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:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,603 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2008 Toyota Camry engine problems

engine problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2008 Toyota Camry:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2008 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

« Read the previous 20 complaints

problem #32

Oct 012013


  • 63,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the oil pressure warning light illuminated. The contact frequently added engine oil to the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 63,000.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #31

Jan 202011


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle consumed oil excessively. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the piston rings on the cylinders failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #30

Jan 022015


  • 79,000 miles
Excessive oil consumption with my 2az-fe engine. Burns through 1 quart approx. Every thousand miles. Toyota claims this is within warranty but low oil pressure light comes on halfway through my service cycle.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #29

Oct 102014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 93,000 miles


Started smoking, and pulled car to side of road. Then Camry was on fire. The whole engine was on fire. The car is totaled. It is not worth anything. Nothing can be salvaged at all the inside of car was burnt. Now I don't have a car. The insurance might not cover the car.

- Alta, IA, USA

problem #28

Sep 252014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 59,617 miles
Camry is hit by a pick up truck on the left passenger side, causing the Camry to lose control and rotate more than 360 degrees on the road but none of the airbags, even the side airbags deployed. I called Toyota and asked by the side airbags did not deploy and was told that they could inspect it but they will be charging me $99 to check why the airbags didn't deploy. I was obviously distraught over the fact that they will charge me first before they can look at a potential safety issue about my vehicle and the person we talked to just basically asked me to call back if I wanted them to look into it and hung up.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #27

Sep 302013


  • 120,000 miles
Excessive oil consumption, Toyota says it is within their standards. Have to add quart of oil every thousand miles. Toyota says this is within their standards, however they dont tell you they knew about this and provided a fix to dealers. Most times it happens though after warranty expires.

- Saint Michael, MN, USA

problem #26

Sep 172014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


My engine mounts were broken -all of them. Thought the engine was idling rough, but the engine was moving around within the car and "could have fallen out" is what I understood the mechanic to say. I previously reported very premature failure of brakes, broken water pump, belts, and more. Now the engine mounts. I do not drive fast, and I drive smooth highways, not our locally bad streets. No reason the mounts should all be broken. There should be a recall on engine mounts and water pumps at the very least.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #25

Dec 282013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 45,753 miles
12/28/13 - elsrode ave. Baltimore, md 21214, side street next to our house. [xxx], wife, was parallel parking this vehicle driving in reverse. Vehicle had unintended acceleration. Brakes did not work. Vehicle went up a set of cement steps and stopped for a second, but then accelerated in drive down steps into street. Again brakes did not work. [xxx] drove vehicle into an alley and hit a stone wall where it stopped. Engine was smoking. In reverse and in drive, [xxx] had her feet on the brakes. The brakes did not work. This was witnessed by her son, [xxx], who was the front seat passenger. [xxx]. suffered fractured ribs and bruised legs. Passenger, [xxx], was not injured. Vehicle was totaled by insurance company. Toyota inspected vehicle on 2/24/14 who said " based on our inspection of your vehicle it was determined that it was not the result of any type of manufacturing or design defect". information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #24

Aug 242011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
My brakes needed replacing at approx. 40-44K miles. My belts/water pump broke/cracked at approx 50K miles. The mechanic said the water pump, if it ever broke at all, shouldn't break till min. 100K miles. I am about to take the Camry to a mechanic to check engine racing and grinding front passenger side window motor. This car has been a money pit with awful visibility. I've spent many thousands on this car before it reach 50K miles.

- Metairie , LA, USA

problem #23

Aug 262013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 87,699 miles
In summer of 2013, power steering pump failed on 2008 Toyota Camry. Car was very difficult to steer, turn and park but had to be driven, though unsafe to drive, for 3 days while pump was ordered and replaced. In the week before the power steering pump failed, the engine was found to be burning oil and had to be rebuilt. During this same month (August, 2013), the gas cover could not be opened to refill the gas tank while out of town, requiring a temporary cable fix by an out-of-town dealer. In the summer of 2014, the anti-lock brake system (ABS) actuator failed, also causing loss of speedometer, temperature and tachometer functions. ABS actuator part was ordered and replaced. Then a week later, the brake booster failed (check engine light on multiple times), leaking when brake was depressed. These are just the major safety failures of this 2008 Toyota Camry, which has had other problems, purchased new in 2007 and maintained by the same dealer. This car is not safe or reliable to drive.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #22

