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2007 Toyota Camry Problems and Repairs



  • vizyovizyo Posts: 35
    Hello Kiawah. Thanks for your response. When the engine is cold, the tranmission runs smoothly; however after half an hour driving when I do "stop & go" at the intersections (stop signs), the tranmission shifts the second gear when the speed is 5~7mph and a weird noise comes from the transmission and the car shakes. It is like moving a manual transmission car directly with the second shift after full stop. I have recently taken the car to the service for the tranmission hesitation and got the computer reprogrammed, but it did help for jerking problem. I was wondering if this is a common problem with 2007 Camry LE 4cycl and there is a TSB issued for it? I searched it but could not find anything.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Your note is a little confusing......" I have recently taken the car to the service for the transmission hesitation and got the computer reprogrammed, but it DID help" or it DIDN'T help?

    There is a TSB for 2007 camry's, which reprograms the engine and transmission. The problem is what appears to be what I'd call 'lugging', at about 35-45 mph. The transmission gets into too high of a gear too soon. A simple reprogram of computer fixes it, I had it done with what seems like 18 months ago and it's been fine ever since. I've never heard of a 5-7 mph problem.

    When you experience this problem, why don't you try shifting using the gearshifter and run the gears out higher, to see if that is anyway related.

    Can't imagine what the weird noise you are hearing from the transmission, did it make the weird noise while at the dealership for reprogramming?
  • patrickc1patrickc1 Posts: 1
    fyi to all
    Complaint. Power Cerritos CA Location.
    Please forward this email to the appropriate department.
    I've always loved my Toyota Vehicles-Sienna, Pre-runner and Camry.
    I brought in my vehicle a 2007 V6 Camry SE for engine vibration, engine loss of power-symptoms of misfire.
    When you are at a complete stop It feels like the engine is going to shut down as the car body and engine shakes.
    Note that this only symptom only occurs when I'm on the freeway at the speeds of 65mph and over.

    This incident occurred once before upon arriving on a trip to Las Vegas. I took it straight to the Toyota Dealership
    for help. I paid $168 to a diagnostic check and the Technician told me that it was caused by dirty fuel and that
    the vehicle was running O.K. now. The Tech. also mentioned that the dirty fuel probably burned off as I exited the
    freeway because there was no longer any hesitation or engine vibration on the vehicle.

    The same problem occurred this week on Monday 7/06/09 at about 230pm.
    I brought in my to Power Toyota of Cerritos immediately exiting the freeway.
    I explained the problem and history of my vehicle to the service Tech.
    The next day I received a phone call advising me that an alignment and wheel balancing was
    needed and it would cost me over $300. I was very disappointed with this diagnosis
    because obviously my wheels and tires does not have anything to do with the problems
    I've been having with the engine. I tried to explain in detail with the tech. that I cannot relate
    tire and wheel alignment problems with my engine nearly stalling on the road.
    And worst of all, the Technician sort of just gave me a brush off the shoulder saying
    "It's up to you and your decision all I can give you is an advice"
    I told him that I would call him back after I do some research online. This sounds like a
    recall issue because I've never owned a bad Toyota vehicle. Sure enough I Googled
    the key word "2007 Toyota Camry Problems and Repairs" and found so much posting of
    owners with the same related problems. The site/link below is just one of the many sources I have.!keywords=allin%3Amsgtext%2- 0limit%3A.f0c6927%20engine%20vibration&count=20
    A service manager calls and leaves me a voice mail giving me the same recommendation-alignment and balancing.
    I return his call and leave him a voice mail asking him "how is a wheel alignment and balancing going
    to fix my engine problems?" The service tech. calls me back a few hours later saying that they are
    going to further look into this dianostic check on the engine. This is a Joke or what?
    1st Toyota at Las Vegas tells me it's due to dirty fuel and now Toyota of Cerritos is telling me that it's the wheels
    and tires causing this issue? I'm beginning to loose faith with Toyota's Tech's.
  • hislambhislamb Posts: 4
    No transmission problems but the shimmy is enough to make me not want to take it on the interstate.....much less on a trip. Horrible that I paid off and it sucks.
    Do you know anything about buy-backs? I would LOVE toyota to buy this back.
  • barroncbarronc Posts: 44
    I own a 2007 Camry XLE with the V6 and my car also jerks. This happens when I slow down to pull into a parking spot. As I pull in to park the transmission kicks into another gear and the car lurches ahead. For an elderly person like my mother this could be extremely dangerous. This will definately be my last Toyota. :mad:
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    .....and the dealership has said what about this problem when you took it in before and showed the service advisor this problem ? This may be a very easy reprogramming of the computer. Most of the cars now a days, are all controlled by computers, that have many sensors feeding them information. Computer controls both engine and transmission. Could have one of a hundred sensors not working, could have a problem with the software brains, etc. These are all fixable, you should not be living with some problem.
  • ledzepplinledzepplin Posts: 41
    My 2007 camry v6 (65000mi) just coated a road in Westchester with 6 qts of very expensive 5w30 oil. I have read numerous posts about the defective oil hose on the v6's but have not seen anyone who has taken Toyota to court on what must be considered a recall situation and not a tsb!

