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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,937 miles

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2012 Toyota Camry engine problems

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2012 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #51

Jul 012023


  • miles


Toyota has a recall for 2012 camry torque converter issue. The recall was issued with a timeframe and/or mileage limit. My camry never experienced these issues until after the recall expired. i reached out to toyota about the recall and they state they aren't going to fix the issue.

- Somonauk, IL, USA

problem #50

Sep 132023


  • miles
I purchased my car about 4 years ago. Less than a year later after I purchased the vehicle, I took it back to the dealer informing them of the shaking or vibration. They gave the car back to me telling me there-??s nothing wrong with the car. Months later I called them again for the same thing and they said the same. Not long ago, I was driving the car with my 2 year old granddaughter and my daughter, taking a turn, the lights in the dash came on and the wheel became so hard that I almost crashed because I couldn-??t hardly turn the wheel. I pulled over on a very busy road Hooper Ave TR NJ. We almost got hit by the traffic because there-??s no place to pull over and waited to see if it was safe to drive the car. Took the car to a mechanic and doing research he mentioned the torque converter is bad and that-??s the reason why it vibrates and shakes. All along, the dealer knew about the problem and they ignored the issue. -??The 2012-2014 Toyota Camry shudder that can potentially happen in these Toyota models made during these years. The shudder comes from the transmission, especially during the acceleration of the Camry models. It can be alarming for the driver and be a safety concern when the gears do not properly change during operation. When this problem persists over a significant period of time, it has the poetry to cause long-term damage to your transmission. Damage to your transmission can be costly and affect the overall performance of your Toyota.-?? Perhaps maybe now because I have been driving it for a while now with the same issue, believing the dealer that there-??s was nothing wrong with it, that-??s the problem became worse and more dangerous. Other websites say there-??s a recall on the issue so I would like to get this serious issue fixed as soon as possible as this is the only vehicle available to move around.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #49

Aug 152023


  • miles
Computer system failure ABS system not functioning causing driving functions not working. Problem continuously reproduced by independents and finally by Dealer. Dashboard lights on, engine, tracking, ABS, Brak and other lights. MPG reduced with speedometer down to zero while driving.

- Melborne, FL, USA

problem #48

Jun 092023


  • miles


Odometer fraud. Tampered odometer and tried to sell the car and the tampering is huge 100K miles.

- Denton, TX, USA

problem #47

Oct 122022


  • 178,397 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle was experiencing excessive oil consumption. There was no warning light illuminated. The contact stated that he had been adding two quarts of oil every 1,000 miles. The vehicle was taken to several independent mechanics who could not duplicate the failure and informed the contact that there were no oil leaks found; however, the spark plugs, oil filter, drain plug, and the drain plug gasket were replaced. The contact stated that the failure persisted. The dealer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and referred the contact to the NHTSA hotline. The failure mileage was approximately 178,397.

- Louisa, KY, USA

problem #46

Sep 092022


  • miles
The car shudders in lower gear while accelerating. Engine, steering wheel and the whole car vibrates at lower speed.

- S Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #45

Oct 272022


  • miles


The torque convert is bad, when driving at up 25 mph and at 45 mph the car has a vibration. I have been seeing many reviews about this issue with the model of Toyota

- Eight Mile , AL, USA

problem #44

Jun 222019


  • miles
My Toyota Camry has been burning oil for over two years. Last year it began to get worse. I have been taking it to an auto repairs shop to tap off the oil to prevent the engine from failing. This week it burned 3 pints of oils. I have been using Lucas to slow down the oil combustion. I was advised by an automotive shop that Toyota has recalled some Camrys for oil consumption problems. Moreover, the mechanic advised that the engine could be default regardless of the year of the car. My car is in danger of shutting down on the road. It will end up with engine failure if the issue is not repaired. Toyota explained that some vehicles were recalled for oil consumption- but not mine. This is not fair that my car has not been included. I am seeking justice and for Toyota to do the right thing. I did not do anything to cause this issue. I am the owner of a car that has a manufacture faulty defect that is threatening the life of my car and my safety as well as other drivers. I await to hear back. Sharon Scott

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #43

Jun 022021


  • 145,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated after recently having an oil change performed on the vehicle; after approximately 2,000 miles while driving at an undisclosed speed, the contact heard an abnormal knocking noise coming from the engine. No warning light was illuminated. The contact veered to the side of the road and checked engine oil and noticed there was no oil in the engine. The contact added oil to the engine and continued drive to her destination however, the failure persisted. The contact took the vehicle to a local dealer who diagnosed the failure as an oil consumption failure. The contact was informed that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 145,000.