Jul 122014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 85,454 miles


May/2014 was my last oil change before my next scheduled oil change August/2014. My oil pressure indicator did signal that there was low oil pressure.I had driven my car earlier that morning there was no indication that something bad was going on. Later that afternoon, I was going to work and tried to leave and the car made a sluggish noise like it didn't want to crank up. I thought it was bad gas at first, then I heard a rattling sound from the hood.upon looking at the oil gauge, my car was severely depleted of oil. Even after putting oil in the car, engine damage had already been done, leaving me without a vehicle. My mechanic advised me that the engine was badly damaged. And that I could either purchase another used engine or a new engine. Both have been quoted to be in excess of $4500 and up. I have researched the internet and have found that the 2008 Camry is known to have this sort of oil consumption problem. I just purchased this car a year ago June 2013. And I still owe a balance. This is my sixth Toyota vehicle purchase and have not had a problem with neither cars until now. Toyota has a reputation for good quality cars that last a while. I wouldn't want this incident to deter me from purchasing another Toyota vehicle in the future.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #21

Mar 242014


  • 47,566 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the oil light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact stated that after checking the oil, it read empty. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician verified that the vehicle was consuming oil excessively but was unable to determine what was causing the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and decline to provide an alternative remedy. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 47,566 and the current mileage was 50,005.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #20

Jun 242014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 69,237 miles
Discovered engine is consuming excessive oil, causing oil pressure light to flash on momentarily during a sudden quick stop. Engine has been maintained within prescribed intervals for oil changes using approved optional 0W20 oil. Now it appears to be consuming over 1 quart per 1500 miles. Haven't taken this problem to a dealer yet, but from what I'm reading in other complaints, Toyota has steadfastly refused to take responsibility for this issue. Unlike others, I have Toyota's full bumper-to-bumper warranty, good for 7 years or 10800 miles. I'm not sure even that would move Toyota, since they could simply stall until the vehicle purchased 6 years ago is out of warranty. The engine probably won't die completely until after then, as long as I keep the oil level where it should be. However, I shouldn't need to check the oil so often, when the service interval is supposed to be 5000 miles, there are no leaks, and I'm using amsoil, a premium synthetic oil.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #19

Apr 012014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
I own a 2008 Toyota Camry and was told today that this make model and year cars have been having a excessive oil consumption problem with the engine. The dealership does not know where the oil is going and that I should watch this to make sure I do not run out of oil and burn up the engine. I have concerns about this since I travel almost 100 miles a day and bought this car for safety and longevity no matter how many miles are involved. My children and I could be left stranded which is a concern in this day and age. From what I am told this is an ongoing problem with this engine why is there no recall? keep in mind this is the same year of the whole accelerator pedal recall.

- Bell City, LA, USA

problem #18

Jun 052013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 62,910 miles
Engine oil drastically burns. Nearly 2000 miles running, no engine oil. The dealer recommended tearing down the engine and rebuilding it. The consumer stated the vehicle is currently at the dealer having the engine rebuilt at a cost of $6000. Updated 05/13/14.

- Morton Grove, IL, USA

problem #17

Feb 012014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 47,500 miles
2400M after oil change, the engine oil level dropped below the low point of dip stick. The low engine oil level is dangerous.

- Alhambra, CA, USA

problem #16

Nov 162013


  • 89,719 miles
November of 2013, it was brought to my attention by a certified mechanic during a routine oil change that my vehicle was burning oil. This would lead to a serious damage to the engine which could lead to fatal complications such as a fire. I am officially filing a complaint against Toyota regarding this issue. Concerned, I performed an official oil change at a local Toyota branch. Approximately 800 miles since that oil change, nearly all of the oil had burned off. I spoke with a Toyota customer service representative, and I was told that there is no 'customer care center' that deals with this issue. It is vital to raise attention to this issue as it is a severely dangerous problem not only for the driver but for the public. It is unacceptable for a vehicle, merely five years since production, which has been heavily branded as reliable to have such a poor performance. Given the responses I have been receiving from Toyota customer service, it is even more jarring that such a reputable company as Toyota would take such matters so lightly.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #15

Nov 142012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
Excessive oil use requires vehicle pull over, possibly in traffic when oil light comes on. High oil consumption has been noted during entire life of vehicle. 1 quart per 1000 miles.

- Concord, CA, USA

problem #14

Jan 032013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
When braking, I noticed the engine oil light came on. I checked the oil level and it was extremely low. I called Toyota dealership where we had the oil change done and they recommended a oil consumption test. When they tested my vehicle, they noticed that the oil was leaking into the engine because of the defective piston rings. The dealership told me I needed a engine replacement which would cost $6000. Since I bought this car brand new and only had this car for 5 years-this was a big shock. I bought Toyota because of its reputation and I had always kept up with all my maintenance at the dealership. This is a big disappointment and I feel Toyota should compensate for this defect. Please make a recall available for this issue since there are numerous ones experiencing the same problem.

- Fayetteville , GA, USA

problem #13

Oct 102013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Engine light is not on but engine is making a noise.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

Read the next 12 complaints »

Not what you are looking for?