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2007 Toyota Camry Problems and Repairs



  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    See my post above -- you're in far more danger from other factors than a stuck gas pedal, esp. if you've done the recalls.
  • notmybmwnotmybmw Posts: 101
    edited February 2010
    I've got almost 60,000 miles (100,000 Kliks) on my '07 and I haven't even bothered with the nuisance of taking it in for the gas pedal "fix". (My dealer, Performance Toyota, is so inept he'd probably make it happen sooner than later!) I'll do it before I sell 250,000 kilometres.

    I've known how to....
    1. Step on the brake
    2. Turn the key off (to the first notch)
    3. Shift to neutral
    4. Pull off the road
    5. Dial CAA/AAA
    .......ever since I learned how to drive, 50 years ago. I'm not going to forget now, simply cause a recall notice went out after 6 people (out of 80 million Toyota owners) DID forget how to do these things!

    Man up, buddy. Keep the car......and just keep your wits about usual.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    With today's cars, it's better to put 3 ahead of 2. Reason: engines have rev limiters (so they won't self-destruct) and you won't lose power assist to your steering.
  • chuck28chuck28 Posts: 259
    I'm not sure how you can tell people to feel safe in their cars. I agree there may be other dangers to worry about but do you think you can tell that to the families of the victims that have died?
    It seems there are always the same pro Toyota people on these always backing up Toyota. They have a big mess and tried to cover up problems and have continued to mislead Toyota owners including myself.
    I can't tell you how many times I have taken my car to the dealer to complain about hard shifting, rpm flare,ect to only hear them come back to say the car is operating as normal.
    It is almost laughable to think they though they can resolve this with floor matt recalls and gas pedals.
    This is surely a electronic software issue and Toyota is has tried hard to deny that. The truth will come out soon and set us free!
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I regret ANY death on US roads, or in the world for that matter. Too many young people with promising futures are snuffed out this way, as opposed to other killers such as heart disease and cancer.

    I'm just pointing out that this alleged problem with Toyota accelerators pales in comparison to many of the other ways you can die while driving. Again, 100 people died yesterday in the US alone from traffic deaths and 100 more the day before that. Where is the outcry?

    If commercial airliners went down every single day with 100 deaths, you can be sure that no one would be flying withing a matter of DAYS. Yet the road carnage goes on, and state legislators make matters worse by repealing motorcycle helmet use laws, refusing to pass primary enforcement seat belt use laws, allowing heavier trucks on highways, disallowing red light cameras and photo speed radar, and raising speed limits on roads where it may not be appropriate. Not to mention the lax drunk driving laws in some states.

    This is surely a electronic software issue and Toyota is has tried hard to deny that. The truth will come out soon and set us free!

    Yes, a lot of people want to believe that because their home or work computers may lock up every day, but why would Toyota spend hundreds of millions in recalling cars for interfering floormats and sticky gas pedals with all the attendant bad publicity, if the "real" problem is still out there, waiting to kill the next innocent victim?

    BTW, did anyone ever find the "real" killer in the murders attributed to OJ?
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,243
    >BTW, did anyone ever find the "real" killer in the murders attributed to OJ?

    210, you're not insinuating OJ killed them with a toyota that ran away with uncontrolled acceleration??

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    LOL! Hows thing's going "in the mend" forum? Can't keep up these days with work.
  • Well, you shouldn't be worry about drunk drivers also b/c it's only a small problem. About 11,000 people were killed in 2008 by drunk drivers. It's only about 30% if I compare to numbers that you provided: 100 people died/day * 365 days = 36,500. :cry:
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    edited February 2010
    You are being ironic I hope! ;)

    Actually, I don't worry too much about drunks, because I'm not out in the wee hours when they are most common. I also stay away for the most part from heavily traveled high-speed 2-lane roads where only a painted line separates you from a head-on crash.

    The actual number of traffic fatalities in 2008 in the US was 37,261, the most recent year for which fatality data are available (102+ on average per day). The greatest proportion of those who died (25,428, or 68%) were occupants of cars, pickups, SUVs, and vans. I'd expect the 2009 totals to be lower, mainly because of the recession. But obviously still way too high!

    More fatality facts here.

    Compare these huge numbers with 34 alleged deaths due to Toyota sudden acceleration in the last 10 or 11 years.
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 712
    Hi Sewcoolsue:

    I purchased a 2007 Toyota Camry XLE new in 2007. ----- I now have 58,000 + miles on this vehicle. ----- I would have more mileage on this vehicle, but I also have other vehicles. ----- I am sure that there are issues with this vehicle, but I have NEVER had any issues with this vehicle. ----- This vehicle is serviced by the selling dealer every 2,500 miles, (my choice!) ----- I have had the throttle plate cleaned at least twice during this mileage. -----I always warm up my vehicle in the cold weather prior to driving, (my choice!) ----- This vehicle has a fantastic pick-up, and it shifts without a problem. ---- I would purchase another Toyota product without hesitation! ---- NO, I DO NOT WORK FOR TOYOTA or a TOYOTA DEALER!

