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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2008 Camry has our “Seal of Pretty Good” but consider it tentative now that there’s an emerging excessive oil consumption problem trend.

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.


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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
69,552 miles
Total Complaints:
27 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (19 reports)
  2. replace piston and rings (5 reports)
  3. replaced engine (3 reports)
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2008 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Sep 182014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,379 miles


Driving home the daily 30 minute/10 mile run in my 2008 Camry with 47,379 miles on it, my check engine light goes on. Since I hadn't met the 3000 mile mileage requirement for an oil change I wasn't concerned about that. WRONG!!! On the way home I stopped to get an engine diagnosis. My car had consumed all but 1 quart of the 4.3 quarts it held . There were no indications by engine sounds or performance that anything was wrong.

Come to find out that this is a "common occurrence "in Camrys with my engine model. The diagnosis alone is $250+, just to check what might be the problem, I will be charged $2000 for the breakdown of the engine not including repairs. They are doing an excessive oil use check that I pay for, to prove to the dealer/manufacturer it really is using oil excessively. They have sealed the unit so it can't be tampered with so I can't even add oil for 1200 miles.

Repair estimates are around 3,500. I thought I had invested in a reliable car- buyers beware!!!

- , Fullerton, CA, USA

problem #26

Mar 012013

Camry SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

This has been such a pain in the ass to constantly spend money on oil changes and buying excessive oil just to keep my vehicle working.

- , Tampa, FL, USA

problem #25

Aug 072014

Camry LE 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles

Let me be brief and concise when I say I will NEVER buy another Toyota product again and I will NEVER recommend this car to ANYONE. My car just hit 56,000 miles and it's been completely burning through its entire supply of oil between oil changes. I have to add a quart every month just to keep the car running. This is ridiculous! I've taken the car back to the dealer for an oil consumption test just for them to say this is normal. Just look at all the complaints online Toyota for the 2AZ-FE engine. is that normal?? This is pure rubbish and I'm joining a class action lawsuit.

Please, Please share this link with everyone you know that has this car and has this problem. Its about time this issue gets addressed.


- , Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #24

May 012012

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


On 10/16/2010 I purchased a Toyota Camry with 24,713 miles on the odometer. This was to be the car that would last me through my retirement years. All my friends advised me that a Camry would be the best car for me and I loved the car. It drove like a dream.

In the spring of 2012 I started having problems with my oil light coming on. My car had reached about the 55,000 mile mark when I first knew something was wrong, I could not believe it when my oil light came on and I drove to the nearest station for them to check it. There was no oil showing on the dip stick. They filled it up with oil and I took it back to the shop that had last changed my oil to check for leaks. They found no leaks and it was not smoking but the oil was just disappearing. The mechanic just could not figure it out. I contacted the dealer where I purchased the car (since I had an extended warranty for 7yrs or 100,000 miles) They advised me that it was acceptable for the car to use oil and that unless it used more than 1.1 quarts every 6oo miles then they could not do anything. I even had several oil consumption tests run and it was not losing enough oil by their standards and I was told that there was nothing they could do.

Now I am a nervous wreck trying to keep oil in my car. I don’t even see why I should have to change the darn oil if I am having to put new oil in it every 600 – 800 miles. I just feel like giving up. I don’t have the money to hire a lawyer and I don’t have the money to buy a new car. I owe too much to trade it. I feel like I have royally been ripped off! If you can help me please email me with advice. I am 63 years old and don’t need this stress in my life! My car now has approx 94000 miles on it and nearing the end of my extended warranty.

- , Fletcher, MC, USA

problem #23

Jan 152012

Camry XLE 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

my 2008 toyota camry has been consuming about 2quarts of oil in between oil changes. Took it to the dealer and asked them if it was a recall and they stated that this was normal. I told them i have a Tundra and i dont have to keep adding oil to that truck. Never have i heard that you have to add oil to any car before your service date.

- , Ontario, CA, USA

problem #22

May 252012

Camry LE 4s

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

My Toyota Camry I purchased due to expected reliability. I bought it used with very low mileage expecting it to last to well over 100,000 miles. It has been eating oil ever sine I purchased it. I only drive it 20 miles a day during the work week and it uses 1 quart in only 1000 miles. I though I had a leak, but Mechanics have not been able to find any source of leakage. Why is my car with such low mileage, using so much oil. This should not be happening until near 200,000 miles or greater. Will Toyota come to their senses or will they follow GM???

