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2007 Toyota Camry Problems and Repairs



  • eroc69eroc69 Posts: 56
    Is it true that they wont {or at least give a hard time} perform a TSB repair if the VIN doesnt fall into the TSB criteria EVEN if your car is experiencing the problem?

    I had to beg and plead {kinda} with them to do the dash rattle TSB. Servcice manager said the TSB was done AT THE FACTORY. HAAAA
    B.S. IMHO
  • batullbatull Posts: 1
    I have the same thing happening to my car< but it sounds like it is coming from the front. my car it sounds like the front passenger side strut. i am taking it in soon. i will let you know or visa-versa
  • pwitekpwitek Posts: 1
    We have a new Camry with an automatic transmission. When the car is cold and is put into reverse a thunk is heard on the right front. After taking the car to the dealership they say that it is a normal problem. I am an ASE Master Certified Technician and I feel this is not a normal condition. It is more noticeable early in the morning. It does happen during the day but is not as noticeable as when the car is cold. Has anyone experienced the same problem? Has anyone heard of this before? Thanks
  • maleymaley Posts: 1
    I bought a 2007 Camry in June of 06 from Charles Barker Toyota in VA. Beach, VA. The car was manufactured in Kentucky. The front and back brakes have squealed almost from the first day and I started reporting the problem at the first dealership service. Both TSB's have been applied but did not fix the problem. A technician finally heard a squeak and anti squeaking lubricant was also applied but only lasted a week. Left the car at the dealership last Monday night and the district person came Tuesday. The response was they could not reproduce the squeal so could not fix the problem. Of course they squealed twice on the way home. I see I am not the only person with this problem. I am frustrated and annoyed to the point of wanting to trade the car and take a loss. If I do I won't buy a toyota. I also had the transmission problem and fortunately the tsb fixed that problem. Then the black wheel rims under the hub caps rusted horribly and the dealership had to replace them under warrenty. Never thought I would have these problems with a new car. Sad. :sick: :mad:
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Welcome to CarSpace! Sorry to hear about your difficulties, but it's nice to see an old friend from another time and place. ;)
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    There are several procedures that can be used to "quiet" squealing brakes.

    A] Metal backing shims..
    B] Soft rubber backing material liberally applied.
    C] Chamfering the "leading" edges of the brake pads.

    Many aftermarket pads come out of the box with both the leading and trailing edges of the brake pads chamferred. I did note fairly recently that some of the pads supplied as original equipment at the factory only have one edge chamferred (leaves more braking surface..) and if those are incorrectly installed....

    Something you might try on your own is to make several severe stops, HEAVY brake useage from a faily high speed, 20-30 MPH, to remove any buildup of pad or rotor glaze. But sometimes this only works temporarily.
  • joanna6joanna6 Posts: 1
    I purchased my 2007 Camry XLE in March 2006 (yes, 2006). I also experienced the water leak. Initially, I was told the sunroof drain was clogged. After the service dept. blowing out the drain/hose, I still had the wet floor when it rained. I then left it at the service department on a day it was raining. They were able to determine the cause. I was told that the problem was "there was not enough insulation installed". Of course, I didn't get a great deal of info, but whatever was done worked. They did fix it and replaced the carpeting. Good luck.

    In reading the comments on this forum, we all seem to have the same complaints. Too bad. I loved my 1999 Solara SLE. I, like some of the others, as much as it would hurt financially, am thinking of dumping the Camry.
  • bluesebluese Posts: 2
    Thanks to the people who replied with similar problems. I've been putting this issue for six months now and haven't posted any followups, because my initial experience with a district service and parts manager went very badly last October (07). I needed to schedule an appointment with this individual through the local dealer for a date when he would be in my area. About a week before I took it in the dealer for this appointment, the knock seemed to die down a little. My test drive with this manager, a mechanic and the dealership service manager was on a rainy day, with too much traffic before I get the car to a side street where I could accelerate and brake to demo the problem. Very little knock to be heard, unfortunately. The district manager would not even acknowledge that I had a problem! I've been driving since then with the radio on mostly when I leave home and work, so I don't hear the knock. Two weeks ago it seemed to be particularly loud and persistent, still knocking after warming up to normal operating temperature, so I decided to beat my head on the wall again. I called the service manager at the dealership and scheduled another appointment with the same district manager. My drive last Friday clearly demonstrated the problem to one of the dealer's "top" mechanics, and both the service manager and district manager acknowledged that they also heard it in the back seat. After the drive, the district manager states that the sound I'm hearing is "normal" for this V6 engine, is a known issue, and called it "piston slap". When I asking for any technical advisory or other documentation that states that this is "normal" and that there wouldn't be any impact to the engine in the future, like when the warranty ends, none of the three people from Toyota would acknowledge that anything like this exists. I already had authorization to replace the badly shifting/slipping transmission, but that will now wait until after the arbitration process has been completed. This car has been the biggest disappointment in my new car buying history, and I am looking forward to a favorable decision to get rid of it.
  • chuck28chuck28 Posts: 257
    Hello Bluese, I have a 2007 v-6 camry SE and just want you to know that I also have the piston slap and all the other issues you have been reading on these post.
    I have owned this car since July of 2006 and I can tell you it's been my worse experinece ever with a car. The dash rattles were a hugh problem and they finally did a TSB to help that problem. It took a year and a half for them to get that done.
    My trans is still not right and my brakes squeak.

