem in my car

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #59

Oct 232015

Camry Hybrid

  • 140,000 miles
While driving under 45 mph on a straight Suburban paved road, my brake light came on then off then on again directly followed by all the warning lights coming on and the display showed "check vcs system". I was entering a turn lane behind another vehicle and quickly realized the brake pedal was not working. I had no brakes! I had already put the car into the engine brake mode which helped slow my vehicle. I slammed down on the brake pedal as hard as I could and swerved away from the car in front of me to avoid hitting them. After successfully pulling over and to a stop, I turn the vehicle off and waited for a few minutes. I turned the car back on and all the lights and check vcs system was still displayed for about 30 seconds. I heard a small click and all the warning lights turned off and the car and brakes were back to normal. I am honestly now afraid to drive my own car for fear of not knowing when and if that will happen again.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #58

Sep 272015

Camry Hybrid

  • miles
I started my car this morning and a message that said check vsc system appeared. The brake light and master warning lights also appeared. I started to go out the drive way and could not press the brakes. It was a little jumpy and the brakes are hard to press now.

- Kinston, NC, USA

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