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 4 of 5)

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problem #35

May 272009

Camry 6-cyl

  • miles


High speed collision involving a 2007 Toyota Camry. Driver was familiar with road and was not known to drive aggressively or significantly above speed limit. Police report put rate of speed at time of collision at least 85 mph. Conversations with investigators indicate that severity of collision indicates speed may have been 100 mph. Posted speed was approximately 40 mph. Updated 03/08/10 updated 05/10/10 updated 07/15/10 according to the police report, the driver crashed into a tree, to avoid hitting another vehicle. The vehicle also caught fire. Updated 10/05/10 updated 9/29/11

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #34

Oct 102009


  • 61,310 miles
The vvt-I line from bank 1 failed and oil leaked all over my driveway. The car was 4.3 quarts low. No specific action took place to cause this other than a defective part/design from Toyota. The "fix" was a replacement pipe sub assembly (P/N 15707-31030). Apparently there is a metal replacement assembly but they put another rubber pipe into my car. Let's hope it doesn't have again and actually cause some damage.

- Warrenton, VA, USA

problem #33

Jun 102009


  • 65,000 miles
Car spit oil for miles and all cars like mine have this exact same problem. It is very disappointing that Toyota knows about this but refuse to fix it. I had to fix this problem out of pocket and seeing the history with so many problems, I had no choice but to sale the car.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #32

Aug 212009


  • 77,000 miles


First I heard a squealing noise, then my ac light started blinking and blowing hot air. I got home 5 miles later and turned the car off. Within 2 minutes a huge puddle of oil collected on the driveway under the passenger side of the engine.

- Angier, NC, USA

problem #31

Aug 012009


  • 107,000 miles
2007 Camry xle V6, this is my second car (lemon law replaced first Camry at 300 miles new) and 4th transmission, all covered by Toyota. Last week all oil drained from vehicle while driving.. oil spewed from underneath vehicle for miles. My girlfriend called me at work, asked me to check my car as she saw my trail of oil for 1/4 mile.. took car to my mechanic, found a rubber hose, a clamp on each end about 6 inches long, the clamps and hose had to be replaced, because oil spewed out of this part. If my girlfriend hadn't called me, my engine would have seized. As when I checked it at work a puddle of oil was under vehicle, and the dip stick showed no oil in vehicle. What if I was on vacation or traveling out of state, my car engine would have been destroyed. Engine would have seized due to no oil in engine. Big problem................................................

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #30

Jul 312009


  • 47,500 miles
The vvt-I oil line failed during a long out of state trip leaving family stranded and having to rent a vehicle to get home (Vermont to Maryland). Getting a rental was not fun. The worst part this is a known problem on the 2007 Camry V6 engines. The car was in for service the day prior to the failure. The dealer was supposedly checked all hoses, etc. There is a tsb out on the problem, and the vehicle has been regularly serviced since it has been out but never looked at.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #29

Jul 292009


  • 50,699 miles


Car lost oil pressure from broken vvti oil line. Oil was all over engine and completely all over the bottom of car, driveway and garage. Started smoking, no warning lights went on the dashboard. Car was towed to dealer. It was determined that the oil pipe was broke and replaced as per tsb EG64-05.

- Allentown, NJ, USA

problem #28

Mar 132009


  • 62,000 miles
Without warning, the vvt oil supply hose ruptured, spraying engine oil all over the engine, undercarriage and hot exhaust of my vehicle. This is a 2007 Toyota Camry xle with the 3.5 litre engine. The vehicle lost almost all of it's engine oil in a very short period of time and no warning lights or indicators ever came on. Traveling at highway speeds and with the catalytic converter at peak operating temperatures, this poses a very serious fire hazard. After having my vehicle towed to the Toyota dealer, I was advised that the ruptured hose was on national backorder and would take at least 5 weeks to get. I contacted Toyota's corporate offices and was told that production of the hoses could not meet the demand for them and that it may take 5 weeks or more to get the part at my local dealer. I was informed by a very reliable source that at the present time, Toyota has approximately 1100 vehicles with this same issue across the country. The other problem is that the oil has covered all of the rubber suspension parts from the front of the vehicle all the way to the rear tailpipe tips. After sitting for several weeks, this can cause catastrophic damage to all of the rubber suspension parts. I feel that the Toyota corporation is trying to limit it's expense for these premature failures of this oil supply hose and this poses a serious threat to the safety of anyone riding in the vehicle. This should certainly warrant a look by the NHTSA as it appears that the problem is larger tan the ability of Toyota to fix. This also places an unwarranted burden on the customer who has to pay for a defective car that is out of service and also pay for rental transportation to remain gainfully employed.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #27

Mar 012009


  • miles
Submission of motor vehicle defect notification regarding his 2007 Toyota Camry. Requesting a final attempt to correct the continuing substantial defect(s) or condition(s). *** the consumer stated the throttle sticks, the RPM's stick and the check engine light illuminated.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #26

Jul 182008


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. Immediately after the vehicle was purchased in July of 2008, the contact noticed that the RPM gauge would jump back and forth when the accelerator pedal was depressed. Approximately six weeks later, the vehicle would not accelerate when the accelerator pedal was depressed. When the vehicle finally began to gain speed, she drove to her residence. The vehicle was then driven to the dealer and they stated that the vehicle needed to be recalibrated. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer advised her to take the vehicle back to the dealer for investigation. The current mileage was 28,000 and failure mileage was 25,000.

