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 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,962 miles

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2007 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 5 of 10)

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problem #116

Oct 012009


  • 42,000 miles


I bought a used 2007 Camry from Toyota dealer. Shortly after I bought it, the engine oil light came on. So I immediately changed the oil. But every 1500 miles after the oil change, the engine light comes on. I told the dealer about this problem several times, but they keep on saying this is normal.

- Annandale, VA, USA

problem #115

Apr 042012


  • 72,000 miles
Excessive oil consumption. Took vehicle into dealer with complaint of engine valve noise. Dealer said no way valve problems with their cars at that mileage. Left with $1800 in non-associated repairs. Noticed accelerating consumption of oil. Tried again to get a fix with PCV valve and all filters replaced. Constantly topping off with oil between regular oil changes. Wouldn't accept the fact that engine valve seals were defective. Not on a Toyota with less than 90,000 miles. Finally did a monitoring test a month ago and realized my car had consumed 4 quarts of oil in about 1600 miles. The fix cost me about $2000. Then I check this website only to find about 100 similar complaints on 2007 Toyota Camry's. totally unacceptable and Toyota's claim in my owner's manual that 1.1 qts per 600 miles is acceptable is ridiculous. I'm checking for participation in a class-action suit. They need to "fess up" to their design or manufacturing flaw if they ever want me back as a new-car customer again. Engines unexpectedly seizing up at interstate highway speeds can kill!

- James Island, SC, USA

problem #114

Jan 152014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 98,993 miles
After every 1,000 I need to add a quart of oil. In between oil changes, every 4,000 miles, I need to add 4 quarts of oil. Where is this oil going? I don't have any oil on my drive way, garage floor, or anywhere else. I always take it to Toyota to get it serviced and they cannot tell me where it is going either. Dont understand what's going on. Toyota has no answers for me. I have had several Toyota Camry, but this is by far, my worse experience with a Toyota. Very dispointed and need this resolved soon!

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #113

Apr 212015


  • 79,000 miles


I was driving home from work, and as I was coming to a stop I heard a warning ding, looked down, and my dashboard read "low engine oil pressure." I found that warning odd considering I have only put 2,000 miles on my car since my last oil change, I have not noticed any oil leaks in my parking spot or under my car, and I had my transmission serviced four weeks ago and there was no mention of any leaks by the service technician. I pull into the walmart parking lot close by, check my oil, and oil levels are not registering on my dipstick. I quickly bought 2 quarts of the manufacturers recommended weight of oil, put them in, and went directly to my service station. The service station took me in immediately, completed their inspection, and they informed me that they cannot find any leaks anywhere. In addition, there are no bad smells, no smoke, no signs of oil burning, nothing. They recommended an oil change, which I did. The service station gave me a 50% discount on the service because it was only 2 months and 2,000 miles since I was last there for an oil change. The mechanic suggested that I keep a case of oil in my trunk, check the oil level once a week, and add oil as needed. I think this is a lot of oil consumption, and a lot of work for such a young vehicle. My car is a 2007 Toyota Camry xle 4 cylinder with 79,004 miles as of 21 April 2015.

- North Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #112

Jun 072013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Excessive oil consumption between oil maintenance requirements.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #111

Apr 082015


  • 127,000 miles
- 2007 Camry has been consuming unreal amount of engine oil. - I took it to the delearship; and they mentioned replacement of pistons will be covered under factory warranty but if the engine is damaged they will not cover it. At this point, I am not even sure the piston is not working as it was supposed to. - the car was bought brand new and the defect on engine was brought to our attention only a month ago in 2015.

- Burke, VA, USA

problem #110

Mar 092015

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles


We got a warranty enhancement on our Toyota which started to lose alot of oil we took to Toyota green in lexington ky they had on their report we done over 2196 miles when started the test. Which was completely wrong they said we only used 1/2 quart of oil so it was not losing enough oil emailed Toyota considers oil consumption excessive when it exceeds 1.1 quart per 600 miles. My husband has been checking since took writes down mileage when he checks it had little over 900 miles on it and we had lost almost a quart of oil it liked 1/8 being a full court. Of course they say it says it in the book what they can use. I have had exactly 4 Toyota and they have never done this. They told us that we can take back in 5000 miles or 6mo which ever comes first. This just does not sound right to me. My husband was not back there when they checked every think which next time he will be.their exact words they said when checked when they first checked it was slightly low added one qt of oil rechecked and it was little over. When it states in the book also never to put over the amount of oil in the car.

- Winchester, KY, USA

problem #109

Nov 152013


  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle decelerated and lost power. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle started to jerk. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer multiple times. The technician was unable to diagnose or repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 140,000.

- Highland, CA, USA

problem #108

Mar 172015


  • 87,000 miles
Got an oil changed and about 3 weeks after heard engine making a funny knocking and ticking sound. Looked under hood to check fluids and the oil was completely dry! had to fill it up w quarts of oil, and constantly dump oil into engine because it was burning up so rapidly every 2/3 weeks, mate nice light would come on indicating low oil, received a letter from Toyota indicating they have a problem w the car consuming engine oil to rapidly, confronted the local dealer ship of my issue N they insist I must pay out of pocket to repair engine which now is knocking very loudly N has no acceleration at $95 an hr then they can perform engine oil consumption test to determine if that was the reason for my failure! which I know is!!! I have researched it and found there is a class action lawsuit on Toyota dealing w this specific issue! how do I get my vehicle fixed with out having to pay for their engine failure and poor manufacturing?

