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2007 Toyota Camry Problems and Repairs



  • damon34damon34 Posts: 124
    THis will be short. I am reading Yahoo auto reviews and they are plenty of 4cyls camry complaining about their car. and Toyota says they never heard of this problem Yeah Right Thanks guys
  • njeraldnjerald Posts: 688
    The 07 Camry has had two transmissions defects so far. The first one with the snap ring was earlier this year. The hesitation problem is still an issue for many.


    Beside the snap ring, the V6 has a shift flare TSB out and the 5-4 Harsh downshift TSB for the I4 Automatic.

    The hesitation issue could be a lean fuel, transmission, drive by wire or computer problem or a combination of the these.
  • Is this for real? I just purchased a 2007 Camry SE V6 w/ Navigation. Already I had to tighten down the bolts to the back passenger side heat shield above the muffler because it was rattling like crazy. I also noticed that the car was floating all over the freeway at 65 mph, and I am now reading about transmission problems. Please tell me this has all been resolved by Toyota because I have waited two months for this car. Please let me know! Also what exactly am I looking for with the transmission issue?
  • lagalotlagalot Posts: 5
    Slippage occurred in my SE V6 between 500-1500 miles. The dealer had it for ten days, then gave it back without saying what they did because I filed for a replacement under Maryland's lemon law. My hearing is 9/5/06. Yours may not slip at all. When mine is right it's a rocket, when it's bad it's a truck. I hope to get a new one.
  • I still have the floating issue and rattles from the rear hatch that have not been fixed. I have taken it in already 3 times with the forth coming up next week. I’m also starting to notice that the radio will sometimes mute the sound after switching from CD to AM/FM. My Camry tracks lines in the road most noticeably on the freeway at 50+. With the steering wheel straight the car pulls left and right. Recreating it is hard to do since the freeways around my dealership are all new. I’m really pondering the idea of having it turned back in to Toyota under the lemon law.

    Are any other SE V6’s out there with these same issues?

    :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    the floating issue could be simply a characteristic of the vehicle compared to what you were driving before.

    you might first check to see if your tires aren't over-inflated. sometimes manufacurer's ship vehicles with tires over-inflated on purpose, but that when the vehicle was prepped, it should have been set to the ratings on the door pilar of your vehicle. do not exceed the pressure on the sidewall of the tires!

    you may have an overly boosted power steering setup. i'm not sure, but the dealership should be able to tell.

    ask to drive another from the lot and compare to your ride. take the lead tech or shop foreman with you.
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    --"I filed for a replacement under Maryland's lemon law."--

    What ever for, lagalot? :confuse: A call to Toyota would've started the replacement or refund process without the delays of getting the state of Maryland involved. This is true even subsequent to a transmission exchange. (One poster, faldoc, I believe, got two replacement transmissions and then opted for a complete refund that he used for a Camry hybrid.) Toyota has bent over backward to accomodate dissatisfied '07 6-sp V6 Camry owners who suffered through the snap-ring problem.
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    --"In some ways, this transmission fiasco is a good lesson learned for Toyota. ... Seems to me that if you design a new transmission and do extensive testing of it prior to mass producing it, you should find and eliminate problems like these."--

    Agree, but there're two current issues that are being discussed. The new 6-sp tranny in the V6 Camry is the one that had the incorrectly seated snap-ring problem. That appears to have been resolved for the most part. The I4 Camry with a carry-over 5-sp automatic tranny is Toyota's current problem child. And, I don't believe that Toyota yet has a clue about what to do and that's why the automaker is stonewalling owners. Folks with affected cars, go pro-active and contact the NHTSA by letter about your drivability problems that've come dangerously close to causing collisions with other traffic in some cases. (I'm not 100% certain, but you may be able to register an official complaint online with the NHTSA, too.) When piles of compaints start arriving, the gubm'nt agency will mount an investigation. Toyota's "Perfectly normal - drives like a Camry." empty reassurances will no longer be an option for the automaker.
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    --"...My Camry tracks lines in the road most noticeably on the freeway at 50+..."--

    If you're referencing the rain grooves often cut into new freeway construction, welcome to the club. This is more a tire thing than a car make thing in my opinion. The Michelin "MXV4 Plus ENERGY" tires that came on my '03 Sonata were especially susceptible. The Douglas "XTRA-TRAC" tires I replaced the Michelins with are just about immune to the "swervey" effects of the rain grooves and a LOT quieter, too.
  • Hi everyone,
    Just thought I would give an update to the hesitation issue on my car. Several days ago I decided to disconnect the battery and let it wait for an hour. I then reconnected the battery. So far no hesitation and in fact the response has been greatly improved. Definately a difference.

