2007 Toyota Camry Problems and Repairs



  • tony108tony108 Member Posts: 16
    Bring the car asap to the dealer because it should be covered under the 5yr/60 months warranty if it drips 5 times per night.
  • stuckwithcarstuckwithcar Member Posts: 1
    edited March 2010
    The same thing is starting with my car! First they told me I must have driven my car with the emergency brake on to cause my front brakes to wear out funny. Then i had to turn the rotars on the back 9 months ago. NOW they are telling me i must adjust my back brakes every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. I've never had to do that with any car. AND if i don't adjust the back brakes it will cause my front brakes to wear out.
  • 210delray210delray Member Posts: 4,721
    Do you have a 2007 and how many miles?
  • kiawahkiawah Member Posts: 3,666
    edited March 2010

    I think you should get a new repair shop. The brakes on a 2007 Camry are disc brakes on all four wheels, with the additional parking brakes in the rear inside the rear rotors. There is no way, that anything related to rear parking brakes would cause front brakes to wear.

    You are either mistaken about your situation, or you should find a different repair shop.
  • dmathews3dmathews3 Member Posts: 1,739
    I guess I'd have to ask those idiots why running with the front emergency brake on would make the front brakes wear funny. Since the emerg. brake uses the back wheels.
  • notmybmwnotmybmw Member Posts: 101
    Your message sounds like a spoof.
    No offense intended........but, either YOU totally misunderstood the "mechanic" who spoke to you, or, the "they" that you refer to is a totally untrained person.

    No vehicle requires rear brake adjustment that frequently.

    If there were some sort of exotic "balancing device" on the Camry that activated all four wheels' brakes when the emergency were applied, that MIGHT wear out your front brakes...........but, I don't think there's anything quite that fancy on our '07 Toyotas.

    Get a new shop!
  • vizyovizyo Member Posts: 35
    I have 2007 Camry LE as well. It says in the user manual that there is an alarm system on my car, but there is none. I followed the instructions in the manual to check if the alarm system works, but nothing worked. I took it to the service. They told me that although the manual says so only XLE model has alarm and LE model does not. Are you talking about an alarm system built in by Toyota? Is you car LE 4 cyclinder?
  • vizyovizyo Member Posts: 35
    I was having shifting problem with the transmission on my 2007 Camry LE 4 cylinder. Toyota technician did a lots of test driving and they changed parts in the transmission but none of them fixed the problem (shifting from 1st gear to the 2nd is not smooth). Then it took another 3 months for Toyota Canada to decide to replace the transmission. Finally I took my car again to the service this morning for the replacement. The service manager informed me that the one they will put on my car is not a brand new transmission but a rebuilt one by Toyota. What it basically means that the transmission that they will put on my car might have been taken out from a taxi after doing hundreds of thousands of kilometers. They change only defective parts and polish it. There is no extended warranty on it. If it fails after my original warranty expires I will be the one suffering and paying the full repair cost afterwards. Does anyone know if replacing a transmission with a refurbished one is a regular procedure with all car makers? I paid full price for my Camry and I do not want to suffer at the end because Toyota will save money by rebuilding old transmissions to replace the defective ones on their models.

    I called Toyota Canada to inquiry about if this is a regular procedure. Customer service representative told me that she did not know. I asked her to direct me to someone who knows. She said there is no body who can help me on this. Horrible customer service !! I just hang up the phone.

    I do not know what to do now. I do not want them to put a used transmission on my Camry. Because I had too many other problems with this car since the first day I bought it, I do not want to take any more risk, which potentially create more major problems.
  • kiawahkiawah Member Posts: 3,666
    edited March 2010
    I guess I would look at this a different way. I would rather have a specialist repairing the internals of my transmission, than some generalist at a dealership.

    Specialty repair shops (engine rebuilds, transmission rebuilds, A/C shops, dashboard rebuilds, etc) would see and repair many more of that particular item.....and therefore have the potential to do a better repair, than a lower skill level generalist.

    If I had this problem, I'd love to have a new transmission but I don't think that is required or reasonable (if I got it fabulous). My next preference would be a specialty rebuild, and then my last preference would be a local rebuild.
  • silvercoupesilvercoupe Member Posts: 326
    The service manager informed me that the one they will put on my car is not a brand new transmission but a rebuilt one by Toyota.

    This must be a common practice going back a long time. I had the transmission go bad in a 1991 Honda Accord at 13K miles, and it was replaced with a factory remanufactured unit. The dealer told me that they could not get a new transmission. The reman trans was still going strong when I sold the car with 215K miles on it!!!
  • silvercoupesilvercoupe Member Posts: 326
    The service manager informed me that the one they will put on my car is not a brand new transmission but a rebuilt one by Toyota.

