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:
15 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,007 miles

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2007 Toyota Camry steering problems

steering problem

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2007 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #9

Aug 092008


  • miles


2007 Toyota Camry le, there is a looseness, or a clunking noise and sensation from the steering wheel. This happens when the wheel is turned from left to right. There are forums on this issue. Please help us.

- Glendora, CA, USA

problem #8

Apr 302008


  • miles
Early in 2008 I was driving the car and turned sharply to the left at slow speed and the steering wheel did not return to center until I pulled it back. I went to a large empty parking lot later and noticed that when the wheel was turned all the way to the left or right it would not return to center unless you pulled it back. This is only at slow speeds. I took the car to desert Toyota on 1/21/08 invoice number tocs263971 and they replaced the steering shaft noted on tsb ST002-07. I drove the car after that and noticed only a small change and the wheel still would not return when turned sharply to either side. I returned to desert Toyota on 1/30/08 invoice tocs264822 and they opened a case with Toyota #080300212. On 4/18/08 invoicetocs273903 field technician loren muncee came to town to examine the car. He compared it to a car that was supposedly equipped exactly like ours and said it did the same thing ours did. He also noted there was no mechanical failures on 4/28,29, and 30 I spoke to Toyota customer service and dealt with julie(1800-331-4331 ext 73115) I was told that Toyota had done all they were going to and my next step, if I was not satisfied, was arbitration. I have the arbitration paperwork but have not submitted it yet.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #7

Mar 102007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,900 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. Ever since the vehicle was purchased, there has been excessive vibration in the front end. The failure occurs while driving between 65-70 mph and causes the steering wheel to vibrate. The dealer rebalanced the tires, but the failure still persists a year later. A mechanic drove the vehicle, confirmed the vibration, but provided no solution. The current mileage was 13,200 and failure mileage was 12,900.

- Hopewell Junction, NY, USA

problem #6

Jul 182007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles


Front end shimmied when braking. Found front tires were cupped. Had just rotated tires, leaving on a trip, so rotated tires back to front. Returning on trip, car front shook badly when braking going downhill in mountains. Took to dealer, they said (Bridgestone) tires showed cupping. Replaced front brake linings and car seemed to handle ok. Three months later, another trip through mountains, again front end shimmied badly when braking going down steep incline. Dealer said all tires showed cupping, but brakes, cv joints, bearings were ok. Suggested I replace tires (but did not try to sell me any"?") installed 4 new Michelin tires and car handles great although I still feel some dragging in the brakes. Another trip to dealer, paid for a brake inspection and dealer said brakes ok 80 % remaining wear. Car now out of warranty, told dealer I felt they were stalling me on repairs until warranty expired. They said repair record would show problem in past if condition continued. Did not say what condition they were referring too. Feel they are giving me run around on steering problem, but as they said, there are no mountains around here they can test drive.

- Orient, OH, USA

problem #5

May 202006

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
I bought a 2007 Camry SE V6 and have had nothing but problems with it. Transmission slips, creaking dash and windshield, a pillar airbag cover replaced 3 times, center console stack does not line up, dash is not flush next to a & B pillars (haven't seen one yet that was), knocking noise in rear strut tower (fixed after two dealer visits, they added sound insulation), driver side armrest fabric peeling off (seen at first delivery of vehicle ), radio head unit freezes up randomly (dealer cannot fix because they cannot duplicate), steering is very loose and vehicle drifts on road (safety concern, dealer stated characteristic of tire), front grill loose on right side (dealer fixed) and seat plastic rail covers broken upon delivery (dealer fixed). Vehicle also idles rough in cold weather (dealer stated bad gas).two to three second delay in acceleration (dealer stated this is normal). Each dealer visit required me to leave the car once for ordering the part and a second time for installation. I have wasted way too much time at dealerships having my car repaired to ever consider buying another Toyota again. Over all I should have tested other cars before buying Toyota based on its reliability alone.

- Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, USA

problem #4

Jun 262007

Camry 4-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. While driving greater than 50 mph, the steering wheel shook violently and made the vehicle difficult to drive. The dealer is aware of the failure and stated that it could not be repaired. The VIN was unknown. The current mileage was 3,600 and failure mileage was 7.

- Meadville, PA, USA

problem #3

Aug 202006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,740 miles


: the contact stated while driving various speeds when turning or hitting a bump, a noise was heard in the steering column and the wheel felt loose. The vehicle was driven to the dealer who replaced the intermediate shaft in the power steering. Updated 11/09/06.

- Forsyth, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 212006

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 700 miles
There is a clunking noise coming from the steering wheel when my car loaded with 4 people.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #1

Sep 102006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Clicking, clunking in felt in steering wheel, especially noticeable at low speeds, but can be felt at highway speeds also. Dealer looked at problem and stated they repacked bearings in steering shaft. Didn't make it out of the dealers lot and problem still there. When taken back to service desk, dealer stated that I needed to work the grease in and that it should go away in a few days, if not to call them back to have steering knuckle replaced. Problem still there after 300+ miles of driving since having bearings repacked.

- Port Deposit, MD, USA

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