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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
92,930 miles
Total Complaints:
68 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (50 reports)
  2. replace piston and rings (12 reports)
  3. replaced engine (5 reports)
  4. the car's engine still runs abnormally (1 reports)
2008 Toyota Camry engine problems

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2008 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #68

Nov 152011

Camry SE 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles


Took to dealer. They said if lost quart of oil in 1300 miles they may fix. My question is why 1300 miles? Oil is changed every 5000 miles not 1300. Not fair.

- , Langhorne, PA, USA

problem #67

Nov 152016

Camry XSL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,000 miles

Oil light came on while driving. No oil leaking on the car port floor. Took it to the mechanic. He found that there was no oil on the dip stick and explained to me the problem -- excessive oil consumption due to a flaw in the motor construction by Toyota and there was no fix. Suggested I buy another car. Won't be Toyota if they treat customers this way. Not really pleased with the dealership either.

- , Fredericksburg, TX, USA

problem #66

Oct 072016

Camry SE cyl 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,710 miles

Have not had my oil consumption problem fixed - been 2 weeks since notified of issue. I know my options are to get it fixed (costly), monitor the oil dipstick & add oil as needed (annoying) or buy a new vehicle...What does one do when vehicle is a 2008 and has over 131k on it?

- , Sun Prairie, WI, USA

problem #65

Feb 012016

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles


The engine oil light flashed on back in February on my way to work, and when I checked it later in the day, oil did not even register on the dipstick. It took two quarts of oil to bring the level back into the normal operating range. Since then, I have had to replace a quart of oil every 500 miles. I love my Camry, but this is really costing me a lot of quart at a time.

- , Russell, PA, USA

problem #64

Dec 072015

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,160 miles


- , Katy, TX, USA

problem #63

Oct 062015

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,960 miles

I was in dealership for brake check, it cost $269.77 I again asked for help on the oil consumption problem was told about the test, and asked that they do it. It was iniciated. wasa tlf the engine had been sealed to drive 1000 miles and bring it back , not to add oil in the meantime.

- , Katy, TX, USA

problem #62

May 302015

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,167 miles


Was there for another regular service , oil change etx. I had mentioned Yet again how many times I had to add oil, often going by tthere, when in the area , having them check and add oil. The notes in the service request was"ES5 vEHICLE HAS BEEN HERE MULTIPLE TIMES WITH EXTREMELY LOW OIL LEVELS"sTILL NOTHING DONE ABOUT THE PROBLEM EXCEPT TELING ME TO CHECK THE OIL OFTEN

- , Katy, TX, USA

problem #61

Mar 292014

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,531 miles

Had taken toThey said couldn"t find anything wrong. Finally I went in told them if I had accident and it did not activate I was going to place a suit against them, the service advisor said lets take a ride. He said this sounds like low Oil pressure. When we got back to the dealership we checked the oil , it did not show up on the dip stick. I had an oil change that day although it had also been done @ 65588 miles in December 12 only 3,743 miles in between.. THEY DID NOT TELL ME ANYTHING ABOUT THE EXCESSIVE OIL CONSUMPTION OIL PROBLEM AT THIS TIME!EVEN THOUGH THE SERVICE ADVISOR TYPED IN LOW ON OIL, CHECK HOW MUCH DRAINS, REPLY WAS 1 QT DRAINED!

- , Katy, TX, USA

problem #60

Jun 012014

Camry 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Have taken my car to Toyota in Burnsville, Mn at least 3 times for oil usage test over two years and been told the usage is acceptable. this last 6 weeks I have added 3 quarts of oil to my car or it runs poorly due to low oil level. Toyota says they do a reverse test. They measure what is added, not what is lost(dip stick).

- , Apple Valley, MN, USA

problem #59

Jan 012014

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

I went to the TOYOTA dealer because I received a notification by mail indicating that the dealer can do an oil consumption test and if my car is using excessive oil they will fix it. Well, they told me that yes, the car is using a lot of oil (something that I knew already), but that they can not fix it because they did not have the parts that the car needs and that they don't know when are they going to receive them!

I am afraid of using my car for long distances because it could use excessive oil in a trip and If I don't have oil it could damage the engine which means thousands of dollars!

Nobody helps me! I can't afford to buy another car...

- , Lorain, OH, USA

problem #58

Mar 312015

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles


Bought a used 08 Camry LE from a Toyota dealership for my daughter as she was in college. I thought we were getting a great car as I have had Toyotas prior to this vehicle with great results. She drove the car for about two years and it began using oil. This really concerned me because I was afraid something was wrong with the engine.

When we received the recall letter about the oil consumption for the 08 Camry's, I thought, great! Answer to my prayers! Not so at all. She took it in for the oil consumption test and the Toyota dealership said it failed. I asked them how was that possible since I knew the car was using a lot of oil. We had been checking the oil and it would be 2 to 3 quarts low every 1200 miles or less!

The lady from Toyota dealership told me "every car uses oil"? I'm thinking yes - to operate but no car should be using excessive oil!!??? I also told her that I had owned two Toyotas prior to this that never used oil. I couldn't believe she said that. I then asked what were my options since I knew the car used excessive oil. She said I had to call "Corporate" and that the dealership could only fix the car if Corporate told the dealership they could.

I called corporate and the lady that answered was rude insisting the test was accurate - I told her I had no idea what that test involved, since I wasn't a mechanic but I knew when an oil stick was almost dry and low and when a car needed oil!! I told her I would not buy another Toyota and I was highly disappointed that Toyota was not correcting this recall problem.

