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#900 of 1079 Early build 09-V6 owners beware of possible oil line leak or rupture
Nov 15, 2009 (9:40 am)
According to posts 1, 37, and others in this forum, the 09 Camry hit dealer showrooms January 21, 2008, All North American built vehicles some Japan built 2GR-FE 3.5L V6 engine (Avalon, Camry, Rav4, Highlander & Sienna) manufactured prior to April 2008 have a design defect that routes hot engine oil under high pressure through a rubber hose that can leak or rupture causing extensive engine damage.or complete engine failure. Over 1.5 million vehicles are affected. Toyota.USA sent "campaign letters" to only about 10% of affected vehicles and did not include the Camry but its 26 page bulletin to dealers said they are "still investigating" applicability to other vehicles. Toyota Canada sent the letter to 100% of affected vehicles including the 07-09 Camry. Toyota issued no press release and did not call it a recall - apparently because of the embarrassment the Sept 2009 3.8 million vehicle recall of the floor mats caused.
The problem is summarized at the website at this link
which includes links to a YouTube video of the problem, side by side comparison of the defective part and the correct fix with the all metal oil line which was placed in vehicles beginning sometime in April, 2008, copies of USA and Canadian "campaigns" and more.
I have an 09 LE V6 build date 02/08 which I bought on the cheap 04/08 at Molle Toyota, KCMO. The car is flawless - no repairs; three oil changes, wiper blade inserts and a change out of the el cheapo 16 inch plastic hubcaps and 215/60/16 Bridgestone tires with 17" Avalon Limited 9 spoke wheels and Michelin Primacy MXV4 215/55/17 tires (same size as the Camry SE). I plan on driving the car "till the wheels fall off" so I am gladly paying Molle $275 to install the correct all metal oil line because I don't want a seized engine before Toyota USA makes up its mind what to do or is forced to make a recall..
#901 of 1079 Re: Extended 'downtime' precautions? [paul3637]
Nov 15, 2009 (4:40 pm)
you forgot the most important part. if you are worried about the battery, park the car nose out so you don't have to push it out of the parking space, if it needs a jump.
#904 of 1079 Re: Panic alarm goes off intermittently [wwest]
Nov 17, 2009 (8:03 am)
I did as you prescribed and only found a very,very small amount of fluid on the end of the dipstick. That threw up a red flag. Thank you for the pertinent information.
#905 of 1079 Warranty, what Warranty
Nov 27, 2009 (9:24 am)
I bought a 2009 Camry XLE top off the line with leather seats in May 2009, it is now Nov 2009 and the thread in the driver's seat is coming out, took it to the dealer and they said that Toyota would not repair it. The dealer said sorry.. I read the first page of their 2009 Camry warranty manual..."At Toyota, our top priority is always our customers.....That's why we're dedicated to building products of the highest quality and reliability...Our excellent warranty coverage is evidence that we stand behind the quality of our vehicles." This sounds to me as a breach of contract and false advertisement. Must have drank from the same fountain as the American car markers....
#906 of 1079 Re: Warranty, what Warranty [oilandwater]
Nov 27, 2009 (10:10 pm)
You should have bought a new Chevy Impala or Malibu. Much better quality these days. I have a 2006 Impala SS and the leather seats are fine as is the rest of the car. Toyota is on the decline.
There is a whole thread about it on Edmunds:
scott1256, "Toyota in decline in 2009?" #1, 2 Dec 2005 5:56 am
#907 of 1079 Re: Warranty, what Warranty [oilandwater]
Nov 28, 2009 (8:06 am)
Are you sure, certain sure, that your leather seats aren't dealer aftermarket..??
#908 of 1079 Re: Warranty, what Warranty [wwest]
Nov 29, 2009 (9:34 am)
The Camry XLE V6 has standard leather seats.
#909 of 1079 Re: Warranty, what Warranty [oilandwater]
Nov 29, 2009 (9:37 am)
I'd try another dealer assuming the seats are factory installed as is true for the XLE V6. The only reason I can think of them for denying a warranty claim is if some object in your pocket got caught on the thread and pulled it out -- same as if you accidentally scratched the exterior paint.