- , Snellville, GA, USA

problem #21

May 012014

Camry LE 2az-Fe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles


Hello everyone,

We are Toyota fans and have only purchased Toyota cars and trucks. For the most part, there are no complaints - everything worked as they should have.

However, it all changed when I purchased the 08 Camry for my wife. Since the last 5 years, we have being adding almost a 1/4 and oil every month on the month [1000mi]. I am afraid that we will miss one month and ruin the engine.

Toyota needs to address this problem with the 2AZ-FE engines.

Note. I am using Royal Purple Oil and Filter

Thank you, Adrian

- , Englewood, NJ, USA

problem #20

Jul 302013

Camry V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

Car drinks oil as much as humans drink water, contacted Toyota and it's normal a car that is over 5 years old. They suggested that in order to stop this I should replace my engine which cost around $ 7000 or replace my pistons for around $ 5000.WHO IN THE WORLD CAN AFFORD THIS? NONE OF THE MILLIONS OF HARD WORKING CITIZENS IN THE US WORKING OVER 40 HOURS A WEEK JUST TO MAKE END MEET.

- , st Petersburg, Florida, USA

problem #19

Nov 242011

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


- , Huntsville, TX, USA

problem #18

Apr 012014

Camry L 2.8L, V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

The oil was empty when is due to the oil change, it first happened around 60,000 miles. I did not noticed until 75,000 thousand miles oil change, the Mechanic told me that it is the common problem all of the Toyata Camy 08 has. Right now I still run without fixing it, hopefully Toyota company will send out recall. But I am afraid that they will not admit that defective, and I will end up with to pay around $700 for correcting that problem. If I did not receive any of compensation for this defective, I definitely will not buy any Toyota Brand name from now on !!!!

- , Westminster, CA, USA

problem #17

Feb 142014

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


I will never purchase a Toyota again in my life. I have had my 2008 Toyota Camry for three years, every time I would get my oil changed I would be told that my oil was low which I would have to change my oil every 3,000 miles because of the low oil issue. But as of Feb 2014, my car began to make a real horrible noise and to come to find out I had to replace my engine. That is not good to have to replace a engine in a 2008 car. Toyota knows for a fact that these cars are not any good but they are not trying to help there customers out at all and that is just wrong.

I really thought that I was doing a good thing by purchasing a Toyota but it end up being a night mare for me!!!!! Because of the problems I have been having from this car I think they need to recall the cars because they are a piece of CRAP..... I would suggest that no one never ever purchase a Toyota because everyone I know with a Toyota around 2007 and up have been having different problems from those cars. I AM SO DISAPPOINTED WITH TOYOTA FOR THE MAKE OF THESE CARS, THEY HAVE SCREWED A LOT OF PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #16

Oct 012013

Camry XLE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

2008 Toyota Camry SUCKS - and I mean oil! A quart a week or 200 miles, whichever comes first. We have an older (2003) Camry we love so we bought another, now we have the two. Never had a problem with 2003, but the 2008 has numerous issues - the worst being it uses oil constantly, with no sign of where it's going. Thanks Toyota for doing nothing. I can't wait to dump this car on someone else and go to the Subaru dealer for a new car. Never a Toyota again!

- , Racine, WI, USA

problem #15

Apr 012010

Camry LE 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

I purchased a 2008 Toyota Camry with 4 miles on it.... I would go get my oil changed and was told I am about a quart low. I had no idea that the car was burning so much oil. The dealership never mentioned anything to me about it.

On 11/22/13 I was driving and the check engine light came on and the car started shaking and lost power to the engine, even though I was accelerating. Pulled over, turned the vehicle off and it started back up and drove normal. Then later on that evening it did the same thing earlier and that's when the check engine light stayed on.

I brought it in to the Toyota dealership, the light said misfire. Changed the spark plugs on it but the code kept reading misfire. After further diagnostics I was told that the Pistons were not moving and the oil was not circulating properly from the piston to the seal. I could add an additive to the car and run it for 2 hrs to clean up the soot buildup in the engine to see if the piston would start moving.

The dealership informed me that this was a common problem with that model and engine. I couldn't believe it... I was never even informed about the problem or else I would have had the problem fixed!!!!

- , Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #14

Jan 152014

Camry LE

  • Manual transmission
  • 94,000 miles

I had the same issue with my camry 2008. This issue needs to recall due to our SAFETY.

