really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
9,550 miles
Total Complaints:
10 complaints

Most common solutions:

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problem #10

Jun 012007

Camry 4-door V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles

Automatic Transmission on 2007+ Toyota Camrys are absolutely AWFUL! MAJOR downshifting hesitation that makes them dangerous to drive when merging into traffic.

- multiculti, Ottawa, ON, Canada

problem #9

May 012007

Camry SE 2gr-Fe 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles

Car will hesitate for nearly 3 seconds when pressing the accelerator hard to enter a freeway from 30-40MPH on the entrance ramp. Does not repeat itself as the car has to be under a certain load, throttle position, and speed. The randomness of the issue will leave you startled and cringing in fear of a near miss. Engine seems to stall then transmission will finally drop down one gear which is not enough to bring the engine RPM up. Then at the last moment, the transmission downshifts and the motor comes alive. Happens sometimes when passing. All other times it is OK.

This is going to get someone killed. Taking it to the Dealership is useless as they deny, deny, deny and state they can't replicate. It is a definite software issue between the engine ECU and the transmission ECU.

- Scott D., Gretna, LA, US

problem #8

Oct 252010

Camry LXE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,043 miles

My car worked perfectly until I had the recall done. Now the transmission seems out of whack and my mileage has gone from 23/36mpg down to 18/20mpg. I used to brag to all my friends about the good gas mileage I would get, especially on the road. Since October, 2010, I have brought the car in 4 additional times and I am always told that the car is working perfectly and nothing is wrong. I wish I hadn't had the recall work done. It runs in 2nd longer than it should and then noticeably changes gears. When I slow to 30mph, it noticeably shifts down - all things that never were there before the recall.

- Marita V., Lombard, IL, US

problem #7

Apr 052007

Camry SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles

When I brought the car in for upshift problems I was also experiencing downshift problems. I let my foot off the gas pedal to coast for a little bit and every time I went to accelerate again the engine would have to rev up again in the gear I was coasting at to downshift to the proper gear. The mechanic said it was the computer brain that was not sending the proper information to the transmission. The problem does not occur as much but on occasion it will happen. I wonder everyday I drive it if the trannsmission is going to wind up in my trunk! I think they should recall the whole car!

- Eric L., East Taunton, MA, US

problem #6

Jul 252008

Camry CE V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,648 miles

I originally purchased a Toyota as my first car for its reliability. The problem was noticeable but not too bad so i did not worry about it. However, after a near miss with a tour bus because of the hesitation after stopping at a red light, I want this resolved. I am very upset that Toyota would make a vehicle which later turns out to have a defect and not issue a recall after numerous complaints. It is even more frustrating to hear reports that even with a new transmission the problem will come back eventually. I have heard that it is the computer that needs replacing as opposed to the transmission. I just want to know what exactly needs to be done to rectify the issue.

- Lois E., Bronx, NY, US

problem #5

Aug 012008

Camry XLE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles

There is definitely a transmission issue in our 2007 Camry. It seems to hesitate sometimes when you first take off!!! I think that Toyota should recall or fix these problems but so far nothing!!

- keith43068, Reynoldsburg, OH, US

problem #4

Jul 052008

(reported on)

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles


There is still the Lemon Law Correct?

The first time I complained of the hesitation and Downshifiting like losing power they said, it's the car you have to break it in. I called the next week after I got it. Then for the next 6 mos very frustrated I figured it had to be broken in. I went down to Toyota where I bought it and they said, it's the car. Huh?

well, then I brought it to a different dealership where they reprogrammed the car. It was good for a month and now it's the same thing. I DON'T WANT THIS CAR! I hear the 2009 are fine. I want out and I am collecting all my info to do so even If i have to take this to the news. My gas mileage SUCKS! i get 16 mpg hwy and city. 13 mpg just city. I NEVER had this problem with any other Camry that i owned. I have 3500 miles on it and own in 11 mos. I feel like I am driving a 5 speed and don't know what i am doing. It's such a horrible ride as I watch my gas gauge go down. The idea of trading up from my 2001 Camry was a newer car better mileage and it's worse and gas has doubled. What's wrong w. this picture? I don't like how I am was being blown off where I bought the car from . So I had to go else where. I will be calling them for another apt this week. They are nice to deal with so far where my car was "fixed" last time. It's a shame it only lasted a month. My car is definitely one of those that had a problem and needed to be reprogrammed.

- Jackie P., Massapequa, NY, US

problem #3

May 282007

Camry XLE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89 miles

dealer told us we would have to live with the problem. Have had it at two different dealers both told us after several visits that they could not fix the problem, car is still under warranty, whatever that is worth.

- Mark A., Oxford, MS, US

problem #2

Aug 012006

Camry LE 2.5L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles

2007 Toyota Camry 4 cyl 5 speed automatic with intelligence hesitates to down shift. Was told by two different Toyota shop technicians and area service rep. that they are aware of the problem, But that there is nothing they can do about it. Area service Rep. refuses to take car back, But did offer to reprogram computer with version 13.4. This reprogramming after an unsuccessful arbitration meeting with Toyota did not correct the hesitant down shifting auto transmission. This condition is very dangerous in stop and go traffic. We have spoken to many other Camry owners with the exact same complaint.W I am very disappointed in Toyotas inability to come forth and really be that automobile company that they purport to be.

- Anthony R., Greensboro, NC, US

problem #1

Oct 122007

(reported on)

Camry LE 4cly

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,250 miles

dangerous!!! toyota says there is a problem but if the two tsb's do not work, problem becomes normal?? owned car 11 days long enough!!! lost 7000.00 at det in brewer maine for a problem toyota admits to,felt had no choice but to trade camry back in for 2005 lacrosse 11 days= 7000.00 loss at det. not right!!!

- camryjunk, Brewer, ME, US