Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.

CarComplaints.com Notes: Much like the 2007 model year, which has a higher number of complaints, owners are reporting that their engines are running out of oil awfully quick. As in, 1 quart every 1,200 miles. Toyota maintains that’s with the “normal” operating range of the 2AZ-FE while owners maintain that’s complete BS.

The issue may be the result of defective piston rings and is the possible target of a class-action lawsuit.

2.8

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,304 miles

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2008 Toyota Camry accessories - exterior problems

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2008 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #53

Jun 022014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The top of the entire dash is melting causing a very high gloss appearance which makes a glare on the inside of windshield making it difficult to drive at night especially with lights from oncoming traffic glaring of windshield. It also has some glare during the day as you can see the shiny dash reflecting off the inside of windshield. Some days worse than others depending on the temperature or amount the sun has been hitting the top of dash thus melting it more and making it more shiny.

- Richardson, TX, USA

problem #52

Jul 172012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Opened door on driver side, attempted to pull sunvisor down and it broke and would not stay up. Took to dealer and paid to get it fixed. Now two years later same problem with the same sun visor, broken will not stay up, dangling.

- Prattville, AL, USA

problem #51

Aug 012013

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
The dashboard is melting from the sun and it throws a glare upon the driver's front window and obstructs the driver's visibility.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #50

Aug 052014

Camry

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The dashboard is melting and sticky. It causes glare interfering my view.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #49

Apr 022014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 46,000 miles
Front dashboard has become sticky and shiny. The glare is now worse than typical and makes it difficult to drive.

- Palo Alto, CA, USA

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problem #48

Aug 212014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
Sun visor fails to retract and hangs into drivers field of vision. It appears the entire housing has busted out of the driver and passenger sun visors.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #47

Jan 152014

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

My dashboard has practically melted. It shines and reflects onto the windshield while I'm driving, impairing my vision. Whenever I try to wipe it, whatever I'm using sticks to it and won't come off without tearing and leaving pieces on it. Not only is it an eyesore, but it makes it very difficult to drive.

- Florence, MS, USA

problem #46

Apr 242014

Camry

  • miles
The issue with my 2008 Toyota Camry, is the dash board is starting to melt. Thus making it hard to see while driving. I'm concerned with this because it can be a safety issue while on the road.

- Orlando , FL, USA

problem #45

Jun 142014

Camry

  • 58,200 miles
I own a Toyota Camry 2008 le (4 cyl. ). I had taken my car in for servicing several times (normal oil changes), the dealer noticed that the dashboard was getting shiny, disintegrating and falling apart. They took photos of it and told me they would replace it when Toyota granted them permission to do so. On June 19, 2014, I was called by a female from the dealer and told that they would replace the part ( allegedly the part costs $2200, and they would bear the costs of the part), but since I was not the original owner, but second owner, I would have to pay labor costs of $525. Obviously, I do not want to part with $525 for a faulty, cheap, badly engineered part which has safety issues and or design flaws, and replace it with another one of the same kind. If replacing the dashboard is a safety issue, it should not matter if you are the original owner or not. I thought that the standard to be used is whether the car is safe or not. Apparently Toyota has forgotten about making cars safe.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #44

Jun 132014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
I bought my 2008 Toyota Camry in September 2012 and shortly after the dashboard started melting. It is now very sticky and continues to melt. Because of the melting, the windshield produces a glare and makes driving very difficult during the day. I cannot drive unless I am wearing polarized sunglasses, which helps minimize the glare. I do not feel safe driving this vehicle because of the constant glare on the windshield from the reflection of the melting dashboard. I am especially nervous when I have to drive my 10 month old niece around! nothing will clean the dashboard and it continues to melt becoming stickier which in turns causes every little particle of lint, dust, grime, etc to stick to the dashboard. I even use a sunshade daily to help keep my car cooler and I also park in the garage at home, but the dash still melts and is sticky. Absolutely disgusted with Toyota's quality!