    This must be a common practice going back a long time. I had the transmission go bad in a 1991 Honda Accord at 13K miles, and it was replaced with a factory remanufactured unit. The dealer told me that they could not get a new transmission. The reman trans was still going strong when I sold the car with 215K miles on it!!! And my teenage son drove it for the last 75K miles!!!
  • 650spx650spx Member Posts: 48
    Thats the way it was 50 years. There were body shops.front end guys,trans guys.and so on and soforth Dealers were just a place to buy cars with a few techs on hand to do warranty work and prep the cars. Back then they were disasters when they got to dealers and in pices. Then came the big aftermarket boom and dealers stepted it up to meet pace. Now dealers are these mega places. But the real truth is that when a tech looks for a job he will apply at just as maney dealers as aftermarket shops. If he gets hired by the dealer 50/50 shot he gets the training it is optional for some manufactures. The bottom line is find a good place and stick with it.
  • djm2djm2 Member Posts: 712
    Hi all:

    QUESTION: ----- How many people on this board, (who own a 2007 V6 or 4 Cyl Toyota Camry), are considering trading their vehicle for another car in the light of this acceleration problem? ----- How many people would like Toyota to buy them out of their vehicle?

    Best regards. ------- Dwayne :shades: :sick: :confuse: :cry:
  • 210delray210delray Member Posts: 4,721
    Are you considering a trade? If so, I can't believe it!
  • djm2djm2 Member Posts: 712
    edited March 2010
    Hi 210delray:
    If there is a problem with these vehicles, I do not think it is in the accelerator pedal assembly. ---- I think it is in the cruise control assembly. ------ (There is something sending an "acceleration command" to the computer in place of the driver! ---- The only thing that can do this is the cruise control. ----- Could it be that somehow the cruise control is being left on, while the driver is operating the vehicle in manual mode???? ---- Could it be that there is an "electrical leak" between the "cruise control circuit" and the "on-board computer?")

    I am going to watch these vehicles VERY carefully to see if the "repaired vehicles," (with the new accelerator pedal), have further problems.

    While I DO NOT have any problems at this point in time with my 2007 V6 XLE Camry, I do place a high value on human life. ----- I would not want to be involved in an accident, because of a mechanical / electrical malfunction that could have been prevented. ------ As owners of these vehicles, we need a "guarantee" from the Toyota Motor Car Company that these vehicles are safe when driven as designed. Anything short of that would be criminal!

    Best regards. -------- Dwayne :shades: :sick: :mad: :confuse:
  • 210delray210delray Member Posts: 4,721
    edited March 2010
    Yes, there will be more complaints no matter what Toyota does. There may never be a solution that satisfies everyone, and therefore Toyota cannot make a "guarantee."

    You still have ultimate control of your car, even if the accelerator sticks for whatever reason. Do what I did (no, I didn't have any problems, but I practiced.

    Find an empty stretch of road, probably not an interstate. Now, take your car up to a speed you find comfortable -- 20, 40, 65 (I did 40). Next, floor your accelerator pedal. Let those ponies run free. A split second later, while still holding your right foot to the floor, jam on the brake pedal with your left foot. Miracle of miracles, the car just stops! Oh there's some fighting as the transmission downshifts through the gears, but the car does stop if you keep your foot on the brake pedal.

    One more time, do the same thing but this time, shift into neutral right after you step on the brake pedal. The engine will rev up to its limiter, but the car stops normally because the engine is now disconnected from the wheels. Works like a charm!

    I'd hate to see you lose faith in your Camry, which you have praised mightily over the last 3+ years. All those 2500-mile oil changes will have been wasted! ;)
  • kiawahkiawah Member Posts: 3,666
    edited March 2010

    It doesn't work that way anymore on the 2007+, after the floor mat recall is installed.

    The floor mat recall does three things. They cut down the pedal to make it shorter, they take out some padding under the carpet to increase clearance carpet to pedal, and they make a change to the computer to give the vehicle a brake cutoff override. That brake cutoff override, is what gives the vehicle an extra layer of safety, more so than my Ford and Chevy which still work they way you describe.

    The best operating analogy I could give you, is that it works similar in principle to how the brake disengages the cruise control, if the cruise control was set. You drive down the road on cruise, and if you put your foot on the brake, then the car will drop out of cruise control and engine rpm drops down to idle. It's that same principle, which is now applied to the throttle ANYTIME the brake is depressed.

    So 210 as you describe driving down the road and then putting foot on the brake, when you do that (post floor mat recall) the transmission will NOT downshift and rpm's increase. Actually the rpm's decreases as the throttle is reduced with the brake on. Pressing the gas pedal further has no effect. You have to take your foot off the brake, if you want to be able to accelerate again.

    It's an interesting approach, and it wouldn't surprise me if all manufacturers begin to use that as their standard as well in the future.
  • djm2djm2 Member Posts: 712
    Good Morning 210:

    Thank you for the posting! ------ I have also practiced placing my transmission in neutral. ---- I also place my transmission in neutral at a traffic light, and especially when people are crossing in front of my vehicle.

