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.

7.5

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$1,400
Average Mileage:
95,700 miles
Total Complaints:
216 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (112 reports)
  2. starting the excessive oil consumption test (16 reports)
  3. toyota says normal (16 reports)
  4. replace engine block (15 reports)
  5. toyota says 1.1 qts. per 600mi is normal (15 reports)
  6. situation was not fix. I was told to get a new car (13 reports)
2009 Toyota Camry engine problems

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 11)

problem #216

Jun 172015

Camry LE 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Bought 09 Camry new, followed all operation and maintenance Toyota guidelines. In 2015 (at 130,000 miles), the "Low Oil" warning light came on, took it to the nearest gas station, the car needed 3 qrts. Took it to the dealer to do their test, they overfilled the engine with oil. Went back after 1200 miles and was told the car is burning oil but not enough to do the repair (mainly because they over filled the engine with oil). The car continued to burn oil at higher and higher rate. Now it is burning around 2 qrts every 1000 miles, the car has 170K miles on it. Not sure what to do now? Any suggestion??

- Ahmed I., Severna Park, US

problem #215

May 062019

Camry LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles

We recently purchased a 2009 Toyota Camry car is extremely good condition. After driving it about 300 miles oil light flashed we checked oil and was a quart low. According to oil change sticker had rough 2000 on last oil change, so we added a quart. It rolled over 3000 mile to change garage checked before changing it said it ease a quart low again.

I did some research and these engines are having excessive oil consumption a lot. I had no idea when we purchase this car there were issues with oil consumption until then. We thought it would run forever if taken care of. There's no excuse for this type of oil consumption except faulty oil rings and a lack oil cheap parts.

I don't know if there's anything Toyota will do for this problem. I am very disappointed in my first and will be last Toyota after this experience. Sad I had to find out the low quality this way. Maybe at least this compliant we help others realize this is a design problem. Toyota should stand behind this problem and repair. I was always a GM GUY and should have never switched but will know better next time.

- Terry C., cromwell ky, KY, US

problem #214

Dec 242017

Camry 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I never knew this was a problem until I researched further on the internet that it was common for older Toyota cars such as my 2009 Camry had excessive oil burning where I needed to put a quart of oil every month or so (about 1200 miles). As I understand it that it pertains to a piston ring issue where one is out of luck in paying for repairs if the warranty expired. Very annoying in adding oil every several weeks or so.

- Phil N., Glen Allen, US

problem #213

May 182016

Camry LE 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I think it's such a rip off. You spend thousands buying a car that's made out of aluminum and then something goes wrong. You take to the dealer maybe twice a month and they don't stop to think; hey, we just changed your oil... let me see what's going on. Why do we keep changing your oil? They keep giving free oil changes. They knows the problem or are to lazy to go and check the recall list. It's a defect Toyota Corporation, you don't want to fix the problem. How sad.

- Ketria T., Houston, US

problem #212

Jan 152018

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

Car started burning through oil earlier this year. The shop that changes my oil could not find where oil was leaking and did not know what was going on. My check engine light every once in a while would flash on and right back off and then stop for months. Last month the check engine light came on and stayed on when while I was on a trip, I went to Auto Zone and had them plug in the meter, the error was that there were misfires. We bought an ignition coil and spark plug and found a mechanic in the area to get us going again. A couple of weeks prior to this we had put "stop smoke" in with the oil and it stopped burning so much oil. Things seem to be going well. Last week the oil was gone again, filled it back up. A few days later it was time for an oil change, had it changed, talked to the mechanic again and he found that Toyota had issued the TSB about this problem. That day my check engine light came back on. Took to another mechanic, he changed the spark plugs, the error code went away. He said that the oil is leaking onto the spark plugs and burning them up which causes the misfire. I haven't contacted Toyota yet as all of the last events happened in the last couple of days.

- Donna H., Morrow, GA, US

problem #211

Oct 242017

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Was told that the valve cover gasket was leaking, which it was , had it repaired. I had it replaced recently again as the first repair shop did it incorrectly. Car is still using about a half a quart of oil every 700 miles. There are no visible leaks. I had a mechanic check it all over for leaks (resulted in gasket replacement), no other leaks detected. The car now has over 175,000 miles and it is my understanding Toyota will not cover it as it is over the 150K limit. It runs normally, no loss of power, does not knock or ping. My concern is that this will get wore over time . I always thought I had nothing to worry about in the way of reliability as a Toyota owner. I have my doubts as I have read several complaint sites and see similar issues with this model year.

