CarComplaints.com 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.

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.

7.8

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,170
Average Mileage:
111,600 miles
Total Complaints:
235 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. add a quart every 1000 miles (88 reports)
  2. not sure (54 reports)
  3. add oil (40 reports)
  4. repair pistons/oil leak (26 reports)
  5. replace engine (15 reports)
  6. repaired engine (7 reports)
2007 Toyota Camry engine problems

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2007 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 12)

problem #235

Aug 152019

Camry LX 2.4L 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

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

After about 1.5 months I have to add a quart of oil... Also I was told, eventually engine would be affected.

- John M., Manchester, US

problem #234

Sep 072017

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles

I bought this 2007 Toyota Camry LE that has that 2.4L engine that there is something wrong with the pistons and I'm burning a lot of oil. If I was to drive 600 miles my crankcase would be empty and I would have to put at least 4.5 quarts of oil. I forgot to tell you that I bought this car in New York at an auction and I live in South Carolina so when I drove my Toyota back home my oil light came on. I drove about 600 miles so I stopped at a gas station and when I check my oil the dip stick showed me no oil in my engine.

When I brought my car to Toyota of Rock Hill they told me that it will cost me $5,000.00 to fix the problem. When I mention about this recall they said that to many years have gone by. They said the recall was from 2007 to 2016 and then they extended it one more year to 2017 and I bought my car 9/07/2017 and the mileage was only 50,186 so I went back and fourth several times with them and every time I went there they said there was nothing they can do for me. So why make me go back and fourth several times if you're not going to do anything for me. I have been on their butts ever since, and I'm not going to quit until they fix the problem.

- Michael B., Rock Hill, SC, US

problem #233

Sep 252015

Camry CE 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

At 90,000 miles, the oil would need to be replaced every 500 miles, but the engine oil light failed to come on. Just when my auto mechanic told me to buy a new car, I received a notice in the mail about a class action suit being filed against Toyota, directing me to go to to the dealer to have the problem fixed. I did, and Toyota paid for the piston rings to be replaced in the engine. My neighbor was not so lucky because he never read his mail.

- lois.trimbur, Butler, US

problem #232

May 042020

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 55,200 miles

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

This 2007 Camry is one of a kind. Manual Trans .. Sunroof .. Electronic Stability Control. It's been garage kept since purchase and after 13 years still has a new car smell. This car has been babied --- About 90% of the miles are interstate-only road miles. Oil changed every 5,000 miles as recommended by the dealer.

I am adding 1/2 quart every 450 miles. Definitely not acceptable. For reference, I have a 34-year-old Mazda (original engine) with 279,000 miles that uses 1 quart every 3,500 miles.

I have previously owned a 1976 Corolla, 1976 Celica and currently own a 2011 Corolla as well as the 2007 Camry. If Toyota doesn't help with the obvious need for a repair, I'll not only be happy to join a lawsuit but choose another car manufacturer in the future.

This isn't the first time Toyota's failed to make good on a defect with this car. But if no help with a defective engine, it will be my last Toyota. Probably go back to Mazda or perhaps a Subaru .. either/both run forever.

- B J., Greenville, US

problem #231

Jun 112018

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

The car started burning oil soon after the manufacturer recall warranty expired. It started out where I had to add 1 qt every 1000 miles, but now it's more like every 6-700 miles.

- shotgunrain58, Apple Valley, US

problem #230

Jun 012017

Camry LS 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

I have to add at least 5 quarts of oil in between oil changes now at 150,000 miles. This issue has gradually increased over the past year and a half. When I purchased the car I could go 6,000 miles between oil changes. A typical oil change will last me barely over 1,000 miles! Ridiculous!

- Lanie C., Gastonia, NC, US

problem #229

Apr 022018

Camry LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

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

I got the oil sign on my dashboard about two years back that time Toyota send letter for oil consumption test to be done. I went to the dealer and they did just seal the oil cap and asked me to come back so they can verify the oil level. According to them the consumption is normal and did nothing. However, after a year of that every 1000 mile I am getting oil sign, so I have to add 1 qrt of oil. It's very annoying. I can't believe Toyota made an engine that has this issue and they have not done anything to recall or fix issue. I am sure there are 10000s of cars that have this issue but not reported yet. I feel Toyota is the worst car and company to buy a vehicle. Toyota should replace or rebuild the engine for free for all Camry.

- toyota suckss, Raleigh, US

problem #228

Jun 042018

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles

I TRUSTED TOYOTA TOOK CAR IN 5X ASKING ABOUT OIL ISSUE SAME THING SAID NOTHING WRONG

- Keith B., Charleston, US

problem #227

Jan 192019

Camry SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 277,500 miles

Overall, the TSB did not provide any coverage or resolution to my problem, simply due to being over the mileage; however, the problem is the exact as listed in the TSB.

