Notes: The Camry Hybrid's first year is a mixed bag of brake actuators failing and power issues. The hybrid version even shares the same excessive oil consumption as its non-hybrid counterpart. And it hardly gets enough fuel efficiency gains to warrant the extra costs up-front or during repairs.

Toyota seemed to get their act together with later model years, so if you're looking for a used Camry Hybrid I suggest looking there.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,242 miles

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2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid Owner Comments (Page 11 of 16)

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problem #109

Mar 032014

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 66,550 miles


I turned on my car after dropping my daughter to school in the morning (around 8:30 am). I noticed the dash board is showing "check vsc system" and the brake warning light is on. I tried to drive in slow speed (10 mph) and pressed on brake but the car is not stopping as fast as I expect. I tried to drive up to about 10mph again and applied brake; the result is same: Car fails to stop fast. The warning lights were still on at this point. I pulled over by the curb, opened the hood and visually inspected levels of brake fluid. Fluid level looked normal. When I sat back in the driving seat, I noticed all the warning lights are off. Then tried driving and applied brake. Everything is normal. I scheduled an appointment with the dealership for Wednesday 3/5/2014. I suspect something is not right with my vehicle.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #108

Sep 192013

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Vsc lights plus all warning lights come on. Bell sounds and brakes essentially fail. Toyota quoted $2800. This issue was reported prior to my extended warranty expiring however the issue was not diagnosed by Toyota until after expiration of the warranty. This is a very dangerous issue that should be corrected free of charge.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #107

Oct 152013

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 61,000 miles
Driving at approx 30 mph approaching a red light all warning lights go on in dashboard and bell sounds, went to put on brakes and could, nt slow down until I applied heavy pressure to brakes, and finally stopped. This happens not all the time but often enough to be dangerous, and not being able to stop quick.

- Rancho Mirage, CA, USA

problem #106

Aug 012013

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 115,000 miles


The "check vsc system" light came on as well as the parking brake symbol, tire stability symbol, etc. The brake pressure has been reduced. I took it to the dealership and they said I have to replace the ABS actuator with a cost of $3300 plus.

- Tomball, TX, USA

problem #105

Jan 162014

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
While driving suddenly all light up on the dsh including brakes check vsc red triangle light ABS trac light, followed by complete brake failure at red light had to run the light luckily no traffic and accident was avoided few seconds later all lights disappeared and brakes came back to normal, vent to a shop to see that the issue was there no problem found and was told everything works as it should no error codes found, days later same problem happened complete brake failure followed by resuming to normal and once again mechanics did not find any issues... went online fount out it was a very common problem which im surprised Toyota mechanics know nothing about, the issue seems to be with brake actuator which costs about $2000, finally after few months I was able to arrive at the shop with all the lights still lit up and they finally have confirmed that in dead the problem is the brake actuator, however part was replaced with dame part number and when I asked if the part was updated due to massive premature failure of these units I was told it was not, this needs to be addressed before people start dieing.

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #104

Feb 252014

Camry Hybrid

  • 91,890 miles
I turned on my car and I noticed a "check vsc system" light come on along with the "brake" light. I made sure my emergency brake was off and the warning lights remained on. I pulled away from my house and noticed that every time I went to brake, my brake felt hard and I could barely get it to move. I got about a mile away from my house and about 50 feet from an intersection I went to slow down, but my brake was still hard and when I tried to brake it failed to work for about 5 seconds until it finally kicked in. There were no cars in front of me, otherwise I would have probably hit a car for sure. I made sure to keep my distance for the rest of my trip. On my way home from work I noticed the "check vsc system" and "brake" light were no longer on, and my brake felt back to normal.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #103

Sep 022013

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 75,000 miles


In late 3Q 2013 we began to hear a common sound from our 2007 Camry hybrid go from occasional to chronic: A 5-10 second hum from the front right, like a pump pressurizing a chamber. For the first few years we owned the car it would happen periodically; now it's happening every 5-10 seconds when the car is running and even when it's not, both before we start it (after opening the door) and for 10-15 minutes after it's been turned off. Sometimes we hear a sound like a bark or chirp; it started about the same time as the pressurization frequency increased. I'd also noticed an occasional throbbing of the brakes while the car was at rest. I've noticed no decline in performance, either from the engine or the hybrid system, and no issues with braking on the road. Once I've gotten the dreaded "check vsc system" error, but it cleared itself after a day. I took it into a Toyota dealership in December and tried to explain the problem; they thought it was a fan belt, and tightened the belts. That didn't solve the problem. I finally took it back in today, and the lead tech sat down with me in the car - he knew what it was almost immediately. They investigated, confirmed the issue, and informed me it would be $3100+ in parts and labor. I asked what they could do, given that there's an active NHTSA investigation and rumors of a class action lawsuit, and they came down to $2800. To their credit, the dealership has been professional, responsive, courteous and sympathetic. Still, after evaluating the replacement cost, the car's value, and our current finances, we're going to have to continue to drive the car daily despite the threat of a serious braking system failure. Not good.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #102

