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 5 of 5)

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problem #15

Jul 012006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitates or stalls when driving approximately 15 mph. The vehicle speed control also surges intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer twice. The first time they stated that the occurrence was normal for a new vehicle. The second time they performed a flash on the ECM. The vehicle performed normally for approximately 1,000 miles, but then it began hesitating again. The failure mileage was 1,000 and current mileage was 18,000.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #14

May 232007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
2007 Toyota Camry, very sluggish on takeoff and stalls on occasion, this happens on a regular basis.

- Kannapolis, NC, USA

problem #13

Jun 012007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2007 Toyota Camry 4 cylinder. Fails to accelerate properly. Cruise control operates poorly and surges.

- Holbrook, MA, USA

problem #12

Jun 072007


  • miles


From almost the first day I purchased the vehicle I have had hesitation ( appx. 1 to 3 seconds) while accelerating. The vehicle has a four cylinder engine. I now see that this seems to be a common problem with the 2007 Camry.

- Wantagh, NY, USA

problem #11

Aug 022007

(reported on)


  • miles
2007 Toyota Camry with engine problems customer wants to turn the car in at no cost to him* the consumer stated the vehicle would start.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #10

Jul 232007

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7 miles
Own a 2005 Toyota Camry le-V6. Poor acceleration!!! dealer played it off as it's a computer throttle so it takes time for throttle and engine to communicate!!?? so in other words live with it. Very fearful on highways as the car doesn't accelerate to keep up with passing or merging vehicles. Hard to take off from complete stop without hesitation. Very unsafe. No recalls at this time. Hopefully there will be since I am not the only one with this issue/complaint!!

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #9

Feb 112007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,225 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. When decelerating to stop and then attempting to accelerate, the vehicle hesitates for approximately two to three seconds. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who stated that they are aware of the failure, but do not know how it can be remedied. The current mileage is 5,725 and failure mileage was 1,225. Updated 02-01-08.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 012007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2007 Toyota Camry hesitated when accelerating I have been told by Toyota thiswas normal and all Camry do this I have driven others and they hesitated but in an emergency situation. This was very dangerous it made it hazardous to enter freeways I was told a hesitation of 1 to 3 seconds was normal I have seen this same complaint from other owners in other states, and feelt this was a serious safety problem.

- Stow, OH, USA

problem #7

Jan 012007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
2007 Camry SE 4cyl. Severe safety issue related to hesitation and lack of acceleration. When entering traffic from a low speed or from a dead stop the car barely responds to the accelerator. It will slowly allow you to proceed but will not accelerate for up to 3 or 4 seconds, even if the gas peddle is fully pressed to the floor. My family and I have nearly been hit a number of times over the past 6 months that we've owned this car. Otherwise we really like this car but believe it to be unsafe because of this problem. The local dealership checked it out and agrees there is a problem and that Toyota is aware of it but to date there is no fix. This is not a minor nuisance issue it's a severe safety issue and the nhsta needs to get involved to help pressure Toyota to fix the problem before people are severely hurt or killed.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #6

Sep 142006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,678 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. When driving 10mph out of the driveway the vehicle stalled. After a few seconds the vehicle began to accelerate. The manufacturer gave the contact a work order to have the dealer diagnose the failure. The dealer's conclusion was that the vehicle is computerized and it is trying to get used to the contact's driving habits. The current mileage was 7878 and failure mileage was 7678. The engine size and power train information were unavailable.

- Lincolnton , NC, USA

problem #5

Feb 012007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


1/31/2007. Toyota Camry. Engine hesitates while driving under normal conditions. The consumer stated the vehicle exhibits intermittent loss of power when acceleration is needed.

- Croydon, PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 062006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3 miles
: the contact stated the engine hesitated when accelerating from a stop. The hesitation of the engine lasted between 30 to 60 seconds. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer, who did not find any problem with the engine. The manufacturer was aware there of the problem, but offered no solution. Updated 02/12/07.

- Greenville, MS, USA

problem #3

Sep 302006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155 miles
I purchased a 2007 Camry le in late April. From the day I took delivery, there appeared to be a problem with acceleration; there were dead spots. That led to long 3 to 5 seconds lag times before the car would respond when pressing down on the accelerator. Also, the transmission shifted into overdrive when a steady acceleration was all that was needed. I finally took it to the dealer today; I thought that I would allow a 'break-in' period to see if the problem resolved itself. The moment that I began to describe the problem, I was stopped and asked if it was a 2007 Camry le. An affirmative response brought an answer that there is nothing that they can do; it had been reported to Toyota. Apparently to deflect what must have looked like rising anger, I was told that the service manger's daughter has the same problem. A call to Toyota of America brought a response that the vehicle is operating as it was designed (so, I guess it was designed to stall when making a right or left turn, changing lanes on the interstate, trying to go forward, etc). My anger is 1) that they sold me a defective car, 2) that they know it is a factory defect but choose not to fix the problem (I can't believe that they are still 'thinking' about a solution), and 3) that I wasn't notified of this rather major defect (and why is Toyota allowed to continue to sell these cars without the caveat that there is a factory defect that has not been repaired and Toyota has no plans to provide a repair)? I have looked at over a dozen web sights where members have complained, but I have not seen a mention of the reason for the problem or a solution of what to do. Someone is going to be killed by this erratic behavior.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #2

Oct 022006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
: the contact stated while driving various speeds, the vehicle hesitated when accelerating from a stop. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who was aware of the problem but could not determine how to fix it. The contact was directed to continue to use the vehicle until the factory can determine how to remedy the problem. There were no accidents yet but there were 3 close calls. Also, the sun visors does not remain up.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 272006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
This complaint is re: A new 2007 Toyota Camry le 4 cylinder with automatic transmission. This car will hesitate for a long period of time before accelerating from virtually any speed (behavior not seen when accelerating from dead stop), regardless of how hard the driver presses the gas pedal. Problem occurs when moving at virtually any speed and then quickly pressing and holding the gas pedal down so as to accelerate quickly. This behavior is not like any other car I have ever driven, including a rental 2005 4 cylinder Camry that I drove for a week in the Colorado mountains last summer (2005). Safety issue is that car is unpredictable in situations where one must move the car to avoid traffic. Example: Rolling forward into a left turn at a green light intersection, press gas to clear the intersection before oncoming traffic gets too close, the car did not increase engine revolutions and took over 1 sec. To drop into lower gear and begin to increase engine revolutions/accelerate. The car's failure to respond to gas pedal input was so long that I would have had an accident if I had persisted in the left hand turn; I had to turn the car parallel to oncoming traffic to avoid hitting the oncoming car. This behavior is repeatable and the delay can be up to 2 sec. In length before the car even begins to accelerate. This behavior is also seen by numerous other owners of '07 Camry as can be seen in postings on (click on forums tab and search for "Camry hesitation"). the issue is not one of lack of horsepower. The issue is long and unpredictable response to throttle input. There are also very annoying drivable issues with this car that are related to transmission/engine behavior, but I am addressing only the safety issue in this complaint. Efforts to resolve issue have not been successful; Toyota's response has been that the car is operating "normally" and "as designed." If so, there is a designed-in safety issue with this car.

- Arlington, VA, USA

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