pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
88,067 miles
Total Complaints:
169 complaints

Most common solutions:

  1. not sure (92 reports)
  2. replace engine block (14 reports)
  3. rebuild engine (11 reports)
  4. starting the excessive oil consumption test (11 reports)
  5. toyota says 1.1 qts. per 600mi is normal (11 reports)
  6. situation was not fix. I was told to get a new car (10 reports)
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problem #169

Jun 082017

Camry LX 4 Cyclinder

  • Automatic transmission
  • 206,780 miles

I took my 2009 Toyota to the dealership for the oil consumption device to be placed on my car. It was not done on the first day but, had to bring it back two days later to be told that my car had too many miles and Toyota could not fix it but, I would be responsible for the repairs if I decided to correct the problem.I feel that if the Toyota is aware of a problem that is their negligence, it should be fixed no matter how many miles the vehicle has on it. I feel that if the Toyota is aware of a problem that is their negligence, it should be fixed no matter how many miles the vehicle has on it. This is a poor way to do business. I don't recall ever receiving a warrantee notice of this problem. This situation really makes me considering never buy the Toyota again!!

- , Greensboro, US

problem #168

Jul 012015

Camry XLE V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles

Car is burning 1 quart of oil every 1100 miles. Toyota has parts to fix but says that there is a back log on actually delivering the parts. I have been waiting for 4 months and car still not repaired.

- , Jackson, MS, USA

problem #167

Jan 012016

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles

I need to add a quart of motor oil every month. I have spoken to other mechanics who say that this is normal for an 148000 mile vehicle. Others say to add an engine treatment etc. I have kept most of my automobiles over 200000 miles and have never experienced this monthly problem. Finally, there are no engine oil leaks and there is no difference if you drive in the city or highway. The results are the same. Thanks. Hope you can help.

- , Palatine, US

problem #166

Jun 012016

Camry 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

A car using oil between oil changes is not normal. Toyota says 1 QT per 1000 miles is what it would take for them to fix the problem. The recommended oil change is 5000 miles. Do the math. The car would be completely without oil between oil changes, motor is blown. I don't know exactly how much my car is using between oil changes as I bought a 5 QT container and top off as needed. It's in excess of 2 QTRS. In my view this is not acceptable and Toyota should stand behind their product.

- , Florence, US

problem #165

Apr 302017

Camry LX 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,414 miles

I purchased my 2009 Toyota Camry at 142000 miles on April of 2017. When I purchased the vehicle the owner mentioned she had just changed the oil and it was good for 5000 miles. I made my weekly check of fluids and what did I discover? At 143,414 miles my engine was 1.25 qts low! I've researched the web and found car complaints.com. I am currently scheduled to have the oil consumption test done.


- , Torrance, US

problem #164

Mar 012017

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

First heard about this from the manufacturer. Toyota sent me a letter about a potential problem of excessive oil consumption. Not a recall but a service warning. After receiving the letter, is when I started paying attention to the dipstick and sure enough it was always low, sometimes it did not register oil at all. So following the instructions on the letter I contacted the dealer. They monitor the oil every 1000 miles however the dealer claims it was fine...really? So I continued to monitor it and I find it low. This is not an intermittent problem right, why is it low when I check it yet fine when dealer checks it? Now I'm getting pissed. Of course dealer says their hands are tied.

- , Commerce Twp, US

problem #163

May 202017

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

I have to add 1qts of oil every week. Told today 5/20/17 to replace my oil gasket cover cost $150. Hopefully this will help, I've owed a 1990 Toyota that had 300000 miles with never any issues. Now I have this 2009 lemon car with only 161000 miles it should last a very long time but I doubt it will with such a bad issue already. What happened Toyota??? It's suppose to be one of the best brand cars out there, but I don't recommend them anymore!

- , New Windsor, MD, US

problem #162

Aug 102016

Camry ES 3.2L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles




- , San Antonio, US

problem #161

Apr 172017

Camry LE 2.4L 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 168,000 miles

I have been dealing with this issue for over a year now. I have done the whole oil consumption test with the dealership and they said that the car had hardly burned off any oil after the 1,200 miles of driving. Yet when I drove the car for another 2,300 miles the oil pressure light comes on. So I have been carrying extra quarts of oil with my whenever the light comes on. Toyota said that I could have it tested again after 6 months and this would be the last one they would perform. There is never leaking oil anywhere out side of the car after it has been parked. Toyota clearly knows that there is an issue since they have posted at TSB. Just fix my car!

