2009 Toyota Camry engine problems: excessive oil consumption

Excessive Oil Consumption

2009 Toyota Camry (Page 1 of 10)

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Toyota dealer.

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CarComplaints.com 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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
92,312 miles
Total Complaints:
189 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (99 reports)
  2. starting the excessive oil consumption test (15 reports)
  3. replace engine block (14 reports)
  4. situation was not fix. I was told to get a new car (12 reports)
  5. toyota says normal (12 reports)
  6. rebuild engine (11 reports)
2009 Toyota Camry engine problems

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 10)

problem #189

Aug 282017

Camry LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 129,000 miles


I bought this car as used in Feb 2016 and didn't this issue until one time taken to local Toyota dealer for oil change and since then they sabotage my engine to create this problem because they wanted to have it paid by the Toyota corporate. After having in their garage for 3 weeks they told me because it doesn't have original engine so Toyota doesn't want to pay. No repairs done. Now I'm stuck. Called Toyota Corporate office but no luck. What Toyota claims it doesn't have original engine, Does a car has to have all original parts in 8 years plus the original might had his engine crashed and perhaps got another engine. End of story is the Toyota doesn't want to be responsible for its own manufacturing defects.

I have seen lot of complaints from other people but I think the best thing is to file the complaints to the following agencies and to the Taxes attorney general office so Toyota either fix this issue or should be bared to sell cars in USA.

otherwise nothing going to happen to Toyota.

- , Huntington Station, US

problem #188

Mar 272017

Camry LE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Toyota thinks that adding a quart of oil every 1,200 miles is normal for a vehicle with only 130,000 miles on it. That seems pretty ridiculous! I have purchased 3 Toyota Camrys, but this will be my last one unless Toyota decides to allow the extended warranty to be allowed to fix the problem.

- , Hartland, WI, US

problem #187

Jul 012017

Camry XLE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

Toyota did a test to measure for 1,000 miles but they claim that there is no issue found. But certain service interval I am seeing the low engine oil pressure light coming up after driving for 3500 miles and sometimes it does not come up until my service interval of 5000 miles.

- , Milton, US

problem #186

Nov 302014

Camry LE V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


I have been topping the engine OIL for the last 3-4 years and my mechanic just told me about the class action lawsuit for defective pistons for Toyota Camry. I took the car to my dealership for inspection and they say that they cannot do the Oil consumption test because the mileage of 149,000 miles puts the test over 150,000 and they cannot test it. I called Toyota headquarters about it and they concurred with the dealership decision. This is a piece of crap machinery that just DRINKS engine OIL meaning $10 every 1000 miles.

- , Herndon, US

problem #185

Nov 222017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 236,000 miles

The last year I've had to top off my oil at 1500 miles. On 11/22 I topped off my car with a quart of oil at jiffy lube, after 150 miles the engine light came on and my oil was low. I had planned to keep this car another 2 years. It's not worth paying the $3,000 to fix the problem. I would rather put the $3,000 towards a new car. Now I have to quickly buy a car, I can't take my time to shop!

- , Laurel, US

problem #184

Oct 022017

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 126,000 miles

I was told that this "excessive oil consumption" is common in 2009 Camry. I was also told (from numerous mechanics) that there was a recall for the oil tanks but when I call anyone from Toyota they say no that there is not one. Why would multiple mechanics tell me the same thing? They suggest this before they even offer to fix the car because they know there was a recall. My car is burning through oil in every 1,000 miles. I can't afford to keep up with this. I want my oil tank to be fixed - please help - I can't afford for my engine to seize either.

- , Attleboro, US

problem #183

Mar 282017

Camry LE 2.1L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,905 miles


We have to change our engine oil every month because it gets dry.

We've checked with mechanics and were told that there are no leaks.

How can you help us.

- , Toronto, ON, Canada

problem #182

Apr 152015

Camry LE 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

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Toyota performed oil consumption repairs on my 2009 Camry but I am still having issue loosing oil between oil changes. At least 1.75 quarts of oil must be added to make the car run smoothly. Otherwise, it runs weird with low oil. It was brought to attention of Toyota Head Office and local Toyota dealer the issue of oil consumption still present but nothing was done.

- , Panama City, FL, US

problem #181

Jun 062017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 221,684 miles

Each week I have to put 2 quarts of oil in my engine. I travel 80 miles per day so this is really annoying.

- , Lanham, US

problem #180

Jan 012017

Camry SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Yet another problem with the Camry, 2009. Now its burning oil at a ridiculous rate and I have to add oil every few hundred miles so it doesn't go dry. This will certainly be the last Toyota I purchase and I hope this problem gets remedied or made right.

- , Mebane, US

problem #179

Sep 012017

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,000 miles


My daughter drives the car and has complained about oil consumption but no leaks or smoke out the back, so I checked it out for her & found she was right. 1 quart 5-20 synthetic oil per 1000 miles. Called Wolfchase Toyota, Germantown, TN today. "Nicole" in service said that the warranty only covers 10 years or 15,000 miles. Our car is at 158,000. No dice.

- , Eads, TN, US

problem #178

Feb 012017

Camry XLE 4 Cyclinder

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

Consistently having my oil changed on schedule. At the beginning of the year, started using excessive oil. In between oil changes, oil needs to be added. Drains completely out before next oil change is due. Have tried using regular, mixed regular and synthetic and full synthetic. Problem continues...

- , Bardstown, US

problem #177

Mar 012015

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,000 miles

The oil burns excessively. I had an oil change the first week of May 2017. I checked the oil stick 3 weeks later and it was completely dry. I'm always adding oil to the vehicle This problem has caused me financial harm because I want to sell the vehicle and I can't get as much as I would like because this car has a defect. I'm making the potential buyers aware of this defect.

