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

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2007 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #69

Jan 092013


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owned a 2007 Toyota Camry. While driving down a curvy hill at approximately 15 mph, the steering wheel seized without warning. The vehicle crashed into a tree. There were no injuries and a police report was filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #68

Sep 092016


  • miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. While pulling into a fuel station, the steering wheel fractured into the dashboard. The contact attempted to pull the steering wheel out of the dashboard and the whole assembly fractured. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the steering wheel brackets for the column fractured and needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- San Pedro, CA, USA

problem #67

May 252016


  • 59,600 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. While driving 65 mph, a loud clunking noise was heard from the steering column. The steering wheel vibrated without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the vehicle was consuming approximately 3/4 quarts of oil. In addition, the dealer stated that the vehicle may need a new engine because of the rapid oil consumption. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 59,600.

- Dacula, GA, USA

problem #66

Apr 212016


  • miles


2007 Toyota Camry le the steering wheel is sticking or binding when turned both left and right. The steering wheel will not return to center by itself. This was confirmed by mike calvert service director grant miles. On service ticket tocs 224493 there remarks were test drove vehicle and could not feel a pull any direction checked alignment specs and specs were at factory settings related to steering issue...,and felt at full turn to the left or right, the wheel would not rotate back when going forward... when going in reverse with the S/wheel turned all the way left or right the S/wheel does retract as it is supposed to...during normal turning left or right the S/wheel does retract as it is supposed to... it's only when the S/wheel is turned fully left or right the steering will not retract.... we concluded that the issues described by are a normal characteristic of this year and model vehicle. Mike calvert admits making my car worst than it was before I bought the car in for service. The steering wheel now sticks in both left and right turns and at low speeds the tires feel like I have an flat. I have had tires replaced because fred haas told me that the steering wheel sticking was because of my tires, they alignment was out of specs. I feel that is a unsafe condition and need to be addressed. Toyota customer service was of no help. I have been to three dealership for this problem. All have the same answer bad tires, alignment, and normal condition for your car steering wheel to stick and your car will do circles when low speed turning without your hand on the wheel. Two Toyota tech. Have been in the car when this is happen. There response was normal to do that. The service director has noted that this is happening both left and right full turns. My car was only sticking to the left before taking it to mike calvert Toyota.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #65

Oct 012015


  • 160,000 miles
When back out from driveway, I always heard a clinking sound and felt like steering column loose component.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #64

Feb 012016


  • 170,000 miles
The water temperature, RPM gauge and speedometer randomly fluctuate, ABS and brake lights stay on. It occurred when vehicle moving or stop. The mechanics told me the ABS module in engine compartment failed however the braking is still functional. The ABS function might stop working.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #63

May 052015


  • miles


I fix this intermediate shafts in 2010 and now it happen again. Toyota should do a recall on this part.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #62

May 082015


  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 25 mph and attempting to make a left turn, the steering wheel seized and the vehicle failed to stop. As a result, the contact crashed into a street light and the air bags failed to deploy. The contact also stated that the brake warning light illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 138,000.

- Orange, NJ, USA

problem #61

Jul 062015


  • 88,000 miles
Car has for some times been making clunking, knocking noise from steering. Car was inspected by my mechanic and was told the steering intermediate shaft must be replaced, called Toyota & was told no coverage to cover the repair.

- El Segundo, CA, USA

problem #60

Jun 202015


  • 98,000 miles
I was driving my 2007 Toyota Camry le about 55 miles an hour on a three lane interstate freeway. I was in the slow lane and my car suddenly and violently turned to the left, causing the car to hit a large rv in the center lane. The car continue spinning across the fast lane (it's amazing no cars were in that lane because traffic was fairly heavy). The back end of my car hit the center cement barrier hard (car totaled) and I came to a stop on the inside shoulder facing the opposite direction of where I was originally traveling. The airbag did not go off and the locking part of the seatbelt didn't seem to work. I could have been easily killed or killed someone else. I will contact Toyota. There is no excuse for this.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #59

Jan 012013


  • 57,000 miles


Clunk, pop and knock in steering wheel. Sloppy stearing wheel. Likely needs new intermediate shaft because of manufaturer defective part as outlined in Toyota technical service belletin: ST002-07