    I'll let you know if the hesitation makes a come back. If it does, then wouldn't this most likely point to an ECM problem?
  • dino01dino01 Posts: 26
    This method has been tried before. Other people has reported it will work for awhile and then reverse back. :lemon: :lemon: :lemon:
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    that this discussion is about any problems some owners may be having with their 07 Camry. It is not the right place to pursue Toyota's difficulties as a manufacturer. The Automotive News & Views board is where you want to go for that line of discussion.

    I'm sorry, but I am continuing to need to remove misplaced posts. Folks interested in that subject need to find whichever of the multiple Toyota discussions on that board that interests you - I don't want to move your post to one that you haven't chosen.

  • damon34damon34 Posts: 124
    I have done to my car twice and it last about week to two. The transmission still shifts up and down, It doesnt no what gear it wants in. but yes it does work for alittle while.
  • So the '07 Camry has 2 transmisison defects and an additonal 3rd transmission defect maybe, or maybe its something else. Who knows.

    Toyota has been silent on the issue so we're all speculating.

    Im not an automotive engineer, nor should I have to be to own a reliable car.
  • I had the rattleling problem in my vehicle and I found that it was the heat shield above the mufflers. I bent them accordingly and I have not heard any rattles since.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    as another poster (and other posters in other related forums) has mentioned, disconnecting the battery is merely a temporary mitigating technique.

    while for some, it does seems to point to parameter mapping in the ECU or TCM which ultimately handles throttle and transmission control, it's still possible that a hardware issue exists which is being complicated by the embedded software programming in these controllers...

    for example possibly the zero calibration of the throttle position sensor (TPS) or accelerator pedal is being reset when the vehicle's power supply is interrupted. cutting battery power to the controllers could force the programming to default to initial settings which are then refined over time and activation cycles.

    this would explain (potentially) why some people don't notice a problem at all, but then after some mileage on the vehicle, have an issue.

    if this were the sole contributing cause (ie software programming and NOT hardware), then one would think

    a). everyone would have the problems cited, and
    b). the manufacturer would have solved it by now

    but this is clearly not the case.

    if only a transmission control / engine control engineer would frequent the forum and weigh-in on probable causes of the observations.

    please let us know if the hesitation comes back. hopefully it will not. good luck.
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    --"...possibly the zero calibration of the throttle position sensor (TPS) or accelerator pedal is being reset when the vehicle's power supply is interrupted ... to default to initial settings which are then refined over time and activation cycles ... then after some mileage on the vehicle, [some owners] have an issue. ... if this were the sole contributing cause (ie software programming and NOT hardware), then one would think ... a). everyone would have the problems cited, and b). the manufacturer would have solved it by now..."--

    Excuse my clumsy editing for brevity's sake, user777, but your thoughts on this issue are intriguing. I would only add the possibility that some circuitry component provided by one of Toyota's suppliers out of perhaps several suppliers in the ECM and/or TCM may be marginally rated for its designed function and kicking the throttle response to an extreme setting once the "learning" experience begins (or begins anew after the battery disconnect reset). Those recent '07 Camry buyers "lucky" enough to get the flakey circuit board component from the particular supplier end up with the drivability problem. Let me further hasten to point out that this is speculation, only, not a hard and fast diagnosis.
  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    I would only add the possibility that some circuitry component provided by one of Toyota's suppliers out of perhaps several suppliers in the ECM and/or TCM may be marginally rated for its designed function and kicking the throttle response to an extreme setting once the "learning" experience begins (or begins anew after the battery disconnect reset).

    yeah, i could see that. a marginal part - something the designers didn't consider would be an outlier.
  • I am sorry to tell you this but I already had my hearing and lost because I couldn't prove that it is a safety issue. Toyota knows there is a major problem here and there is NO fix for it. The Toyota rep told us that replacing the transmission would have no affect. Let us know how your hearing goes. Good luck...
  • curt2005curt2005 Posts: 70
    I just got an ES330 which uses the previous generation of transmission and computer. It sometimes hesitates on acceleration but I have never felt in danger because of it.

    After careful tests I have determined that on my car there is hesitation only if I gently press the gas pedal. This is fine because it saves gas.

    When I stab the pedal, the car takes off briskly.

    The hesitation problem for the newest transmission and software combination may also be related to how quickly and how far you press the pedal. The computer can easily determine how fast you are moving the pedal, which makes this different from what we are used to with a non-computerized transmission.

    I suggest that you take a test drive where there is little traffic and experiment with "stabbing" the pedal.
  • sholzsholz Posts: 1
    I would assume you would strongly avoid the toyota camry.
    I am looking for a new car and after reading all the tranmission post might look at a altima or honda. As far as you know are all the camry's of 2007 affected?

