In terms of reliability, Toyota is one of the best auto manufacturers in the world. A 2015 commercial stated that at that point, 80% of Toyota vehicles sold were still on the road. That is an impressive statistic, and most of Toyota’s models through the years have been pretty bulletproof.
The reliability and longevity of Toyotas mean many older examples are still available second-hand and can be purchased confidently. Toyota’s history is not spotless, and there are a few models with some serious issues.
In this article, we will discuss the 2007 Toyota Camry, one of the least reliable Toyota’s ever produced. Read on to learn more about the common issues that plagued this vehicle.
The Toyota Camry was introduced in 1983 and has been a staple in the brand lineup. The Camry offered more space and engine options than the smaller Corolla, and later incorporated hybrid technology into its drive train. Generally, the Camry is considered a safe, reliable, and fuel-efficient mid-sized car.
6th Generation Camry Problems
The 6th generation Camry, which ran from 2007 to 2011, is an exception to the model’s historic reliability. From sticking gas pedals to oil consumption and melting dashboards, there was no shortage of serious problems. While the entire generation had issues, we are going to focus on the 2007 model year.
Stuck Accelerator Pedal
This issue led to millions of vehicle recalls and made headlines in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Drivers could find themselves in a situation where their Camry was accelerating uncontrollably. The stuck accelerator issue was linked to accidents and several deaths.
At this point, most vehicles impacted by these issues have been repaired. Toyota issued a recall and a fix for the stuck pedals, in addition to paying a civil penalty.
The 2AZ-FE four-cylinder engine consumed a significant amount of oil. This engine can go through a quart of oil in 1200 miles or less. The cause of this issue is too large a gap in the piston rings. Oil consumption at this rate puts the engine at risk of damage and failure from oil starvation.
Piston rings expand when the engine gets up to temperature. This means more oil consumption occurs on cold starts. Heavier weight oil can help counteract this problem since the higher viscosity oil will not flow as freely past the rings.
Additionally, the oil should be changed more frequently, and owners should check their oil levels often.
Failed 02 Sensor
A failed downstream 02 sensor is a common issue on the 6th generation Camry. When the sensor fails, the car will likely have a P0138 code. Replacing the sensor will fix the problem, and while an OEM sensor is expensive, it is pretty easy to install.
Ignition Coil Failure
Ignition coils allow the spark plug to fire. A failed ignition coil can cause rough running, misfires, and a flashing check engine light. Failed ignition coils need to be replaced to restore proper engine operation.
Replacing a failed ignition coil can be labor-intensive on Camrys equipped with the 2GR-FE V6 engine. The 2GR-FE is mounted transversely, meaning one bank of cylinders is back against the firewall. Depending on which coil failed, the entire intake manifold may need to come off to access it.
Coil pack failures on Camrys with four-cylinder engines happen as well, but replacing the failed coil is easy, regardless of which one fails.
While this issue is not related to safety or reliability, it can be annoying. In hot climates like the south and southwest, the dash material can crack, melt, and become sticky. This issue was so prevalent that Toyota offered a warranty extension to repair the dashboard on affected vehicles through January 2020.
Does Your Camry Need Service? Stop in at Becker Service Center!
If you drive the 6th generation Toyota Camry, you might recognize some of the issues on this list. Given the age of these vehicles, any extended warranty coverage has likely come to an end, but that doesn’t mean you need to keep going to the dealership for service!
Becker Service Center is Naperville’s neighborhood repair shop. Our team of technicians has years of experience, which means we are your one-stop shop for everything from oil changes and brake service to engine diagnostic and transmission service! Give us a call or schedule an appointment online today!