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:
8 / 28
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
68,099 miles

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2007 Toyota Camry electrical problems

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2007 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 7 of 9)

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problem #50

Mar 072012


  • 118,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the driver side door control panel caught fire. The contact and a passenger were able to extinguish the fire. The vehicle had not been inspected by a dealer nor repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and the current mileages were approximately 118,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #49

Dec 262011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 79,819 miles
On 12/26/11, I was driving my car along with three passengers and began to see black smoke throughout the car. I determined that the smoke was coming from the driver side master control panel on the door. Shortly thereafter, the smoke immediately turned into flames, which caused poor visibility and complete panic. Luckily, I pulled to the side of the road and had all passengers immediately exit the vehicle. Prior to exiting the vehicle, the flames caught the left side of my arm and started to burn my coat. During this ordeal, I noticed that the front passenger side window immediately dropped unexpectedly. After exiting the vehicle the flames quickly increased and began shooting into the air uncontrollably. On instinct, I decided to leave the car door open facing the street as I was fearful to close the door, which would further exacerbate the fire. My husband was able to retrieve a piece of clothing from the trunk of the car and used it to put out the fire while sustaining a burn on his hand. I immediately called 911 as they dispatched the fire department to the scene. The fire department completely extinguished the fire and indicated that it may have been caused due to electrical problems. Overall, it was a frightening experience for myself and family members as I strongly feel that no one has a clear explanation as to the cause of the fire and fails to ensure my family's safety and well being. I immediately contacted my insurance agent, the dealership and explained the incident in detail along with filing a complaint with Toyota motor corporation. This is a significant incident that occurred and further investigation and consideration should be taken. This incident fortunately did not lead to any serious physical injuries, however the emotional trauma and distress caused by the ordeal is long-lasting. Updated 07/24/12

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #48

Mar 032012

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
After starting the car and driving the driver smelled something burning. Within seconds smoke was inside the vehicle coming from the driver's side window controls. Prior to putting the car in drive the driver attempted to put the driver's side front and rear windows down. The rear window switch would not move. The driver pulled the car over and within a few seconds the smoke stopped coming out of the window switch. Then drove the vehicle to the Toyota dealer approximately 1-1/2 to 2 miles down the road where they assessed the problem and determined that the window switch was burned out. They unplugged the switch and ordered a new one which was replaced on 3/6/12.

- Liverpool, NY, USA

problem #47

Feb 012012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


I just got in the car and was driving when I smelled something burning. It was at night so I could not see where it was coming from so I pulled over and noticed smoke was coming from the front left driver side door and even through the window switch. I turned around and went back home so I can turn the car off and let the smoke escape the car. It stopped smoking after awhile but now I cant use none of my windows except the driver side. The other switches are stuck they wont move seemed like that what was burning. This definitely needs to be investigated because with a car only 4 years old, this should not be happening. The car has been well maintained. Called Toyota and the main power window switch is 350, something that I should not be responsible for.

- Hayward, CA, USA

problem #46

Dec 262011

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
2007 Toyota Camry. Attorney writes on behalf of client in regards to NHTSA's Toyota investigations and consumer's vehicle bursting into flames smoke began to emanate from the left front driver's-side door; then flames burst from the door. The driver was able to pull over to the side of the road. The driver's husband took a cloth from the trunk and tried to extinguish the flames, and suffered a small burn.

- Hartford, CT, USA

problem #45

Jan 302012

Camry 6-cyl

  • 63,133 miles
An electrical fire started in the driver's side door of my 2007 Toyota Camry. There was a short in the power window master switch assembly located in the driver's side door. I drove my car the next day to my local Toyota dealer for service and repair. I paid ventura Toyota $437.36 in parts and $57.50 in labor to replace the assembly.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #44

