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 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.

7.8

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,417.00
Average Mileage:
95,351 miles
Total Complaints:
260 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (162 reports)
  2. rebuild engine or check oil frequently (39 reports)
  3. replace engine (28 reports)
  4. Toyota Canada's head office told me that it is acceptable fo (7 reports)
  5. dealer said it's normal (4 reports)
  6. replace piston assembly (4 reports)
2007 Toyota Camry engine problems

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2007 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 13)

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problem #240

Feb 082017

Camry SE 2.4L 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,269 miles

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

They do not fix it for me unless i pay since it's outside the warranty enhancement. The dealership manager/supervisor said that I the customer would be responsible if I died because of their engine problem.

- , Louisville, US

problem #239

Feb 282017

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

I'm just tired of having to put oil in my car. Got an oil change and still had to add oil within a week. This is crazy and the oil is not cheap

- , Oak Grove, US

problem #238

Jun 212016

Camry SE 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,112 miles

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On February 2016, I bought a Toyota Camry 2007 in Rhode Island, United States. After a while of driving the car, I checked the engine oil gauge level dipstick; I observed it was much below the lower point. I was surprised about that, and I went to a Midas Automotive Service to solve the problem. In Midas, they told me there is an extended warrantee for these car model and years by Toyota, and it is better to show my car to a Toyota Dealer Service.

I immediately went to Toyota Tarbox in North Kingstown, RI, and described the situation. They told they will perform an oil consumption test on my car, and I should return after 1100-1300 driving miles. I returned to Toyota Tarbox after the mentioned mileage. They checked the oil, but they told me your car has passed the test, and your car oil consumption is within the criteria by Toyota. So, I got happy and left. After driving around two thousand of miles, I checked the oil gage level dipstick, and again I noticed, the oil level is much more below the lower line of the gage. Again I went back to Toyota Tarbox, and showed the car. They responded you have to drive 5000 miles after the previous test to have another test.

I drove that mileage and went back to Toyota Tarbox for a new test. They performed the second test on mileage 121392,and after a 1200 miles I went back to Tarbox to check the test result. They told your car has passed the test again. I was not convinced by the results, and complained to them, and they said if you come the next time, your 10 years extended warrantee has been expired, and we cannot perform any more test on the car, and you have to contact Toyota.

Therefore, I said I will do my oil change to see what happens on the car. On mileage 123895, I changed my oil in Toyota Tarbox. After 2290 miles I checked my oil level gage, and the attached figure shows the awful level of oil in the engine. I went to Toyota Tarbox to discuss about my issue. They overtopped 2.01 quarters of oil to the engine, and they said they will contact Toyota, and inform me about the result. The next day, they called me to say that Toyota has not accepted the oil consumption due to passing the test and expiring the extended warranty.

Therefore, I called Toyota customer service, and after a long time of describing the issue, they told “your car has passed the test, and the 10 years extended warranty has been expired”. I explained for them that the first and second times that I realized about the Oil Consumption, were within the 10 years, but they were not convinced. On the other hand, I asked them some technical questions about the oil consumption criteria, and they referred me to a Toyota Dealership.

I went back to Tarbox to talk with Brain, service supervisor, and we discussed the followings: 1- The oil consumption test says that, if car consumes one quarter of oil or less within 1200 miles, it passes the test.

On the other hand, they say you can drive 4000 – 5000 miles after each oil change in Toyota depend on how much engine works in place in traffic. (The point is that we live in Kingston, RI, a very small town which never has any traffic).

Now question is: The capacity of Toyota engine is 4.5 quarters. By the above Criteria for the test, after 3000 miles my car will consume 2.5 quarters of oil. It means my car should work with following condition after my oil change:

Mileage after oil change Oil in the engine (quarters) 0 4.5 1200 3.5 2400 2.5 3000 2 3600 1.5 4200 1 4800 0.5

It means that my car should work with less than 2 quarters of oil after 3000 miles after oil change.

So, my clear question from Brain was:

Me: “Do I have to add any oil to my engine between two consecutive oil changes?” Brain: “Yes” Me: “If yes, how my car has passed the test, and if my car has passed the test why my oil is not between the up and low points of oil gage”? Brain: “Ask Toyota!!” Me: “You are Toyota representative, aren’t you? Do you mean I have to go to Japan to ask?” Brain: “I am not Toyota, Call them” Me: “Give me a paper written my car will not encounter any problem during two consecutive oil change if it has passed the test!” Brain: “We can not do that, and we can not talk about the test, because we are not Toyota engineers.”

I am complaining from Toyota for the following clear questions:

1- If my car has passed the oil consumption test, why should I add oil to my car during two consecutive oil change? 2- If my car has passed the oil consumption test, why the level of oil is not within the upper and lower points of engine oil stick gage? 3- If I do not add oil to my car during two consecutive oil change, does Toyota accept the responsibility of any damage to my engine?

Please help me to solve my issue. Thanks

- , Kin, US

problem #237

Mar 012015

Camry XLE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

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

This car burns more than a quart of oil every 1000 miles. This is very excessive.

