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:
5 / 5
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
36,919 miles

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2007 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 5)

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problem #75

Jan 052012


  • 130,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle would burn excessive oil every thousand miles. The contact stated that he would check the oil level every one thousand miles and would have to add one quart of oil in between oil changes at 3,000 miles. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic for inspection of the leak but the mechanic was unable to determine the cause of the leak. The dealer was not notified. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 130,000 and the current mileage was 147,000.

- Whispering Pines, NC, USA

problem #74

Oct 202011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
I have 2007 Toyota Camry that has excessive oil consumption 1qt every 1000mls.

- Raymond, MS, USA

problem #73

May 172006


  • 10 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that three quarts of oil had to be replaced every 5,000 miles. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the engine was pulled to determine the cause of the excessive oil consumption. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 10 and the current mileage was 55,000.

- Milwalkee, OR, USA

problem #72

Jun 012011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles


My Camry has excessive oil usage. It uses about 1 qt every 600 miles. The problem started at approx 61000 miles. Car currently has 96,000 miles on it and I put a quart of oil in for every 2 tanks of gas. I see that Toyota issued a tsb for this problem but will only fix it under warranty. They are replacing the pistons and rings with a new design because the old design is a failure. It is an engineering/design defect and should be fixed under a recall.

- Washington, PA, USA

problem #71

May 102007

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
I bought 07 Camry from local Toyota dealership in 2007. From the start I've noticed the car was consuming oil. There is no trace of leak anywhere but was taking oil. Without much thought, I would add oil as needed. As the mileage start to rack up, the problem is too obvious and it is getting worse. At the beginning, I did not know how much oil was being consumed. Then I stared to use ticker oil hoping the problem would go away. It did not and I am still using ticker oil (5W20 to 5W30) oil consumption problem, I think is progressively getting worse. The car now has 65,000 miles and late last summer (2011) I've seen oil adding every month (about every 1,000 miles). Local dealer said a quart every 1,000 miles is normal. Service manager is saying that Toyota stated the consuming a quart every 1,000 mile is normal. So go complain to Toyota Corp is what they said. I felt like I was talking to a brick wall. Dealership said I should go through oil consumption test, which I stated the process in December of 2011. They had put in half inch above the full mark on the dipstick, which I would have though they would have noted this. After I come back after 1,000 miles, oil consumption was there but they claim 1/2 quart in 1,000 miles. Not considering how much they have over filled or had any idea of that fact. I started looking into this in web and also learned that dealership uses additive to not consume oil in consumption testing. I cannot win over dishonest experts at the dealership. This is a serious problem. I cannot sell this car as I am not about to lie about the oil consumption to a buyer. Who would want to buy my car that consumes a quart every 1,000 mile. I can tell a buyer "this is normal in Toyota standard"; would a buyer understand this? Toyota is trying to turn away their problem onto their customer.

- South Barrington, IL, USA

problem #70

Jan 012011

Camry 6-cyl

  • miles
The oil baffle in my 2007 Camry has trashed the engine and Toyota refuses to take any responsibility because my car is couple of thousand miles past the warranty and they are asking for 8,000 for a new engine. In the meantime, I am still making payment for this car and I have not been able to drive it for the past month and do not have the money to fix it.

- Bound Brook, NJ, USA

problem #69

Jan 052010


  • 60,000 miles


The 2.4liter engine in the 2007 Toyota Camry that I own has begun to consume an excessive amount of engine oil. Toyota has issued a technical service bulletin to cover vehicles that are still covered under factory warranty but will not assist me with my vehicle since it is now out of warranty. Now the vehicle has 100,000 miles on it and the engine will fail prematurely. I have contacted the Toyota's customer service center as well as my local dealer with no success. The local dealer knows of the problem but says Toyota will not assist out of warranty customers. There was obviously a manufacturing defect in the engine and the problem is widespread with these models. Toyota should be held responsible for distributing an inferior product to the public as well as the environmental impact of excessive oil burning on a late model vehicle.

- Phenix City, AL, USA

problem #68

May 142011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
I accidentally found out that my 2007 Toyota Camry is burning excessive amount of oil. When I went for an oil change at around 60000 miles, the mechanics commented that my engine oil level is very low (nearly empty). He found no signs of leaking. After the oil change, I checked the level to make sure it is full. After 600 miles, the mark is near the low end, which means about 1.2 quart consumption (according to user manual).

- Chesterfield, MO, USA

problem #67

Mar 162008


  • miles
During driving or in a stop light the warning lights of vcs system lights up without any reason and then went to normal. I've noticed then that this usually happened when some weighted vehicles passed beside mine that caused a rough road movement or some high loud. One time passed just before a routine checkup (oil & filter). I called back to the service and told me that it was a resetting of the car system."??" this has passed for a few times every year but this time the warning lights still and it shown a diagnosis with abnormal leak in the accumulator which I've told that this should not be happened in an hybrid model.

- Manati, PR, USA

problem #66

Nov 032011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 59,820 miles
This car was purchased used from a private party in August 2011. I did an oil change soon after, on 8/21 with mileage at 57,336. On 11/3 my wife reported the oil light coming on when braking. I checked the oil level, and there was just a tiny bit on the tip of the dipstick. It took 3 full quarts to bring it back up to full on the dipstick. Mileage was 59,820 so that means that in 2,484 miles, the engine consumed 3 quarts of oil. On 12/18 my wife again reported the oil light coming on when braking. I checked the oil and the dipstick was completely dry. Again, 3 full quarts to bring it up to the full mark. Mileage was 61,397 so this time 3 quarts were consumed in 1577 miles. All of this in completely normal driving. There is no oil leaking under the car and there is no smoke coming out of the tailpipe, nor is there any oil mixed in with the coolant, so I don't know where it is going. This is ridiculous. I will be contacting Toyota about this tomorrow. The manual states that it is normal to consume a quart every 600 miles. This is also ridiculous. Toyota knows there is a problem, there are many complaints about this. Toyota has since redesigned their engine because if this. Toyota needs to give people with affected vehicles replacement engines to rectify this. Please investigate and hold Toyota accountable.