    My toyota service manager suspiciously agreed to quickly tow my car to the dealer after the above incident. They are setting me up for the "its out of warranty" chorus; I am told that the warranty is 5yrs or 60,000 mi. I only missed by 5k.

    I fully intend to take the dealership to small claims court if the cost is not
    reimbursed. Please let me know what other actions you have taken to get
    reimbursement. Thanks. :sick:
  • mcdawggmcdawgg Posts: 1,679
    If it is only 5,000 out of warranty, just call the 800 number for Toyota in your owner's manual and nicely explain the situation. Toyota will most likely agree to cover it without any problems, and they will contact the dealer to give them the OK. I had to do this years ago with a seat belt release button that was sticking. It was about 3 months past the warranty, but they (calling the 800 number for Toyota in California) agreed to cover it without any problems. Good luck, please let us know how it goes. I bet you will be just fine. The dealership is not the problem here. Just call Toyota.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    I don't think small claims will do you any good as the warranty is from Toyota. You will have to sue them as the dealer has no choice but to charge you if Toyota turns them down.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    I've always wondered about this, having never sued anyone over my lifetime. What is the practical chance of recovering anything, given a published written warranty which clearly calls out what is warranted and for how long. Doesn't Toyota have a legal defense here, and if they do anything it's a concession?

    Seems to me if they say a particular thing is warranted for 36 months, and it's now 40 months, that the delivered what they were legally required to do. Regardless of the fact that we all think the part should never fail, last forever, and nothing ever need fixing........aren't they really legally only responsible for the warranty period?