Toyota has not recalled the vehicles and it's very disappointing to me because I always viewed Toyota as a reputable car seller and I now feel otherwise.

- , Justice, US

problem #176

Nov 122016

Camry SE 2.4L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

What can I say, I purchased my Toyota because of the stellar reputation. I had plans of giving this car to my daughter in four years when she started to drive. How can I feel comfortable giving a car that burns 1-2 quarts of oil a week to my most precious cargo?? Even worse, there was no communication of this issue. I understand this is not being a recall, but how can I let my wife drive a car that could break down at any point?? I am extremely disappointed in Toyota and how they handled this issue. I've scheduled an appointment with Toyota to complete an oil consumption test to see if I'm eligible. I realize defects occur, but I also expect Toyota to stand by their products and defects. I hope my issue is resolved, but Toyota has lost a loyal customer.

- , S, US

problem #175

Jul 312017

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 161,000 miles

I am the original owner and live at the same address as when I purchased the vehicle. I never was notified of this issue and was unaware until I searched the internet. I have had 3 NEW Toyotas in the past 15 years so I am brand loyal. So far, I have only been offered $500.00 for the repair of a KNOWN PROBLEM, acknowledged by Toyota that is estimated to cost 3-4 K. Really wish I had known this before I spend $30K on a 17 RAV4. Maybe Toyota will come through in the end and help me out with more than $500 offered.

- , Hortonville, WI, US

problem #174

Jan 022017


  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,100 miles


- , Seabrook, US

problem #173

Mar 012017

Camry XLE 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

After selling car to my son 6 + months later he began running out of oil prior to 3,000 miles on 2 occasions. Car would make a beeping noise every time he would brake or turn corner. Took it in and was told completely out of oil. This happened twice so Toyota did the "stage 1" where they taped access to oil and had my son drive and return car between 1000 and 1200 miles. They said there was no loss of oil - it was right under fill mark. DON'T believe it at all.

I called Toyota corporate and was told to try another dealership to test. I am making an appointment and this time I am making sure I actually watch the result myself wen he takes it back in. Toyota has assigned a 2nd warranty enhancement coverage and I have until August 2018 to get this issue resolved. Noticed this is a major issue with others and their Toyota dealership is giving them the run around as well. I have always purchased Toyotas, but if this is not resolved, I guess I no longer will.

- , Springfield, US

problem #172

Dec 012016


  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

I paid cash for the car in 2011, almost $18,000.00. The vehicle had one owner & when I bought the car it only had 35000 miles on it. I would take my car to the dealership for oil changes regularly. The car started knocking and we checked the oil and it was bone dry, This is after I had driven the car for 2 months after the last oil change. There was no leaking at all. We added oil but because I had driven it with nothing in it the damage was already done to the motor. I drove the car about another month and we checked it and the same thing happened-no oil. We added motor oil and a week later on a Monday, I was going to scheduled an appointment to take it in and the motor completely died. The entire motor has to be replaced at this point.

I am pissed the Toyota dealership knew there was a problem and all of this could have been avoided if they had done the right thing. I am about to call them now but I know its not going to go well. They are a bunch of crooks. The sad thing about this is I had a 2002 Camry that was purchased brand new and as soon as I got it paid off 2 years later the motor went out. I was much younger but it was probably related in some way because I always get oil changes and the standard services that are needed to take car of my car.

I just bought a 2014 camry when I had no choice because the 09 died. I plan to keep this car for another year and I will be getting something else. I have lost all faith with Toyota. My friend has a 2011 Toyota Camry she just bought with 40,000 miles and she is having problems with hers too. They are different problems but still she just got the car in January and has not had the car for 6 months yet!

- , Jacksonville, AR, US

problem #171

Aug 012011

Camry LE V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles

I purchased my car in May 2011 and within a few months, I noticed the oil burning faster than usual yet there were no leaks. This was my second Camry. My first I owned for 12 years (also owned a Scion so 3rd Toyota car purchased) and no issues so I knew this was not normal. I would take my car in for inspection and they couldn't find any leaks and told me it was normal.

Finally after years of having to get constant oil changes and purchasing extra gallons of oil to refill every 1K miles or less, I got a letter from Toyota on March 2016 and after taking it in for the oil consumption test, my car failed miserably and it was added to the list. My car was fixed on January 2017 and was told I would get reimbursed for the oil that I had to add because of the defect. I submitted ALL receipts and documentation that they requested on March 2017 and they gave me the runaround for months.

Although every single piece of proof was submitted, they would deny the requests. I kept calling and speaking to different reps, faxed/emailed documents as well as sent letters through certified mail. Finally on July 1, 2017, they decided to only pay $500 when the total out of pocket expenses since 2012 was $1,558.08.

Their reasoning was that they were only paying for any extra oil used between March 2016 until January 2017. This is not ok because I started having issues in 2012 and the issue was found in 2011 yet they didn't notify me until March 2016. They should have honored what their original letter stated which was based on when my car started having issues. I submitted proof of receipts as well as invoices from Goodyear of when this started. They did not honor their agreement as they should have.

I am very disappointed and they have lost a loyal Toyota customer.

- , Houston, US

problem #170

Feb 012017

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,908 miles

In the last oil change cycle of 5000 Km, I added over 2 liters of oil to keep the oil level within the min/max marks on the oil stick. For this cycle, the oil ran down to below the min mark after only 1700 Km.

- , Markham, ON, Canada

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