    Best regards!
    Dwayne :shades: ;) :)
  • Hi,
    I'm new to this forum and I didn't realize that there are others out there who are having the same problem as we are. We are having problems with the transmission on our 2007 V6 Camary. It too,jolts and you can feel when the car is not in gear at times the car will hesitate moving forward and there are times when the gear sounds snappy,I would have difficulty shifting,the shifter lever would make a loud snapping sound when I would try to shift to drive or sometimes in reverse. There were on several occasions when I would start the car and the car will crank but wouldn't start. I noticed that our car was doing this when we first bought it and we took it to the dealer but the dealer is saying that there's nothing that they can do cause it's not showing the symptoms that I just described,they said unless we leave our car as their shop for an undetermined time. Anyone out there with the same issues or problems? What should I do? Our car only has 35k miles.
  • I have a 2007 Camry XLE V6. Whenever the engine is cool, like first thing in the morning, it fires right up. When the engine is already hot, however, it cranks normally, but takes a good 2 to 3 seconds before actually starting.

    A knowledgeable acquaintance of mine said it sounded as though fuel becomes too heat-soaked for the engine to fire up immediately, or that fuel pressure suffers when the engine is hot. I've taken the Camry into the dealership twice to be looked at, but both times it decided to be on its best behavior for the service writer and I was told there wasn't a problem.

    Has anyone experienced this firsthand? If so, what was the resolution? Thanks. :)

    My apologies in advance if this topic has been discussed ad infinitum. I did a search, but couldn't locate a relevant topic.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Mostly correct, but..

    With the engine idling or cruising with low/light engine loading the upstream oxygen sensor(s) is(are) the sole source of control of the A/F mixture. Under higher engine loads/loading, acceleration, the oxygen sensor signal goes out of range due to the need to enrich the mixture. With an enriched mixture the MAF/IAT (Mass Air Flow...Intake Air Temperature) sensor module is used to control the A/F mixture.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    If it's only 2 or 3 seconds, I wouldn't sweat it right now. Obvioiusly if it gets worse, then bring it in to a reputable mechanic.

    I had an '80 Volvo that did this, but I'd have to crank it for something like 15 or 20 seconds, then wait for the starter motor to cool down, and try again. It always eventually started, but it was a pain. This car had mechanical fuel injection, not a carburetor, so it was advanced for its time. The ultimate fix was a new fuel distributor for nearly $500 in parts and labor back in '87 or so.

    I have no idea if your car has the same issue, hopefully not!
  • Thank you for the reply, 210delray. I realize on paper that 2 to 3 seconds may not appear excessive, but I neglected to mention that the sound the Camry makes during this duration is most unsatisfying. It's evident the engine is struggling to start and there's very much a pre-ignition sort of sound involved.

    I also neglected to mention that this condition only occurs when the outside temperature is in excess of roughly 80 degrees. Unfortunately, 80 degree+ temperatures occur frequently in Austin, TX.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Come to think of it, my Volvo only did this when it was hot also. No problems whatsoever in the winter. It took a long time for my mechanic to finally track down, and he graciously didn't charge me for all of the diagnostic time.

    I'd say you'll have to have someone look at the car; it's hard to diagnose over the internet.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Come to think of it, my Volvo only did this when it was hot also. No problems whatsoever in the winter. It took a long time for my mechanic to finally track down, and he graciously didn't charge me for all of the diagnostic time.

    I'd say you'll have to have someone look at the car; it's hard to diagnose over the internet.
  • In addition to the accelerator and floor mat recall, I am hearing there will be an additional recall to replace the oil line as well. Anyone else heard this?
  • mmogabmmogab Posts: 11
    Yes. It is called a VVT-I Hose. Mine busted on the highway on 2/9 and I lost oil pressure immediately and my warning light came on. I also smelled oil due to oil spraying all over the engine. Pulled over and called tow truck. The next morning when the Toyota service opened they called me and told me the VVT-I Hose broke and happened to also be under Recall. I told them I NEVER received a communication. They couldn't explain either. Funny thing is I had just had it serviced in January at the Toyota dealership for it's regular oil change. You would think they would have their computer catch this by my vehicle VIN but it didn't happen. Call your Toyota dealer and get this fixed because it will fail and there is no good time to have your oil spray all over the road and your engine, not to mention being stranded on the side of the road.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    It was just announced yesterday as a "service improvement campaign" or similar wording. Letters will be sent to all owners now. It's not considered an official recall because it's not a direct safety-related issue.

