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2007 Toyota Camry Problems and Repairs



  • avucarguyavucarguy Posts: 56
    There is only so much Toyota can do to try to rectify this problem. They cannot give you a 100% guarantee. Nothing in life is 100% guaranteed, except for taxes and death. I used to live in Philadelphia(my mom still does), and the chance of getting killed by violence there is at least 100 times greater than being killed by my Toyota's sudden acceleration.
    Most accidents occurred are from human error. I am 100% confident in my 07 Prius. I have 64K reliable miles from the car and does not expect it to change :) . For those of you who are deathly afraid of your Toyota, please trade it in for another brand. Don't give your self a stomach ulcer over all this stress :confuse: .
    As for the run away Prius, you have to be an idiot not to know how to put it into neutral. All you have to do is push the shifter to the left and hold it for 1 second. I tested this while on an empty road doing 45MPH with no problem. The only way to "accidentally" put the Prius into reverse while trying to put it into neutral, you would have to pull the shifter to the left, then up.
  • masterpaul1masterpaul1 Posts: 421
    We own a 07 XLE 4 cylinder and my wife is the primary driver. We both really love are Camry. It has a little over 50K, to which we only put 12K on, since we bought it used in Oct. 2008. We we’re both very nerves, when all these reports started coming out with all of the problems. Not to mention, pressure from family members, telling us in, so many words, to get ride of the car before something happens.

    We decided to keep our Camry and wait for the recall notice. As mention in this forum, we considered the fact, that we haven’t had any problems. The resale value is low now. We still have like 3 1/2 years, before it’s paid off, with a low interest rate. The percent of reported cases of sudden acceleration and accidents because of it, are really small, compared to the millions of Camry’s sold for years 2007 +.

    Well today, I took our Camry in for the floor mat recall, which did include them modifying the gas paddle and installing a brake override system as mentioned by Kiawah. The brake override system works really well and I’m thankful that Toyota did this for the older Camry’s. So now, we can drive with confidence again, that our Camry is a safe vehicle to drive. I encourage everyone to wait for the recall notice and have the work done, before trading your car in.

    Even though they still haven’t found the cause of the sudden acceleration problem, which I hope they do. I am satisfied with the brake override system that was installed on our Camry and hope that all manufactures would put this on all vehicles in the future. :shades:
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 712
    Hi avucarguy:

    As a automotive manufacturer, Toyota has an obligation to the vehicle buying public to manufacture a product that is safe, and properly tested prior to putting in on the market. ------- "IF" there is a mechanical / electrical issue that is causing this vehicle to accelerate on it's own, this is a VERY serious issue, and Toyota has an obligation to correct the problem ASAP! ------ This problem is not the same as a flat tire, or a defective spark plug. This problem puts the driver at a disadvantage. --- If there is a problem with these vehicles, ---- I DO NOT believe that there is an issue with the accelerator pedal, rather there is more to this issue.

    Best regards. ------------ Dwayne :shades: :mad: :sick: :confuse:
  • ledzepplinledzepplin Posts: 41
    edited March 2010
    What everyone doesn't understand is that Toyota doesn't have to do anything! And they didn't until forced to by adverse publicity. It wasn't the [non-permissible content removed] or US governments who did anything; The politics are as follows: Toyota has mucho buckos-Toyota buys congress-congress passes "car industry regulation" legislation that the average person has no knowledge or concern with and which "appears" to have teeth but has none.-Toyota autos, after years poor quality - so bad that even consumers notice-in response to these "sudden" quality problems the US govt claims (a) not enough funding to police market (b) therefore Govt can't do anything unless Toyota wants it done/volunteers info. As you can see that scenario requires that Toyota "shoot itself in the foot." Our tax dollars are not spent properly. Look at the National transportation saftey board: they put an old woman in charge and gave her no funding. That is how it is done - the auto industry is self regulating unless the problem is so horrendous that the govt has to force the manufacturer (Toyota) to provide information on the problem. Even then, it is Toyota engineers who make up the reports. Why can't the US Govt jump in and get on top of these problems? Do you really think Toyota is? Toyota will lie until someone finds out what is really going on. It may turn out to be the car computers-the floor mats and the gas pedal may have been ruses. You'll notice that we still don't know what the problem is! :mad:
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 712
    Hi All:

