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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:
10 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
109,729 miles

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2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid brakes problems

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2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 9 of 16)

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problem #145

Apr 102013

Camry Hybrid

  • 88,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry hb. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle exhibited a sudden and intermittent loss in braking assist, delayed braking and an increase in brake pedal effort. All of the warning indicators on the instrument panel illuminated, including the check vsc warning light. On another occasion the contact was in traffic and when the brakes were applied, there was an abnormal increase in braking distance that caused the contact to crash into a preceding vehicle. There were no injuries and a police report was not filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer multiples times but the failure was unable to be duplicated. The manufacture was made aware of the failure but declined to provide an alternative remedy. The contact was aware that the vehicle was under investigation for the same braking system type of failure (NHTSA action number: PE14001). The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 88,000.

- Costa Mesa , CA, USA

problem #144

Apr 072014

Camry Hybrid

  • 148,000 miles
Driving on freeway at approximately 45 miles per hour during rush hour. Brake lights appeared ahead, so I applied brakes. My vehicle failed to stop or slow down and I noticed increased resistance on the brake pedal. I continued to apply pressure to the brake pedal and the vehicle eventually stopped. Luckily, there was a good distance between me and the car ahead of me, and I was eventually able to stop and avoid collision. I brought the car to the shop to be checked out. The shop called Toyota, and they knew right away exactly what part needed to be replaced. Price tag of $2600 for just the part. A week prior to this incident, dash lights came on with warning to "check vsc system". brought the car in for oil change and to check the warning light. No problem was detected, the warning light was reset. This light had come on again just prior to the brake failure.

- Wyoming, MN, USA

problem #143

Mar 052014

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 97,256 miles
For the last couple of months have noticed the brake pedal "pulsing" on starting the car and sometimes on stopping at intersections. Then the brake warning light came on intermittently whilst driving but with no impact on the brakes and then whilst exiting the freeway all the brake warnings lights and check vsc system message was displayed with loss of assisted braking. Took it straight to the dealership but on braking to enter the inspection bay all warning lights went out. Toyota technician couldn't find an error code in the history and after driving 15 miles the warning lights didn't come back on. Technician did comment that they'd had other Camry hybrids with similar issues and said the ABS actuator needed replacing at a cost of $3,400! I was told that Toyota are using a different part on later model Camry hybrids which in itself seems an acknowledgement that the part is faulty.

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

problem #142

Apr 082014

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles

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

Upon starting the car, the check vsc alert appeared on the dash indicator screen. User manual instructed me to drive to nearest service center. This is not a safe procedure, as the braking system was near complete malfunction. Upon research online, it came to my attention that this is a common problem. The total cost of repair will near $2500. The service technician also informed me that there is a system update for this problem, indicating that Toyota is aware of the malfunction. Hopefully this complaint will assist in the issuing of a recall for the brake actuator or related vsc system that has been such a persistent issue. Thank you.

- Richmond, TX, USA

problem #141

Dec 242013

Camry Hybrid

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph, the brake was engaged and failed to respond. The contact mentioned that the brake warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was unable to be replicated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 85,000.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #140

Mar 282014

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
I was driving on the freeway, when the vsc and ABS warning lights came on. I noticed a loss of braking power. The brakes "pop" when I depress the petal upon starting. I have noticed the brakes jerk on two occasions. I am concerned about my safety when I drive the vehicle, but cannot afford to repair it at this moment. The replacement part alone is over $2,100. On a side note, I previously owned a 2009 Camry xle that had the same problem.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #139

Feb 122013

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles

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

Car was parked. Turned on ignition and saw multiple waening lights. Drove to dealer for repairs and was told brake actuator assembly needs to exchanged.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #138

Mar 202014

Camry Hybrid

  • 86,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph and applying the brakes, the vehicle failed to respond. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the brake actuator assembly needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered to cover part of the repair costs. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 86,000.