Feb 242014

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
Driving down interstate, all of a sudden the following warning lights came on: 1 - check vsc system 2 - red "brake" indicator (brake system warning light) 3 - yellow indicator (brake system warning light) 4 - master warning light 5 - ABS indicator. Continued the rest of the 3 miles towards home but brakes did not seem responsive. Took to automotive shop 2 miles away where they checked codes and quoted us a repair bill of $3500 for replacement of ABS accumulator. Called Toyota complaint line on 2/26/2014 and was told do not drive car. We had car towed to Toyota dealer and are awaiting determination as to the repair and if Toyota will cover costs for repair.

- Vestavia, AL, USA

problem #101

Feb 062014

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 64,400 miles
ABS brake actuator unit not working properly. Dealer states that it failing. Costs a small fortune to replace.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #100

Feb 192014

Camry Hybrid

  • 164,000 miles
I was driving at approximately 65mph on the interstate when the vsc warning came on my instrument panel along with the parking brake indicator light, the low tire pressure warning light, the ABS warning light, and the traction control light. I immediately pulled over and did not notice any hesitation in the braking system. Since I was on a trip home, I continued my trip. Throughout the trip I noticed that the braking became more difficult, in that I had to apply more pressure to the brake pedal in order to stop. I took the car to my Toyota dealership where they diagnosed the problem as being a leak in the brake actuator. They quoted me a $3000 cost estimate and informed me that the car is unsafe to drive due to the unpredictable braking. This seems like a problem that many Camry hybrid owners are having. I am fortunate to have arrived home safely!

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #99

Feb 222014

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 118,330 miles


Purchased 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid on 2/19/14. On 2/22/14 I was driving 52 mph on a freeway at 0 grade when check vsc system notification, ABS, brake, master warning and traction control lights all came on. When attempting to brake while exiting the freeway, the brakes did not work adequately when depressed to stop. I had to depress fully to the floor in order to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. It also took over 80 yards to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. I cruised through a red light due to this-I am very fortunate not to have been in an accident or worse, killed. Vehicle is now parked in driveway and is not driven. Toyota needs to address this danger to life.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #98

Feb 222014

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 67,784 miles
Brake light and "check vsc" system illuminated while exiting interstate. Braking force dropped by about 75% as if only rear brakes were functional. Was able to slow eventually and pull over and shut off car. Restarted car after a few minutes and neither brake light nor check vsc came on. Slowly drove car to dealership and am awaiting diagnosis.

- Prattville, AL, USA

problem #97

Feb 122014

Camry Hybrid

  • 117,000 miles
I was on my way to work driving approx 40 miles per hour, all of a sudden my dash says "check vsc system",red brake light turns on, ABS light turns on and low tire pressure light turns on.I immediately check my brakes, I have no brakes! I just kept pumping trying to get anything out of them. I started moving over to my right (nearly side swiped a car) and pulled into a strip mall.after calming down, I drove slowly around the parking lot to see if I had brakes. All of the lights stayed on but my brakes were back, I continued the last mile to work. At this point, as I used the brakes, my rotors felt extremely warped. After researching online if anyone else had had the same problem, I found tons of people having the exact same issue, "C1391". I called my local Toyota dealer, explained the problem and what I thought it might be, he took my VIN# and gave me a quote of $3200 to repair. At that point, I called Toyota corporate offices and filed a complaint, they did some research to see if any of the issue was a recall, of course it wasn't. I told the guy that I guess in order for it to be a recall there needs to be an overwhelming amount of accidents to occur, or people need to die, or a class action lawsuit needs to happen. He took down all of my info, told me I needed to take it to Toyota to be diagnosed and then to call the Toyota"out of warranty assistance department" for possible help with the bill. I took the car to Toyota, it was diagnosed just as all of the other cars I read about were "C1391" internal abnormal leak with the break actuator. Between Toyota corporate office and Toyota they were able to help me out with some of the bill even though the car was no longer under warranty. It wasn't completely covered in the least bit, but it made it a little more manageable.

