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:
9 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
9,022 miles

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2007 Toyota Camry transmission problems

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2007 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 9 of 10)

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problem #33

Jan 082007

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles


6-speed automatic exhibits shift flare. Automatic transmission will intermittently feel as though it has slipped into neutral during a 2-3 or 3-4 up shift resulting in a loss of power to the drive wheels followed by a bump into gear. At wide open throttle, engine will rev 1-2,000 rpms with no increase in vehicle speed.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #32

Jul 072006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
I'd like to file a complaint related to Toyota's refusal to respond to their 2007 Camry le, 4 cylinder hesitation problems. Symptoms include (1) poor acceleration, (2) hesitation when accelerating (3) "automatic" shifting of the transmission when driving with cruise control on flat roads and (4)poor gas mileage. The hesitation is very dangerous; pulling out out in front of other vehicles or merging into trafic could be treacherous when the hesitation occurs. I have experienced this situation on several occasions and fortunately have not been involed in an accident yet but I sure others have! in addition to the dangerous situations, I am very disappointed that Toyota has failed to notify customers of these issues. I called Toyota in June, 2006, when my Camry le(4 cylinder) had 1000 miles and questioned the "transmission" concern but was told that problems only related only to the 6 cylinder Camry autos. Since then I have struggled with the hesitating issues and am shocked that I was not made aware of "know" problems when my was has been serviced at my local Toyota dealer. Recently I was surprised to see many comments related to this issue on edmunds Camry forums. I am now proactivetively researching and waiting for Toyota to respond before I elevate the issue as a lemonlaw battle in New York. Please, for safety sake, make Toyota inform innocent 2007 owners before serious accidents occur. Representatives at my local Toyota dealer, stevens in huntington, New York, claim that they are not aware of the problem and Toyota (usa) appears to be dragging their feet on notifying and elevating the issues! after several calls to the dealer and Toyota(usa) I still am waiting to be contacted. Sincerely john fleming 15 holiday park drive hauppauge NY 11788 631 360-3832.

- Hauppauge, NY, USA

problem #31

Jul 262006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
When car is accelerated from one gear to the next, the car hesitates to accelerate and suddenly jerks. It's very dangerous while merging onto highway or try to pick up speed at a stop sign. I am very disappointed experiencing this from a brand new Camry.

- Redmond, WA, USA

problem #30

Oct 162006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Need to accelerate at a lane merge on the free way. In response to pushing on the accelerator pedal, the car failed to respond (hesitated and took several repeated attempts to increase the speed).....failure to quickly accelerate without hesitation can result in death on the free highway! dealer was responsive..(recalibrate ECU engine and transmission - "aper tsb# EG056-06) and was told: "condition is much better now but there will always be some's normal". hesitation condition improved slightly.....but the defect is still there (accelerates well at lower speeds but at speaks of 35 and above...if you suddenly need to accelerate more to avoid a dangerous situation......the car does not respond!). Jan 3rd, 2007; I went to a different dealer and test driven a Camry le (same as the one I own) and found out it got the same defect.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #29

Sep 142006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Car hesitates and automatic transmission shifts abruptly at highway speeds (55-65 mph). Hesitation is particularity alarming. If I needed to accelerate quickly from a stop, this car would not respond. Dealer states they have never heard of these problems, yet the hesitation on the 2007 Toyota Camry is well documented on web sites (edmunds etc.). dealer also tried to pass off this defect as "this is a drive by wire car and you may not be used to how they operate". I have been driving for 35 years and have never had cars operate in this manner. If drive by wire is the problem, then this technology should not be allowed on cars.

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #28

Dec 012006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
The car in question is a 2007 Camry le with automatic transmission with just under 2,500 miles. Upon acceleration from a complete stop a deep thud is heard and felt from the rear of the vehicle. The problem also can be duplicated by placing the car in reverse and coming to a complete stop (as in backing out of a driveway or parking space). The dealer has been informed of the problem and has been unsuccessful in resolving the issue.

- Birmingham, ND, USA

problem #27

Oct 032006

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles


Transmission on the 2007 Camry le V6 does not shift gears properly. When gas is pressed to accelerate, car does not shift in to gear. Can cause rear end collision when car suddenly lurches into gear. This also happens with the SE and le 4 cyl. Vehicles.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #26

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 #25

Dec 072006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2007 Camry le lags when accelerating as coming out of turn at times and also when accelerating after coming to a stop.

- Santa Monica, CA, USA

problem #24

Nov 012006

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,121 miles
: the contact stated while traveling various speeds, the vehicle hesitated when shifting gears. The contact stated the vehicle felt as if the gear was in neutral when the hesitation occurred. On 12/07/06, the vehicle was taken to the dealer, who could not identify the cause of the problem. The contact filed a complaint with the manufacturer on 12/07/06. The contact expressed the quick hesitation could occur while crossing an intersection, and pose a severe safety risk.

- Ballwin, MO, USA

problem #23

Nov 262006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,500 miles


The 2007 Toyota Camry transmission "lags" and "surges". the occurrence began with a jerk while starting from a complete stop and has progressed to a surge without depression of the gas pedal. If this surge forward were to occur on a curve or bend in the road at any velocity loss of control is possible. Any surge while driving in hazardous road conditions could lead to loss of control of the vehicle. With the cruise control set at 75 mph the Camry surged to over 5000 rpms multiple times during a 500 highway mile road trip. Consequently, the cruise control was turned off and we drove the remainder of the trip without cruise control. We serviced our Camry and nothing was found to be wrong with the cruise control but an update of the ECM is needed. This update was issued by Toyota due to the number of complaints pertaining to the transmission in the 2007 Camry. The dealership we use for service was unaware of the update issued by Toyota until we informed them of it.

