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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
66 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
23 / 2
Average Mileage:
25,532 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 10)

problem #195

Apr 202020

Camry 4-cyl

  • 142,241 miles


Cruise control and horn stopped working and airbag light on.

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #194

Nov 012019


  • 165,000 miles
Accelerator gets stuck open. I took my foot off the gas and the vehicle accelerated. It would rev at high speeds when I stepped on the brake. I tried downshifting with no effect. When I finally stopped at a stoplight with both feet on the brakes the engine revved up to very high rpms, even when I put the vehicle in park. Then it finally stalled out.

- Gaithersburg, MD, USA

problem #193

May 062019


  • 158,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 55 mph on the highway, the vehicle accelerated on its own at a high rate of speed. The contact had to apply extreme force to the brake pedal to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was coasted to the side of the road. The gear was shifted into neutral as the rpms increased. The gear was shifted into park and the vehicle was turned off, but was unable to be restarted. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that there was engine failure due to NHTSA campaign numbers: 10V017000 (vehicle speed control) and 09V388000 (vehicle speed control). The previous owner did not have the recall repairs performed on the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to Toyota world of newton (66 hampton house rd, newton, NJ 07860, (973) 383-0200) and both recall repairs were performed. The vehicle was still at the dealer until the manufacturer determined if they would authorize the engine assembly replacement. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failures and was to respond to the dealer and the owner. The approximate failure mileage was 158,000.

- Byram Township, NJ, USA

problem #192

Dec 242018


  • 89,000 miles


The car has burned oil from day one. The transmission will not downshift enough to hold motor back properly going down an incline. It won't hold back by transmission even if you down shift your self.

- Coeburn, VA, USA

problem #191

Aug 022018


  • 113,000 miles
Sudden cluster failure of dashboard while driving, possible short in ABS control system causes loss of odometer and speedometer, jumping needle for engine temperature and tachomteter, loss of gear indicator light. Both check ABS and brake lights are illuminated. Unplugging ABS remedies engine, tachometer, and gear indicator. Still have no odometer, speedometer, and warning lights for brake and ABS permanently illuminated.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #190

Jul 232018


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving 10 mph, the vehicle accelerated on its own while attempting to park. The contact stated that the brake pedal was being depressed at the time of the failure. The contact was unable to control the vehicle as it crashed into several parked vehicles. The contact sustained injuries to the hands and legs that did not require medical attention. The Georgia police department filed case number: 18-067932. The police department had the vehicle towed to an unknown location. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Austell, GA, USA

problem #189

Apr 232018


  • 184,293 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While driving 40 mph, the ABS and brake warning indicators illuminated and the rpms constantly increased. The dealer and manufacturer were not notified. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 184,293.

- Mint Hill, NC, USA

problem #188

Dec 172017


  • 119,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While parking the vehicle, it accelerated to 25 mph without warning and crashed into a building. A police report was filed. The rear passenger sustained minor injuries, which required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to the dealer (harr Toyota, 100 gold star blvd, worcester, MA 01606) where it was determined that the vehicle was remedied per NHTSA campaign number: 10V017000 (vehicle speed control) years ago. The dealer could not duplicate the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 119,000.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #187

Sep 232017


  • 101,000 miles
Problem description: 2009 Toyota Camry, brake light and ABS turn on, RPM and speedometer stop working intermittently, and A/C also seems to work intermittently. It is the same issue shown here: Https:// it is dangerous because you have intermittent use of your dashboard sensors. The dealership wants to replace the entire ABS hydraulic system for the cost of $3000. This seems to be a well documented problem.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #186

Dec 012016


  • 10,000 miles
We have an intermittent reoccurring issue when vehicle us driven before full warm-up (10 minutes or longer). The issue is when accelerating from a zero RPM (stop light) scenario, the vehicles rpms go up high, but the the car moves very slowly. As if it's not in sync with the gas pedal when being pressed. Transmission failure has been tested and not noted. Due to the intermittent nature of the problem, we have taken drastic measures, such as installing a remote start to bring vehicle to temperature before driving. This could be extremely dangerous if the cut out of the acceleration happens when merging onto a highway or causing rear impact to unsuspecting drivers. Car has been inspected at local dealer, where they were not able to replicate the issue, but I want this documented shall any accident ever occur due to speed control failure.

- Ames, IA, USA

problem #185

Apr 012012


  • 65,000 miles


Car wobbles/vibrates when accelerating between 30 and 50 mph all the time. Its smooth when not accelerating.

- Bluffton, SC, USA

problem #184

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 #183

Nov 012015


  • 174,000 miles
11/01/2015 @ 10:05am on Maryland route 29 North, route 40 exit. Car speed around 30 mph - slowly exiting on ramp. Suddenly, four distinct beeps were heard and car accelerated without warning. Lost steering and control over speed - car zig/zagged. Stepped on brake as hard as I could - car eventually came to a stop. Road condition was slightly damp after light rain. Luckily, no other car was around. Taking the vehicle to trusted mechanic to have it evaluated for safety concerns.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #182

Sep 212015


  • 131,828 miles
Steering wheel started vibrating on reaching the speed of 60 mph. It was more prominent while driving straight while it was not as much while negotiating the bends. However, no vibration was felt at slower speeds. I have got both front and rear rotors and break pads changed recently, all wheels have been balanced and alignment done. I wonder if the manufacturer would take care to identify the cause and recommend remedy.

- Belleville, NJ, USA

problem #181

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 #180

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 #179

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 #178

Aug 192014


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While the vehicle was idling and the brake pedal depressed, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. The contact applied more pressure to the brake pedal, but the vehicle failed to stop. In order to stop the vehicle, the contact shifted into neutral and depressed the brake pedal continuously. The dealer was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000.

- North Wales, PA, USA

problem #177

Jul 232014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 48,983 miles
About a month ago I was driving along and the radio got really loud for no reason for 10 seconds and then subsided. I didn't think much of this at the time, but after Wednesday, I now believe it must have been related somehow. I was sitting off-road waiting for traffic to pass by in order to turn-around and begin driving South. I had just turned on the car and turned the steering wheel in order to make my approximate 175 degree turn. My foot was on the brake and the car ready to move. All of a sudden the engine revved up and the car tried lurching forward as though someone's foot was on the accelerator. I had to reassert my foot pressure on the brake in order to keep the car from moving. My foot had not left the brake, there was no person or thing trying to accelerate the car, it just occurred. The news about faulty accelerators entered my mind. There has not been any further incident at this time.

- Rosemount, MN, USA

problem #176

Jun 012014

Camry 6-cyl

  • 48,863 miles
When entering my garage, the car automatically accelerated crashing through the back wall of the garage. I applied the brake but they didn't appear to work as the car was accelerating too fast. The car finally came a stop in the backyard against a fence post that was in concrete.

- Newark, OH, USA

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