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:
65 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
21 / 2
Average Mileage:
20,592 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 6 of 10)

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problem #90

Mar 012010


  • 53,000 miles


On March 1 at 5:15pm I was on I-295 headed home and my 2009 Toyota Camry le accelerated after I had all three recalls done at the Toyota of waldorf. As I was coming up to a S500 Mercedes I attempted to slow my car down once I pressed the brake, I felt the car switched to a higher gear, I continues to press the brake as hard as I could, finally I pulled off the road to the left into the grass where I then threw it in neutral until it slowed down. I then cut it off and called Toyota to complain. The service manager asked would I like it towed and I replied " what do you think?" I explained to her that I had all the recalled done on my car and I don't understand how this happened. After they towed my car the next morning I called to complain to the GM they then transfer me over to another service manager after I waited for the GM for several minutes. This service manager tells me they are trying to figure out what's wrong and offered me a rental car. I went to pick up the rental and I realized after I got home that there were several different models not just mine that were involved in this recall so I decided to look up this 2010 Tacoma that they gave me and sure enough it was on the list. I decided to park this car and ride to the metro which drops me off half of a mile from my job. I would rather take this hassle than to drive any of these recall vehicles from Toyota. I have a family that I have to protect and if this is how the "Toyota family" care for its customers then I choose to not deal with this "family" in the future. I am requesting from Toyota that they put me in a car of equal value even if its used and one that is not on the recall list. To all that have a recall model from Toyota I recommend that you be very cautious of the repairs done and drive even safer than before. I have been on the phone twice today with the corporate office attempting to speak with someone and both times I was placed on hold for 30 minutes and still couldn't reach anyone.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #89

Mar 032010


  • miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The driver took her vehicle into the dealer to have the accelerate recall repaired on the day that the complaint was filed. The recall noticed stated that the floor mats should be placed in the trunk and if they are not the correct ones they would be replaced free of charge. When she returned to the dealership her mats were not in her vehicle. No one at the dealership was able to tell her what happened to the floor mats or who removed them from the trunk of her vehicle. She is concerned that the vehicle was not inspected by the dealer. There are no failures at this time. The VIN was not available. The current mileage was 5,016.

- Stoney Point, NY, USA

problem #88

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 #87

Aug 202008


  • 25,000 miles


Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6) hello, I'm [xxx] from U.S. army. My car, Toyota Camry 2009, had a same problem with that sudden acceleration back in 2008. The car was, of course, brand new, and I had that same experience - all of sudden acceleration. It was after I was finished the all duties for the day, and I was head to my home. When I just drove on the highway, the RPM went up so quickly and suddenly, and even I stepped on the brakes several times. But the RPM had never been go down and stop. So I made the decision to make the transmission shift to neutral, and it worked at that time. At that time, I was in like country side in fort gordon, Georgia, and now I'm in South Korea to perform the duty here. At that time of that incident, I thought it could happen maybe one time.. very one time.. however, when I read the current newspaper article.. I feel very terrible about this.. because now my wife and my 3year old son ride in Toyota Camry.. (that's the only one car in our household).. what if there would be a same happening to my wife and my son.. I was O.K. because the highway I drove on was almost no traffic.. as I mentioned earlier, I lived in country side ft. Gordon, Georgia.. but after I got the duty station in South Korea, I relocated my family back to los angeles county, California.. (that's where I came from) I know my wife once told me.. she felt little bit more acceleration when she drove toward down slope.. she had to do the samething, put the transmission shift to the neutral.. what if this kind of incident would be happened in a heavy traffic.. man.. I wish that I would have a total solution for this.. I know that I can't return the car, right?