Apr 072010

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles


As I was driving I noticed a smell of something burning coming from my car. As I accelerated the smell increased. I had my two children in the car and we were driving. I pulled over, checked my oil, brakes fluid and tires to make sure everything was normal, which it was. As I drove away I began to smell the smoke again. I continued driving down the street my car filled with smoke and sparks came from the driver's side. In a panic, I immediately pulled over, took my children out of the car as soon as possible and ran across a busy intersection. I later called my insurance company and Toyota. The dealer actually made jokes about us being "in a fire". once they found out my car was under warranty they said they would fix it. I told them I wanted my insurance company to come out and see the damage before they did any repairs. They ignored my request and replaced the parts within 12 hours. My car smelled of smoke and fire for months, they refused to detail or replace any of the interior and every time the adjustor came to see the car. They had all of the windows completely down. I reported my complaints and incident to the main Toyota office via email. I even sent pictures of the burned parts which I confiscated from the dealer. I recently read of your Agency having only reported six of these cases in the atlanta journal. I wanted to let you know that there are more. I didn't want the car back and was afraid for mine and my families safety.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #43

Mar 312010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the front driver's door caught on fire while driving. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer and the dealer stated that the electronic circuits on the door caused the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 57,000 and the current mileage was 85,000. Updated 06/06/12

- Westminster , CA, USA

problem #42

Dec 142011


  • 65,000 miles
I wanted to pass along this fix as the tsb seem not to have a solution. I have filed this under electrical as this is the common symptoms (dash gauges jump) ; however the failure is in the brakes (ABS distribution). I first noticed my dash gauges (temp, tach, speedometer, and transmission selection) were jumpy or non operative. It resembled a low battery problem. The dealer 1st suggested I replace battery--still has problem, then they stated they found loose wire under dash--still had problem, finally (after I explained there were many online complaints of others with remedies that did not work) they advised Toyota had a tsb for the ABS distribution that would cause dash gauges to work erratically. Part was replaced under extended warranty. Car seems fine...a plus, car no longer feels like brakes are dragging when letting off accelerator pedal. I hope this helps others.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #41

Nov 192011


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owned a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that immediately after starting the vehicle, she smelled a burning odor and flames emitted from the door. The police and fire department were notified and no injuries were reported. The vehicle was declared destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 85,000. Updated 11/25/11

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #40

Nov 132011


  • miles


Hi, the front panel lights of Toyota Camry 2007 are too bright and there is no adjustment point where the drivers can control the brightness. The light is too bright that it distracts the view in the night driving also it makes the eyes tired so quickly.. Toyota should help to fix this problem..

- Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #39

Oct 072005


  • 50,000 miles
Almost every time we exit our vehicle we get a very strong electrical shock. This doesn't happen every day but approximately 3 or 4 days a week. We are pretty tired of getting shocked as it is not a little shock but enough to make you jump. We try to tap the frame of the door before we close it to release the electrical current. This doesn't usually help though.

- Leesburg, FL, USA

problem #38

Aug 242011


  • 35,000 miles
I was driving my 2007 Toyota Camry when sparks flew from under the drivers side front seat, then came a popping sound. This happened again, but this time a flame came after the sparks. I was driving around 55 mph whenever this happened, and I was on a very busy freeway during rush hour (5:30 P.M.) traffic. I was able to pull off to the shoulder, but by then the fire was spreading across the drivers seat. I was able to stop by using the tip of my toes to apply the brakes. The fire burned my pant legs significantly, while burning a couple areas of my calves. The fire department was able to put the fire out, but by then my car was totaled. The fireman and my insurance investigator stated that they believed the fire started because of electrical, which may have been from my power seats. Luckily, myself nor anyone else was killed during this horrendous ordeal.

