Notes: An increasing number of Toyotas are experiencing excessive oil consumption and the 2007 Camry seems to be leading the charge.

Owners are reporting that their engines are deprived of oil halfway through their maintenance schedules and in some cases the damage is so bad that entirely new engines need to be installed, paid out of pocket. The issue may be a result of defective piston rings and is the possible target of a class-action lawsuit.

Toyota has issued a TSB for this problem, but maintains their stance that vehicles equipped with a 2AZ-FE engine are burning through a “normal” amount of oil.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,104 miles

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2007 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 4 of 12)

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problem #175

Sep 272012


  • miles


Over the course of the past year, the dashboard of my Camry has devolved into a sticky, shiny mess. The surface of most of the dashboard has a gluey texture, with the parts nearest the windshield having completely liquefied. The sticky areas are very shiny, causing glare that covers much of the windshield when driving towards the sun or under streetlights. This glare is very distracting and significantly reduces visibility.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #174

Oct 132009


  • 48,942 miles
The dashboard is getting very soft and when something touches it, it gouges out pieces of it. It looks horrible in my $30,000 car !!!!

- Tamarac, FL, USA

problem #173

Jul 012014


  • 73,000 miles
The dashboard is sticky and melting. I have taken meticulous care of this car, used sun shade & garaged for the first 4 years of ownership. I am the original owner.

- Fort Myers , FL, USA

problem #172

Sep 262014


  • 88,000 miles


My 2007 Toyota Camry SE has a melted dashboard that severely diminishes visibility when the sun is out. A reflection from the dashboard is displayed on the windshield and is like looking directly into the sun. Sooner or later this is going to be the cause of an accident that may or may not result, but not limited to death. It is a defect on the part of Toyota and should be addressed immediately before someone gets hurt. I have two small children and their lives should not be put in danger for an obvious defect that must be corrected.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #171

Apr 142014


  • 76,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the dashboard was melting and caused a glare on the windshield. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 76,500.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

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problem #170

Nov 012013


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the dashboard cover was melting and fractured when touched. The glove compartment area melted and exposed the board. The contact was concerned that the air bags may deploy and the instrument panel wires may fail, if exposed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Cabo Rojo, PR, USA

problem #169

Oct 182007


  • miles


Dashboard is melting causing dangerous glare.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

problem #168

Aug 012014

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
The dashboard on my vehicle is melting. It's sticky, looks wet, and on some days it actually feels like clay. When the sun is out it's very difficult to see due to the intense glare. There have been many days I try to look at the right side of the road when there's been oncoming traffic like you do when someone is coming at you with their hi-beams on. There have been numerous vehicle safety complaints made concerning this issue but no recalls have been issued. With the amount of people reporting the exact same issue its time for someone to step up and make others with the ability to help do the right thing. This is nonsense.

- Maple Hill, NC, USA

problem #167

Oct 142013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 75,362 miles
The dash board on my 2007 Toyota Camry has become extremely soft and glares back into the window causing it hard to see. This clearly should be a defect that needs to be addressed before anyone gets hurt. It is clear to see this is not an isolated case as per all the postings on the internet. I hope that the Agency in charge of safety looks at this as a real problem and not wait until something bad happens before reacting.

- Thonotosassa, FL, USA

problem #166

Sep 222014


  • 113,000 miles
The dashboard in this car is melting and creating a glare on the windshield. It makes it hard to see.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #165

Sep 192014

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles


On 9/19/14, I spoke with "[xxx]", customer experience center, Toyota headquarters regarding my melting dashboard. I explained that it's a security issue that Toyota has been made aware of, and which I became aware of by local media. I informed her that there's a significant glare from my dashboard, and anything that comes in contact with it sticks, so I can't even use a visor. The local dealership in delray beach, fl has offered to replace the dashboard for an out-of-pocket expense to me of $600 (total reportedly normally $2000), however, I advised Toyota headquarters that there should be no cost to me due to the known security issues, reported accidents, their company's integrity and my loyalty as a longtime Toyota customer. [xxx] reminded me that my car was out of warranty, and that "out of respect for you, the dealership is offering you assistance. We don't have a recall notice or customer support for this vehicle, so there will be no further assistance." As a corporation, Toyota should be ashamed and be proactive in resolving this issue. Ultimately, someone will be successful in their misfortune when a loved one is seriously injured or dies in an accident attributed to the glare. Toyota headquarters should have been willing to send me a voucher or my local dealership for the $600 to replace my dashboard. Public opinion can affect their bottomline and they're obviously willing to put the public at risk to save a few dollars upfront.

- Boca Raton, FL, USA

problem #164

Sep 182014

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
Dash is sticky. The glare is very dangerous due to the residue on the dash. No accident occurred.

- Palm City, FL, USA

problem #163

Aug 292014


  • 111,891 miles
The top of the dashboard is tacky or sticky and extremely shiny. Sunlight reflects off the surface of the dashboard, creating a glare that obstructs vision. The sticky nature of the dashboard surface makes it difficult to clean. The material is extremely soft and easy to damage.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #162

Sep 232013

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
My dashboard is melting and damaged.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #161

May 122014

Camry 6-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
My dashboard is soft to touch and sticky especially in the heat. If you touch it with your nail it will make a indention. It is very hot to touch.

- Belmont, NC, USA

problem #160

Sep 012011


  • miles
3 or 4 years ago my dash board started melting. It is sticky and has a shine to it that causes a glare when driving into the sun. I have asked Toyota about it and they say there is nothing they will do.

- Cooper City , FL, USA

problem #159

Sep 152012

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
I have a 2007 Toyota Camry that has the melting dashboard. I complained about it many times starting in September of 2012. They told me it was my fault. Something I used on dashboard. (cleaning product). I knew I had not and insisted mid last year that they take pictures and submit to have it fixed. I did not get a response. Last month August, 2014 8 on your side aired the story on melting dashboards. I called Toyota again and they said they were sorry no one got back to me. They said they had the complaint on file, but could not explain why I got no response. A few days later they said they would fix it for just under $800. I feel this is a manufacturer problem and think it should be a recall. The glare it causes off the windshield makes if dangerous to drive. Also melting plastic may not be good for the air quality. Thank you I was in contact with clearwater Toyota. They said I had 90 days to accept or deny their offer.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #158

Sep 132014


  • 43,000 miles
My dashboard is melting, and its only getting worse, cant clean it off, but aside from that I fear that in an emergency my passenger airbag will not properly deploy...this is a horrible yet scary issue to have...such a beautiful car with a melting dashboard, I am a big Honda and Toyota fan as for the rest off my family..and I can tell you this cannot be Toyota quality of service, and I highly doubt that the cheap melting gum like materials used for these dashboards are not up to Toyota standards..

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #157

Sep 012014


  • 40,600 miles
Toyota should provide a recall regarding the replacement of a defective and potentially dangerous vehicle dashboard. My car is in excellent condition but for some reason the vehicle has a sticky, melting and dirty dashboard which is impossible to clean because if you touch it vanishes, while cleaning it. Furthermore, when you drive on daylight is extremely difficult to drive with the glare coming from the dashboard, which definitely may cause a horrible accident, increasing the possibility for injury and even death along time.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #156

Jul 012014


  • miles
2007 Toyota Camry. Consumer writes in regards to assistance in replacement of defective and potentially dangerous vehicle dashboard. The consumer stated not only was the dashboard melting, sticky, and ugly, the glare coming from the dashboard made it difficult to see the road ahead and therefore greatly increased the potential for injury.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

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