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 2 of 16)

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problem #289

Feb 252016

Camry Hybrid

  • miles


Car is making a chirping noise when you engage the brake in park. Noise can also be heard when you put harder pressure on the brakes whilst in gear. Based on research it sounds like the actuator may be faulty. So far I have not had any lights on the dash come on.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #288

Mar 042016

Camry Hybrid

  • miles
While driving on a straight road on 3 separate occasions I lost all control of my brakes and my "check vsc light", brake light and ABS lights came on. I was not able to stop my car like normal and the brake pedal went all the way to the floor. It was very scary while driving.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #287

Feb 242016

Camry Hybrid

  • 278,000 miles
On February 24, 2016, car brakes on my 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid locked up when we tried to stop and about 4 lights came up on the dashboard, ABS, vsc, warning light and another one. We barely managed to get out of harm's way but after the grinding noise had lost all effective power to the brakes. The car actually caught fire due to the intense heat of the grinding of the pads on the rotors but was safely put out. After replacing the pads, rotor and callipers we still wound up taking the car to a dealer because the brake actuator or something related was still not letting the brakes work. The dealer has given us a lame excuse of why this has happened and is blaming it on something else and wants to charge us a lot of money to repair it. Upon research, we are finding out about the ZE1 campaign where they had acknowledged this defect. And were repairing all the cars that came in with the defect. This is very dangerous and something should be done about it. Contacting Toyota has not helped at all. We asked for an email address but were told that these are handled by mail only. We are in the process of sending them a letter anyway.

- Edison, NJ, USA

problem #286

Mar 012016

Camry Hybrid

  • 265,856 miles


Brakes skip now and then but eventually catch. Today while driving about 35mph in town driving straight the "check vcs braking system" lights came on as well as anti skid light and brake light and I lost all brakes when I stepped on my brakes to stop. Skid off road and car eventually stopped but brakes were all the way to the floor. I googled the warning lights and found that it was a recall on the brake system. I did not receive a recall notice in the mail if there was in fact one. Called the Toyota dealer where I purchased it and they told me to bring it in and they would look at it to confirm that it is indeed a recall issue.

- Lowell, IN, USA

problem #285

Feb 242016

Camry Hybrid

  • 152,850 miles
I have a 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid with 152850 miles. This happened yesterday (2/24/2016). It was parked and when I started the vehicle this message immediately showed up along with 4 lights turned 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 light the brake oil is full. I felt like its taking longer time to stop. Also unlike before sometimes have to press the brake all the way to the floor.

- Bear, DE, USA

problem #284

Jan 282016

Camry Hybrid

  • 248,000 miles
Driving highway at 60 mph and dashboard lit up, tried to brake and very little brake, eventually stop with very little control on brake. Dashboard says "check vsc system". research shows its covered here. my car has 240K miles and within the 10 year statute but it seems Toyota and dealer don't want to shoulder because its over the 150K miles limitiation. I called Toyota and told them I wasn't informed and only found out on the day I almost had an accident 1/28/16 that there is a recall. Toyota said they don't care as long as they show that the notice was mailed out. Toyota should be forced to have a no limit mileage else, they're not going to make all the effort to have people know the recall.

- Antioch, CA, USA

problem #283

Jan 212016

Camry Hybrid

  • 116,000 miles


The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid. While driving at 40 mph, the check vsc warning light illuminated and the vehicle experienced brake failure. The contact stated that the vehicle required additional braking distance to stop the vehicle, with extreme pressure being exerted on the brake pedal. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000.

- St.Louis, MO, USA

problem #282

Jan 122016

Camry Hybrid

  • 138,500 miles
Twice in the past two days, I was driving down the road and my ABS and check vsc lights came on. The first time, nothing appeared to happen to the vehicle other than the lights. Today however, I was driving at highway speed when the lights came on. Luckily, I was approaching congested traffic and I was able to slow down naturally. As I came to the traffic and was driving at roughly 15mph, I tried to depress the brake and it went directly to the floor and did not apply any brake pressure or stop the car in any way. I pumped the brakes while veering onto the shoulder. The car did not stop at all and I was forced to coast to a stop on the shoulder of a 5 lane highway, where speeds often reach 70mph or higher. I restarted the vehicle, the lights turned off and I was able to drive the rest of the way home. I called local Toyota dealerships and made an appointment to check the car. They are going to charge me $110 for the diagnosis of the vehicle, which is all I know at this point. I also independently researched the warning lights and found articles stating that this is happening fairly frequently and that the NHTSA is investigating. That article also stated that the repair can cost upwards of $2,200. The car is absolutely unfit for the road. I can't drive a vehicle where the breaks could stop working at any moment and with very little warning. There does not appear to be any issue with the breaks themselves, when working properly. It appears to be purely a computer problem that causes the breaks to not engage.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #281

Jan 042016

Camry Hybrid

  • 99,500 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle would come to an abnormal stop when the brakes were applied. The contact stated that the ABS and brake light warning lights were illuminated. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, but it was not diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 99,500.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #280

Jan 042016

Camry Hybrid

  • 100,000 miles
"check vsc system" when I took my car out this morning, I got a warning light saying "check vsc system". my brake light and ABS lights are also on. The car brakes with a jerk and I am scared to drive it. This problem has been happening quite often. Complaints to the Toyota dealer did not help. As per a lot of people are experiencing the same problem and have complained to NHTSA. Please help with a recall as it is unsafe to drive the car this way.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #279