- , Tampa, FL, USA

problem #13

Sep 232013

Camry XLE V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 123,971 miles

I own the 2008 Camry XLE. The maintenance required soon message would come on I would take it in for an oil change. Started happening more and more than switched to the low engine oil pressure message. Dealership dropped the mileage down for oil change to see if that helped......it did not. I had the oil changed on August 10, 2013........just had to refill it on September 23 ! Totally unacceptable especially since I was told that Toyota knows about the problem with this year Camry ! I contacted Toyota with this complaint and questioned them on why there has not been a recall. I was told that recalls are done according to how many complaints they receive and they gave me a claim number. Everyone who is dealing with this needs to contact Toyota with the complaint and get a claim number. You can reach them at 800-331-4331. Please pass this on to anyone else who may be dealing with this issue. Since Toyota knows this problem exists there should be a recall to fix it immediately !

- , New Castle, Delaware, USA

problem #12

Sep 142013

Camry LE 2.3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,458 miles

I bought a 2008 Toyota Camry LE brand new and have had no issues with it until I got to the 50,000 mile mark and started to notice engine issues. It was diagnosed with an excessive oil consumption problem and I have been advised by Toyota that they will pay $3,100 and I am to pay $500 for their problem with this motor instead of them taking full responsibility.The extended warranty company through which I purchased for over 2,000 dollars for a 7 year, 100k extended warranty,advised me that oil consumption correction will not be covered, it is excluded under this warranty. I am extremely disappointed that Toyota is not standing by their product and taking care of their valued customers. My parents also have a 2008 Toyota Camry experiencing the same problem. I will not recommend anyone I know to buy from Toyota. In fact, the next time I buy a car, it will be a Honda or a Nissan.

- , Marietta, GA, USA

problem #11

Oct 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I have a 2002, 2007,camry with no problems, BUT the 2008 camry which has only been serviced by toyota dealer has a severe oil consumption with no leaks or smoke from tail pipe, and dealer tells me they cant find a problem so it must be in the engine. I have always been a loyal customer and swore by Toyota, but guess it's a wrap now will never by another Toyota. And Toyota has really disappointed me by not standing by their products shame on them I will never buy another or recommend and if I was to see someone getting ready to buy a 2008 I would tell them don't do it and tell reason why. SHAME ON TOYOTA!!!!!!

- , Burlington, NC, USA

problem #10

Dec 012011

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

my mom bought a 2007 Camry with 110,000. in the last year have found that the engine uses all the oil before 3000 miles. 1/31/13 the oil light turned on & when we checked had no oil. we went to change the oil and they tell us we were lucky that the engine will not be damaged.if anyone have a clue and could help us thank you.

- , Norcross, GA, USA

problem #9

May 242013

Camry XLE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

I purchased a 2008 Camry XLE with 48,000 miles, with factory warranty still. The car was serviced at the dealership since it was purchased, and had always been maintained there according to all the records. One day my wife advised me to check the oil before going for a trip, and to my surprise the oil was very low, and we have only driven 3800 after our last service. I could not believe it, the first thing I imagined was that they forgot to pour enough oil... I called the dealership and they wanted to take a look, and they actually weren't surprised and they seemed confident that it was an oil consumption problem. That day they had to pour almost 1.5 quarts of oil, in less than 4,000 miles. But, to my biggest surprise yet, is that they told me that it was "normal". I couldn't stop shaking my head, Toyota was saying that it was normal for an engine with 61k miles, or any engine and mileage as the matter of fact, to consume 1 quart in 1200 miles, yes 1200!! They performed an oil test, and they sure poured about an extra 1/4 quart more inside that engine to made it look better when they open the hood next time. Still, when I went back at 1200 miles, the engine had smoked about half a quart. I am very disappointed at Toyota. To my surprise I have found a lot of complains on the internet about this problem. They said that they couldn't do anything since the warranty had expired. I had a feeling that the dealerships know about this issue but they will not let you know, they will just pour more oil to that sucker so they do not have to deal with this problem while on warranty. It is very shameful and unethical that they did not do a recall.

- , Ocala, FL, USA

problem #8

Apr 152013

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,536 miles

I had leased a brand new Toyota Camry 2008 and bought back after lease expiry. I always did oil change with Toyota dealership on every 5000 KM. Never realized that my Camry is burning oil as I had never checked the oil level. One of my friend has 2009 Camry who told me about the oil burning problem in his Camry. I then start checking and was shocked to know that my Camry is also burning oil. I have 128000KM on it. This has tarnished my faith in Toyota Camry. It is hard to believe that Toyota is not aware of this very common problem in their cars. I feel betrayed as I spent lot of money on this car which is not going to last without spending even more money on its engine. Toyota lost their one more loyal customer.

- , Mississauga, ON, canada

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