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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 1 of 16)

problem #305

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 #304

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 #303

Oct 132016

Camry Hybrid

  • miles
My ABS brake actuator was diagnosed as faulty. I've car is less than 10 years old and has only 22,000 miles on it so NHTSA action #PE14001 should apply. The Toyota dealers refuse to honor the agreement because I am in Florida now but I purchased the car on guam

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #302

Oct 212016

Camry Hybrid

  • 172,390 miles

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

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 #301

Oct 042016

Camry Hybrid

  • 91,098 miles
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 #300

Sep 262016

Camry Hybrid

  • 110,000 miles
The ABS light and check vsc light and brake light went on. When I tried to apply brakes to stop, I realized that the brakes completely failed. The car was skidding and keep going and I pumped the brakes and still the car was moving forward. I came close to hitting another car and luckily stopped couple of inches from the other car. It keeps happening often and I am worried to drive this car as it is. It works fine and suddenly goes to this brake failing mode. Especially happen more often if it rains and making it more dangerous.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #299

Aug 112016

Camry Hybrid

  • miles

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

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 #298

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 #297

Aug 122016

Camry Hybrid

  • 56,000 miles
Less than 60K miles and now my check vsc system light is on and brakes are not very responsive. Takes a lot longer to stop.

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #296

Jun 182016

Camry Hybrid

  • 35,750 miles
Borrowed my mom's 2007 hybrid Camry which she has been bringing to city Toyota in daly city, ca, for maintenance. While on freeway I noticed delay in response when braking and have to press down harder as did my daughter who uses it for work. Called city Toyota and was told there's a limited service campaign (lsc) #E0U for brake reservoir tank replacement which should be fixed for free (similar to a recall). After speaking to two service employees I was told that I can leave the car on sat, June 18, and should be fixed by the coming Monday. The service mgr, called me and said I needed to get a diagnostic completed for $160 and if it's related to the lsc I would be accountable for the $160. I was also told that I needed to leave the car for one week. I explained I should not have to pay the diagnostic if the brake problem is related to the lsc. He then told me that he would not fix the car "because of our conversation". this was upsetting as my husband and I drove 2 cars 20 miles away so that I can get back home. I told him to just fix the lsc and do not do the diagnostic and he told me to pick up my car since he will not authorize anyone to fix it. So I picked up my car again with my husband and will be taking it else where. The service mgr also lied on the invoice stating that I declined the offer to fix the lsc and that he offered to fix it and complete the work on the same day. Why would I go back and forth without having the car fixed when I know it should be done for free? this service manager acted unprofessionally and is a liar. In addition, my mom brought in her car for a 45K service early 2016 which included brakes and also in 2015 for 40K service. The lsc date was effective July 10, 2014, which meant that city Toyota neglected to fix this brake problem during those 2 times.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #295

Jun 122016

Camry Hybrid

  • 180,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid. While driving approximately 10 mph, the contact heard a continuous noise emitting from the vehicle. The electronic brakes and ABS warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the entire braking system failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 180,000.

- Celina, OH, USA

problem #294

Apr 272016

Camry Hybrid

  • 117,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid. While driving 25 mph, the ABS warning light illuminated. The contact had to apply extreme pressure to the brake pedal to stop the vehicle. The vehicle made a squeaking sound. The dealer diagnosed that the brake actuator was failing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 117,000.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #293

Jun 082015

Camry Hybrid

  • 130,000 miles
Decrease in braking while driving. "barking" sound when depressing brake pedal (hard). Sound occurs in park also. No warning lights displayed on dashboard as of yet. Delay in braking when shifting out of park.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #292

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 #291

Apr 142016

Camry Hybrid

  • 200,150 miles
My 2007 Camry hybrid has 200210 miles and had a brake accumulator system failure. Received warning of check vsc system and ABS and brake light illuminated. Heavy force was required to stop the car. I turned the car off and the error cleared. After driving 30 miles the issue occurred again. This is very unsafe and Toyota campaign expired 5 months ago for unlimited mileage. In date service was 2/26/2007

- Harrodsburg, KY, USA

problem #290

Mar 182016

Camry Hybrid

  • miles
When I change break pads and rotors the vsc system light is on.. breaks no engaged.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

problem #289

Feb 252016

Camry Hybrid

  • miles
Car is making a chirping noise when you engage the brake in park. Noise can also be heard when you put harder pressure on the brakes whilst in gear. Based on research it sounds like the actuator may be faulty. So far I have not had any lights on the dash come on.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #288

Mar 042016

Camry Hybrid

  • miles
While driving on a straight road on 3 separate occasions I lost all control of my brakes and my "check vsc light", brake light and ABS lights came on. I was not able to stop my car like normal and the brake pedal went all the way to the floor. It was very scary while driving.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #287

Feb 242016

Camry Hybrid

  • 278,000 miles
On February 24, 2016, car brakes on my 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid locked up when we tried to stop and about 4 lights came up on the dashboard, ABS, vsc, warning light and another one. We barely managed to get out of harm's way but after the grinding noise had lost all effective power to the brakes. The car actually caught fire due to the intense heat of the grinding of the pads on the rotors but was safely put out. After replacing the pads, rotor and callipers we still wound up taking the car to a dealer because the brake actuator or something related was still not letting the brakes work. The dealer has given us a lame excuse of why this has happened and is blaming it on something else and wants to charge us a lot of money to repair it. Upon research, we are finding out about the ZE1 campaign where they had acknowledged this defect. And were repairing all the cars that came in with the defect. This is very dangerous and something should be done about it. Contacting Toyota has not helped at all. We asked for an email address but were told that these are handled by mail only. We are in the process of sending them a letter anyway.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #286

Mar 012016

Camry Hybrid

  • 265,856 miles
Brakes skip now and then but eventually catch. Today while driving about 35mph in town driving straight the "check vcs braking system" lights came on as well as anti skid light and brake light and I lost all brakes when I stepped on my brakes to stop. Skid off road and car eventually stopped but brakes were all the way to the floor. I googled the warning lights and found that it was a recall on the brake system. I did not receive a recall notice in the mail if there was in fact one. Called the Toyota dealer where I purchased it and they told me to bring it in and they would look at it to confirm that it is indeed a recall issue.

- Lowell, IN, USA

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