- , Nesbit, US

problem #236

Apr 012016

Camry CE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

CAR SHOWS NO SIGN OF BURNING OR LEAKING OIL. IT JUST TAKE A QUART OF OIL EVERY TWO WEEKS.

- , Ronkomkoma, US

problem #235

May 012017

Camry LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles

my Toyota Camry is burning oil at about 1 quart per 1000 miles and the dealership says it is not burning enough to replace the defective engine. that's just unacceptable. They need to make this right. I'm in VA is there a class action law suit going on?

- , Virginia Beach, US

problem #234

Mar 232017

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,010 miles

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

The car has been using over a quart of oil every thousand miles. Took the car into Toyota. Was told that the car was out of warranty and exceeded mileage limit. (It was 2 months out of warranty and 10 miles over the limit!!!) Was told to call Toyota Customer Service. They responded the same way as the dealership. We've been loyal Toyota customers since 1989. Our 3 sons are also Toyota customers. You've lost us all! You've known about this problem since 2011 but we were never notified about it.

- , Johnsburg, IL, US

problem #233

Feb 042013

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles

I’m disabled person in wheelchair, depending only of Social Security Benefits. Is expensive to maintain my Toyota Camry 2007, 4 cylinders, with excessive oil consumption. I have to add 2 quarters of oil every 2,000 miles. My car is only with 100,000 miles. I bought it 4, 1/2 years ago. I have had problems with oil consumption every since I had my Toyota. Is possible that I can join to the class action law suite? I Live in California, the San Diego North County. Blessings.

- , San Marcos, Ca., US

problem #232

Mar 162017

Camry CE 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,678 miles

Seems Toyota is being evasive regarding a specific oil consumption parameter set from dealer to dealer, and owners have a wide range of responses from their dealers. My car is definitely consuming oil at an alarming rate, and although my local dealer has been very responsive, after reading posted comments by other owners nationwide, I do not trust Toyota to complete the required repair at no coat to me and in a timely fashion. I also have seen no information on if the factory-specified repair corrects the problem, or what the reasonable expectation for future longevity of the 4 cylinder engine might be with responsible maintenance and operation.

- , Duluth, US

problem #231

Mar 012016

Camry XLE 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

I have had 3 other Toyotas, 1990 Toyota Corolla...568,000 mi, 1994 Camry LE....531,000 mi, 2004 Camry XLE......206,000 mi, neither of these vehicles used oil, I changed oil every 3000 mi. After I had an accident with the 2004, I replaced that with a used 2007 Camry XLE that had 146,000 mi. on it. After about 6 months when I had the oil changed, it was mentioned to me that the oil was low on the stick. Within 6 months the oil light came on with only 1900 mi. on it. Added a quart and then it came on again after 900 mi. I then had the oil changed and since then been adding oil between oil changes. A friend of mine mentioned about the problems Toyota has had with the oil consumptions on certain vehicles. I got the 2007 because of the style change. Looks like I got ALOT more that I am NOT pleased with!!

- , Sheboygan, US

problem #230

Jul 182016

Camry SE 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

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

Toyota said after doing the consumption test that it is using 1 1/2 qt in the test distance although they said they add 1 qt and then the measure is the accurate amount of consumption after adding the qt so it did not fit the level of consumption they consider needing repair, to them it consumed 1/2 qt.

- , Brooklyn Center, US

problem #229

Apr 152015

Camry LE 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,000 miles

First of all, I wish I had known of "carcomplaints" early on - a friend who is outraged with how this has not been taken care of, gave me your info.

Went in for my usual oil change and I was notified that there was less oil than there should have been. (April 2015) BEFORE I could begin the oil consumption test, they go over the car for any other issues. Found and insisted had to repair a broken motor mount before oil consumption test. Which I did. I have been through numerous oil consumption tests (oil changes) at which time my service writer did say, it was obvious that I had failed. Prior to his ("failed") comment, one of the studies, I thought to check how much oil was put in the day after my oil change( & at least 3rd test)....the oil was way OVER FULL! (interesting...) So again, had to wait and do another study at the NEXT oil change, 5,000 miles away!

I was in for oil consumption/oil change September 23, 2016. 5 weeks later the Oil light came and stayed on. I was then told (11/9/16 - 151,369 miles) that I was out of warranty - when they checked the car and the oil level - they said adding one quart of oil, the car still didn't register any oil....can't believe I was driving with barely any oil!!! Service writer, still said, "out of warranty" even tho' we had gone through a number of tests and oil changes...that I had to now personally contact TOYOTA to get the matter taken care of. The Service Writer made it sound like he was on my side and that Toyota would be contacting them for their opinion and "my character" - REALLY? I called Toyota: Nov. 9, 2016 Received CASE #1611091669 (Sarita) - never received a follow up call. I called again: DEC 13, 2016 (Mille) - I was told, "went to another review board". Rec'd call from Robert DEC 13, 2016, very apologetic, "I should have been called back by now, Toyota (corporate) is in the middle of move", and blah, blah, blah. He gave me his contact # - "Call me anytime". He would be getting back to me. FEB 15, 2017 - I spoke to dealership - my case has been DENIED: OUT OF WARRANTY. It was quite obvious that many of the tests that were done - the car had failed. So have been jerked around for 18 months!!!!

