Notes: The 2009 Camry used to be adorned with our “Seal of Pretty Good” but that was before an alarming number of complaints started rolling in for excessive oil consumption.

Owners are being caught off-guard with how quickly their cars are running out of oil. No leaks, no spills, just 1 quart of vanishing oil in as little as 1,200 miles. Toyota maintains this is “normal” for the 2AZ-FE engine, even though they issued a TSB for the problem in August of 2011.

The issue may be the result of defective piston rings and is the possible target of a class-action lawsuit.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,000 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 172010


  • 30,000 miles


In my 2009 Toyota Camry le, the recirculation switch turns off after about three minutes, letting in air from the outside. This is an ongoing problem whenever I'm behind a diesel vehicle. My car fills with fumes that affect my breathing. The first time I went to the Toyota dealer, they said it was a standard fix, and would cost me $50. When I went in a second time, and said I didn't want to pay, they said there was no way to fix it. It's clear to me that this is a design defect, that will have a detrimental effect on the driver and passengers, and that Toyota needs to fix it.

- Cameron Park, CA, USA

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