- Gardena, CA, USA

problem #86

Nov 222009


  • 20,000 miles
I was on a job assignment in Napa valley, California. I had a rental Toyota Camry from national car rental. I don't have VIN but license was ca. I was driving North of pt reyes on hwy 1 and decided to stop at a scenic area. I took a left off the hwy into the parking area. I was braking and approaching a parking area surrounded by large timbers as parking guards. I was nearly stopped at the timber, braking and preparing to put the transmission into park. My car suddenly lurched forward over the timber, engine roaring. Because I had been preparing to put the transmission into park and did this, the car engine accelerated severely and died. My first thought was that I had been struck from behind and thrust forward but there were no other cars or witnesses. I was able to restart the car, rock a bit and move backwards off the timber. I was bewildered by the strange behavior of the car and didn't connect this event to the recent Toyota problems until the recalls and tv reports. I now am sure this was an event of rapid acceleration. I was fortunate in that I had my foot on the brake and had been almost stopped when the lurch forward occurred. After experiencing this, I don't believe the problem had anything to do with the accelerator since my foot was on the brake, not the accelerator. I really wonder if electronic "cross-talk" has been ruled out as this problem seemed to be very related to electronics.

- Scandia, MN, USA

problem #85

Feb 252010


  • 6,500 miles
Toyota Camry post recall fix - issues 1. Toyota Camry car suddenly accelerated and brakes did not work. Car ended up in a ditch and needed to be towed 2. Toyota Camry recall fix was done 2 days before the incident. A metal shin was inserted into accelerator assembly pedal along with car software (break overrides accelerator). Really bad customer experience - no quick response to the issue - have roadside assistance but was denied any towing charger at the dealership - nobody called me for 2 days to let me know status of the car - lost my keys and kept me waiting.

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

problem #84

Apr 272009


  • 20,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. She stated that while driving at 70 mph and changing lanes, she pressed the brake pedal and noticed that they didn't engage and the vehicle continued to accelerate and hit a truck. There is a police report, the vehicle was destroyed and towed. She sustained leg and shoulder injuries. Toyota has not been notified and no repairs were made to the vehicle. The failure and current mileages were 20,000.

- Woodsboro, TX, USA

problem #83

May 182009


  • 30,000 miles
Camry accelerates when it should be decelerating. Perhaps more of a gear-head than most women, I recognized a slight acceleration in my Camry as I let it slow down when approaching a stop. Here in the prairies of Illinois, a car will normally, decelerate gradually once you've removed your foot from the gas pedal and before applying a brake. However, shortly after buying my 2007 Camry with 22K miles, I noticed it would slightly accelerate as it changed from a higher gear to a lower gear. I reported this problem to my Toyota service dept and they "reprogrammed" the computer. This did seem to fix this problem, though it had to be done twice, and it is beginning to show signs again. Other problems associated with this was the overly long sound of a higher RPM. It seems it should change gears (if it was a manual transmission, I would have changed gears) one hears the RPM and engine droning at a high level for an excessive period of time without shifting. I can just tell by hearing that there is an unnatural problem with the acceleration. I define natural as the former experience of knowing that the gas pedal controls the mechanical nature of the carburetor. It just seems that now there is something that supersedes or overrides that natural connection between human control and carburetor. One can tell that the system has a mind of its own, and that system is susceptible to error or environment (temperature or humidity) or driving conditions. I wrote Toyota a note at least a month ago that I doubted that the acceleration problem was B/C of pedal sticking and shared my story. Oddly, my car does not need the pedal repaired even though it is in the same year and plant where the problem existed. However, my car still has something oddly wrong with it. I can't help but think they are connected. Thank you for listening.

- Normal, IL, USA

problem #82

Sep 102008


  • miles
I purchased a Toyota Camry 2009 in August of 2009; I notice immediately sudden acceleration several times while driving at average 55 mph in a highway with increasing in speed without stepping in the gas pedal; I could hear a low pitch sound like a cordless drill will sound like and eventually the speed will increase at first got really scared of the sudden acceleration specially when approaching cars in the highway, several times I had to step in the break pedal with force to kind of kill the boost. I also notice that in the surface street experience this jerkingness kind of like a wild bull that wants to push forward without inserting energy to move forward it happen several times while in stop signs or waiting to merge in the flow of traffic; again what I will do is forcefully step in the brake to stop the sudden acceleration. After driving the vehicle for more than 5 months I can predict the behavior and thankfully abort the sudden acceleration. But many times it does scares me specially when approaching cars ahead. I have a family of 5 with 3 small children. My spouse and kids do not want to ride in the car with me for the reasons stated above.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #81

Feb 152010


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The driver stated that she was traveling on a rural road at 35 mph. The contact applied the brakes when the vehicle in front of her was making a turn when the vehicle accelerated on its own and crashed. There were no injuries. A police report is available. The failure caused the other driver to crash into another vehicle. The dealer was contacted about the failure. The current and failure mileages were 16,000.