- , Tamarac, US

problem #228

Feb 202017

Camry LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles

My 2007 Camry with 155,000 miles excessively burn oil at the rate of a quart every 1000 miles

- , Stillwater, US

problem #227

Sep 292016

Camry LE 4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,054 miles

I have a 2007 Toyota Camry. In the past 8 months I've noticed it was using more oil than before. I brought it into my mechanic and he told me that Toyota has a recall on oil consumptions. In October of 2016 I brought it into the Toyota service department to do a consumption test...the mileage at the time of oil change was 128,054--they told me to bring it back between 129,154-129,354. I brought it back to Toyota at 129,184. The told me the vehicle past and he added a quart of oil. I was experiencing another problem with my vehicle and brought it back to my mechanic...he called me and told me that I had NO OIL in my vehicle...the mileage was 130,910...it was 2.75 quarts low and not registering on the dip stick. I immediately was advised to call Toyota. They told me that at my next oil change in February to bring it back to them and they would conduct another test. So, today February 13th 2017 I went into Toyota. The serve person told me he couldn't help me as "Time had expired" on the recall for my car. I showed him the my mechanics findings and he said there was nothing he could do......I replied..."I was told to bring it back in because it is consuming more oil than it should" He said "Looks that way".'but there is nothing I can do, your time has expired for the recall"......I am pissed. I will never do business again at the Toyota dealership or have it service there. I don't think they even check and added oil when I brought it in for the recall.

- , Saint Cloud, MN, USA

problem #226

Aug 082016

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,239 miles

After having regularly scheduled oil changes, I am having to put in 1-2 quarts of oil at least twice before the next scheduled oil change. This is very costly and irritating. Any time that I do not check it (because the light does NOT come on) I run the risk of having the engine blow up.

- , Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #225

Dec 212015

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

Hi, This is regarding excessive engine oil consumption in my 2007 Toyota Camry LE. I bought it on Feb 16, 2007 in Idaho and have been extremely diligent about oil change every 5000 miles. I have all service records. The car currently has 88000 miles as of Jan 22, 2017 and I started noticing this problem at 75000 miles or so. I came to know about the recall from a friend and went to the dealer in Dec 2015 where they did the 1200 miles, 1 quart consumption test. The result was negative so the dealer gave a pass.

Few months later I randomly checked the dip stick and there wasn't a trace of oil on it. There was no red engine light and I dont even know if I was running my car dry or at a very low level. I immediately added oil to the engine and went to the dealer again (Piercy Toyota in Milpitas). They did the same 1200 miles test and again give it a pass. I went online and read about similar complaints where Toyota has recommended adding 1 quart every 1200 miles. I have been adding 1 quart ever since. So after every oil change at 5000 miles, I have to add 1 quart 3 times in between the oil change which I find extremely absurd. It could be possible that engine is consuming even more.

Toyotas are known for reliability up to 150k, 200k miles, mine hasn't even reached 100k yet. I seriously believe there is a problem in the engine but don't know where to go to get this problem fixed. Thanks

- , San Jose, CA, USA

problem #224

Jun 102015

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 185,000 miles

First of all, there was a recall for oil consumption for 2007-09 Camry models a couple of years ago. I know this because Toyota sent notices out then to see if our car was affected. They offered to do a oil consumption test for a thousand miles of normal driving. Of course they found nothing wrong and we're still adding oil to this damn car at least every 2 weeks!! As of today 12/21/2016 the car is making a not so good sound from the engine which means this is getting worse. To make things worse,I was at the dealership this morning for buy back appraisal and the salesperson told me some of the cars that had the same problem were fixed free of charge! I'm going to fight this because I should'nt have to shell out several thousand dollars for something we did'nt do. I'm writing Toyota and will problably contact a lawyer.

- , Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #223

Jan 012017

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles

I am the second owner of this 2007 Toyota Camry. I did not know this make/model had engine oil consumption issues. I continued to tell the dealer it burns oil. Finally in early 2017 they say lets run an "oil consumption test." This was the first I heard of this type of test. They performed this test with no charge to me. The car failed, used 2 quarts for 1100 miles. They then told me I was outside of the window that Toyota would repair. Never was I told about this type of problem, repair, timeline, nothing. I called Toyota CEC and again was told sorry, outside of timeline. This is extremely frustrating and this will be the last Toyota I ever own.

- , Cold Spring, MN, USA

problem #222

Nov 142008

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles

bought Camry in 2008 second owners car has always used oil but in the last 60,000 miles is using over a quart every 1,000 miles

- , Fair Grove, MO, USA

problem #221

Dec 312016

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,998 miles

in the last oil change notice that only 4 quarts came out of the engine, took the car to the dealer for the oil consumption test, the oil level at that time was perfect because we just change the oil, the dealer seal the system and requested to drive the car for 1300 miles, upon return to the dealer i was told that the car was ok and that it was not burning engine oil, after that an engine oil change was perform and to my surprise only 4 quarts came out instead of 5 quarts, so the vehicle is burning oil about a quart for every thousand miles. the problem still exist.

- , Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

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