- Teaneck, NJ, USA

problem #137

Mar 102014

Camry Hybrid

  • 89,000 miles
I was driving my 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid and went to brake and my dash emergency lights, brake light, check vsc light, ABS, and traction control light went on and my brakes did not work. I was able to slow down without incident. Took it to two mechanics then finally to a Toyota dealership. The Toyota dealership could not fins anything wrong with it and sent me on my way. Two weeks later it happened again. My wife was driving just over 40 mph and applied the brakes and they did not work. She was able to swerve into a parking lot and cruise to a stop. The brakes work intermittently and come and go. Moving the car to a parking spot a few minutes later the brakes did not work when I started to move the car, but while moving it the warning lights went off and the brakes started to work again. This is a recurring problem that you do not know when the brakes will go out. The is a serious issue that needs to be looked at immediately.

- Oceanside, CA, USA

problem #136

Feb 122014

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 82,923 miles
My cars brake system is making a clunking noise, and I'm seeing a loss of breaking ability. While at a stop light with the brakes depressed it is particularly noticeable and loud. Finally the check vsc system warning came on the dash so I took it to the dealer for diagnoses. The diagnosis was that the ABS actuator is making the noise and the accumulator pressure is lower than spec. The quote to repair it was $5104.61.

- Holualoa, HI, USA

problem #135

Mar 272014

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles

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

Travelling about 30 mph I stepped on the brakes. Brake pedal felt 'hard' and car barely decelerated, nearly hitting another car as a result. Just missed car, but very shaken I took it to a nearby shop. They said the brake accumulator was failing, that part would be about $2600 and labor over $300.

- Georgetown, TX, USA

problem #134

Aug 152013

Camry Hybrid

  • 60,000 miles
After starting the vehicle and putting it in drive, I take my foot off the brake and the car lurches forward several yards, a bunch of warning lights flash on and the "check vsc system" message comes up (only on this last time). The brakes do not respond and steering is very difficult. Then after a few seconds, all the warning lights go off and everything is fine. This has happened 4 times. I'm grateful it's only occurred in parking lots but after reading about this happening to others, I'm very afraid this will happen at higher speeds. The dealership can't replicate my experience so they say everything is fine. When I ask about actuator issues that others have had, they deny any knowledge of a problem.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #133

Mar 242014

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 210,000 miles
Apparently my brakes lost significant brake pressure and I thought I might crash. Further when I start my car the brakes do not fully kick in until 5-10 seconds later so I tend to roll forward or backwards. I took the car to three dealerships and they all said my ABS actuator was bad and needed to be replaced. The part costs $2,600 just to buy from Toyota and then coast an additional $800 in labor to install. That is insane. I looked on the internet and her are tonsss of Camry with this problem. Clearly this as a design flaw and I should not have to pay to replace a part that Toyota failed to design safely. Not I can't safely drive with the broken part....

- Agoura Hills, CA, USA

problem #132

Dec 282013

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
I was pulling into a parking space (in a parking garage) and when I attempted to brake, the car continued to accelerate. It was finally stopped when it smashed into steel cables in front of the parking space.

- Oberlin, OH, USA

problem #131

Jan 062014

Camry Hybrid

  • miles
Check vsc light, brake light, stability light all flash and ABS doesn't work.

- Prairie Village, KS, USA

problem #130

Mar 232014

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 99,900 miles
I have been using this Camry since mid 2006. So far it has not had many major issues. However out of the blue on March 23rd 2014, when I was planning to drive to a temple almost 50 miles from my house with my wife, 2 month old daughter, mother and mother-in-law in the car, just as we pulled out of the drive way, the check vsc message came on and the brake light, the car slipping light and the bas lights came on the dash and as I tried to brake, the brakes completely failed. Luckily since I was only rolling out of my drive way (in reverse), the car only rolled a little bit and there was no cross traffic on the road. I had to press my parking brakes to bring the car to a halt. I was scared to death with my family members in the car there was no way I was driving it in that condition. I tried shutting off the car and waiting for 5 minutes before turning it on.the message came on again and the brakes were unresponsive. I immediately moved my family to another car to continue our trip. I then cautiously moved the car back on to the driveway with my left leg on the emergency brakes so that I don't run into my house. After searching the web and seeing many such reports, the next day (today 3/24) I tried to move the car again and see if the message disappeared. However it was there and when I reversed a little bit, suddenly the message and the lights disappeared and the brakes were working as normal. I am still not driving the car, thankfully I have 3 cars so I am using the other cars. I hope Toyota does a recall on this because I don't want to spend $3500+ on a car that may not be more than $8000 value today. I was planning to get a 2014 sienna soon but reading about the safety issues with Toyota's my faith and loyalty in this brand is now severely shaken.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #129