- Warrenton, PA, USA

problem #80

Feb 162009


  • 760 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. He stated that while his foot was on the brake pedal, the vehicle accelerated on its own after idling at 15,000 rpms. The vehicle crashed into another vehicle in front of him. There were no front end damages and no injuries. The vehicle was taken to a repair facility and the repairs were made. The dealer has not been contacted regarding the failure. The failure mileage was 760 and the current mileage was 16985.

- Oregon City, OR, USA

problem #79

Sep 192009

Camry 6-cyl

  • 27,000 miles
The contact owned a 2009 Toyota Camry xle. The driver was driving 60 mph when she heard a loud explosion. The driver crashed into another vehicle head on and the passenger of the other vehicle died at the scene. Both vehicles were destroyed. The driver sustained major injuries. A police report was taken. The dealership was contacted to get service records for the insurance company. The crash occurred right before the manufacturer recalled the vehicle. The contact has not notified the manufacturer as of yet. The failure mileage was 27000. The current mileage was 27,500. Updated 04/22/10 updated 08/18/10 updated 9/21/2011

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #78

Oct 102009


  • 10 miles
I am having a Toyota Camry 2009. When I was on cruise control and runs at 60miles/hr, the RPM is about 1500 RPM. During the cruise control, the RPM may accelerate to about 3000 RPM in less than 10 seconds, then immediately the RPM goes back to 1500 RPM again. During this RPM change, the speed reading remains at 60 miles/hr. The incidents happens unexpected. It seems happen more often when on up hill even with very mild slope. It also happens when it runs on very flat road. When the incident happens, it feel that the vehicle is out of control and feel very jerky. It's quite scary. I complained this to my Toyota dealer with my regular maintainence quite some months ago, they said they would look into it. After quite some hours, they said that they could not replicate the incident and can not do anything about it. The way they test is to drive in metro area for about 10 mins, which is obviously not the situation I am complaining about. They said they would not do a cruise control driver for 2 hours according to their test driver procedure. They even do not able to escalate this issue to Toyota manufactures! such situation happens when the car comes to me brand new. I feel desperate to communicate my concerns through Toyota dealer yet every day I have such security concerns. I hope you guys can seriously look into this issue with the recent Toyota recall. The floor mat explaination is rediculous and the recent gas pedal is probably still not the root cause. Please take this concerns seriously and I hope that such concerns may become public and aware to the consumers and Toyota. A fix is a must. Thank you. Btw, the approximate incident date in this complaint is the last time that I dared to use cruise control. Such incident actually happens almost everytime when I used cruise control.

- Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #77

Oct 082008


  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving at 55 mph the vehicle suddenly accelerated up to 110 mph. The contact had to wedge one foot under the accelerator pedal to loosen it and apply the brakes to slow the vehicle down. Eleven months later, the same failure regarding the sticky pedal occurred while driving 55 mph. The contact has taken the vehicle to the dealer to have the power train clutch assembly: Pedal/linkage and has now since traded the vehicle in. The contact stated that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 300.

- Inverness, FL, USA

problem #76

Feb 242010


  • 10,000 miles
I purchased a 2009 Camry hybrid this past summer and within a month, noticed problems with occasional braking and acceleration issues. I originally thought that perhaps this was the hybrid technology, but at times I have experienced some near misses and have been very concerned with the recent reports of lost life. I filed a complaint on the website on February 9th, 2010 and have received no response since then. I am disappointed that the Camry hybrid was not included with the latest prius recall and feel that Toyota needs to investigate what I believe to be a software/electronics issue. I have been in software development and sales for the past 15 years and have never been in a car accident since receiving my license. But since purchasing this car, my first Toyota, I do not feel as safe as I have in my GM's and Ford's over the years. What I am experiencing is a forward lurch when braking from 50 mph to a quick stop/traffic light and the gas engine is engaged. When brake is applied, the car slows, then there is a quick revving of the engine, then an upshift prior to a downshift when the electronics/battery takes over. This has caused some near misses from a rear end collision, as the car appears to stop, but then lurches forward. I have also experienced this forward lurch, when accelerating at higher speeds (30-50 mph)from a stop light, as if there is a delay between the electronics to the gas engine. This has caused the car to accelerate rapidly on occasion, causing me to brake to slow it down. Please have this software defect looked into, as I believe this recent recall should include the Camry hybrids as well and as soon as possible.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #75

