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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,000 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 012011

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles


2009 Toyota Camry. Consumer states several problems with vehicle to include electrical and mechanical issues the consumer had the vehicle inspected and it was determined there were several components that were defective such as the accelerator pedal, brakes, shocks, exhaust and cd player component and cable burning smell. The consumer is requesting compensation for the body work repairs done to the vehicle after the car accident amounting to $3,890.42. Updated 11/03/11. Updated 12/01/11.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #1

Sep 012009


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota camnry SE. The contact stated that while driving, he noticed that there was a strong sulfur odor coming in the vehicle through the ventilation system. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times who stated they would reboot the computer but were unable to duplicate the failure. The dealer also suggested that in order to minimize the odor he should drive with the recirculator on. The manufacturer was contacted who sent a technician to inspect the vehicle who stated the vehicle was operating as designed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 10,000 and the current mileage was 19,195.

- Syosett, NY, USA

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