Contacted Toyota after over the weekend the car's check engine light. I contacted the Toyota Dealer who explained the TSB expired Jan 2017 and it would need to be resolved with Toyota Corp. Spent greater part of 1/22/19 on the phone with Toyota who was able to pull service records from 2010 and 2011 where I complained about oil consumption at 64k, 75k, and 77k miles. Two oil consumption test were started but the dealer never followed up and documented any closing of the case.

I explained to Toyota that I felt since the issue was recognized in 2010 and 2011 and documented; Toyota should take some ownership of this problem and provide a reasonable resolution to the problem outside of the TSB. Even if I was notified of the TSB in 2015 the car was already over the mileage (August 2013 at 152k miles) the TSB would not have provided any resolution.

My concern is that Toyota should assist in fixing the issue (to which they noted in 2015) since the issue was voiced to dealer in 2010 and 2011 but not resolved -- Therefore the TSB would not apply in the situation but Toyota Customer Service overall should work to resolve this concern.

- Kareem S., Fayetteville, NC, US

problem #226

Jan 272017

Camry LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

This Camry is awesome but I need put oil every 1000 miles and that situation is too much stress.

- Samly S., Davenport, US

problem #225

Nov 152013

Camry SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 156,000 miles

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

I bought my 2007 Toyota Camry SE last month. The car had 239,000 miles when I bought it. After changing the oil when I first purchased the car, 2,800 miles later on the odometer the oil light came on the dashboard. I took it into the dealership and told them that every time I step on the brake the oil light comes on. They looked up the car to see if it has been serviced at a dealership before and the car has been dealer maintained its entire life at Kolosso Toyota. I'm the 3rd owner and when they printed out the service history, I read that the 2nd owner who has just purchased the car in October of 2013 took the car to Kolosso Toyota complaining of the same problem. This car has been burning oil since at least October 2013, and its outside of the 10 year/150,000 mile recall for burning oil because of pistons issues in the engine. The dealer told me to just do more frequent oil changes and to bring the car in right away when the oil lights comes on. It would cost thousands to fix the issue is what I was told.

- Ahmad M., Chicago, IL, US

problem #224

Nov 112018

Camry SE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

We have always had to keep an eye on the oil level of this car. It burns about a quart every 1000 miles. Noticed it about a year into ownership. We never got any letters from Toyota in the mail over this. I think it's just ridiculous.

- Anthony S., Louisville, KY, US

problem #223

Jul 012016

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • 172,000 miles

After every oil change within not even 1000 miles oil does not show up on gauge.

- Hiren P., Madison, US

problem #222

May 012018

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,000 miles

I only drive about 30 miles per day and I have to put at least a quart of oil in my vehicle weekly. If I drive interstate at normal speeds, I have to put 2-3 quarts in after a 150mile round trip.

- Sherri S., Gray, US

problem #221

Oct 012018

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,929 miles

Oil consumption at high rpm. Gunked up pistons rings are doing that. Not covered under Toyota warranty since it already passed the 10 year/150,000 gap.

- Nabeel A., Burnsville, MN, US

problem #220

Aug 012017

Camry 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

I purchased my 2007 Toyota Camry thinking that it would be a good reliable car for me and my children as I am a single mother. This was the 1st car I bought from a dealership and took a loan out on. After only 6 months of having the car the engine started knocking because of the oil consumption problem. I had to get rid of the car that I am still paying on and purchased another car which I am paying on as well. So essentially I am paying on 2 cars and only have 1. This has created a great hardship on my family as I mentioned previously that I am a single mother trying to make ends meet and this did not help in any way. It has only made worse problems for my family.

- Micki B., Le Claire, US

problem #219

May 062018

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

After taking care of the car maintenance ,I find out the oil consumption was known to Toyota, yet they never advised the customers of the problem.

- Jerry L., Chicago, IL, US

problem #218

Jul 312018

Camry LE 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

I am changing engine oil every time with not even 500 miles after changing the oil. I need to check everytime the level oil in the engine as the maintenance light is not turning on, that's very awful. I am not sure how much it will cost for repairs but it's costing too much every time to change the oil.

- Vamsi M., San Diego, CA, US

problem #217

Dec 122016

Camry V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Burns oil/leaks oil constantly. I stay on top of it by paying my mechanic enough money to put his child through private university or buy a new boat, either way guessing that is better than having a car payment. I fully expect that at some point engine damage will be done and just performing regular oil changes and maintenance check-ups will not be enough. Holding my breath.

- slw07, Austin, US

problem #216

May 012018

Camry LE 2az-Fe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,300 miles

I had the car tested for excessive oil consumption in 2016 when it had about 65000 miles. Although it was burning some oil, the service manager said it was not excessive. In 2018, I have to ad 1.5 quarts of oil every 1000 miles. The dealership said the TSB expired at the end of 2016 and they would not fix it under the limitations of the TSB. I called Toyota corporate and they sounded sympathetic, but they were not willing to authorize the repairs.

- George B., Marietta, GA, US

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