Mar 232014

Camry Hybrid

  • 104,000 miles
As I was slowing down to pull into my driveway my brake pedal went all the way to the floor and the car lost braking power for a moment. As this happened I heard a pop from the front of my car and a sound like an actuator pumping. After a split second of no brakes, the car did stop abruptly (although scary that I lost brake pressure). I opened the hood and found the brake actuator pumping even after the car was off. I also heard a leaking noise like the brake line had a pressure leak. I started the car, leaving it in park, and pressed the brake pedal down and about halfway down it would pop and go all the way to the floor. After this the actuator would start pumping again. I'm somewhat mechanically inclined and my opinion is that the actuator's seals or lines are leaking causing the system to depressurize. As long as the actuator can keep up with the brake pressure, all is fine, but if the actuator can't keep up the car loses brake pressure (like what happened to me). This has been a culmination of about 3 months of very strange crunching, whining and whirring noises coming from the front of the vehicle. I have been watching the problem and finally after my brakes failed, I did some research on the problem and found that the NHTSA is researching this problem. Please be an advocate for us to Toyota. This could result in a fatality and they should fix this problem. I am afraid to drive my car now and I'm not sure I can afford the $3,000 price tag to fix the brakes.

- St Peters, MO, USA

problem #128

Dec 152012

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
This problem started small.. became more frequent and increasingly dangerous. First incident problem occurred while driving on the highway. Brake warning light, ABS warning and vehicle stability warning appeared in the drivers message center. In each instance breaking was not the cause of the warning displays. The displays were intermittent and have now become a permanent fixture. Often adding intermittent moaning noises from the front left wheel while brake is deployed and vehicle is stopped. When braking at times, there was no response, slow response or additional pressure is required to begin to slow the vehicle. Speeds are all varied. City driving and freeway speed. In each condition, warnings or braking problems would occur. Thus far no failure to the system has been diagnosed.. when urgent braking is required, there is no ABS response. Front left and right rear are most effected. Each producing abnormal amounts of brake dust. Brake pads are replaced frequently due to the pads constantly being deployed now. Ruining fuel efficiency. Requiring too. Frequent repairs for normal usage. I implore the NHTSA to inquire on these safety mechanical defects.

- Rancho Cordova, CA, USA

problem #127

Mar 212014

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
We'll this has been happening for several months. My whole dash is lit up with brake warnings and check vsc on my information panel. A loud solid beep comes and goes. It stays more than it's gone today. Basically from time to time my brakes just won't work properly. They are hard to push and it's almost as if it's pumping itself. Then, when the ABS starts to work, there is a loud thud and a jerk that feels as if as if I am being rear ended. I never know when my brakes are going to work properly. Sometimes I have come close to hitting someone, running through red lights, because when they aren't working properly, the stop time is way longer. It is a very scary thing. I will be paying to have my car repaired next week. It is going to cost me 3500 dollars. Which 3300 is the part.. this part has been redesigned, that in itself speaks volumes as to weather or not Toyota knows what is going on. I have also read that this part for this car is under investigation by the NHTSA. As of now my only hope is to recover my losses if there is a recall. There should be!!! this is very unsafe and not at all normal.

- Bessemer, AL, USA

problem #126

Dec 272011

Camry Hybrid

  • 74,822 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid. The contact stated while driving 25 mph, he attempted to slow the vehicle down by applying the brakes, but the brake pedal went to the floor and every light on the instrument panel illuminated. The contact coasted to the side of the road and restarted the vehicle and the vehicle functioned properly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated the brake actuator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 74,822.

- Pheonix, AZ, USA

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