- Warren, OH, USA

problem #107

Feb 032015

Camry 4-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
The engine on this car have consumption two quarts oil every two thousand miles. And don't have any leaks.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #106

Jan 132015

Camry 4-cyl

  • 178,000 miles


This car has burned a quart of oil every 1000 miles for the past seven years. Recently received a tsb from Toyota on this issue and as instructed, took it into a Toyota dealership. I was shocked to learn from their staff that Toyota was considering replacing my engine if it did indeed burn a quart of oil every 1000 miles. I mean come on---the car has 180K miles on it. Never the less, I was impressed with the idea. They "sealed" the oil cap so no one could tamper with the oil level. They informed me that they had topped off the oil level. I put another 1200 miles on it and returned the car as instructed, to allow them to "perform a detailed test to determine if the engine was consuming a quart every 1000 miles. I checked the oil dipstick the morning I took the car back to Toyota. It was a full quart low on oil. Interesting, but Toyota performed their test and advised they would contact me. Did not happen. A month later I called the dealership and they informed me the ca had burned 7/8 of a quart and as it was less than a quart, I was basically sol. All said and done, I was not expecting a new engine. I was expecting to leave feeling I had been treated fairly and professionally. The net result is that I have made two totally unnecessary trips to the dealer just to be informed Toyota does not and will not do anything....becauset their test indicated the car failed to meet their criteria by 1/8 of a quart. was aquart low when I took it in, but wait...(I must be an idiot and blind. You.think they pulled the dipstick out and kept looking at it until they saw what they wanted to see?? I had been considering purchasing another Toyota product but this experience has demonstrated to me why I should never consider Toyota. I liked their Camry, but they failed to appreciate my honesty and demonstrated a lack of impartial decision making. Adios amigo.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #105

Oct 012013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
I am one of many complainants that have excess oil consumption with this car. I am using at least 1 quart every 1,000 miles.

- Ellington, CT, USA

problem #104

Dec 192013


  • 95,000 miles
My 2007 Camry is consuming around 3 quarts between 3000miles oil change intervals. This consumption is quite high by any standard. My car has always been maintained in a timely manner. If we changed the oil every 5000 like the manual said I would have a car right now because it would have ceased up the engine. This makes me very unhappy and not very safe for me or my family. At this time we are not able to get a newer/different car.

- Tremont, IL, USA

problem #103

Feb 032015

Camry 4-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
When I was driving the vehicle I noticed when I get to a certain speed the check engine light start to flash until I slow down or the vehicle won't move until I park it turn it off for a few minutes and then turn it back on. So I took it to the dealership and they told me I need a new engine.

- Peoria, IL, USA

problem #102

Jan 022015

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
No oil on dipstick, engine oil light came on whenever vehicle came to a stop. Took more than two quarts of oil to bring it to correct level.

- Northport, AL, USA

problem #101

Dec 012014


  • 132,000 miles
Excessive oil consumption was noticed in this vehicle around December 2014. The dealer refuses to deal with it considering 1 quart for every 1,000 miles is normal.

- Yorktown Heights, NY, USA

problem #100

Dec 262006


  • 35,000 miles
We bought this brand new 2007 Camry from dealer back in 2006. It has been maintained through Toyota dealers (longo Toyota most of time) since then. In Jan 2012, the engine sounded abnormal. We took it to the dealer and was told that there was oil "leaking" and the car was out of warranty. We paid out of own pocket to fix the "oil leaking" as suggested by the dealer, but the oil still keeps disappearing after around 2000 miles' driving. Now it is getting worse and worse, I have to check oil level and add 1 quart every 500 miles!

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #99

Jan 202015

Camry 4-cyl

  • 75,200 miles
I was driving about 30 miles an hour and approaching a stop sign and suddenly, all dashboard lights come on, the brakes stopped functioning. I lost control of the car briefly but was able to regain it and was eventually able to bring it to a stop.

- Loma Linda, CA, USA

problem #98

Jan 092015


  • 141,000 miles
I was driving the Camry when I reached a complete stop my check engine light came on, didn't really notice any change, two days later I notice gas consumption has increased. I took the Camry into dealer, dealer diagnosed the check engine to be a faulty O2 sensor. Replaced O2 sensor and drove off to pick up my kids from school, as we are driving home, I came to a traffic light, I stopped and check engine light and ABS light came on idle was disrupted briefly. I proceeded and when trying to stop car the brake pedal had become very tight to were I had to stomp on brakes with all my might to get car to stop. Drop kids off at home waited 15 minutes and started vehicle, ABS light was off but check engine remained on, brake pedal was almost back to normal. I drove car to dealer again, the dealer said it is a faulty brake booster which is allowing too much air into system which in return signals for more fuel to be pumped to compensate vacuum leak. Brake booster not covered under extended warranty, and very costly $1,363.16 parts, labor and taxes, not counting the 4 day rental. This concerns me because I believe this to be a safety issue, if it were my wife driving the Camry with my kids she would not be able to stop the vehicle without any warning. Toyota needs to make this a safety recall before something tragic happens. I looked at Toyota forums and it seems I'm not alone, brake booster for several other Toyota models have gone bad, after 100,000 miles some at 70,000. 2007 Toyota Camry seems like a horrible guinea pig car.

- Casselberry, FL, USA

problem #97

Sep 272014


  • 127,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 60 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the rear of the vehicle and an unknown warning light illuminated. In addition, the contact stated that there was a loud bang sound and smoke appeared under the hood. The vehicle was towed to a dealer, but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 127,000.

- Jackson, MS, USA

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