    Stan Holz
  • Has anybody had any of the discussed problems with the 4cyl and manual transmission?
  • gbabalukgbabaluk Posts: 70
    Good evening everyone;
    Well, last night was the first COOL night of the summer, 50 degrees and we had NOT encountered the 3 to 4 RMP spike before. Guess WHAT? It's there! Just a little spike which was NOT there when it was 70 degrees or more every morning. I can't wait for the 0 degree mornings! If you live in the southern climates, you will most likely never experience this issue BUT for us NORTHERN residents, Canada and the Northern US states, you will have to have the TSB applied. Not certain if Toyota has "fixed" later production models, but our SE V6 weas built in late April and it has the SPIKE!
    I will not take it to the dealer until later this autumn, as that is when the first oil change is required.
    Anyway, ALL you V6 owners, do a test and let us know. Check out you Temperature gauge. When it was warm, the gauge would move almost immediately. Last night, it barely moved and the SPIKE occured!
    I can't wait for the cooler mornings!
  • damon34damon34 Posts: 124
    I have been stating for awhile that i think it is weather related. Friday it was somewhat hot and my car hesitated right after work. Drove alot saturday and today, sunday with a/c on anyway even though it wasnt real hot. Car drove perfect except for the shifting gear issues with the car. I think there is something that when it gets hot and humid i think a sensor or something goes bad. It might be a easy fix Who knows. Would anybody like to reply to this.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    If I was looking for a MT, I'd be on the lookout for the cruise control issue. I personally think it's probably a couple of root cause problems, all contributing to the cruise control causing transmission shifting. Since the engine is the same in a MT, it may depend on how high the gearing is with the compared to the AT.

    The AT 5th gearing is overdrive gearing, which keeps the rpm's low (and mpg high). If you look at the engine spec's (I posted previously on my carspace), you see that both the HP and engine torque are low when the rpm's are low. In my opinion, I think the reduced engine performance can't hold the target speed without downshifting, sometimes from 5th to 3rd which is pretty jarring. If I remember an earlier post correctly, at least one reader has reported an overly lean condition recorded by a Toyota rep, which might be another contributing factor.

    So if I were buying a MT, I'd check to see whether this problem existed while driving. You could also check the comparative gearing ratios between the two transmissions.

    A number of readers aren't reporting the cruise control or hesitation problem at hard to speculate why some vehicles have this, and others don't.
  • njeraldnjerald Posts: 688
    4th gear is an OD gear also.

    No hesitation or cruise control problems with my XLE I4.
  • A few people on this and other sites have reported hesitation problems with '07 Camry's with 5MT. It makes sense as the lean condition on application of throttle applies to the 4-cyl engine irrespective of the transmission.

    I would not think it would be as bad as with a 5AT since you can leave your car in whatever gear you are using and apply as much throttle as needed to overcome the leanness, but I haven't driven a 5MT so I can't really speak with any authority.

    I would also urge you to do a serious extended test drive and check out how the car responds after slowing down and attempting to speed up again. Also, check how the car accelerates from a steady speed of 50 and/or 60MPH. This should satisfy you that the vehicle you are purchasing either does have the problem and you can live with it or not or the vehicle does not have the problem and you can be happy with the performance.
  • I have noticed that the 5AT is OVERLY sensitive to the slightest pressure on the throttle. If I am on level ground or going up an incline and increase throttle, I will almost always get an unlock and a downshift (or two) to increase or maintain the speed I require. And it doesn't matter what the rpm's are.

    In a number of other cars I've recently driven, some with 4AT's and some with 5AT's, upon throttle application the transmission will stay locked up in the gear you are cruising in and accelerate smoothly until you give a substantial push on the go pedal. My wife's Vibe (Corolla 4-cyl) will maintain lockup at 1500rpm (40mph) and pull smoothly up to 60 or 70mph with no hesitation, no unlock, no downshift. My '03 Camry 4-cyl 4AT would do the same. I could list a number of cars I have driven in the lat six months that operate in the same reasonable manner - EXCEPT for the '07 Camry. Darn car is programmed in such a way as to be extremely aggravating to drive, and not condusive to getting good fuel economy with all the downshifting and thrashing of the engine. And today I won't get into the unsafe situations this type of operation puts me in - nope, not today.
  • cortoncorton Posts: 53
    Has anyone actually had the RPM spike (RPM Flare) issue actually fixed on their 07 V6 Camry by replacing the transmission valve body or by any other means?

    I know that Toyota issued a TSB in early August saying that they had a revised valve body that would fix the issue, so I'm curious as to whether or not the valve body replacement actually did anything or not.
  • kdhspyderkdhspyder Posts: 7,160
    The V6's appear to be free of problems after the snap ring issue was resolved quickly.

    Many posters on the internet report problems of hesitation or RPM flares on the 4/5A systems. Most new owners by a huge margin do not report any serious deficiences in the 4/5A system.

    It appears for now to be very annoying for those with the 4/5A problems but it is also very sporadic and very limited in scope.
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