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 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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,132 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #8

Sep 302013

Camry Hybrid

  • 109,334 miles


I had to have my evaporator coil replaced. This seems to me to be a premature failure of the air conditioning.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 092012

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 67,926 miles
A few months before the check engine light came on, I started to notice some unusual noise from a part under the hood at the far right side, behind the head light. In the beginning it just hummed very loud when I stopped the car. Then it became worse, I could hear the noise even during driving. I took the car to the dealership and they told me this was normal for hybrid car. I didn't believe them but couldn't argue with them because I know very little about cars. Then one day in early June of 2012 the check engine light came on and the brake became soft. So I immediately took it to the dealership and this time I was told that a part called an actuator needs replacement. The cost would be over $3000. I was totally shocked and couldn't believe that a car with less than 70K on it and just out of the warranty would have this kind of problem. After some negotiations with the dealership they agreed to charge me about half of the price. Toyota had a reputation for reliability and it was the reason that I bought the hybrid car. Just a few months ago, in October 2011 the water pump was also broken, which cost me about $200 after some haggling about their warranty. Obviously the actuator failure is a more serious problem and I've learned from other customers that they have had exactly the same problems (water pump and actuator) around the same mileage range. So this is clearly a common problem. I am filing this complaint in joining others to force Toyota to address these problems.

- Coral Springs, FL, USA

problem #6

Aug 022012

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Problem started with a clicking noise under the hood, near the engine and brakes that were crunching when slowing down or stopping. The clicking noise grew louder, happened more often and even continued after the car was turned off. Took the car to dealer who told me it was the ABS actuator. The dash lights were not on at this point and I continued to drive it. The lights on the dash appeared almost 6 weeks later when I stopped driving the car because it could be dangerous if I suddenly lost my brakes. Checked with Toyota headquarters who told me there was not a sufficient number of complaints for a recall. Checked the internet for complaints and there were plenty of Camry new car owners experiencing the same problem. Filed a complaint with Toyota and received a case number for reimbursement if the problem became a "recall" later on. This car was brought to dealership for every maintenance. This car is still not completely paid for. This "hybrid" car did not save me a penny in gas because of the ABS part will cost me over $2K. These hybrids should come with disclaimers that batteries and electronic parts cost more than non-hybrid cars and maybe people will not buy them. The costs are outrageous! they should come with extended warranties.

- Hollywood, FL, USA

problem #5

Dec 032011

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 86,000 miles


During the last 2 or 3 oil changes the shop I was at noted that the car was low on oil when it came it. I've always made sure they filled it to the top and while checking it recently in between changes (2K before next oil change was due) the dipstick was only showing oil at the halfway marks between the two dots on the stick. I also noticed that during hard acceleration on the highway smoke is coming out of the tailpipe. There are no visible leaks and the car has been properly maintained. I am filing this complaint to join the growing number of Camry owners that are having this oil consumption problem. A car with less than 100K miles should not be having this problem. And the fact that Toyota states that it is normal for some oil to be burned in between changes does not sit well with me. This is unacceptable and Toyota needs to step up and fix this issue.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Sep 152009

Camry Hybrid

  • 20,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid. The vehicle has been experiencing an intermittent failure in which the vehicle would stall when heavy pressure was applied to the brakes. After the failure occurred the vehicle was pulled over and began functioning normally after it was restarted. He stated that the failure occurred four times when firm pressure was applied to the brakes to avoid a crash. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer three times and they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 20,000 and the current mileage was 28,000.

- Roseville, MN, USA

problem #3

Jan 162010

Camry Hybrid

  • 39,500 miles
Yesterday, Jan. 16, 2010, I was driving my Camry and noticed the odor of oil through my A/C. it was raining so the street surfaces were wet, and I noticed that I was slipping as I accelerated from stops and making simple turns at normal wet-driving speeds, and three times this almost caused an accident. As I neared my home, the oil pressure light came on for just a moment and went off again. This happened once more a moment before I pulled into my driveway. I parked the vehicle, turned it off, and went inside for a moment to get a flashlight. When I came back outside, there was an oil sheen on the wet driveway spreading out from beneath my Camry. I opened the hood and found oil spatter all over the passenger-side of the engine bay. I checked the dipstick only to find that the oil pan was dry. I closed the hood and waited until today to look into the issue further, as the rain had stopped. I filled the motor with oil and there were no drips visible, so I jacked up the car and checked the oil pan nut and filter housing and they were tight, so I started the vehicle. At that time, a rubber hose located on the left side of the engine began spitting oil out of what appeared to be a pin-hole in the hose. I turned off the car quickly, pushed it back into its parking spot and cleaned up a bit, knowing that I'd have to have it towed for service. A search of the internet for this problem finds a great deal of forum discussion, and that the Toyota avalon using this same engine and part in 2005 had the same problems, leading to a service bulletin. I feel that the inherent danger that this poor engineering poses should be addressed for all Camry owners to prevent the potential accidents that could occur should this happen on the highway instead of normal low-speed surface streets.

- Kenner, LA, USA

problem #2

May 242008

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 13,300 miles
My 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid ceased functioning (lost all pwer) with 13,300 miles on it. A warning light came on saying check hybrid system, followed by a warning saying check engine, followed by an exclamation point. I was 200 miles from home when this happened. The Toyota dealership to which it was towed could find no problem. I have looked on-line and found other people with the same vehicle who had the same problem, and their dealerships were not able to figure out what was wrong with those vehicles. One gentleman was on the freeway between two trucks when his Camry hybrid lost all power. I am very hesitant to drive the car now.

- Lathrup Village, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 052007

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I was stopped at a stop light when my Camry hybrid suddenly stopped running and my radio, air conditioning stopped, the dash board showed several errors, a battery problem, a triangle with a ! mark, a brake sign, "move gear to park and restart your car" all which were obvious signs that something had gone wrong. My car started and I called Toyota to report it and made an appointment and drove to their site on eubank, karl malone. They inspected it and told me nothing showed in the technical maintenance report which made me so angry. I saw the information on the prius reporting the same problem I experienced stopping engine while driving my car.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

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