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:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,213 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #37

Dec 302016


  • miles



- Washington, DC, USA

problem #36

Dec 112015


  • miles
The dashboard on the 2009 Toyota Camry is a danger for any owner. With the dashboard being sticky/melting, when light hits the dashboard it causes major blind spots that could cause major accidents. This is unacceptable for any automobile to be on the road when you could potentially run over people or hit other vehicles when the glare from the melting dashboard reflects off the windshield.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #35

Nov 302015


  • 55,700 miles
As I was pulling into my car space at work, my 2009 Camry accelerated without warning and surged into the brick wall of a building.

- Moline, IL, USA

problem #34

May 012015


  • miles


The entire dashboard is sticky to the touch.

- Umatilla, FL, USA

problem #33

Mar 012014


  • 55,000 miles
Dash is melting with the AZ heat. Looks terrrible.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

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problem #32

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 #31

Jul 012013


  • 51,000 miles


Driver's side sun visor constantly droops and sags, unable to maintain closed position. U.S. made Camry were subject to recall. This subject Camry was made in Japan imported to U.S.

- Kapolei, HI, USA

problem #30

Aug 222015


  • miles
Oil change done June 22,2015. Went to local mechanic to check all fluids before drive to tampa. Oil level very low. Had oil added on August 22,2015. On October 27, 2015 I noticed a red light on left side of dashboard saying maint says time for oil change. Sticker from toyato says next oil change 95,330 miles, im only 94,100 or close. Is there a recall. I contacted Toyota customer service and was told that there was an oil problem, windshield wiper and sun visor problem, which I had not recognized the oil problem. I thought the dealership had just neglected to put the right amount of oil in doing the oil change. Prior to problem I received possible recall notice for something else. Campaign # id#15V577 reference # 878051. I will be calling Toyota (autonation) in pinellas park about problem. The light comes on whenever I start up the engine and stays on for about 2 to 3 minutes while driving.

- St Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #29

Aug 052014


  • 60,000 miles
In spite of keeping sun shades up all the time the car is parked, my dashboard is increasingly sticky and melting. The shiny glare that has developed on the dashboard reflects in my eyes and makes it very difficult to drive safely.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #28

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 #27

Aug 072015


  • 90,000 miles


I own a 2009 Toyota Camry. In 2013 or 2014 Toyota repaired the drivers side sun visor. Now the passenger side sun visor is drooping, it hangs freely and will not remain in either the up or down position. Toyota says they can't repair this since the car is more than five years old.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #26

Mar 012013


  • miles
I cant give a definitve date when I noticed but I did notice it seemed to appear as if I had put a coat of conditioner on it, I assumed it was just a matter of the heat causing excess conditioner to leach out. I attempted to wipe it off and realized it was sticky and it was near the warranty expiration time. One cold moring I got in the car and realized no normal dashboard should look like that and pressed it with my fingernail and realized it was soft. I take my car in on fairly regular basis to a Toyota dealer. Which is why I believe the service technicians saw the pattern of change and choose not to document it or say anything as it may involve a problem that would not involve profit for Toyota or the dealership. My last trip was for a defect on the visor and I mentioned it to the service agent who choose not to make any comment which I noted as odd ( a typical action when management has instruced employees not to comment on a known problem). A month or so later I received a notice in the mail that they woul take care of the problem with a complimentary fix to the problem. The letter I received appears to be a stalling tactic to get customers to wait, not fix the problem and or seek reimbursement utill it's too late for redress. On my last visit I insisted they make note of the problem due to dangerous glare being reflected off the dashboard onto the windshield. I stated it was a grave safety issue. The letter stated they needed to acquire enouh parts to fix the cars and do no contact the dealer to wait for a notice to bring your car in. If I had an accident it would not take over six months to acquire the parts if I or the insurance company was paying for it. Believe me if CEO's of Toyota or there loved ones were driving with this problem they would immediately fix the problem, they probably have and kept it off the record.

- Rock Hill, SC, USA

problem #25

Jul 292015


  • 44,000 miles
I made an era on the form just sent. The confirmation number (ODI number is: 10744793. There were 2 holes in the rear window of my parked vehicle; 1 was extra large and the other one a little smaller. The other portion of the window was shattered but still in tact. The police officers investigated to see if there was foul play, but none was found. They found no rocks or any thing else in the car that may have caused the damage

- Riverside, RI, USA

problem #24

Jul 292015


  • 44,000 miles
The vehicle was parked at my residence. There were 2 holes in the in the rear window;one was extra lrge and the other small. The rest was shattered, but still intact. The police investigated to see if there was foul play, but found none.they found rocks or or anything else in the car that may have caused the holes etc. The police report number is 152829-of. When I closed the door the whole thing caved in. The officers taped up the rear for me. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

- Riverside, RI, USA

problem #23

Jul 072015


  • miles
The sun visor in driver side defect, loose and may block driver's vision

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #22

Nov 012014


  • 110,000 miles
Excessive oil consumption recall: Over the last year I noticed my oil consumption was drastically increasing. I started burning through oil and having to add a quart every 2 months and now monthly. In the past few months, a very large plume of white smoke would spew out of my tail pipes; not just a little but a large cloud of smoke. It has a very burnt smell to it too. The smoke dissipates after the car warms and as long as the car is warm, it will not smoke. It only smoke when the vehicle has been off for over 2-3 hours. I was told by a certified Toyota mechanic that I need to replace the engine due to faulty internal parts. He stated it was the reason for such a high level of oil consumption. I discovered that Toyota is currently recalling certain engine blocks due to oil consumption defects, however my VIN number is not part of that recall as of now. According to Toyota, my VIN could eventually become part of the recall (oil consumption recall) but as of now, it is not. I don't understand how a major manufacturer will not stand by their product and repair my engine considering they are already recalling other engines with the exact same issues I am having with my Camry. This was my first Camry too. Very disappointed with Toyota.

- Mira Loma, CA, USA

problem #21

May 182015


  • 103,000 miles
At intermittent times, most noticeably while braking or turning or both, warning light and sound activates. Checked just recently, no oil on dipstick. Suspect excessive oil consumption manufacturer defect on my year and model which is not being addressed by Toyota.

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #20

Jan 062015


  • 93,000 miles
First to fail was the speedo after the ABS and brake light came on. No actual brake problem but the lack of speedometer is unsafe. ABS unit essentially controls instrument cluster..not necessary or safe plus dealer repair part approx $1800.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #19

Sep 182014


  • miles
The dashboard to my Camry is very sticky. I live in the state of Florida and the glare on the wind shield caused by the melting dashboard is so bad I have to lean to my right while driving in order to see better. This is definitely a safety issue and I need some information asap on getting this problem resolved. It's a shame that Toyota does not correct this issue. How many accidents/deaths have to occur before something is done!?

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #18

Jun 012013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Toyota Camry 2009. When dash heats up it starts shinning and cause glare on windshield, it causes obstructive vision to the driver's visibility of the roadway. In addition, the material on the dashboard would become very sticky and appeared to be melting. Glare is a safety issue and should be recalled.

- Oviedo, FL, USA

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