- Dale City, VA, USA

problem #65

Dec 082011


  • 57,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact was driving 30 mph and attempting a left turn when the vehicle lost traction and swerved from one side of the road to the other. The contact stated that the check engine failure light illuminated during the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileages were 57,000.

- Wheeling, IL, USA

problem #64

Dec 052011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
This is for Camry 07, 4 cyl. The car always gets serviced at the Toyota dealership at 5000 intervals (per their recommendations). I noticed before the due mileage (5000 miles) when sudden braking, the oil light would come on. When checking the dipstick it is almost empty. So the dealer recommends doing 500 to 1000 miles oil checks and it is consuming too much oil. After searching I found that there is a defect in the engine block but Toyota denies it. I did call their customer service and they mentioned it is ok for the engine to consume oil!!! this is of course is not acceptable and secondly burning oil would make more pollution.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #63

Jul 042011

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
I was driving on the turnpike with my cruise control set at 75 mph when my car began "racing" into overdrive. It did this for a few seconds then stopped, a few minutes later the engine raced again. About. That time another car pulled up next to me to tell me my car was on fire(smoking). I pulled off the interstate and had to have my car towed. Toyota finally agreed to replace the engine but I am having same problems with new engine and I was charged $1800 to get an extended warranty on the new engine.

- Okla. City, OK, USA

problem #62

Oct 122011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
Noticed the engine burning oil at an excessive rate (2 quarts every 1500 miles) at around 72,000 miles. At 85,000 miles dealer ran a consumption test and inspected the engine. Advised that the short block of the engine needed to be replaced for $6500. Car is just out of warranty on mileage and Toyota will not cover the repair despite the fact that the dealer says this is a common and known issue. A quick search on the internet of "2007 Camry burns oil" showed that many others are having the same problem. I have no idea if it's safe for me to drive the car under the current conditions (the dealership couldn't guarantee it was) and I don't feel that it's my responsibility to fix this since it's clearly an issue with this car. Online searches have also revealed that Toyota has come out with a new short block for the engine of this car, so clearly, they know the other one was flawed. This car is not even five years old. It's not normal to have to replace the engine. Toyota is insisting that it is. They won't acknowledge the problem. Please investigate!

- Belchertown, MA, USA

problem #61

Nov 012010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
My Camry is burning through oil at a rate of about one quart per 1000 miles! this is not normal in the least. I know that there have been many complaints similar to mine - I sure hope that your Agency can do something to address this issue with Toyota.

- Littleton, CO, USA

problem #60

Oct 012011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 111,265 miles
I purchased this vehicle from sheehy Nissan on Sept. 25, 2010, with 89,720 miles, one previous owner and no accidents/damage reported to carfax, after having a state inspection done of all major systems. I have the oil changed at regular intervals (most recently, Sept. 23, 2011 at 110,990 miles) and had 100K mile servicing done on July 19, 2011. The engine failed during a drive to New York. Climbing the bridge out of Delaware, the rpms abnormally increased. I saw the oil light illuminate, turned off the radio, opened the window and heard the engine making loud noises. I pulled to the shoulder on the approach to the New Jersey turnpike. When the car came to a stop, the engine stalled and would not restart. The temperature gauge remained at the mid-way point, but a greasy film covered the back bumper. Aaa towed it back to my shop, where mechanics said they could not get the engine to turn. They said the oil pump had failed. Oil was in the engine but wasn't circulating, and they found fresh oil and metal shavings in the pan. I paid $3,819 for a complete engine rebuild for a four-year old car. Searching the internet and this website, I see a number of owners of 2007 Toyota Camry highlighting problems with the car's engine, including sludge build up. I have received no information from the dealer about recalls. The used car warranty covered the engine but its duration was 30 days or 1K miles, whichever came first. In addition, the sun visor on the passenger's side continually slips, obscuring the view of traffic on the right, and will not remain in place - a problem I see other owners of this vehicle report. I don't see a place to enter this, but there were no injuries or deaths because I was able to pull out of traffic while the engine was still running.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #59

Oct 042011


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated while driving 35 mph, smoke was seen coming from the interior. The contact merged onto the shoulder and the vehicle was towed to the dealer who test drove and inspected the vehicle. The dealer was unable to find where the smoke was coming from or any other issues. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Bensalem, PA, USA

problem #58

Sep 192011


  • 76,000 miles
I had an oil change 2K miles ago by a certified Toyota dealership and yesterday noticed that my oil light kept turning on as I accelerated and decelerated. Checked the oil with the dipstick and it was not registering. Had to put 3 quarts of oil in to bring it back up to full. Had Toyota check and there were no leaks. Said that its uncommon that this is happening. And it could be burning oil. That's 1 quart every 1000 miles which is unheard of! I checked online after my visit with Toyota and found out that there is a widespread problem! I only have 76K on the engine and my warranty ran out at 65K. Dealer said either pay to have the engine rebuilt or buy a new car. Then said that he suggests to buy a new car and dump this one before the problem gets worse!!!

- Damascus, OR, USA

problem #57

Mar 272011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Oil consumption problem. Vehicle requires 1 quart of oil added every 1000M. Current mileage ~42K.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #56

Jul 232001


  • 44,865 miles
Driver belt/tensioner failure at less than 46,000 miles on a new model. Noise under the hood when air conditioner is turned on. Driver belt has lost tension. Vehicle is less than 4 years old.

- Bethesda, MD, USA

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