    I took the Camry out for a drive to New York State yesterday, while making my rounds to customers. ------ The car performed very well, but I am not comfortable with the vehicle any longer. ----- Before this recall, I enjoyed this vehicle, but I am very disappointed with the way Toyota has handled this issue, and now I am VERY cautious when driving this vehicle. ----- It has taken all the fun of ownership out of the experience. ----- Prior to this recall I was ready to purchase a Toyota Venza. I really liked this vehicle, especially the comfort of the seats. NOW I have re-evaluated my position, and I will use the Camry till November, and then I will make my decision. I was going to keep the Camry, and trade one of my other vehicles for the Venza.

    Best regards. ----------- Dwayne :sick: :confuse: :mad: :shades:
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I still think you ought to keep it, and think of all the bad press you've heard is mostly hysteria. Your car has been absolutely fine FOR YOU, so why let others' irrational fears affect your feelings? Please read my previous post to you.

    Also, you must remember all of the same hysteria when Audi 5000s were supposed to be suddenly accelerating out of control. That ended with the eventual conclusion that drivers were stepping on the gas pedal instead of the brake.

    But if you honestly can't let go of this fear, then you will have to trade. As for sudden acceleration, it looks like GM or Honda would be your best bet from all the data I've seen. Most other manufacturers have also had problems with this same issue, to varying degrees. Ford is not far behind Toyota in this regard.
  • roger_troger_t Posts: 2
    Thanks for the advice, very helpful. Since I haven't taken my car to the dealer for the recalls yet, I'll ask them if something like this would be covered under powertrain warranty.

    Thanks again
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 712
    Thank you or the advice. I used the Camry again today. I will probably get over this issue with time, but it very hard to believe that a manufacturer like Toyota could put a product on the road without proper testing! ----- Prior to purchasing this car, I had looked at a Hyundai Sonata, but I did not follow through on the purchase, because I questioned the quality of the product, and the manufacturer! I would have expected this type of behavior from Hyundai or Kia but not Toyota.

    Best regards to all! ---------- Dwayne :shades: :confuse: ;) :sick:
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Good for you, I sincerely hope you get over the issue with time. There is no "smoking gun" as yet in this whole story. In my humble opinion, this has been a witch hunt with Toyota in the crosshairs.

    You should see what the Toyota haters have been posting on the "Toyota on the mend" forum. They're absolutely delirious that Toyota has been brought to its knees -- for no good reason, other than to promote the goodness of GM, which may not survive as a going concern. Well, at least no one's sticking up for Chrysler!

    I have absolute confidence in my older Camrys and intend to keep them for a long, long time.
  • notmybmwnotmybmw Posts: 101
    I agree 100%, delrayMike!

    A witch hunt, pure and simple.

    Remember Martha Stewart going to jail? Bullcrap!

    Remember H1N1? What H1N1.......never happened!

    Media hype.

    I hesitate to call anybody 'pussywhipped'........but, please remember where your break pedal, gear shift and ignition switch are........and use THAT order.....if your Camry starts to, OMG away from you!!

    In the meantime, just calm down and think how many dozens of thousands of miles/kilometers you've put on your loving Camry without a care in the world until some bozo forgets he has a break pedal, gear shift and ignition switch.

    Case closed. Move on........cautiously, if you must!
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    edited March 2010
    The reason stated within the recall document itself for the 2010 Prius brake failure is:

  • dmathews3dmathews3 Posts: 1,739
    Thats the problem, everyone thinks Toyota is a god or something in the car world but only because they have lied and cheated their customers all these years and finally it it catching up with them. The thing that really p.o.'s me is the guy in Ca. I believe that is in jail because the jury didn't believe his story about the run away Toyota. Now he may get a new trail and freed. Even the parents of the girl he killed is now on his side. How can a company in good faith lets someone spend the next 15 years in jail just to hush up a defect. For that reason I'll never buy a Toyota again.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Your point? He doesn't own a 2010 Prius, rather a 2007 Camry V6. Are you insinuating that there is a programming error in his car, which by his own admission, has been flawless since the day he bought it?
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 712
    Hi All:

    Today I took my V6 XLE Camry for a long ride on the open road. ---- I drove it on the Garden State Parkway, the New York State Thruway and the Palisade Interstate Parkway. ------ I accelerated hard from a dead stop, and I accelerated hard from 40 mph to 80 mph. The transmission shifted flawlessly, and the throttle operated without a problem. ----- When I "backed off" on the throttle, the "throttle" returned to idle position, and the Camry coasted for a period of time, and then started to slow down. ----- There were no signs of "throttle sticking" or "unintended acceleration."