- , Louisville, KY, US

problem #160

May 112017

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

I have done Oil Consumption test on my Toyota Camry 2009 once before the notice and once with the notice. I disagree with the test my car uses way to consumes way to much oil I have never had a car this way. My car is consuming 1 quart every 1,200 miles and the Toyota dealer said it is normal, there is no problem on the car and they didn't fix that problem. They do not want to be responsible for this failure, which according to them this is normal.

- , El Cajon, US

problem #159

Jun 012015

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Camry started burning excessive oil about 2 years ago. I mentioned to Toyota during my service visit and they did all the usual stuff - put dye in to check for leaks, etc. They came out and said they can't figure it out, which means most likely i need a new engine. They said I could either spend thousands of dollars, or put up with it. So I put up with it. I would have to add oil every 2,500 miles. Now it seems to be getting worse - every 1,200 miles. There should definitely be a recall.

- , Randolph, US

problem #158

Feb 252017

Camry XLE 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles

I have had 4 brand new Toyotas since 1977 and none have had oil troubles; never burned any oil whats-so-ever. Always changed oil and filter every 5000 miles with Mobile 1 synthetic oil. Then out of the blue, I decided to check the oil, none was seen on the dip stick and the low oil light never came on. I put in about 2-2.5 quarts and kept on driving. 3 weeks later the oil was low again; no low oil light; no oil dripping onto the ground; no smoke from the tail pipe. Another quart of oil after a few hundred miles of driving. Planning to bring the car to Toyota auto shop for a check up.

- , Twinsburg, OH, US

problem #157

Jan 102015

Camry 4dr Sedan 5M 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Toyota sent out notices about the oil excessive oil consumption about this car. we never received one, They said it was sent to original owner. Had we received a notice we would have taken the car back to dealership for the test. Now Toyota says since they have no record of us at the dealership (where we bought the car NORTH POINT TOYOTA IN JACKSONVILLE ARKANSAS) there is nothing they can do to help us.

- , Pangburn, US

problem #156

Jul 012010

Camry L 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

was burning 1-2 quarts per 2-mos of driving aprox 6k miles driven

- , Orlando, FL, USA

problem #155

May 272016

Camry V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles

Last year in the middle of 2016, I was concerned when I was burning excessive oil. And had to add over 2 quarts of oil before my next oil change. And left me self conscious about paying a lot of money out on an issue that I have a hard time understanding why i do not drive the car a lot of miles on a monthly basis. Why would I have to add oil before an oil change. Then after the next oil change, I had an oil consumption test done which after I went back to the local dealer. The dealer said that there was not an oil consumption issue. Hmm, So recently, at 95,500 miles probably about 2,000 miles after my last oil change. I find oil is low again. Then I had my husband check the oil level to make sure I am not seeing things and he said make another appointment with local dealer and bring it in. I am not leaking any oil but the oil level is reading low again. Very frustrating cause I do not drive excessive to where my oil level should be low...... we are gonna take it in and see what can be done again.

- , Port Orange, FL, US

problem #154

Nov 192016

Camry LE 2.4L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 151,499 miles

The engine oil light had come on indicating my oil was low. I had a schedule oil change appointment in a few weeks so all I did was check the dipstick, which indicated the oil was low, and added two quarts. At my appointment on 11/19/16, I stated the oil issue and the service advisor started the oil consumption test. When I returned to get the results from the test on 1/2/17, it was revealed my car had failed and the oil was extremely low. I am told by a former certified Toyota mechanic, that their standards for failing oil consumption tests are very high, so to fail a test is a huge concern. The test was ran when my mileage was at 151,499. The oil consumption issue had obviously started well before the test was ran. However, since my car was out of the 10 yr/150k mile warranty, Toyota would not cover the cost of repair. I called the Toyota Customer Care line twice and they told me legally they could not cover the cost. They refused to acknowledge that the problem started before 151,499 miles. I called the Toyota Region to see if they will fix it in good will since I bought the car in good faith and always had it regularly maintenance at a Toyota dealership. I was still told no, they legally couldn't help me. I was never notified that my car had a potential for excessive oil consumption. The only recall notice I have ever received from them was to get extra grease put on a switch for my window motor. If they had alerted me sooner that my engine needed to be tested or if the service department had told me about the recall for similar cars, then I would not be stuck driving a dangerous vehicle. I have to put a quart of oil in every week just to make sure it is drivable. I am paying for the repair out of pocket hoping that there is no damage to my engine block. I do not want to sell this car since it is a potential danger and put someone else's life at risk.