    I'm not for or against Toyota or any manufacturer, just trying to understand how legally they could/should be accountable for something outside of the scope of the warranty, where they sold the product with a written warranty, and the consumer accepted the product and the terms of that warranty. It baffles me to think that I would have some right or implied warranty beyond that. Manufacturer good will would be nice, but legally obligated I didn't think so.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    You are correct, the legal approach would mostly not work were it not for the fear of the publicity surrounding same, especially for a common/widespread failure or an obvious factory defect.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Problem with Toyota is they have deep pockets and most small claims courts allow the person being sued the right to move the suit up to regular court with juries etc. which means they use their lawyers that are being paid anyway against you who they know don't have a lawyer or if you hire one it will end up costing you more than the fix. One time I bought a new truck and this was back before the manufacturers seen the light or the $$$$ they could charge and anyway I installed my own radio. Well to make a long story short they shorted out the radio and then wanted me to send it in to be fixed with them paying but most likely I'd been without my radio for a couple months on a 2 week old truck. Well I made up a picket sign and about 10 min. of walking in front of the dealers he bought me a new radio as I told him I'd called the local TV station and they were going to send a crew by on the way back from another story.
  • ledzepplinledzepplin Posts: 41
    Thanks for reply. You are right about the legal aspects but dealers hate courtrooms and they have to bring a lawyer. The judge I dealt with in my case against a [non-permissible content removed] Honda dealer said that I didn't have to sue the manufacturer because the dealer is an agent. That may or may not be legally valid but I sure got my car fixed in a hurry. The judge gave the dealer a deadline!
  • ledzepplinledzepplin Posts: 41
    I talked to a toyota mechanic (currently employed by a large dlr) who has fixed many of the leaking oil lines and he told me that this has be going on for several years. This is, in fact , the third time that Toyota has tried to stop the leaking line. He said that the rubber part used at first was destroyed by the vapors in the line (?) and that another material was used thereafter and that failed. Supposedly the repair on my car is the third and last. This certainly should be a recall. I have to start negotiating with the dealer and manuf. tommorrow. This is a $700 slam to Toyota customers. Thanks.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    It just amazes me that Toyota people are so shocked when something goes wrong with their cars. What do you think all those service bays at the dealer are for. They do more than change oil. And now that they are starting to sell as many a year as GM they are finding out the cars are far from perfect too. It's hard to mass produce that many cars in as short a time frame as customers demand without screw ups as GM found out in the 80's. Quality goes down hill just like Toyota is and GM who are selling less is going back up hill.
  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    I couldn't help but notice that several people have complained on here about vibration issues with their camry at high speeds and handling/steering problems with their car; I drive a 2008 TL that came with OEM Bridgestone Turanza EL400 tires; I had terrible problems as soon as I took the car off the lot with shimmy/vibrations through the steering wheel, gas/brake pedals, and seats doing anything over 50 mph and the faster I went the worse it got; also, I had problems with the car veering to the right and terrible handling in wet weather; I had all the tires balanced and a front-end alignment done by my acura dealers which didn't help any of the problems; I finally had to call Bridgestone and made a deal to have to top of a line Bridgestone serenity tires put on my car; once I had the serenity's put on all my vibration/handling problems stopped and I have been able to enjoy the car ever since

    I know that toyota uses OEM Bridgestone Turanza EL400s on the camry and after the problems I had you all might be having the same problems; it is not the car but the tires themselves; like Acura, Toyota will do nothing about the problem and you would have to contact bridgestone and take it to a bridgestone/firestone dealer; while there I found out that the serenity's were made because of all the problems/complaints people had on the EL400s; the Turanza EL400 were the worst tires I ever had and I consider them dangerous and unsafe; I was glad I got rid of them before winter weather came!!!!

    If at all possible the OEM Michelin Energy's that Toyota and Lexus put on the camry and ES350, while not a great tire are far better than the Turanza EL400s; hopefully Acura, Toyota, Lexus, and Nissan will get it eventually that these OEMs they are putting on their top selling vehicles are not good and will use better quality Michelins, goodyears, or yokies!!!
  • mjrnrmjrnr Posts: 1
    My 2007 Camry (55K) recently heard noise in the rear over slight bumps, sways left and right. Took it to the dealer and it was diagnosed for a broken trailing rod. I saw the rod and it was loose only but not broken. Dealer gave me $377.00 estimate + $90 for the wheel alignment. I never had to replace the trailing rod and I am not sure how this happened to a fairly new car.
    I like to shop for a better price but is it safe to drive the car? Is it going to mess up any thing?
    Does anyone know how extensive is the labor for replacing the rear trailing rod? Can one do it ?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    You should NOT be driving that vehicle. The wheel is held in proper 3 dimensional position, by three points. A rod that holds the wheel in position front/back, A rod that holds in/out, and the strut which holds up/down. If any one of them isn't in place, you can have catastrophic accident. Hard to know what you mean by being 'loose' as opposed to 'broke', but it may be that a bushing has deteriorated. Could also be that the connecting bolt broke on one end of the rod, and it's currently only connected on one end. Effectively the wheel can collapse out from underneath the car, dropping the vehicle on the ground.

    Get it fixed immediately, and then you need to have it aligned.
  • Hi, I own a 1998 Toyota Camry. With 150k miles on it, bought used at 102k miles. When I bought it there was noise from the front struts in the winter and I lived with it. I went to the dealer the other day to find out what it was. They said the strut cap ( strut mount?) are bad. Does that deem that the entire mount has to be replaced? As I understand there is the rubber in the mount that goes bad but could the bearing assembly be just fine? Is it possible to just replace the rubber, it seems like it would be less costly. Any other solution to this problem? If I had the funds I'd replace the entire setup but right now money is tight. Alex W
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    I can't say specifically that your strut is safe or not, you'd need someone locally to look at it.