    Note to others: this affects only the V6 in 2007-10 Camrys plus the same engine in some other late-model Toyota vehicles including the Avalon, RAV4, and Lexus ES.
  • ca0412ca0412 Posts: 5
    FYI this is just a general post... Toyota says that vehicles that have a VIN starting with J ( XLE camrys basically) have the DENSO gas pedal which is unaffected byb the recall. Camrys with a VIN starting with a 4 or anything else but J, have the CTS pedal and are affected......Turns out I checked my 07 Camry SE v6 and although the VIN starts with 4, it has a DENSO gas pedal which has not gievn me any issues
  • barroncbarronc Posts: 44
    Yes, when i brought my 2007 Camry in to have the accelerator problem fixed they also replaced the oil line as well. The service manager told me there had been a recall on the oil line as well.
  • eroc69eroc69 Posts: 56
    WOW, I haven't been here in awhile and see what I miss?
    I went last week to Toyo and asked what they are doing about the recall and what they are going to do for me. They said they need 3-3 1/2 hours to fix the gas pedal and also they found a new defect for the oil line. I said I heard and read they are going to pick up customer cars and give us a loaner, the service guy practically laughed{if he had a sense of humor, he would have} He said dont believe anything you read. He also hemmed and hawed about my 07 V-6 even being eligible for the recall. I almost lost it.
    I told him my car doesn't slow down sufficiently enough and its been in there for that very reason. He said there is no problems with the efficiency of the braking system.
    Wow, so I need to set up a time and sit and wait for 3+ hours. Lets see if it works but I cant wait till I get rid of this car. I know all cars have issues but this is scary
  • mmogabmmogab Posts: 11
    edited March 2010
    It shouldn't take that long to fix the pedal. When they fixed the oil line they also corrected the pedal too. They had my car ready in 3 hours and that included the oil line.
    Will be hard to trade in these cars after they have taken a further depreciation on top of the normal decline in valuation. One other footnote, on my 2007 XLE-V6, my transmission went out at 5000 miles and was replaced and the engine started pinging like a cumins diesel around 25,000 miles. The local Toyota dealership couldn't figure that one out so they contacted Toyota in California and got authorization to replace the engine. Toyota offered me a 4 year / 100,000 mile Toyota Platinum Warranty with no deductible for all my troubles. I actually might buy another Toyota since they stand behind their products after the sale. I never received that kind of service when I drove other brands - but then again I never had to have a new trans and engine replaced.
  • johngf1johngf1 Posts: 37
    Toyota had very severe hesitation problems in 2007 Camrys. In my case I asked about recalls and was told that the problem was with the 6 cylinder Camrys. I suffered for 6 months until I found out about a "fix" for early '07 Camrys - thank God for this forum!
    The fix worked on my Camry; however Toyota never notified owners of this problem and the related fix. I felt sorry for those who were unaware of Toyota's software solution and notified the feds who have yet to do their job and force Toyota to have a mandatory recall.
  • I must admit that I qualify for the Idiot Award-I bought 2 camrys. Instead of burning them I would like to sell them and get Nissan Sentras or Hyundais. Over the years my family has owned 6 toyotas and, luckily, we are still alive. :mad:

    My question is what are these &$#@ worth? The 2005 has 30k miles and some scratches but is clean. The 2007 has 67000k and some dents and scratches and is also clean. My scan of the internet reveals that the resale values do not reflect the recent Toyota disaster. (the reason Tojo bows is so it is easier to kick him in the a_ _. My guess is that the 2005 may be worth between 10k-12k. I have no idea what the 2007 is worth. Any help would be welcome. Thanks in advance. :cry:
  • gooddeal2gooddeal2 Posts: 750
    Assuming they're LEs, my guess is 7-8K for the '05 and 9-10k for the '07.
  • tony108tony108 Posts: 16

    I have a 2007 camry 4cyl and I noticed that the coolant level was low twice last month. Brought it to the dealer today and they say that they have to visually see that the coolant is leaking even though there are some 'pink' residue around the water pump. I'm worried that the warranty will soon expire (120 miles left) and I might not be covered anymore when the water pump actually drips before they do the repair.
    For consolation, they did the recall program with the auto idle back when you press the gas and brake at the same time and shaved the pedal a little bit.
  • zaken1zaken1 Posts: 556
    Have the dealership run a pressure test on the cooling system. This is a much more sensitive test than waiting for the pump to drip. If there is pink residue near the pump; I expect they'll find that the system doesn't hold pressure in a pressure test. And they can't equivocate about or dispute such a test result. However; if they try to tell you that some amount of leakage is "normal"; contact the Toyota regional Customer Service office.
  • tony108tony108 Posts: 16
    Thank you for the advice zaken1. I will try to schedule a pressure test (if my mileage is still not over the warranty period by that time.) Mean while, I will just watch the level of the reservoir so my engine would not be damaged just incase the water pump decides to drip fast.

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