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. 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,334 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2008 Toyota Camry brakes problems

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2008 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Aug 012014


  • 43,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 35 mph, the ABS and brake warning indicators illuminated, and the speedometer malfunctioned. The contact turned off and restarted the vehicle, but the indicators were still illuminated. The failure occurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 43,000.

- Margate, FL, USA

problem #10

Feb 132013

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
It is extremely difficult to understand why Toyota has not been advised and demanded to recall Toyota Camry year models 2008 when there are so many issues with regard to the brake actuator assembly failing in these vehicles. After reading an extended volume of complaints on many sites and blogs with regard to the failing of these assemblies, I now see that NHTSA has demanded Toyota and Lexus recall 2013 and 2014 year models because of this same defective issue. Why is Toyota not being demanded to recall all year models that have these defective brake actuator assemblies"??" it is incomprehensible to me that a recall can be made or demanded for a current year model however all of us who own 2008 Toyota vehicles (especially and no explainable reason, Camry's) have the exact same problem with no concern. Will it take a death or mutilation to further NHTSA to mandate that Toyota to recall a totally defective brake system part. Toyota demands approximately $4,000 to replace the brake actuator assembly in these 2008 Toyota Camry's. that is robbery without a weapon. Why will current year 2013 and 2014 Toyota and Lexus owners get their cars repaired "gratis". I would love to hear an explanation of why 2013 and 2014 Toyota and Lexus owners will receive a "complimentary" recall of the brake actuator defect while we all drive a 2008 Camry with squeaking, jerking, slams to a stop when starting in reverse and short of it sounding like it will break at any moment with all the brake warning lights beaming (and cannot get the car inspected for legal road use because of the brake issue). Please please value the 2008 Camry owners. Bottom line is that this defect is not created by the car owner. It is a defective part that Toyota placed within these 2008 Camry models and they will not remedy the situation. Please help. Thank you for your time and consideration.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #9

Feb 232014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 119,442 miles
The warning lights went on and immediate the vehicle shut down while I was traveling a city street in san francisco, California (dewey blvd). Fortunately the street is fairly level and I wasn't on a hill. I loss power to the brake, steering and everything as everything was dead. I was able to coast to a curb putting all my effort to stop the car. I tried starting and moved about 10 feet before everything went dead again. I did not move it further I called for a tow (aaa) and the initial diagnosis was that the alternator was dead. The car was towed to a mechanic who also said that this alternator was dead and it was replaced. I told him where it happened and he said I was lucky that I wasn't on the freeway.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #8

May 072014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 67,806 miles


On my way home from work, at approximately 4:00 pm, while driving at approximately 35 mph, I noticed my dashboard panel lights fluttering, and that the panel instruments were moving up and down (specifically my tachometer and temperature gauge). My speedometer was not registering any speed, even though I was doing about 35 mph, and the brake and ABS lights were on and bright red. I took the car to the dealer next day, and I was told that the ABS actuator was defective and it would cost me $2492, plus labor to replace the ABS actuator. I was also told that regular braking would work, but the ABS would not. I like my Toyota Camry 2008. My prior 1996 Camry is still running well, and I also liked it. That's why I bought the 2008 model. What I don't like a is a car with under performing, unsafe, faulty engineered or substandard parts, which may lead to accidents, loss of life and customer frustration.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #7

Apr 162014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
I was slowing to a stop at a red light. The warning light check vsc came on. The brakes were very weak and did not stop the car. I had to escape on to the shoulder and have the car slow down.

- Excelsior, MN, USA

problem #6

Mar 192013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Upon no warning, the power assist module in my 2008 Camry failed. Fortunately my daughter was able to maneuver the vehicle off road and avoid rear ending someone when the Camry brakes failed to provide proper and safe breaking force as typical prior to this event...

- Palm Coast, FM, USA

problem #5

Jan 302014


  • 71,000 miles


Check vsc system warning and brake and other warning lights lighting up on dashboard. Difficulty braking with lurching forward when at a complete stop. Needed to pump on brakes several times to come to a complete stop, loss of braking ability.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #4

Dec 022013


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the brake sensor and ABS sensor lights both illuminated. The contact also indicated that the odometer and tachometer malfunctioned. The vehicle was diagnosed and the contact was informed that the internal ABS unit had failed. The manufacturer was not notified however, the defect was not remedied. The failure mileage was 82,000.

- Aguanga , CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 242013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 79,000 miles
The ABS light on my 2008 Toyota Camry came on Monday, June 24th. The ac started blowing warm air, and the RPM and temperature gauges started fluttering. Stadium Toyota in tampa, fl had me bring it in and diagnosed that the ABS actuator had gone out. This backfeeds electricity into the entire vehicle. I did some research online and have found this is a fairly common problem on Toyota. I have to pay $2300 for the repair, which is for a computer of which I had nothing to do with it malfunctioning. The ABS is obviously one of the most important features, and I can't imagine everyone can afford it. Is Toyota setting up the roads to be filled with vehicles without ABS?

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 032012


  • 63,158 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer for routine maintenance. The dealer replaced the front brake pads, the front rotors were turned and resurfaced, the rear brake pads and booth was replaced, and the rear rotors were turned and resurfaced. The technician also noticed that the brake booster was exhibiting an abnormal a noise but he advised the contact that at the next scheduled maintenance, the brake booster should be checked. The contact stated that the brake booster later failed while attempting to stop. As a result, the brakes failed to engage. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The failure was located at the brake booster. The brake booster assembly was replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 63,158.

- Hutersville , NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 142011


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact stated that the brake calipers malfunctioned due to the sudden acceleration. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer to have the brake calipers repaired. After the brake calipers were repaired the vehicle continued to accelerate without warning. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer could not duplicate the acceleration issue. In addition, the engine completely failed due to a fracture in the water pump, also causing all of the electric components to malfunction. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Newark, OH, USA

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