    I have never used the "Cruise Control" on this vehicle. ------- "IF" there is a problem with the Camry, (and it is of an electronic nature), I would look at the "Cruise Control" circuit.

    I am confident after this drive of four hours that my Camry is problem free.

    Best regards. ------------ Dwayne :shades: ;) :)
  • :sick: I hope you are right. I have a 2005 camry le 4cyl. Several times I have pushed the accelerator down hard to enter a parkway etc. the engine speeds up even though I have taken my foot off the accelerator. By pumping the accelerator and putting my foot on the brake I can slow the rpms down. This doesn't happen in local traffic-yet!.
    My wife, unfortunately, has a 2007 v6 with 70k miles; I hope the mileage may indicate that the car will not all of a sudden develop acceleration problems. I have found that going back to church on sundays has been a enormous help to me. :lemon:
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 712
    edited March 2010
    Hi Ledzepplin:

    Is this issue a 4 cylinder Camry problem, or does it also exist in the V6 model? -------- Can the dealer hook up a "portable diagnostic computer," so that it can take a "real time picture" of the issue as it is occurring? ---------- Can YOU duplicate this condition for the dealer if a technician rides with you? ---- When you are pushing down on the accelerator, ---- are you hitting the floor? ---- When you release the accelerator, does the pedal return to the idle position (fully released)? ----- Does the engine accelerate immediately when you press on the accelerator or is there a delay?

    Best regards. ----------- Dwayne :shades: ;) :confuse: :)
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Sounds great!
  • Hi, I have a 07 Camry 4cyl with 42k miles.Today I just discovered that when turning the wheel lock-to-lock I heard clunk noise. The steering wheel on the car hasn't been perfect either withwhiny noise while turning around the parking lot. I got the dealer to replace the pwr steering pump 1 1/2 years ago but the noise is still there. I'm more concerned with the clunk noise; is it due to bad shaft as reported by TSB, or can it sign of worn CV joint? I hope the dealer will cover the fiix since the car is past 3 yr warranty period. Thanks in advance for the advice.
  • olt1892olt1892 Posts: 12
    Just a quick question:
    Did Toyata finally have a solution the 2007 Camry V6 transmission hesitation problem?

    By the way, I just got a letter about a problem specific to 2007 Camry V6: (not I4)

    Limited Service Campaign (LSC) 90K
    Certain 2007 Camry with V6 (2GR-FE) Engine
    Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVT-i) Oil Hose Replacement.

    They will fix it for free. Offer expires Mar 31, 2013 (i.e. 3 years later)
  • Be careful that you don't leave the headlights on. It is easy to do when you have been driving with the lights on and forget to lock it with your keyring. I did this once and battery went dead-resulting in a costly service call.

    I wish Toyota would install what I call a "Face Saver" and that is erasing any memory of having bought a Toyota in the first place!
  • perkan1perkan1 Posts: 2
    This is a bit longer post, but the story is kind of long, so I applogize in advance.