- Greenville, TX, USA

problem #22

Jun 012006

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
: the contact stated the automatic transmission was unable to change gears. The service dealer determined the vehicle needed a new transmission. Updated 12/28/2006 - the transmission would not shift from second to third gear or from third to fourth.

- Santa Clarita, CA, USA

problem #21

Nov 202006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,380 miles
While pulling into a parking lot on an incline the vehicle hesitated (did not accelerate) for 1-2 seconds while in the path of crossing traffic before lurching and accelerating into the parking lot at too high of speed. The hesitation and lurching occurred as the vehicle seemed to be searching for the right gear. This is becoming a more and more common occurrence during city driving (I.e. less than 40 mph). Vehicle dealership tried to adjust this issue via software download over a month ago.(tsb EG056-06 recalibrate ECM) the technician said this download might solve the problem. Since then the problem has become more common than before at low speeds, but less frequent at higher speeds. They acknowledged that this is a common problem with all 2007 4 cyl vehicles with ect, but no official fix has come from Toyota. I have been having problems like this with the vehicle since purchase in March of 2006. The dealership and Toyota have been notified numerous times about this issue and no resolution yet. My concern is that during winter the hesitation and/or lurching will contribute to a loss of control of the vehicle on snow or ice.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #20

Nov 172006

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,700 miles
Events leading to failure: Automatic transmission exhibited 3rd-4th gear shift flare when cold daily after new car put into service. Dealer repaired by replacing transmission valve body per mfgr tsb. Failure: After valve body replacement, transmission developed new problem (and original shift flare problem persisted). After decelerating from 30 mph to 10 mph and coasting, made right turn at intersection and then depressed accelerator about 20% down. Powertrain did not engage - vehicle was essentially in neutral, and began slowing down. Disengaged condition persisted 2-3 seconds. Then, a thunk was heard, the transmission engaged, and the vehicle harshly jolted forward. This defect is dangerous because loss of power for 2-3 seconds when attempting to accelerate could lead to an accident, especially if it occurs during lane changes, avoidance maneuvers, etc. What was done to correct failure: No action yet taken. Will return to dealer for additional repairs.

- Boyds, MD, USA

problem #19

Nov 082006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
I own a 2007 Toyota Camry le with a 4 cylinder engine and 5 speed transmission. The transmission has a significant hesitation problem when trying to accelerate such as getting through an intersection. The hesitation is so severe that I have to adjust my driving pattern to avoid having an accident.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

problem #18

Oct 032006

Camry 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles
Vehicle hesitates while acceleration at about 20-40 mph. Then the car jerks forward. This is dangerous if you need to move right away. Toyota doesn't know what is wrong with this transmission I been in the dealer every weeks since the first day I gave that car. Xle.

- Tampa , FL, USA

problem #17

Nov 062006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles
: the contact stated while depressing the accelerator pedal from a stop or during a turn there was a hesitation. The dealership could not determined the cause of the problem and there were no repair performed.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #16

Nov 022006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
I own a 2007 Toyota Camry le 4-cylinder purchased 8/29/06. After a hew hundred miles, the car began to noticeably hesitate while pressing the gas. I noticed this while leaving work one morning. I was crossing an intersection, pressed the gas and the car hesitated for approximately 2 seconds before regaining power accelerate. Ever since this incident, this car has continued to hesitate when coming to a slow stop and then accelerating to clear an intersection. When the power is needed, it's not there and I have had some close calls do to this loss in power. When coming to a slow stop to make a turn, and then accelerating after the turn, the car lags before gaining speed and you can hear the transmission hunting to get back into gear. When driving in stop and go rush hour traffic, the car hesitates when the gas is pressed and the car lurches forward shortly after that. This makes this car somewhat dangerous to control in tight areas such as rush hour traffic. I have taken this vehicle to a local Toyota dealership on 11/1/06 to have tsb tsb EG056-06 (software flash) performed on my vehicle to assist with the improvement of the shift points. After this was completed, I really did not notice a difference in the shifting points. The following morning when crossing the same intersection I normally cross, the car hesitated severely again, in my opinion slightly longer than before the tsb was implemented. It is disconcerting to know that you can not predict how your car will perform in normal driving situations, therefore, I am nervous when driving this car anywhere at anytime. I have never owned or driven a vehicle that hesitated consistently like this and I hope this is an issue that can be fixed in an expedited time frame as this is a very serious safety concern while driving this vehicle.

- Knightdale, NC, USA

problem #15

Oct 152006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,728 miles
When accelerating, car stops dead for few seconds before trans engages and propels forward like a rocket. When trying to pass, depressing gas pedal, trans stops dead then propels forward at high rate. When slowing down, trans propels faster before slowing.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #14

Oct 252006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
07 Camry le 4 cyl throttle and acceleration is horrific. During acceleration, when you take your foot off the pedal and then accelerate again a long unrepsonsive delay takes place. Also very unrepsonsive during acceleration. Have almost been rear ended many times. Very dangerous.

- East Providence, RI, USA

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