    However I will tell you, that a strut failure can be a catastrophic failure for you and your vehicle. The wheel is held in three dimensional alignment by three pieces. One rod holds the wheel front to back, one holds in to out, and the strut holds up and down. A failure in strut where it breaks loose, could cause a number of types of failures, including a bad case where the vehicle drops to the ground, jamming the tire in the wheel well, causing your vehicle to spin out of control....and either hit something you didn't plan to hit, or be hit by someone else.

    You should be on a path to get it fixed pronto.
  • mac666mac666 Posts: 4
    Hi, first post here...
    took my 2007 camry se v6 in to a local toy. dealer for a check engine light on along with vsc and traction control. The problem comes and goes with 2-3 day periods. and slightly different every time. At times,with above mentioned alarms ON it drives just fine, but sometimes, transmission starts acting up - jerking, down/up shifting suddenly, especially on inclines. Nothing specific that I notice that triggers the lights to come ON, I could be sitting in traffic, moving 5 mph and it would light up.
    First, I took it in with lights on they could not reproduce a problem and said that the car is totally fine, 3 days ago they finally got all the lights to come on and saw the intermittent nature of a problem.
    codes read:

    They say C-codes are ABS related???
    Does anyone here know what these codes mean?

    I say, it seems like it's an electronic problem- a computer is driving the tranny crazy...could be as simple as a bad cpu contacts somewhere....
    They say, they checked for it.

    They want to put in another cpu in (ECM) for a $1000 but they are not sure if it is going to cure the problem...As you might imagine, I don't have a $1K to spare for their uncertainty and unproffesionalism.
    Any advice???
    Any info on the codes?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    c1201 much for 'unprofessionalism'

    You could try spending a couple hours reseating all of the connectors and contacts in the system......probably worth a try since it's soo expensive. Be sure to check the wheel sensors as well.
  • mac666mac666 Posts: 4
    Thanks for a quick reply
    How hard is it to replace an ECM? does it have to be calibrated when installed?
    Or is it just a "plug and play" direct replacement?
    Can it be done at home? I really don't want to take it to a dealer took the 2 days they charged me $170 just for looking at it and then, were not sure what the problem was, wanted another $120 for further diagnostics....

    Do you happen to have any info on other codes I listed above?
    Sorry, I am just so frustrated at this point..
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    The dealership would have an intelligent tester that they plug in, which checks error codes, can clear them, and checks all of the different braking functions and sensors. If you buy the Toyota service manuals, the brake control chapter is about 480 pages worth.

    U0100 is "lost communication with ECM/PCM", which is the engine control and power control computer. Error codes are clearly pointing to computer control or communications between them.

    Other than reseating connectors, not sure what more you might be able to do here.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Trial and error...

    Remove and clean and burnish the battery terminal/posts and connections.

    If problem remains repalce the battery.

    Under $100 and if nothing else at least you have a NEW battery.
  • mac666mac666 Posts: 4
    Hi, i noticed, your c1201 code ref. is for an FJcruiser...
    are all cpu codes for toyota the same???
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Same thing in 2007's an ECM Circuit Malfunction.
  • I'm surprised that they're not offering to fix it for free.
    Although my problem was a bit different than yours (transmission jerking intermittently) they replaced my transmission gratis two times!! I still don't like the way it down shifts, but overall it's much better. Also, the service dept's initial fix was to change a part in the computer; that didn't work so they swapped out the transmission.
    All I can say is good luck, and ask them why they're not doing it at no charge to you.
  • mac666mac666 Posts: 4
    They say, it's 61k (1 K over the limit) on the odometer and they have no record of a problem occurring prior to the warranty expired, so they won't pay a dime and won't even sell extended warranty...
    I am not really sure what to do next....I really want to get rid of the car, but who in a right state of mind would buy it with a check engine light on...
    I guess, I could try calling corporate toyota again and try getting some warranty extension out of them, but they told me that it's the local dealership manager that would make a final decision on whether to pay for my problems or let me pay for them...I have already heard their answer to that one...
    Any sujjestions on who else I would call???
    any other ideas?
    Thanks for your help,
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