- Orange, CA, USA

problem #96

Dec 182012

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 96,800 miles
Brakes went to the floor and I coasted to a stop. I held my foot on the brake pedal to the floor. It was a light rain on a concrete road. The dash board lite up with a warning check vsc system. It only happen that one time. As I drove off after the event, I heard an unfamiliar sound and I cautiously drove home. The brake pedal was working normal again. The dash board warning sign went out as I took my foot off the brake and proceeded forward. Since that one event I have never had another incident. In the usa today on 1/28/14 I read the article about the power-assist brakes in 2007 & 2008 Camry hybrids. After discussing the article with my family (who also have the same vehicle); they reported no such incident. On their advise, I took my car to my Toyota dealer and they were not able to detect or duplicate the same braking event. It was test driven and computer system checked. It's in my car history and the dealer asked me to notify you for reference.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #95

Nov 292013

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • miles
The first incident, the ABS light came on, I turned off the car and started it again it stayed on and when I got on the road, I had to press the brakes all the way to the floor to get the car to stop. The next time, it did the same thing and after driving a while it will just release and the brakes will be back to normal. I took it to the dealership and they couldn't find anything wrong the first time because the light was off. The next time the light came on I brought it back but by the time they got the car to the back to test, the light was off again and they can't get the computer program to give an error message again. The third time, I brought it in and he came to the lane and tested it and told me it was the brake system accuator, like so many others I have been reading about. Each time this happens I have to push the brakes all the way to the floor to stop, I'm afraid I may be on the highway going a faster speed when it happens and have an accident. At this point, the car has disengaged the air bags so if there is an accident the air bags will not engage, which is another concern. $2200 to repair, nearly 10% of the cost of what I paid for the car. I drive two teenage girls, my daughter and an international student who resides with us and I worry constantly about the brakes failing while we are driving due to this safety issue that I feel like Toyota should fix because of the high rate of failures. I've been saving for the repair but haven't gotten it all yet.

- Statesville, NC, USA

problem #94

Feb 182014

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
Check vsc system notification as well as the ABS, breaks, warning and traction control lights all turned on while on the interstate. When brought into the dealer they need to replace the ABS accumulator.

- Estero, FL, USA

problem #93

Dec 182013

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
While coming to a stop before exiting a parking lot, the braking system was engaged in a normal fashion only to have the brake system shudder and then experience a loss of automatic brake assist. Many lights on the dashboard, including the 'check vsc' light, illuminated along with a very audible warning sound. The dealership identified the problem as the ABS brake actuator and related parts. The price to fix the issue was right near $3000 for parts and labor.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #92

Sep 132013

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 125,000 miles
While driving at about 40mph, the brake light and "check vsc system" and "ABS" warning lights all came on simultaneously. The brakes were very stiff and difficult to engage as I tried to stop for a traffic light coming up. I had to literally stand on the brakes to avoid colliding with the car in front of me. It was very scary! I turned around and drove straight home, but all lights went off and the brakes returned to normal. I could not duplicate the problem and we dismissed it as a fluke. Then it happened a week later. This time the warning lights were on when I started the car at home. The brakes then reengaged while I was backing out of my driveway. As I put the car in reverse, I heard a loud bang/thunk. I thought I hit something but there was nothing there when I got out to look. That's when I noticed all warning lights had gone out and my brakes were normal again. I took my car to Liberty Toyota in Colorado springs where they ran a diagnostic and said I needed a new brake switch, which cost me $180. Three weeks later the same problem was back with the warning lights coming on intermittently. I learned to drive with manual brakes for a few weeks and to just go much slower because I needed my car. I noticed the same loud clunking sound any time the brakes would reengage (usually when I was idling or going very slowly, getting ready to accelerate) and the warning lights would go out. I took my car back to Toyota yesterday and now they tell me that it's probably the actuator, which will cost me about $3,000! plus my "check hybrid system" warning light came on and they said that one cell in my battery is bad. I need a new battery, which runs $4,000! what a headache!

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #91

Nov 112013

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 63,499 miles
All sensor lights came on with "check vsc system" message. Brakes felt mushy and it was harder to stop. Took into dealership next day but lights had turned off. Dealership scanned for computer codes but found nothing. Everything fine. 6 weeks later on 300 mile trip, same thing occurred. I had no choice but to continue on trip and return home a week later. Took into dealership. Now they state that there is an internal leak in the ABS actuator and want $3,189 to fix. Read where this part has been redesigned due to an engineering flaw in original part and where many other owners of this model have experienced same problem. The repair cost is outrageous. This makes my car dangerous to drive, but I cannot afford the fix.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #90

Feb 172014

Camry Hybrid

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid. The contact stated while traveling approximately 5 mph on an icy road, the ABS activated independently and the entire instrument panel illuminated. In addition, a chime sounded and a burning odor emitted inside the vehicle. The vehicle was maneuvered to a safe location where the engine was turned off. The vehicle was then towed to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. The technician informed the contact that the ABS actuator would need to be replaced when the required part became available. The vehicle was scheduled for repairs. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Minnetonka, MN, USA

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