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:
4 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,828 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #35

Sep 152016


  • 117,000 miles


At start up the gauges started to work intermittently, after a while driving down the road they start working fine after a few miles they start jumping and falling. Brake light and ABS lights comes on and ac quits working we haven T drive the car since this started happening called the dealer and they told us to take to service, before that I will like to know if there's a recall for that. On the last service made by Toyota dealer, they washed the engine, a practice that I am not agree, does that may be the cause? let me know, thanks

- Aibonito, PR, USA

problem #34

Jun 252016


  • 14 miles
I started to back out of the parking spot at the hotel I was staying to go out for dinner with my friends, I release the brakes and put the car in reverse. Then all of sudden the dash board lighted up then disappeared briefly when I put it in forward. As I was driving away from the hotel the lights on the dash board was lighted again. Then as I proceed to get on the freeway the dashboard lit up with warning check vsc system. (the hotel to the freeway ramp was a block away) I was driving in the right hand lane for several miles on the 580, because I noticed the brakes felt weird. The lights on the dash board remained lighted. The red indicator light for my brakes were on indicating the brakes were not released, but it was. At this point I was tensed and scared as I drove on the 580 freeway. I exited off the freeway slower than normal and I would press down on the brakes lightly and it would jerk and rock. It would bounce myself and friends in a rocking motion. We were all scared when I told them that I was not pressing on the brakes as it rocked. I was not playing with the brakes. My friend sitting in the front passenger side, confirmed to my friend sitting in the back I was not doing anything with the brakes as we rocked while driving or at the stop signs. I was driving cautiously on the streets due to I was afraid I might rear end someone. Every time I made the stop it would rock. So from the restaurant to the hotel I drove the streets and stayed off the freeway. The "check vsc "and indicators lights remained on the whole time. The following day, my husband drove out to get the car and drove it home for me. We took the back roads home to avoid freeway driving. As I drove behind him, I notice the brake lights stayed on most of the time. He too noticed the lights on the dash board remained on and the brakes were not working correctly.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #33

Aug 182016


  • 107,352 miles
The ABS light and the red bold brake light came on and then off and the next day the ABS light and the brake warning light came on and the the speedometer went to zero, the tachometer went to zero when I was driving on the freeway, also the air conditioner would not work, after a few minutes the warning lights went off and everything worked for a few minutes and the same thing happened again. I drive the car immediately to the repair shop and then checked the owner's manual and read it's the ABS system is malfunctioning for the car.

- Antelope, CA, USA

problem #32

Jun 182016


  • 112,000 miles


While driving at various speeds the speedometer goes to 0 even though the car is still performing and accelerating. The ABS light comes on and the dealer said that the ABS actuator needs to be replaced. It seems like this is a known issue especially with the hybrid model and should be recalled and repaired by Toyota

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #31

May 282016


  • 67,675 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 5 mph, the brake pedal was depressed but failed to operate. The contact mentioned that the brake pedal was depressed with extreme force for immediate stop. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 67,675.

- St George, UT, USA

problem #30

Jul 102015


  • 90,283 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the tachometer gauge was not displaying the correct reading levels, and the odometer dropped to zero. In addition, while driving at 65 mph, the ABS and the brake warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,283.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #29

Jan 282015


  • 59,500 miles


On three occasions I press my brake to stop at a red light my car going 25mph or slower and my ABS brakes kick in and I have to swerve so I wouldn't hit the car in front of me.

- Norwalk, CT, USA

problem #28

Jun 252015


  • 220,000 miles
ABS module is killing signals to dash to display. Gauges are displaying zero during driving and mileage for odometer is not moving (affected gauges: Speedometer, tachometer, temperature, gas, etc). After taking the car to a mechanic, the dealer quote for the price to replace the ABS module was $1,800. The mechanic mentioned verbally that Toyota had planned a recall but because there weren't enough complaints, no recall has been filed. Investigation into this matter would be highly appreciated. Thank you. MA 10/02

- La Crescenta, CA, USA

problem #27

Mar 112015


  • 103,678 miles
While driving at 65 mph, the speedometer decreased to zero. In addition, the ABS and parking warning lights illuminated. The failure recurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the ABS control module and the actuator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 103,737.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #26

Jan 062015


  • 93,000 miles
First to fail was the speedo after the ABS and brake light came on. No actual brake problem but the lack of speedometer is unsafe. ABS unit essentially controls instrument cluster..not necessary or safe plus dealer repair part approx $1800.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #25