- , Independence, KY, USA

problem #153

Jul 162015

Camry SE 2.5L

  • Manual transmission
  • 119,211 miles

Its using a quart of oil ever 1000 miles. Took it to the Toyota Dealer and they performed their oil consumption test on it and said it was normal. Ive been working on my cars and diligently doing oil changes at 3500 miles. This is the first time in 25 years that I have seen a car use this much oil. They are in denial!

- , Parker, CO, USA

problem #152

Feb 052017

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 184,000 miles

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My son was recently left in the middle of the road with our 2009 Camry 5 seconds after the oil light came on. We were not aware of this problem or we would have advised him to check the oil every gas fill up to prevent problems. The car is a complete loss, but what concerns me most is that he was on a country highway with miles of open space between towns. Luckily he was just entering Bedford VA and made it to the entrance of a shopping center before the car died. Since he was blocking the shopping center entrance 'some random guy' helped him push the car into a parking area. Had this happened between towns and his car been stuck on the highway this could have been extremely dangerous.

Both the shop we towed the car to and the company that last changed the oil investigated why the oil ran dry after only 1500 miles. Their conclusions matched in that there were no signs of faulty maintenance from the oil change nor any signs of obvious leaks. To leave people in dangerous situations because a company does not want to accept responsibility for faulty or defective equipment nor do they want to advertise to owners that this could be a serious issue is beyond contempt. We would like to join any class action lawsuit due to Toyota's negligence in not informing the car owners of this serious problem.

Update from May 2, 2017: We were unable to get any help from Toyota due to the mileage on the car. We purchased a used engine with only 47,000 miles and had it installed. Total cost approximately $3000. Since we took good care of this car, thought it would give our son a few more years till graduating college. It ran beautifully... for one week, then he totaled it!! We got the engine off e-bay from AA Auto and Truck for $1674 including shipping. We paid a mechanic $1180 to install it.

- , Rihcmond, VA, USA

problem #151

Aug 012014

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles

Been working on this issue since 61,000 miles. Tests done reveled one quart low at 1200 miles, and Toyota said this is normal use. My dealership told me in December they would do yet another oil consumption test. This morning it was 3 quarts low at 1200 miles. In December my oil light came on, and it barely registered on the dip stick.

The dealership told me this morning they would order the parts and call me next week for repair. On my way to work, he called to say Toyota would not fix it.

What to do?!!? My car only has 104,000 miles on it. So disappointed in Toyota. I have had three, and many of my family members, as well.

Sabrina Hunter

- , Middlesboro, KY, US

problem #150

Dec 012012

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles

I have been a Toyota owner since 1997. I got over 300,000 miles out of my 97 Camry with minor issues. I purchased my new Camry in 2009. I noticed probably a few years after purchasing that the oil light would flash on and off when on inclines or sudden stops when it was close to an oil change. At first I thought there was a defect with the light. 2015 I was told that my car was 1/2 quart low on oil when I got the oil change but no sign of leaks. Began checking the oil more frequently and noticed it was using oil. Received a warranty enhancement from Toyota which included a test for oil consumption. I took my Toyota in twice for the test and both times it used a quart of oil but, I was told it had to use more than a quart in order to be put on a list for a possible repair. I was told the list was long and some people had been waiting for over a year for repairs. I guess I will never be able to get on the list because Toyota only allows for 2 test and if it didn't use over a quart Toyota will not repair. My car now uses approximately a quart every 700 miles. How is this normal? How can Toyota be well aware of the issue but, yet deny customers a fix? It is very frustrating!!!!

- , Social Circle, GA, USA

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