The most common complaints reported by Toyota owners are excessive oil consumption and noises from the vehicle's steering system. High oil consumption is particularly common on Camry sedans produced from 2007 to 2009, while issues with the steering systems are most common on the Toyota RAV4. Toyota vehicles were also heavily affected by the Takata air bag recall, in which many 2000s-era vehicles from several manufacturers were recalled due to potentially dangerous problems with defective air bag inflators.
Excessive oil consumption is common on late-2000s Camry models, but also commonly affects 2002 and 2009 Corolla models as well as some Scion models. Vehicles that consume too much oil can consume as much as a full quart of oil every 1,200 miles of operation, though Toyota maintains this is within the normal operating ranges of the vehicle's engine. Owners of affected vehicles have reported little success in remedying the issue short of replacing the engine's seals and pistons, a very expensive operation.
The 2007 RAV4 SUV's common problem of loud steering is traceable to the vehicle's intermediate steering column and shaft. Replacing the shaft is usually the only fix for this issue. The 2007 RAV4 is also affected by similar oil consumption problems as the 2007 Camry.