Dec 172014


  • 104,500 miles


The dashboard ABS and brake lights came on, speedometer dropped to zero, and the tachometer jumped while on the freeway. The first reaction when seeing the brake light on was to reach for the emergency brake release and on the vehicle the release is the step type. This release is the hood release and luckily the safety on the hood did not allow the hood to open. I've reported this to Toyota when I got a recall for replacement of the dash if it cracked. They told me they hadn't heard this, and I told them to go to the internet as it was there and there were youtube videos showing this condition.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #24

Mar 172015


  • 62,100 miles
Re 2009 Toyota Camry le with 62,100 miles; assembled in either georgetown ky, lafayette or Indiana: The brake actuator assembly failed, resulting in the illumination of various warning lights and the "rpms started bouncing communication code U0073, " according to the dealership. In a 2012 and 2013 recall for different Toyota vehicles, the record about this same failure states "(a)N electrical component within the actuator may experience an increased resistance resulting in the illumination of various warning lights, including those for the vehicle stability control (vsc) system, antilock brake system (ABS), and traction control system...[meaning] these systems could become inoperative, reducing the directional control assistance, increasing the risk of a crash."

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #23

Mar 122015


  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While at a stop sign, the vehicle stalled. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. One day later while driving 2 mph, the brake pedal was depressed, the vehicle jerked, and failed to stop. As a result, the contact crashed into the rear of another vehicle and the air bags failed to deploy. No injuries were sustained. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 09V388000 (vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 33,000.

- Clear View, IL, USA

problem #22

Jan 262015


  • 70,000 miles
Check vsc system and check engine lights came on. Pulled up to a stop sign going 25mph and had decreased brake function. Had to push brake pedal very hard to get the car to stop. Brakes functioned normally after that but lights are still on.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #21

Jan 232015


  • 71,000 miles
Guages started going crazy and the ABS warning light and brake light came on. After reviewing several comments off the internet I think that the ABS module is faulty.

- Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #20

Nov 142014

Camry 6-cyl

  • 71,556 miles
While driving or when parked, all dashboard gauges (engine temp, speedometer, etc.) drop to 0. at the same time, the "brake" and the "ABS" lights illuminate. The indicator for park/drive/reverse is no longer illuminated, and the outside temperature indicator flashes between "E" and the correct temperature. In addition, the A/C fails to cool, despite all lights/indicators on the console appearing normal (no flashing lights to indicate a malfunction.) all above issues will randomly occur - no obvious correlation to braking, acceleration, etc. At times, some of the gauges will normalize, while others remain at "0." in addition, some gauges will fluctuate sporadically, or "bounce" up/down - not indicating true engine temp or speed. The problems will all resolve at times, seemingly randomly, and then reoccur - just as randomly. I have found numerous videos on youtube which document this issue, and I have noted numerous complaints on this website describing the same problem. After several weeks (on 11/14/14), I took my car to the local dealership, describing the issues and suggesting the brake actuator had failed (as I had read from other owner complaints.) the local dealership stated that they had seen several other vehicles with similar issues, but was confused about the involvement of the A/C issue. (please note: I live in a city with a population of less than 250,000.) after several days of diagnostics, the local dealership contacted a Toyota specialist in houston, tx, who confirmed that the brake actuator had failed. I paid $1932.23 for parts and labor (that's including a 10% discount) to have the issue repaired. My vehicle was with the dealership for 11 days before it was finally repaired. I am concerned that so many people seem to have had the same problem, and that a recall has not been issued for a condition affecting multiple safety features of the vehicle.

- Lubbock, TX, USA

problem #19

Oct 012014


  • 48,000 miles
After bringing the car to get brakes checked, we were informed that the struts needed to be replaced on the car. This car is only driven on paved roads, in a well maintained area. The car has slightly less than 48000 miles on it. Struts should last much longer on a car when the driven in the environment we live in.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #18

Sep 182014


  • 44,750 miles
The brake and ABS light are on, the speedometer and RPM meter goes to 0 when I was driving at 40 mph. It also happened when I was stopped in park. The A/C also don't work. The fault is intermittent.

- Caguas, PR, USA

problem #17

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 #16

Aug 152014


  • 73,165 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the ABS and brake warning light illuminated and the instrument panel gauges fluctuated. The vehicle was restarted and the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who diagnosed that the brake actuator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 73,165.

- Lauder Hill, FL, USA

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