- Pine Lake, GA, USA

problem #42

Jan 012016


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 25-35 MPH, the vehicle shuddered and loss motive power. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. There were no warning lights illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer where they were unable to determine the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and referred the contact to a local dealer. The failure mileage was approximately 35,000. The VIN was not available.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #41

Feb 042021


  • 136,405 miles


Oil consumption is severely high. I recently got the oil changed a week or two before and it was empty. The car would shut down when turning, only to find out at the same dealership I have received the initial oil change from that the oil is severely low. I was told by other mechanics that there were recalls on prior years of Toyota Camry for the same engine issues and I was instructed that I should file an official complaint by multiple mechanics.

- Orland Park, IL, USA

problem #40

Feb 232021


  • 117,000 miles
The torque converter is causing my car to shudder and make unusual sounds. This is also causing metal fragments to leak into my transmission. This could cause my car to slip gears while driving making this a hazardous safety issue.

- Levittown, PA, USA

problem #39

Jul 182020


  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle shuddered between speeds of 20 to 40 mph. The shuddering stopped when the vehicle exceeded 50 mph. The vehicle was taken to nye Toyota (1441 genesee St, oneida, NY 13421 (315) 363-1000). The contact called the manufacturer who confirmed that the contact had a recall repair for the torque converter shuttering back in 2015. The contact was informed that the recall repair was extended but had since expired. The contact was informed that she was responsible for the repairs. The contact was provided an estimate for the repairs. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Wampsville, NY, USA

problem #38

Feb 112020


  • 66,000 miles
When driving between 25 to 40 mph the car shudder and the engine vibrates. I believe it have something to do with the gears and I hope Toyota will fix it for free.

- Monmouth Jct, NJ, USA

problem #37

Jan 292020


  • 110,000 miles
110,000 miles and engine is burning two to 3 quarts between oil changes

- Pall Mall, TN, USA

problem #36

Dec 132019


  • 123,687 miles
As I was driving, all of the lights (oil, brake, ABS, check engine) all of it came on at the same time and made a noise and the car shut down, while I was driving. I am a college student with a commute, and thank god I was near a neighborhood to pull over immediately. I tried waiting 10 minute to restart, and it would not even start because the whole thing was dead and the lights were on. This nearly killed me.

- Howell, NJ, USA

problem #35

Nov 122019


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owned a 2012 Toyota Camry. While driving on the highway, the contact heard a clicking sound and decided to change lanes to pull over. The contact noticed smoke filling the vehicle and pulled over. The contact exited the vehicle as it caught fire under the hood. The vehicle was engulfed in flames and destroyed before the fire department arrived to extinguish them. Police and fire reports were filed. The vehicle was towed from the scene. The insurance company investigated the failure and took plenty of pictures of the burned out vehicle. There were no injuries. The dealer and manufacturer were not contacted. The cause of the failure was not determined. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Morrisville, NC, USA

problem #34

May 012019


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 25 mph, the engine shuddered and vibrated while in second gear. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The local dealer and manufacturer were not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 130,000.

- Mahomet, IL, USA

problem #33

Dec 012018


  • 80,000 miles
I have noticed that my vehicle is consuming excessive amounts of oil. The engine burns half a quarter or more of oil in between the oil changes. It is exhibiting abnormal oil consumption. My most recent oil change was on 03/02/19 and my vehicle is already low on motor oil. I have attached a photo of where it is today 05/27/19.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #32

Apr 172019

Camry 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owned a 2012 Toyota Camry. While pulling into a parking space, the contact lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle accelerated on its own, crashed through a gate, and landed on top of a pool covered by a tarp. The air bags did not deploy. There were no injuries. A police report was filed. The vehicle was deemed totaled by the contact's insurance company and towed. The dealer and manufacturer were not contacted. The cause of the failure was not determined. The failure mileage was 36,000. Manufacturer was contacted.

- Northbrook, IL, USA

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