ANNOUNCEMENT: The Car Book 2018 is now online!

Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
107,479 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2009 Toyota Camry brakes problems

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 072018


  • 90,230 miles


Toyota Camry ABS actuator/ECM failure. I have a 2009 Camry that has been well maintained and had no known issues until last wed 2/7/18 when driving home from work all of sudden both the speedometer and tachometer went haywire and started jumping up and down from 0 to the max, then both the brake light and the ABS lights came on and the temp gauge dropped to zero. I thought that the car was about to shut off but that didn't happen. My car was still driving, but none of the gauges registered that the car was in motion and the brake and ABS lights remained on. Today is exactly a week from that initial warning and I am still having the same issue once the car has been in drive mode for more than 20 mins. I took the car to my local Toyota dealer who has maintained the car since my purchase for diagnosis on 2/8/18 and was told at the time that the issue is the bad ABS actuator and ECM and that both pieces are a part of the car's computer that sends the signal for the brakes to stop. I was also told at that time that there was a similar issue with the hybrid Camry for the same year, and extended warranty was placed for the hybrid but not for my Camry le. I was shocked because this is a road hazard and a issue with faulty parts installed in the first place. Now Toyota is saying the repair is $2500. This should be included along with the hybrid under an extended warranty. I have found on internet searches that Toyota has been aware of the issue since at 2010 but they have refused to offer repairs. This is definitely a safety hazard whereas the driver is never certain that the brakes will work or fail. I say that maybe this car should be under a full recall because I was also told that my engine is burning excessive oil, they tested it mid year 2017 and I was just told that my car failed the test and needs to have the repair done on that as well as the ABS actuator.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #7

Dec 262017


  • 217,000 miles
On numerous occasions when coming to a stop by car will shut off. The car when sitting has a rough idle (400-500 RPM) with all heat/ac etc turned off but can vary at times of an idle of 700-900rpm notably when A/C is on it drags the rpms down to 300-400 and will shudder at a stop. There's no codes on diagnostics, no noises or lack of routine maintenance. May be worth mentioning this vehicle "passed' the excessive oil consumption but I am still adding a qt of oil every 1200-1800 miles. A search of the web shows this to be a common issue but no resolution. Help?

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #6

Dec 042017


  • 84,000 miles
I have a Toyota Camry (2009 around 84K miles on it) and yesterday I noticed, the ABS light and brake lights came on and then the speed odometer stop working and did some research and noticed this is a common issue with this car. Found similar complaints on many sites, there is a recall only for Toyota Camry hybrid models( not for other models and this repair cost would go upto 2700 $ which is 10% of the car cost. Till now people used to think Toyota is a reliable car but certainly this is not with these types of approach.

- Zionsville, IN, USA

problem #5

Sep 102017


  • 91,500 miles


Odo meter malfunction, ABS light, brake light on. Ac not working

- Glenview, IL, USA

problem #4

Apr 292015


  • 102,693 miles
On my way to work and another driver just rammed his struck against my car his tired ended up on top of my car it was a hard hit and I even thought I had my seat belt I my airbags did it go off at all the impact was so hard and I would like to know why didn't my airbags deployed my question is do I have any airbags that really concerned me and would like Toyota to look at my car as soon as possible in my opinion my airbags should have went off I was hit by a bigger veichle and I would like Toyota to take reposability since I had witness that saw the accident and testified that I was not at fault if there is no airbags in my car it's new to me because when I went to buy the car the only thing high was the mage and I was promise that if anything went wrong with the car Toyota will be responsible for it. I think that Toyota took advantage and was trying to get rid of the car so I got the wrong end of the deal. If I find out I never had any air bag si should no be reponsie le to pay a die out of my pocket.

- Philadelphia , PA, USA

problem #3

Sep 232012


  • 74,000 miles
My 2009 Camry dashboard is melting. The leather console between seats has cracked.the electrical system keeps shorting out. All cigarette lighters/charger locations have shorted out including the aux. A week after buying my car the safety feature to lock place mat in place broke. Nearly causing a car wreck as the place mat lodged in between the gas and brake. The radio, location where speedometer, clock, and service lights locations are fogged up and getting worse daily. When I took my car to the dealership about the dashboard I was told, "it was my fault. Probably caused by a cleaning product." Which I knew was entirely not true. Cigarette lighter covers have dry rot and broken, plastic/leather has dry rot under all 4 windows leaving scratch looking marks, dry rot paint by stick shift is peeling. Headlights fog up easily with water in them. I was in a car wreck a couple of years ago.when I was going about 10 mph and a vehicle ran the red light hitting the right side of vehicles front area. They were going at least 45 mph. No airbag deployed. Underneath front of car is a plastic piece that keeps falling down. Some days I am unable to take car out of park unless I turn the wheel, "hard". I have never received anything via mail about any recalls on my vehicle. I still live at the same address! took car to dealer again about front passenger window and driver side window not being able to roll down or up windows. I had to pay quite a bit of money to have fixed. Passenger window switch is broken and still is just like drivers side was. Was told" it was most likely because someone tried to break into my car." Which I knew was not the case. I am very disgusted and considering filing a lawsuit against Toyota. I bought a lemon car! I keep my oil changes up to date, fluids, filters, etc.I have never felt so disappointed in a vehicle purchase in my life. I'd like a full refund.

- Ocean Springs, MS, USA

problem #2

Sep 092014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 111,111 miles
The brake and ABS lights came on. The speedometer and odometer fell to zero. Sometimes the odometer would jump up and down for a few seconds. The temperature gauge drops to zero. The engine sounds like it's about to turn off but does not. A/C does not give off cold air. Gear light indicator goes off or indicates drive gear no matter on what gear.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 302013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 89,300 miles
I turned on my Toyota Camry 2009 hybrid in the garage and was immediately met by numerous warning lights, an audible warning buzzer, and a message in the dash message center that read "check vsc." I was going to drive the car to a mechanic but discovered that when I backed out of the garage that there was no braking action. They had completely failed. The car was placed on a computer which provided error code C1256 and C1391. Both codes indicate ABS/vsc/trac malfunctions. I brought the vehicle to my local Toyota dealer and supplied a computer print out of the error codes. The problem was diagnosed as an internal leak in the ABS accumulator module resulting in a loss of hydraulic pressure to the brakes. Cost of replacement with labor was quoted as $3,700. I did some research and discovered numerous complaints by other Toyota owners with identical problem I encountered. I also discovered that Toyota has redesigned the ABS annunciator module. I contacted Toyota corporate headquarters in California who denied any a problem with the part. If they are unaware of the problem, why did they redesign the part? this problem is extremely dangerous as in resulted in total brake failure. I was extremely lucky that my issue manifested itself while the car was parked and not at 70 mph on an interstate highway in heavy traffic. One website set up by someone who experienced this identical problem had thirty five entries in the guest book. Everyone had the same problem.

- Bloomington, MN, USA

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