    I bought Camry 2008 with 99900 km last Nov. Coolant leak was detected and dealer replaced water pump under warranty. After one month and 1000 km, there was a leak again. But no warranty now. Dealer replaced it without charging. One more month and another 1000km, the leak is back. The dealer replaced the pump and did recall fix. Gas pedal shortening and computer upgrade where break overrides gas if pressed at the same time.
    On the way home, after 15 minutes, engine light is ON, and coolant temperature needle is below "C". The car is shaking and very soon is stalled. Oil was driping under the car. Obviously, coolant was lost, engine overheated and head gasket was blown.
    Dealer paid for towing, examined the car and replaced the engine with one that had 22000 km, and 90 days warranty. Until this point of time I was understanding and patient. Things happen, don't they. Today I picked up the car and this time after 20 minutes, the transmission started behaving funny. Coming to stop was harsh (jerky), starting was difficult as if the car started from third gear. It took lots of time to gain speed with sporadic engine "sprints" to 5000 rpm as if the car went to netral for a moment. Back to dealer and the first thing service manager told me was: "This has nothing to do with the engine replacement, but we will take a look."
    At this moment the car is with them. They tested the car and found some "Internal error" code and will do additional tests with brand new solenoids hoping that will fix the problem. If that does not help, they will need to replace the transmission, but they will not cover the expense. They will give me a "good" deal on used transmission though. I asked the manager how he explained the fact that this happened after the engine was replaced, and he answered that it was "coincidence".
    How likely is that? Is this just my bad luck?
    My patience is gone. I have some doubts about their competency because they keep replacing parts until they can claim that the car was fixed.
    I am oloking for some ideas about how to approach them when they tell me the "verdict".
    Thanks for being patient and reading everything.

  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    It's hard to say. You really don't have enough concrete technical information supplied in the note, to understand what the problem might be.
  • notmybmwnotmybmw Posts: 101
    Not sure what country you're in, buddy, but here in Canada, 2007 Camry's were built with automatic headlights that turn themselves off when you turn off the ignition and leave the car.......locked or not.

  • avucarguyavucarguy Posts: 56
    I don't know what year or model Camry you have. My in laws 07 Camry V6 XLE has auto off headlight, so does my neighbor's 09 Camry SE. Even my fairly base 07 Prius package 2 has auto off headlight. The best thing to do is have a $50 battery charger in the garage to charge your battery if you accidently leave the light on draining the battery. I had to charge the battery in my van(no auto off headlight) at least 10 times over 7 years due to leaving the headlights on or my kids playing with the van and leaving the interior lights on while it is parked unlock in the garage. I even had to charge the 12 volt battery on my Prius once due to one of us not closing the car door completely draining the battery overnight.
  • Hi

    I bought a camry 2009 certified car and the same problems. RPF shifts shuddently and the car jerks often when that happens. Did you get any fix for the problem. I already went to the dealer and they keep telling me there is nothing to fix. But its not smooth at all and I dont experience that in other cars. What should I do and how did you go about this problem

  • agbosagbos Posts: 8
    I have a 2007 SE with NO sunroof and it's at the dealer now for the same problem - wet under the driver side seat. The dealer "claims" it is a clogged drain tube for the air conditioner condenser. Apparently, if the drain clogs, the water goes into the passenger compartment instead of under the car - sounds like a poor design. What's annoying is, it's not covered by my extended warrantee and they are going to charge me $96 to diagnose the problem. If it really is the source of the water, it seems like they could have figured it out in about 5 minutes. They wanted another $600 or so to pull out the seats and dry out the carpets. I am going to see if they dry on their own because there is a musty smell. From what I've read though, the smell could come from the air conditioner vent. We'll see.
  • adt76adt76 Posts: 2
    Where in the trunk is the torsion bar located? I've been having problems with the spreakers going in and out randomly at time's and I think it might be the same issue.
  • notmybmwnotmybmw Posts: 101
    Look inside the trunk.......up toward the front of the car..........underneath where your rear window "deck" is located. You'll see the bottom ends of your speakers sitting there and the steel rod(s) that form the spring/torsion bar that assists in opening your trunk lid sitting right there.....stretching from one side to the other.

    It's a bit of an awkward arrangement and conflicts with the installation of many aftermarket speakers, especially if they have any size of magnet at all.....which all good speakers DO!

    Be sure to explain to your stereo provider that you don't want speakers that can't be properly "seated" on the rear deck (i.e. with the trim gasket making a proper seal against the deck) otherwise you will lose much of the base response that should be produced by your upgraded speakers.

  • adt76adt76 Posts: 2
    Thanks. I'll check today.
  • Water leaks can be tricky and seem to defy gravity. Ask them to check the floor pan drain plugs under the car, and check for damage from debris, possibly poked a hole in floor pan. Rain, puddles force water in ? GL.
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