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:
22,500 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 162014


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, there was a loud abnormal noise coming from all the speakers and the instrument panel failed. The vehicle was restarted and the failure recurred. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Weling, IL, USA

problem #3

Jun 022014


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the speedometer, tachometer and the oil gauge failed. The contact mentioned that the gauges would drop to zero while the vehicle was idling or accelerating. The failure recurred intermittently. The contact also stated that the ABS and the brake warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing, who stated that the brake actuator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000. Djr

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #2

May 162012

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact was attempting to accelerate but the vehicle exhibited a 10-15 second delay before it would respond. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they were unable determine a failure. The contact then took the vehicle to a second dealer who was also unable to diagnose the vehicle. The manufacturer was contacted but offered no assistance. The contact took the vehicle to a private mechanic and was told that the failure was with the actual accelerator. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact mentioned that the failure had not started until after the vehicle was serviced under NHTSA campaign id number: 12V091000 (exterior lighting: Brake lights: Switch). The failure mileage was 29,800. Updated 7/18/12 the consumer stated there was a 20-30 second delay when shifting to second gear. The battery had to be replaced and the brake light remained on after the vehicle was started. Updated 07/31/12

- Gardena, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 072008


  • miles
2009 Toyota Camry had a defective part replaced with a part taken from another car on the dealers lot. Consumer would like to know if a safety problem was involved in this incident also what part was replaced and if it was new or used part. The consumer stated 24 hours after purchasing the vehicle the check engine light and brake light illuminated on the instrument panel.

- Richmond, VA, USA

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