- Bangor, ME, USA

problem #25

Sep 042008


  • 11,000 miles


2007 Camry uses a pedal position sensor and a throttle position sensor (drive by wire) so there is no actual mechanical cable between the accelerator pedal and the throttle body. However, hesitates frequently especially when decelerating (through a toll or for traffic) and then trying to accelerate again. They found nothing wrong at dealer when service, I was told by the technician others have had similar complaints.

- Westfield, NJ, USA

problem #24

Aug 272008


  • 78,800 miles
Engine revs up on its own and the car suddenly accelerates once reaching 95mph w/O my foot being on the gas. The brakes do not respond at first and when they do the car begins to shake violently; it takes about 3 to 4 min to get the car to slow down. Pulling the hand brake does nothing. Thus far this has happened four times. The first time once I got down to 15mph I just turned off the motor. The other times the car was put in neutral then park while the engine continued to rev as if it were going 75 or 80 and the tires wanted to roll the car was jumping. Every time we were on the highway and lucky enough to have been able to maneuver between the traffic. The car has been taken to the service department at the dealership twice overall it has been there for 3 and a half weeks, the service people have been unable to replicate the problem. The car was inspected by a Toyota tech and deemed fine to operate. My husband and I are afraid to drive the car not only for ourselves but for everyone else who is on the road.

- Taunton, MA, USA

problem #23

May 012006


  • 30 miles
On occasion, my 2007 Toyota Camry stalls upon acceleration. This causes extremely dangerous situation when pulling into traffic from a stop. I returned Camry to Toyota only a few days after purchase- they replaced a sensor, but car still stalls. I have returned Camry to Toyota many times for same stall issue. In fact, Toyota is in the shop now with same complaint. The issue has never been repaired.

- Charlottesville, VA, USA

problem #22

Apr 142008

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
I bought a 2007 Camry in June of 06. The car was manufactured in Kentucky. The front and back brakes have squealed almost from the first day and I started reporting the problem at the first dealership service. Both tsb's have been applied but did not fix the problem. A technician finally heard a squeak and anti squeaking lubricant was also applied but only lasted a week. Left the car at the dealership last Monday night and the district person came Tuesday. The response was they could not reproduce the squeal so could not fix the problem. Of course they squealed twice on the way home. I see I am not the only person with this problem. I also had the transmission problem and fortunately the tsb fixed that problem. Then the black wheel rims under the hub caps rusted horribly and the dealership had to replace them under warranty. Never thought I would have these problems with a new car.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #21

Jan 122007


  • 7,000 miles
Bad smell coming from the ac when is initially turn on and 5 days ago find out the rug on the passenger side and back on the same side are soaking wet. Mechanic from the dealer stated that one ac hose inside the car, underneath the dashboard was tugged in. Then the manager stated it was the outside hose from the ac. They state they are not responsible for the water damage. Want costumer to pay 1,480 to change the rugs. Only 9,707 miles, they are being dishonest to the customers. Also, slow acceleration and jumpy ride.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #20

Nov 192007

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
My 2007 Toyota Camry V6 is burning oil excessively, all symptoms indicate that the oil skimmer ring is installed upside down in two cylinders. The vehicle is smoking ones in a wile but a lot. Mostly after driving longer distance on freeway or in the morning after startup, sometimes after left turns the oil chokes the engine at some point, causing it to stall and throws excessive amount of smoke. I found other consumers with similar problem in Canada with the same model and similar age vehicle. The vehicles have low mileage between 8,000-3,0000 supporting the possibility that it may be manufacturing defect. Toyota refused to cure the problem under warranty because I didn't keep my receipts of my maintenance. I think a trainee is responsible for the wrong installation of the piston rings and may be more out there.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #19

Sep 152007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
Terrible hesitation problem in general acceleration and overall lack of engine power in 2007 4 cylinder Toyota Camry. Vehicle purchased new 09/12/07, currently has 6,000 miles on odometer. A Toyota tsb was performed at dealership. Did not correct problem. This is a scary situation, especially when attempting to maneuver in entrance ramp interstate traffic and and instance when instant acceleration is required. This vehicle is driven daily by my wife, and we are both fearful and concerned that something bad will happen because of the lack of satisfactory performance of this Camry.

- East Lyme, CT, USA

problem #18

Feb 152008

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
The car hesitates un-expectantly when trying to accelerate. This is an on going problem and is random. Several times this condition has nearly cause an accident. Dealer cannot fix problem but acknowledges it is a problem.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #17

Sep 292007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,500 miles
When parking on the driveway in front of the house the vehicle surged forward with enough throttle to put skid marks on the ground and proceeded to Ram into the structure. The cause of the incident is unknown as the vehicle was not expected to "run into our house." When power Toyota of cerritos service department was notified about the situation they denied an issue existed with the vehicle. Numerous managers were spoken to including the shop foreman. They stood by the denial. When the issue of the 2007 Toyota Tacoma sudden throttle surging problem was brought up, management finally came out to the vehicle to take pictures of the damage cause by the collision with the structure.

- Cerritos, CA, USA

problem #16

Sep 012007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 700 miles
Going through a car wash caused the cabin filter to fill with water. Air could not pass through vents. Vehicle smells foul inside. Dealer says using car wash is not recommended and should avoid driving in hard rain. No attempt to repair was made. My Camry is not weather-proof!

- Victoria, VA, USA

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