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Crashes / Fires:
5 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,506 miles

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2012 Toyota Camry engine problems

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2012 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

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

problem #31

Nov 122018


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle started to shake. Also, when changing gears, there was heat coming from the gear shifter. There was no warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Bellingham, MA, USA

problem #30

Sep 032018


  • 70,146 miles
I am having problem with my car 2 months ago, when I starting after few second something blocking and L stops.I am using my car for communication between home job, school on street, not to much using on highway. On 19 November 2018 I changed my oil and asked them check everything for winter time, also told about problem, because I am grandma and everyday pickin up my grandkids from school. The body shop find out about transmission and recall. Adviced me to call Toyota. My car had recall on 2014.we purchased this car on 2014 and dealer did not told us about recall. Car had already 60000 miles, now my car has 82171 miles. Also recall paper was sent to 1 St owner. I talked with Toyota they suggest me to do inspection in any Toyota dealer and they will fix, but today autonation Toyota dealer Liberty I'll service told me whole transmission needs to change and recall will not cover cost. Inspection shows transmission lunges sometimes when starting from stop diag 30 transmission failing between 2nd and3rd gears. I would say never repaired transmission converter last 5 years this defect affected to whole transmission. I would like to ask you help me to replace my transmission. Replacement will cost$6723, we almost soon paying off our loan less than this amount.this service clerk adviced me to change transmission or trade and buy another car. We have been very happy soon we will not gone have anymore monthly payments, so now come up like not put to danger my grand kids, we should buy or pay for replacement.even if we do trade our car, dealer will not fix transmission and sale to another person who will have soon a problem as like me.

- Vernon Hills, IL, USA

problem #29

Nov 012017

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact noticed abnormal sputtering and a strong vibration coming from the vehicle while driving 20 to 50 mph. The dealer (advantage Toyota valley stream, 400 w sunrise highway, valley stream, New York 11581, 516-887-3200) determined that the intake valve needed to be replaced. The part was replaced but, within a month, the vehicle was taken back for a second diagnostic testing where it was diagnosed that the transmission assembly needed to be replaced. An independent mechanic inspected the vehicle and recommended that the contact check with the manufacturer for a service campaign concerning sputtering and the torque converter. The manufacturer and the dealer (hillside Toyota, 139-65 queens blvd, jamaica, NY 11435, (718) 571-8211) were contacted and an appointment was made for diagnostic testing and repairs. The contact was waiting for a response from the manufacturer to determine if they would approve the recall repair. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was not available.

- Rosedale, NY, USA

problem #28

Dec 012017


  • 72,000 miles
While driving on any road between 20 and 40 mph, 3rd and 4th speed, the transmission shudders and while pressing the gas, the vehicle hesitates. Sometimes it is somewhat clear to accelerate, other times it feels like you are fighting a wall that will not move. I believe from what I have read that it has to do with the ECU and a possible faulty torque converter. This should be looked into by the NHTSA proactively, and not left to the individual consumer to see if the issue resolves itself. If the car fails in moving traffic, someone could hit me from behind. At this time, I am having to go from 2nd speed to 4th speed by 40 mph to go around 3rd gear altogether. This is not the way the car should operate. Vehicle is in motion when this happens on any road at any time.

- Medford, NJ, USA

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