Dec 212015

Camry Hybrid 4-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


While driving on a local street I noticed the red brake light came on and then just a few seconds later multiple lights came on, master warning light, electronically controlled brake warning, anti-lock brake system, slip indicator, and check vsc system and I had no braking capability. I was finally able to get the car pulled off of the road so I turned off the car and then turned it on again and the same lights were still on. I turned it off again and after a few minutes I turned it back on and the lights were not on and everything was normal. Braking system was working again. This has happened 3 times in the last 3 months and needless to say this car is no longer safe to drive.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #278

Dec 292015

Camry Hybrid

  • 151,000 miles
All the dashboard brake light came on, and a couple of seconds later all the system warning lights came on. The brakes became hard to push as if they were fighting me. After about 5 minutes the lights went off and the brakes felt normal again. This occurred while I was driving today. The bigger worry is that it happened ten days ago also. Once on a city street and once on the interstate. I took the car to two different shops (one was a Toyota dealership in marietta, Georgia) and they both ran diagnostics and couldn't find anything wrong. But I have an unsafe car with brake problems!

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #277

Dec 112015

Camry Hybrid

  • 74,000 miles
I was driving when the check vsc warning came on as well as the indicator warning light, the brake warning light, the ABS warning light and the vsc warning light. All the lights remained on until I reached my destination. The brake system made a strange "grunting" noise when the brakes were depressed but the brakes seemed to function properly. The lights came back on when the car was restarted and less than halfway on the return trip, went off. There has been no noticeable loss of braking. On the 21st of the month the lights came back on and have not gone off. The ABS pump actuator appears to be cycling very quickly.

- Angleton, TX, USA

problem #276

Nov 192015

Camry Hybrid

  • 144,000 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid. While driving at 45 mph, the brakes were depressed but failed to completely stop the vehicle. All the warning lights were illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the brake reservoir failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was approximately 144,000.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #275

Nov 132015

Camry Hybrid

  • 87,883 miles
First of all it started making loud squeeling noise when I would reverse use the breaks..... then the other day as I was driving like normal all day and I came to a merge lane to turn onto the main street turning to the right I was behind a cop so he went then I went as soon as I started making the turn all the lights turned on the break went hard and the steering wheel was hard to move so I had to swearve and pull over till the vehicle finally came to a stop I put it in park then turned it off and on and the warning lights turned off and after a few mins drove like normal. Then this happend again yesterday to my son here's his story: When I was driving home from work I was coming to a four way stop them all of a sudden all the lights came on the dash board the breaks got hard and the steering wheel too and I had to swerve to not hit the green truck in front of me then it barley made it home. As of this morning I tried starting it reversing it and it won't move all the lights are still on the vcs check system is on and it won't turn off or move. Please help!

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #274

Nov 032015

Camry Hybrid

  • 78,000 miles
I was driving to work in the morning and while on the freeway, my brakes suddenly did not work. Every light on the dash turned on and it said "check vsc system" it has now happened three times and I am afraid to drive my vehicle. I searched online and saw that this has happened to a lot of other people so I feel it's a defect and there should be a recall.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #273

Nov 042015

Camry Hybrid

  • 60 miles
Check vsc system comes on, the brake becomes very hard and lights such as ABS and others come up on the dashboard while in motion.

- Edmonton, AL, USA

problem #272

Nov 032015

Camry Hybrid

  • miles
I had to replace today my brake actuator and bleed brakes because started in one week ago, every time I stepped in my brake made noise like when you honk for somebody. I would like to know if Toyota had a recall about this problem because I think they did and I paid $1.800 for a problem I think they should pay for this problem in my car

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #271

Oct 232015

Camry Hybrid

  • 140,000 miles
While driving under 45 mph on a straight Suburban paved road, my brake light came on then off then on again directly followed by all the warning lights coming on and the display showed "check vcs system". I was entering a turn lane behind another vehicle and quickly realized the brake pedal was not working. I had no brakes! I had already put the car into the engine brake mode which helped slow my vehicle. I slammed down on the brake pedal as hard as I could and swerved away from the car in front of me to avoid hitting them. After successfully pulling over and to a stop, I turn the vehicle off and waited for a few minutes. I turned the car back on and all the lights and check vcs system was still displayed for about 30 seconds. I heard a small click and all the warning lights turned off and the car and brakes were back to normal. I am honestly now afraid to drive my own car for fear of not knowing when and if that will happen again.

- Thornton, CO, USA

problem #270

Dec 102014

Camry Hybrid

  • 126,355 miles
The contact owns a 2007 Toyota Camry hybrid. The contact received notification from the manufacturer for a service campaign to address the internal malfunction of the brake actuator assembly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer more than three times for diagnostic testing. The dealer was not able to remedy the failure with the manufacturer's service campaign ZE1. After the repair, the service engine soon warning light, ABS warning light, traction control warning light, and slip indicator continued to randomly flash and remained illuminated. The contact also stated that the push button start would not properly function intermittently and the contact was not able to start the vehicle numerous times without warning. The manufacturer was also notified several times that the service campaign did not prevent the failure from occurring. The vehicle was to be taken back to the dealer for further testing. The contact was waiting on instructions from the manufacturer to provide a permanent remedy for the condition to address the failure and received no resolution. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 126,355.

- Forest Park, GA, USA

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