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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,159 miles

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2009 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 222011


  • 47,000 miles


I am writing about the prevalent problem of leaking struts or shocks on the 2009 Toyota Camry. I took my car in for an oil change at 47,000 miles and was told that one of my struts is leaking, and it will cost approximately $339 to fix it. I have noticed that several complaints have bee lodged about this situation.

- Belvidere, NC, USA

problem #2

Apr 162011


  • 30,477 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. While the vehicle was undergoing a routine oil change, the mechanic discovered that the front driver and rear passenger struts were defective and leaking. The vehicle was taken to dealer who inspected the vehicle and advised that the struts leaking was a normal occurrence and should not be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 30,477, and the current mileage was 31,000.

- Audubon, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 232010

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that after having routine maintenance performed on the vehicle, the mechanic advised her that the front struts were leaking oil and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and advised her that it was normal and didn't need to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 49,000. Updated 08/01/11 updated 08/02/11

- Moscow, OH, USA

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