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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,247 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 202010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


Toyota Camry 2009 engine failure due to sludging. My leased 2009 Toyota Camry (just two year old car) recently had died right ona road while I was driving it to my mechanic. Few days before that I noticed a clanking noise coming from under the hood. Call my mechanic and got an appointment. On the day of the appointment noticed clanking noise increase when I started engine. Not even 2 miles later my engine -boom!- had thrown rod through the bottom of the case, making a large hole, spilling oil all over the road. Luckily, I was able to drift and pull to the side without causing accident. Towed car to the nearest Toyota center, where they opened top cover of the engine and right away announced that engine is gelled and Toyota will not cover the repair under warranty because to them the sludge they saw looked like clear case of poor maintenance. Even though I carefully kept and produced all receipts showing that I was changing oil, filter and rotated tires every 5000 miles. My internet research showed that there could be a lot more reasons to sludge build-up than just poor oil change habit, but as far as I am aware, Toyota did not perform any tests or checks on my car. Just one look and-voila- they already know that it is my fault. Fact that this is my 3-rd back-to-back Toyota lease and that I always keep receipts of service does not mean anything to them. $7000-$8000 repair out of my pocket is out of question. I will speak with Toyota headquarters in California. If this will not resolve my problem, I will have no choice but to engage my attorney and litigate. I also want to open a case and report dangerous situation I was put through due to Camry engine failure while driving on a road at 50 mi/H. I could easily be less lucky.

- Blairstown, NJ, USA

problem #6

Nov 162009


  • 14,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the engine was making a knocking sound. When the vehicle idle the noise became extremely loud. The contact had taken the vehicle to the dealer several times over the past year and the dealer constantly stated that the sound was normal. The last time the contact took the vehicle to the dealer, she was told that the sound could be heard, but there was nothing that could be done. The failure mileage was 14,000 and the current mileage was 25,000.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #5

May 152010

Camry 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
Car would not start. Got a jump, but several minutes later while driving on the highway the engine stalled three separate times. Took vehicle to the dealer and they replaced the battery.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #4

Mar 162010


  • 5,800 miles


After coming to a stop at a traffic light, my car engine sped up, forcing me to press down harder on the brake. The engine continued to increase in speed, and I placed the car into neutral, at which point the engine raced quite high. I turned off the ignition, the engine stopped, and I restarted it a few seconds later without further incident. My foot had not been on the accelerator from the time I stopped at the traffic light until I resumed my travels, after restarting the engine. Not sure about the model year; it might have been a 2010 model. I rented the car in las vegas from advantage and have asked for the VIN, but have not heard from the company yet. It is their car # [xxx]. information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Berkeley, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 212009


  • 19,926 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While approaching a stop sign and depressing the brake pedal, the brakes would not engage. The vehicle continued to accelerate momentarily before decreasing speed. She has not taken the vehicle into the dealer for inspection nor had the manufacturer been contacted. She did receive an interim letter from the manufacturer advising her to remove the floor mats, stating that they could cause unintended acceleration in the vehicle. The vehicle was also hesitated when it was started on occasion and the interior lights flashed on intermittently. The failure and current mileages were approximately 19,926.

- San Joseph, IL, USA

problem #2

Dec 202009

Camry 4-cyl

  • 17,000 miles
2009 Camry 4cyl. - when engine was started, with transmission in park, the engine revved to over 4500 RPM without any contact with the gas pedal. Only way to slow the engine was to turn off the ignition. After a few minutes, the engine was started with no issue. Dealer reported "no problem found". owner believes it is a faulty computer or electrical system.

- Lexington, MA, USA

problem #1

Jan 012009


  • 2,000 miles
(2009 Toyota Camry) my vehicle lurched forward causing near collision with other vehicle during normal stop and go. Problem occurs periodically, according to local Toyota dealer's not enough to cause concern. Vehicle remains in same condition. This issue is not related to the sticking acceleration pedal issue.

- Winnetka , CA, USA

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