- Westerville , OH, USA

problem #37

May 012011


  • 20,000 miles
My 2007 Camry xle is equipped with a smart key system. When I enter the car I depress the foot break peddle and wait for the green light on the start button to turn green when it does I start the car. But some time there is no light yellow or green. I wait a short while and try again and maybe there is a green light or a yellow light or nothing. I changed the remote battery but that did not solve the problem. I called the dealer they told me to bring the Camry in for a test and the cost will be $ $90 I think this is not fair. I talked to several Camry owners and they all have the same problem help please.[xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Woodland Hills , CA, USA

problem #36

Mar 292011


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. While driving 55 mph, the contact noticed that the console caught fire. The fire department arrived and extinguished the fire. The vehicle was destroyed. The dealer sent an investigator to inspect the vehicle and he is waiting for a response. A police report was filed. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The current and failure mileages were 32,000.

- Wilmington, MA, USA

problem #35

Mar 132006


  • 1 miles
2007 Toyota Camry purchased from sunnyside Toyota lorain road North oldsted Ohio has mold in it that makes everyone sick who rides in the car purchased brand new 3/13/2006.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #34

Aug 182010


  • 86,300 miles
2007 Toyota Camry. Initially when the car was turned on the brake light, and ABS light would come on along with the tachometer, speedometer would begin racing while in park. At this time the engine cooling system would go down to "C" this happened half a dozen times and it was taken to Toyota dealers. I spent $618 for repairs and I was told the car was fixed. Toyota dealer also stated I was able to drive the car and there would be no problems. After spending money for repairs within 24 hours the problem began again. Now this time not only when you were in park would the lights come on the began coming on while I was driving. So I could not tell what speeds I was doing and unable to tell if I had brakes when the light came on. So it was taken back to the same dealership and this time they want to replace skid control ECU/actuator per tech line and want me to spend over $2000 to fix the problem even though I have a bill of sale that states problem was fixed just days before.

- Carlyle, IL, USA

problem #33

Jan 042010


  • 34,717 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid. The contact was driving approximately 2 mph in reverse on a slight incline in the driveway. The hybrid system overheated warning light and master warning light indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. While pressure was applied on the accelerator pedal there was no power response. Unexpectedly, the vehicle rolled forward with the gear shifter in the reverse position. The engine was turned off. The vehicle restarted after waiting a period of eight to ten minutes and resumed normally. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection on four separate occasions for the identical failures. The technician stated the problem was a natural characteristic of the vehicle. The failure continued to occur. The failure mileage was 34,717.

- St. Thomas, VI, USA

problem #32

Apr 222006


  • miles
I purchased my 2007 Toyota Camry in 2006 when the new model first came out. Immediately after buying the car I contacted the dealership about a hesitation and acceleration problem. I wanted to return the car and they told me no it was now a used car. I contacted Toyota headquarters as well and in 2007 I was told it is probably and electronics problem but has not been recalled yet. My vehicle was involved in the recall, I took it in for the service and the car is still having problems. Toyota has dismissed my complaints. I have felt from day one that this vehicle is unsafe and continues to be unsafe. Toyota refuses to give me my money back, I have lost resale value and cannot even sell the car now. I am very frustrated and angry over this situation. I have to continue to pay my car loan even though I refuse to drive this car.

- Mays Landing, NJ, USA

problem #31

Jan 282008


  • 32,245 miles
I own a Toyota Camry 2007 SE. I have repeatedly taken the car back to the dealership for service for a problem reported by others: Momentary hesitation in acceleration when stepping on the gas. I have had the computer reprogrammed several times and the dealership tells me this is just how it is made. It is dangerous when trying to accelerate at a critical time. In addition, I had another odd experience. I had started the car while in my garage, fastened my seat belt, put my foot on the brake, and unfortunately reached for the open car door at the same time I put the car in reverse. The car lurched backward while my foot was still on the brake, the car door took out shelving and my chest freezer and the wheels were still spinning and had to turn the car off. Needless to say it caused property damage and over $3,000 damage to my car. Of course I took the car to the dealership immediately and they checked it and said that there was no problem with the car and that they had never heard of this before. There were no bulletins on this issue. They made me feel stupid and said that obviously I had my foot on the gas. I know that my foot was on the break. With all of the recall issues, I am becoming frightened about driving this car!!

- Granite Bay, CA, USA

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