    These dealerships are trained well to protect themselves from the lemmon law.

    I wish some lawyer would read these post and get together a class action suit.

    It is not right for Toyota to get away with this.

    Keep fighting, chuck
  • I just had this same problem today. I started my car and the whole radio display console looked like Icelandic. Wouldn't allow me to adjust the stereo, eject a c.d., or even turn the radio off. I am curious to know the temperature outside when you are having this problem. Today was the first time it happened. It was about 100 degrees outside. Unfortunately turning off my car did not correct the problem. I contacted my local Toyota dealership and was told by a service technician that I would need to bring my vehicle in as "the unit may have fried". Whatever that means. I find it ridiculous that a vehicle as new as this (only 12, 000 miles so far, with regular Toyota maintenance), could have a problem this soon. I also notice a slipping feeling in my transmission. I have an 07 LE as well, auto trans. I notice when I go down slight grades the slippage is horrible. Dissapointing mostly, I love the car.
  • retire4meretire4me Posts: 2
    Yes, my 2008 XLE V6 has the same issue...took it into the dealer today and there is a service bulletin for it...

    I am also having a intermittent delay in shifting issue that some others are experiencing ... no updates or bulletins..they are still looking at it...

    I have never had issues like these with my other Camry's... :(
  • keislkeisl Posts: 16
    Hi there! I can say, that this was the least of my troubles! I just went to the dealer for my regular oil change, and told them about the radio problem. After completing the oil change, they asked if I could bring the car back later that week and leave it for the day (not overnight). They told me that they were just going to replace the radio. It was a common problem and instead of making me come back if it did it again, they would just replace it right then. This may have been my best experience with that service department! They went one step further when I forgot to take the darn CD out of the player when I brought it in. They mailed it to me! Anyway, just thought I'd add a positive! ;)
  • azul1azul1 Posts: 1
    I bought my 07 Camry in Dec of 2006 in Ohio. I didn't notice my brakes were squeaking after I left the dealership but until a week later. My brakes were squeaking and barely braking.The car would roll atleast 10 feet before stopping. I decided to call to the dealership and inquire about the brake issue. At first the the service manager said it was normal because its the weather since it's winter and that I should wait until spring and bring the car in. Of course I believe that that was an excuse. So I took the car in anyway and they told me it would be a 2 hour wait. Which eventually led to a week because they had to get a part was the excuse by the service department; but they really had to replace the back brake discs.. I haven't had any problems with the brakes since. So I would advise you to go to a different toyota dealership and get a second opinion and have them to check the brake disc.
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,667
    There was a TSB for early production '07 Camrys for noisy brakes - it was not a safety/performance thing though.
  • yangt0720yangt0720 Posts: 1
    Hey, I'm having this roof noise you're talking about. Sounds like a rock hitting the roof. Did you figure out how to fix it? or did the dealer find out what was causing the noise? please let me know. thanks.
  • foxwood_21foxwood_21 Posts: 31
    I trades my Camry in for a 2008 Accord so i would say my roof noise gone now along with all the other inherited Camry problems I have had my Accord now 6 months 10000 miles now not one complaint or problem :)
  • smogladysmoglady Posts: 3
    I bought my 07 camery in april of 2006 one of the first of 3 that were delivered to our dealership in victorville ca. I had no problems until 18,700 miles I was getting off the freeway when I slowed to exit the ramp the car went into a severe vibration. I had no warning that there was anything wrong. It scared me as I could hardly control the car from the vibration. I took to the dealer and was told it was warped rotors and the pads were bad. They cut the rotors and replaced the brakes. It was great for another 11,000 miles. Guess what it is in again for the same problem. I am not happy about it. While I was dropping it off this morning another person was there with the same problem and almost the same mileage when his problem started. Could this be a possible flaw in the brake system that toyota used for this car? I think so. I also have a knock in the engine which they said was nothing wrong. I did by the extended warrenty thank god I think I might need it. I love the car tho it does perform well and is good on gas.
  • vizyovizyo Posts: 35
    I have 2007 LE Camry. I have only 10,000km on it. I am having a "knock" noise coming from the back of my car. It happens only when I stop the car and wait for about a few minutes and move it again. It drives me crazy. I've also started having rattles on the driver's door. I've had too many other problems with this car since the first day. I do not remember how many times I took it to the service. I bought a brand new car to have peace of mind for some time. This car is a big disappointment over all. My old corolla was doing much better than this.
  • chuck28chuck28 Posts: 257
    The problem with the knock noise from the back is probabally happening when the tank is full. I have the same problem. I heard it has something to do with the baffles in the gas tank. Just another problem of many I have with my 2007 Camry V-6 SE.
    Dealers famous words. "it's normal" That's how Toyota builds it's reputation. YA Right!
  • nmarcel1nmarcel1 Posts: 21
    I'm not sure how long in months it took you to put on another 11k miles on the car from the last time the dealer cut your rotors but what you need to watch for is when you bring your car in for service (namely inspections)... when these guys use impact wrenches to tighten the lug nuts on the wheels they always over tighten and then when the rotors heat up and cool down.... they will warp.... it happened to me many times... so now when I know a mechanic uses a impact wrench on my wheels I always loosen them and then apply the correct pressure so they do not warp.... Just a thought.
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