    Since the "recall" has been initiated, I have not driven my Camry, even though it was manufactured in Japan, and the selling dealer, (based on the VIN number), tells me that it DOES NOT have the CTS Accelerator Pedal! ---- I want to see what the "fall out" is going to be on this issue after the "dust settles!" ---- At the present time, I am driving one of my other vehicles. The Camry is sitting in the driveway gathering dust. ---- I am not a happy camper with the manner in which Toyota handled this entire situation. ----- They could have been more "pro-active" when dealing with this problem. ----- Today, when there is a problem with a vehicle both the manufacturer and the dealer are VERY quick to place the blame on the driver. ----- There is more to this situation than is presently known! ---- If you remember, there was an issue with the 3 to 4 up-shift and the 4 to 3 down-shift. The "shift pattern" is based on throttle pressure and governor pressure. If the throttle is NOT reacting in a smooth / positive / efficient manner the shift pattern will be irregular. (It will more noticeable at slow speeds in city traffic especially when making turns into streets and then picking up speed. The transmission will be "hunting" for the correct gear application, and in the process, it might just go into a "neutral!") ------ Maybe the earlier "shift problems" were an indictor of a throttle issue, and transmission were replaced for the wrong reasons!

    I will keep the Camry until November, and I will monitor this entire issue. If it is resolved, I will keep the vehicle. If it is not resolved, then I will take appropriate action based on the available options at that time. QUESTION: ---- Does anyone think that Toyota is going to come to your defense if you kill someone in an accident based on this problem? ----- They will "run for cover" and blame the entire issue on "driver error!" ----- You will be "on-your-own!" ----- I really like the Camry XLE, and I was looking at purchasing another toyota product, and trading one of my other vehicles in the process, but this issue, and the manner in which Toyota has handled this issue, has changed my mind. I am now looking at a top of the line Hyundai. ----- YES, ---- a Hyundai!!!!!! ----- How much worse could a Hyundai be as compared to the Toyota issue?????????????????????

    Best Regards: ------------------Dwayne :sick: :confuse: :mad: :shades:
  • dwb2dwb2 Member Posts: 24
    I really don't see a problem with you putting the car in neutral at a light if it gives you peace of mind. However, parking the car and not driving it is a little extreme. I have over 40k on my 07 Camry and have not had any problems. I had the recall performed and saw no difference in the way it performed. I'm not worried about what may happen. I know what to do if it should happen. Toyota has too much liability to simply say its the consumers fault. I feel confident that if there is a problem, it will be corrected so it doesn't happen again. Other manufacturers have had the same problem complaints but Toyota seems to be the only one taking it in the shorts. If you don't have faith in your car, get rid of it. However if you do be prepared to all but give it away as this issues has killed the trade in value. Everything will shake out eventually, but until then my advise to you is to go about your everyday life and don't let this one issue ruin your day.
  • 210delray210delray Member Posts: 4,721
    edited March 2010
    Hi Dwayne,

    I think dwb2 said basically what I'd say. Don't be afraid of your Camry. You've not had any problems in what? Over 50K miles? Have the floormat interference recall done if you're car is included.

    You're a traveling salesman exposed to all kinds of drivers in all kinds of traffic, including heavy trucks. Do you know what kind of lifestyle many truckers have? They're allowed to drive 11 hours per day and another 3 on duty, which means possibly loading or unloading their own trucks. How well do you think they can concentrate on driving in that 11th hour? Compare that against the very small risk of sudden acceleration, which has no known electronic cause, just a lot of hysterical speculation. Plus you can handle such an issue as an experienced driver, just as you probably know how to handle a skid, dropping a wheel off the pavement, having a blowout, or driving through a heavy downpour.

    The car is going to deteriorate just sitting there. It must be driven occasionally. Otherwise by November, it may not start at all. And as has been pointed out, its resale value is down because of the hysteria.

    Also please keep this in mind. According to the latest estimates from the US DOT, 33,963 lives were lost on US highways in 2009. The estimated number of deaths from Toyota sudden acceleration is 52, over a 10-year period. In other words, 93 people on average die every single day on US highways, and at most, 5+ die each year from alleged Toyota sudden acceleration. And we don't know if some of these deaths came from driver error, as in hitting the wrong pedal. If you're afraid of driving your Camry, you may as well quit driving altogether and stay home!

    210delray :)
  • avucarguyavucarguy Member 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 Member 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 Member 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 Member 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 Member 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 Member Posts: 4,721
    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 Member 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 Member 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 Member Posts: 4,721
    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 Member 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 them.......in THAT order.....if your Camry starts to, OMG .......run 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 Member Posts: 10,706
    edited March 2010
    The reason stated within the recall document itself for the 2010 Prius brake failure is:

  • dmathews3dmathews3 Member 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 Member Posts: 4,721
    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 Member 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: ;):)
  • ledzepplinledzepplin Member Posts: 41
    :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 Member 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 Member Posts: 4,721
    Sounds great!
  • silverbullet10silverbullet10 Member Posts: 8
    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 Member 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)
  • ledzepplinledzepplin Member Posts: 41
    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 Member 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 Member 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 Member 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 Member 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.
  • camseatttlecamseatttle Member Posts: 1

    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 Member 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 Member 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 Member 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 Member Posts: 2
    Thanks. I'll check today.
  • stepside73stepside73 Member Posts: 3
    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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