Aug 012009


  • 500 miles
Vehicle (2009 Camry xle) does not de-accelerate immediately when taking your foot off the accelerator no matter what the speed. This occurrence was first noticed in the fall the summer of 2009. The vehicle was taken to the dealer (balise Toyota w. spfld, MA) on Jan. 5 2010. The problem was pointed out to the dealer and I was told there was no problem and that the situation was normal. On Feb. 22, 2010 I again brought the vehicle back to the same dealership for the recall for modification of driver side floor carpet, fuel pedal modification and installation of a part described as ssc. After taking receipt of the vehicle on Feb. 22, 2010 the accelerator still does not respond immediately to de-accelerate.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #74

Nov 302009


  • 19,000 miles
Below you will find the email that I sent to Toyota on February 7, 2010 as well as the response I received. To this date I have not received any other communication from Toyota. I truly believe that one of these safety recalls led to my car accident in November, 2009. My vehicle was included in both the floor mat and accelerator recalls. Discussion thread customer 02/07/2010 09:51 am I had a car accident 11-30-09 which resulted in the total loss of my 2009 Camry le [xxx]. due to the closed head injury I received, I am unable to recall the accident. However, viewing the accident report, it appears my vehicle was traveling much faster than I travel on this roadway. It was noted that my side airbag did not deploy when my vehicle struck a tree on the drivers side door. Due to the recalls, I am now concerned that one of the recall issues was the cause of my accident. My car is now at a salvage yard near atlanta, ga. And I feel that Toyota should be concerned enough to check my car for defects. I bought this car based on your reputation for dependability and safety, and now due to the recalls, I can't imagine buying another Toyota. Perhaps my greatest concern are media reports that Toyota has been aware of these problems for quite some time and chose not to notify owners. I now have to wonder about this companies ethics. Date: Sunday, February 7, 2010 12:51 pm from: Ask Toyota subject: Safety shortcomings [incident: 100207-000212] thank you for contacting Toyota motor sales, U.S.a., Inc. We appreciate your consideration and hope to have your email addressed as quickly as possible. Our current office hours are Monday through Friday from 5 am to 6 pm and Saturday 7 am to 4 pm pacific time. If you need immediate assistance, we recommend you contact the customer relations manager at your local Toyota dealership.

- Chickamauga, GA, USA

problem #73

Feb 242010

(reported on)

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
2009 Toyota Camry with accelerator electronic control system defect. Consumer states that the Toyota dealer stated the vehicle had been repaired when it had not. Consumer states it accelerates especially when it is raining. The consumer stated when driving in the rain, the tires would spin. The dealer worked on the electronic control system and cleared up part of the problem. However, they were unable to remedy the remaining problem with the electronic control system.

- Mission Viejo, CA, USA

problem #72

Feb 052010


  • 7,000 miles
While at a stop sign, I accelerated my car and then quickly stopped (pushed on the brakes) because another car was coming, only to feel my Camry accelerate and crashed into the other car.

- Dorchester, MA, USA

problem #71

Feb 192010


  • 14,000 miles
Incident of sudden acceleration on Friday 2/19. While pulling into a parking spot in a strip mall parking lot, car suddenly surged forward and did not stop until had jumped up on median despite breaking. No injuries. Car needed to be pulled off of the median by a aaa tow truck and then was towed to Toyota dealer for service. Was told nothing found wrong, could not reproduce, software checked out ok. Recall warranted work and check done one week prior to this incident happening. Expressed to service manager that this issue may not be related to any recall/gas pedal issue and many reports of sudden acceleration outside of recall check. Was told only to call Toyota experience # - recording states not taking any calls.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

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