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #43

Sep 032012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 16,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I am submitting this complaint, because I have had several near collisions due to poor windshield visibility caused by melting dashboard on my 2008, Toyota Camry. I first notified Toyota corporate of the problem with the dashboard deteriorating in Sept of 2012 and was told it was not a warrantied item. The first near accident due to poor visibility(sticky residue on windshield) occurred in Oct, 201. I mentioned the melting dashboard problem and visibility to my dealer(ed morse Toyota, del ray, fl) at my next oil change and they quoted me a price of $1760.66 to repair, sometime around Oct 2012. The residue has become increasingly worse and due to my age(81) it is very difficult to clean off the windshield using standard household products. After watching a news report on wflx, West palm beach by [xxx] I called again(May 2, 2014) and was given a case number. To date I have never heard back from Toyota...I am anxious about driving the car due to this obvious defect. Do I have any recourse? information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Boca Raton , FL, USA

problem #42

Jul 012013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
The dashboard on the Camry is melting in the Texas sun. The car is parked inside our garage except for the early mornings. When it is hotter than 75 outside the dash becomes extremely soft and sticky. When it gets above 80 the dash starts to get shiny, real shiny to where it reflects on the inside of the windshield making it difficult to see. Additionally the off gassing from the dash causes a film on the windshield that has to be cleaned every weekend. I have searched online for repairs/remedies and have come across hundreds if not thousands of owners in hot climate zones with the same exact issue on their Camry and Lexus of the same production model years.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #41

Apr 012014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
The driver side visor would not stay up and it started to hang down. Now the visor is totally loose and obstructing my vision while driving. The dealer says that there is no recall - but the internet and NHTSA has many complaints about this problem. Toyota should issue a recall on this.

- Hightstown, NJ, USA

problem #40

Feb 052014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
The sun visor does not stay in place and there is no recall. Toyota wants to charge me $200 to fix a safety issue.

- Riverside, IL, USA

problem #39

Oct 282013

Camry

  • 85,000 miles
The sun visor on the driver's side of my Camry has come loose and it drops into my view while driving. Other people have posted the same complaint.

- Chester, VA, USA

problem #38

Oct 182013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
Alot of people have complain about this issue but it doesn't seem like anything is done to correct the issue. A year ago, the visor on the driver side droop alittle and my husband tried to fix it but it broke and was hanging. We end up purchasing a new visor for about $100 and I don't want to use it because of the risk of having to pay another $100 to fix it. Just recently, the visor on the passenger side broke and now it is hanging. It is dangerous for me because I'm on the highway all the time and the visor become a safety hazard because it blocks my view from seeing other vehicle merging in or switching lane. There should be a recall on fixing this issue as it is dangerous.

- Clovis, CA, USA

problem #37

Oct 162012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 28,648 miles
Due to the deterioration of the dashboard, where it is basically melting and very shiny and sticky, when driving in the direction of the sun, the suns rays reflecting off of the dash basically are a blinding factor on visibility of the driver. It is very difficult to see clearly through the windshield. I contacted Toyota care center and explained the issue with the dash deterioration to them. Their rep acknowledged they recognized other owners had reported an issue with the dash but unless the car was under original warranty, they can not do anything to rectify the situation. The rep also noted Toyota determined the cause to be "environmental" and primarily occurring in Florida, where I live. In researching other owners complaints on-line, this issue is clearly systemic. And, there are other complaints of this condition effecting visibility. Has the NHTSA investigated the potential safety concern to the public due to Toyota's systemic defect in 2008 and 2007 Camry's they have sold? I can provide photos upon request.

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #36

Mar 132013

Camry

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the windshield exhibited an abnormal glare, causing the contact's vision to become impaired. The contact stated the glare was due to a sticky dashboard. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer, who stated that the entire dash board needed to be replaced. The contact did not have the dashboard replaced. The failure mileage was 81,000.

- Hardeeville, SC, USA

problem #35

Sep 142009

Camry 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
On or around this date my driver side visor began to droop. It would slowly drop & over the course of a few months completely dropped, you couldn't put it back into its upright position, or any position & it obscured my visibility. I took it to my dealer & they replaced it at no charge because it was still under factory warranty. The guy in the service department said that the visors were breaking and that it was known. They wouldn't replace my passenger one (even though they knew it would break) because it was not broken. I tried to tell him that being the driver's side that was dangerous because I couldn't see with it just hanging there. Well, low and behold, after my warranty ran out my passenger one broke. I just took it down, my husband tried to fix it but couldn't. I can't afford to replace it. Now the driver's side one that I initially replaced is breaking again!!! same problem. I can not and will not dish out almost $200 freaking dollars every time one of these breaks!!! this needs to be recalled and fixed!! especially for the driver's side because that is dangerous!!! you cannot see out of the windshield when that is just hanging in the way. If you take it down then the sun is in your eyes, and that is dangerous. Why is it that people cannot see that this problem makes visibility very bad or you have none at all when this happens??

- Haughton, LA, USA

problem #34

Aug 172013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
The driver side visor just flopped down and blocked my view...

- Manassas, VA, USA

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