- flasteeler18, Jacksonville, US

problem #210

May 062017

Camry XLE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 152,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I own a 2009 Camry it has all records of anything that's ever been done to it plus my dad is mechanic also on top of all this!! I had noticed that my oil light has came on after driving a little more that month then normal of course I called my dad and headed that way but I had checked it as soon as the light came on and it was BONE DRY I check the oil between changes anyways to be safe it had been 2 weeks since the new change had been done!!! I also had switched to synthetic to help MAYBE with it burning this much oil!!! UGH

I went home and did some extensive research on this issue (recalls and websites like this one and even YouTube) to see if it was a frequent issue and IT WAS!!! Piston and rings burning excessive oil amounts FOR NO REASON depending on how much you drive the car the more it burns it up!! SO I contacted Toyota Headquarters and after about 4 phone calls the finally called me back, I explained to her the issue which I'M SURE SHE HAD HEARD AFTER ALL I HAD READ and how many people have had to be stiffed with this issue!!! Mind you this was last year! She had told me that they had made put the car into a bracket recall so it had guidelines and the guidelines of that they WILL NOT fix the car or rebuild WHATEVER it was after 150,000 on it!! So I asked the lady that's funny that you claim to take care of this issue BUT the car did NOT start burning this oil until AFTER THE CAR HIT 150,000 so was this in the "TOYOTA PLAN" so NOTHING could be done, the lady I spoke with didn't care nor did she answer any of my questions LIKE why would they put a bracket on it??? They want us to buy another Camry? I DON"T THINK SO!

This 2009 was my 4th Camry and my first Camry I'd still have if I hadn't crashed it NO oil burned from that one @200,000 miles just a water pump!! The good ol Camry days HUM SMH so the 2009 still burns oil and after great care nothing is done COOL THANK TOYOTA!! I'll make sure it's very well known and I'll go buy my a Honda or Acura they seem to still be standing by their names these days!! What a disappointment and let down here, I really do love the Camry but not after this shaft of a move to not stand by your name or what you make or DON'T make for that matter!!!!!!

- toniheight, Lapel, IN, United States

problem #209

Jan 012011

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

My wife had a new 2009 Camry, and I used to change oil for her car. every 5k miles.And never check oil level in between oil change.Until one day her coworker said you should your oil level every 1000 miles. I stared to pay attention and noted it consume about 1 quart of oil every 1000 mile. And I got a letter from Toyota said that I need to bring the vehicle to near deal to fix. So I did. At the dealer they did a test and said my wife Camry consume 1 quart of oil every 1000 miles, this was normal and there was no fix.

I had to end up adding 4 quarts of oil every oil change. This costed me so much money and times for Toyota and dealer created and don't want to fix it.

I myself had a 1999 Camry V6, and loved it. It had 200,000 Miles on it, and never need to add oil between oil change.

There is for sure my next car will never a TOYOTA.

- mycamry, Temple City, US

problem #208

Mar 072018

Camry SE LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 233,278 miles

I regularly take my Camry to get full service with the local Toyota dealer. Approximately six months ago I was informed by the dealer that the car engine was using oil and that I should keep vigilant and return 3 weeks later to be checked again. I was informed that it was not enough for Toyota to be fixed. Since that time I have taken the same car to be serviced again. The dealer service person told me that my car an excessive amount of oil. and that I would have to get an engine overhaul costing me thousands of dollars. I have checked for leaks and there are none. I now have to constantly checking my engine oil.

I was of the believe that Toyota cars were very dependable and would last well over two hundred thousand miles if you take care of the vehicle. Which II have, there is a record at my Toyota dealer of my car service. The name of my dealer is Royal Moore Toyota service located in Hillsboro, Oregon. I am a senior citizen on a fixed income.

- Jose G., Hillsboro, US

problem #207

Sep 052014

Camry LE 4cly

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I have been a faithful Toyota owner since the late 70's early 80's and still have a 1996 Toyota Tacoma SR% that doesn't use a drop of oil between oil changes! I was told by the local Toyota dealership that this is normal but being a mechanic/technician my whole life I know this is BS and a LIE and they know it. Were it not for me being disabled now I would have probably tried to fix myself but that is not possible now.

I don't think I'll ever buy another Toyota vehicle ever again and the oil consumption on this car is getting worse all the time the car now has 126,000 on it and we must watch the oil very closely. Toyota should do the right thing and fix this I've been warning everyone I talk with to never buy a Toyota!!!