- Newbury Park, CA, USA

problem #58

May 132015


  • 102,000 miles
5/13/2015: 2007 Toyota Camry. Vsc (vehicle stability control) light came on (5/9/2015). It was very difficult to stop the vehicle. Had to floor the brakes in order to stop the vehicle. The steering was all over the place, not tight with the steering wheel movements. Brought it to the dealership (new country Toyota of clifton park, NY) where we bought it 9 months ago and they said this is a common part that fails. If this is true, there should be a recall...this is a huge safety issue. I am thankful that my son didn't get in an accident. They now want $2500 to repair it. When we purchased this vehicle for our son 9 months ago, they said that we can get 250,000 miles out of it, it was a very safe car for our son to be in....I beg to differ!!! I see lots of complaints listed for this electronic stability contol and hope there will be a recall.

- Waterford, NY, USA

problem #57

Mar 022015


  • 97,000 miles
My 2007 Toyota Camry xle lost control of steering, brakes and stability control. The car surged left, right, left the went off the road to the right. The brakes were applied but did not seem to have any function. Massive damage was caused to the body from hitting 2 trees. No airbag deployment.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #56

Sep 262014


  • 88,000 miles
My 2007 Toyota Camry SE has a melted dashboard that severely diminishes visibility when the sun is out. A reflection from the dashboard is displayed on the windshield and is like looking directly into the sun. Sooner or later this is going to be the cause of an accident that may or may not result, but not limited to death. It is a defect on the part of Toyota and should be addressed immediately before someone gets hurt. I have two small children and their lives should not be put in danger for an obvious defect that must be corrected.

- Sunrise, FL, USA

problem #55

Sep 122014

Camry 6-cyl

  • 68,105 miles
The car pulls to the left or right and there is alot of play in the steering wheel, and occasionally the wheel will jerk slightly. There is a popping/ knocking in the wheels and steering wheel. I have taken it to get an alignment twice and was told that it is not the alignment. Put new brakes and rotors on the front. Did some research and found that this was a recall on this model of vehicle, ran a VIN number check and my car did not show up with having a recall. Called Toyota and asked about a recall for the steering. Toyota stated that because my VIN number did not show up as a recall for this problem that there was nothing they could help me with. Also see that there was a recall or complaint about the transmission. I really think that if there was a history of recalls for this make and model that Toyota should still check this out for free and fix the problem. Just because the VIN number is not showing up as being recalled doesn't mean that this can not happen. I have only had the car 2 weeks and have not been happy with the way it drives.

- Garden City, KS, USA

problem #54

May 082013

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. While turning the vehicle at an unknown speed, the steering wheel seized without warning and made the vehicle very difficult to control. The contact stated that the failure only occurred while completing turns. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, who stated that the power steering high pressure hose needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure recurred. The failure mileage was 97,000. Updated 10/7/14 updated 3/25/2015

- Chula Vista , CA, USA

problem #53

Feb 012014


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle would ride roughly and shake when traveling at any speed. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where it was diagnosed that a wheel alignment needed to be performed. The wheel alignment was completed and the contact was also advised that the rotors were rusted and should have been replaced when the brakes were most recently replaced. The failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000. Updated 08/14/14

- Lakewood, CA, USA

problem #52

Jul 082013


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle steered in a different direction than the steering wheel was turned and caused the contact to crash into a bridge ramp. The front passenger's wheel was damaged however, there were no injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic but was not diagnosed. The vehicle was repaired, however the steering failure has continued. The manufacture was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Randellstown, MD, USA

problem #51

Jan 302014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
My mechanic showed me all 4 struts(F&R) are leaking too much and that they have to be replaced. I called manhattan beach Toyota and they said it is not covered under any recall or warranty & it will cost over $1400 to replace. It took the mechanic over hours to complete replacing all 4 struts. I am really shocked by this finding, it shouldn't have happened, and Toyota should take care of this problem.

- El Segundo, CA, USA

problem #50

Oct 282013

Camry 6-cyl

  • 84,700 miles
When turning the steering wheel there is a popping/clunking sound. Had dealership check the problem and they said that the "intermediate steering shaft" needed to be replaced.

- Red Boiling Springs, TN, USA

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