- Gary N., Hardy, US

problem #206

Aug 012016

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My daughter bought this car. I/she never received a bulletin or recall and had no idea there was one. However I did think it was unusual for such a seemingly dependable brand to have such extreme oil consumption. Only after searching the internet for a fix did I find that the problem was well known by Toyota.

- Lou B., Watervliet, MI, US

problem #205

May 012013

Camry ES 4 cylider

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Toyota knows this is an issue and they won't recall the cars to be fixed. Many owners don't even know it's an issue until it's out of warranty with Toyota. That is an issue. It's a known issue with these cars and motor. Shame on Toyota and I own 4 or them currently but they may just be my last. Stand behind your product and fix the issue. There is already one class action lawsuit going about this very issue.

- Curry M., Rock Hill, SC, US

problem #204

Jan 012017

Camry LE 2.4L Vvti

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

Defective piston and rings. Oil pressure is constantly on.

- Amela B., Los Gatos, CA, US

problem #203

Jan 202017

Camry LX 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,327 miles

After conversation with my mechanic I was advised to go to Toyota to have it fixed. He had heard of other customers getting the engine rebuilt on Toyota's dime. Went to the Kendall Toyota and was told to do the oil consumption test. Followed the directions to the tee. We did not open the hood for 1200 miles. When we went back to the dealer it was a quart low. We were told that we had to change to synthetic oil because it would burn less oil. Synthetic is more expensive but we did that. After doing this at 900 miles it burned quart of oil.

Went back to the dealer and was told it burned about the same. The lead of the department told us this was normal and would not repair the problem. Talking with another lead and techs they have seen other customers having the problem fixed by Toyota. It sounded like who ever you talked to and what there attitude was that day if the problem would be fixed.

I was told to call customer care. This is the next step.

We started this process with dealing with Toyota in February of 2018. We continued to add oil for about a year before we were told to contact Toyota. regarding the excessive use of oil.

- Sue G., Eugene, US

problem #202

Jun 292018

Camry LE 2az 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles

Apparently, using 3/4 quart of oil in 1100 miles is the new standard for Toyota. I thought they had better engine quality than this level. I basically putting in enough oil between changes to amount to another change. It will definitely impact my next car purchase.

- Mike S., Denton, TX, US

problem #201

Jun 242016

Camry SE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

Bought Toyota certified. Using more oil now than gas. If different engine would go over 300,000 miles no oil consumption. Toyota checked at 147,000 miles said 1 quart in 1000 miles was ok. It was more than a quart, I checked myself before taking it to Toyota. Now after 150,000 can't check again. Called Toyota they said sorry like and 8th grader getting caught. So sad. Paid a lot, wife loves car, can't afford to replace engine, fouls out plugs crazy. They should recall and replace for free.

- randymiller, Orrville, US

problem #200

Jun 152018

Camry LE 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,388 miles

I now know that this 2009 Toyota Camry was recalled for excessive oil consumption. Never got paperwork about that in the past. It started making a knocking noise and acceleration wasn't right so I took it to my independent mechanic. He said that there was no oil in the engine, which caused the noise. My mechanic indicated that the rod was thrown due to low oil, there were no leaks apparent, clearly the car burned through a significant amount of oil causing catastrophic engine failure.

I then took the car to a Toyota service department. They said that since the car had oil (which I had my mechanic put in a few days prior for safety) that it wasn't a case of excessive oil consumption and did not fall under the warranty. Therefore, Toyota said my only option was to replace the engine which the dealer quoted at $5,000 USD for a used engine and even more for a rebuilt engine. I have filed a complaint with dealership and corporate.

- Marcia D., Long Beach, CA, US

problem #199

Apr 032017

Camry SE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

Bought a Camry expecting it to last for a long time. Very disappointed Toyota thinks a QT every 1,000 miles is "normal"!

Really pissed with Toyota!

- Brett M., Champlin, US

problem #198

Nov 202017

Camry V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,000 miles

I noticed that when I started my car I saw blue smoke. I had my husband check my oil and none registered on the stick! Oil light NEVER came on!

- ptodd123, Humboldt, US

problem #197

Jun 042016

Camry 4S 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

So...our 2009 Toyota Camry started going through a lot of oil these past several years. It currently has around 127,000 miles and we have to put a quart or more oil in it every 2 weeks or so and/or about every 400 miles between standard 3,000 mile oil changes. We are spending roughly over $ 150.00/yr on extra motor oil but the Toyota reps tell us that this is " normal " since the vehicle has over 100,000 miles on it and because of the " thin-weighted oil --- 5W-20 " that it consumes.

- John M., Charlotte, NC, US

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