By reading the other complaints on the exact same problem, it appears that other people are getting mistreated and lied to as well. Shame on you Toyota - I used to swear that a Toyota vehicle was a good dependable vehicle - NOT SO ANYMORE - Toyota is not standing by their product nor correcting it. They are losing customers and apparently it doesn't matter to them. This would be a costly fix and I am more than frustrated!!!!

- , Oglethorpe, GA, USA

problem #57

Oct 012015

Camry XLE 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles

The car made a ‘ding’ sound when the brakes were applied while it was being driven. Upon checking, I noticed that the engine oil was extremely low - the dip stick showed no oil on it. I was alarmed and immediately added 3 quarts of oil - for oil to show up on the dip stick. At first, I figured that, maybe at the previous oil change, sufficient oil was not added. Soon thereafter, I got an oil change; this time I made sure, that there was adequate oil.

About 3 months later I began to hear the ‘ding’ sound again. I checked the oil and found that it was low and again it did not even register on the dip stick. I added 3 quarts of oil and proceeded to get an oil change; this time with Tansky Toyota dealership. Three months later, the problem recurred. This time I was concerned and checked all the mail I had received from Toyota and noticed a warranty enhancement letter that stated - 2008 Camry’s had an ‘oil consumption problem’. As the car was close to the 150,000 mile limit, I immediately went to Tansky Toyota dealership and reported the problem and they began an ‘oil consumption test’. After the test, they told me that there was no problem and that it was a normal occurrence.

Clearly, I was not convinced with the report and challenged the adviser. He remained adamant that there was no problem and that the test result was normal. I emphasized that I own other Toyota cars presently and in the past and never had this problem. He responded that per Toyota guideline, there is no problem; he told me to check and add oil as needed regularly.

I contacted the General Manager of Tansky, Ms. Joanna Williams. She had the Service Manager, Mr. Mark Matthews, call back a week later. Mr. Matthews never acknowledged that the car had an ‘oil consumption problem’; rather that this is a normal occurrence and advised that the oil be replenished on a regular basis. I responded that, this was something that I have never done on the other Toyota’s cars I own; but my words fell on deaf ears. I felt like there was no desire to address a customer’s genuine concern but rather Mr. Matthews kept justifying the test result. He appeared to be insensitive and unwilling to listen to my concerns but kept interrupting me, and at times was even rude on the phone. I am concerned that this issue will damage the engine; in addition the problem is a safety issue, should the oil be depleted while on long distance trips.

This is not the kind of service that I expected from a Toyota dealership. I am disappointed with the treatment from Tansky Toyota.

- , Columbus, OH, USA

problem #56

May 052016

Camry LS 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

I was driving and as I made turns my oil light would come on had to put 3 quarts in to fill it up.

- , Lansing, KS, USA

problem #55

Apr 122016

Camry SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 193,331 miles

The dealership said I had to get other stuff fixed before they would look at it.

- , Columbia, TN, USA

problem #54

Apr 012014

Camry SE 2.4L

  • Manual transmission
  • 128,921 miles

I bought my 2008 Camry brand new 0 miles in November 2007. Everything was great about the car I loved it no problems or so I thought. I first noticed my car using excessive oil back in the early part of 2014 at first I thought that is odd I mean its a Toyota and my car is not that old that I should be sucking up oil. I took it to the dealer in May 2014 128,921 miles concerning the low oil. I was told that it needed to have the valve gasket covers replaced, which I did the repair and paid $506.11. I thought I was good to go and boy did I get off cheap to fix this oil consumption problems especially after reading what others had gone through on this site.

Never the less the problem is now back I checked my oil March 2015 and noticed I was down 2 quarts obviously the valve covers were not the true problem and I had just basically wasted my money. Now I have returned to the dealer 4/13/16 and am now doing the oil consumption test (blah blah blah) which if it fails the dealer tells me that Toyota will fix the problem no charge to me. Will let you know what happens after my 1200 miles and we will see what they say after that. I can tell this if they refuse to fix it I will never buy another Toyota again.

- , Chantilly, VA, USA

problem #53

Jan 012012

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

After a usual oil change, the engine oil is near empty after 2,500-3,000 miles.

- , Saratoga, CA, USA

problem #52

Feb 222013

Camry LE V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,627 miles

This car has been using oil since I purchased it, I have had 2 oil consumption tests ran at the dealership where I bought the Camry, Glockner Honda & Toyota 2867 US RT. 23, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662, It is still under warranty right now. Two consumption tests is all they will run. We have no pictures or video because I'm not allowed in the garage area where they do the test but It doesn't bother them to charge me for the oil change and then try to milk for more when nothing else needs to be worked on. I owned a 1994 and 2004 camry and hardly ever had to add oil. I have a 1993 Ford F150 pickup and I never have to add oil. Don't you think Toyota should be standing by their brand? I use to say they was the best cars on the road, I don't say that now. I will advertise for them just the way I have been treated as a customer. I expect to have what I pay for not a oil burning piece of crap. If I wanted that I could have bought at a buy hear pay hear and pushed one home.

- , Lucasville, OH, USA

problem #51

Feb 292016

Camry SE V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 167,000 miles

I took my car to Tansky's, Zanesville, Ohio, to have the excessive oil consumption recall fixed that Toyota is fixing. After Tansky having my car for 3 hours, I receive a call from the Service Department saying that several items need taken car of for regular maintenance. I do not agree to have these items done and tell them that I only want the recall for excessive oil consumption taken care of. Now I'm being told that I have to replace the tensioner belt because it "exploded" when the were working on my car. Please be aware when having recall work done that there may be charges for things that "explode" or break when the mechanics are working on your vehicle that you will be responsible for.

- , Byesville, OH, USA

problem #50

Jul 012009

Camry LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

I have taken my vehicle to the dealer and they did the oil consumption test by charging me $50 for the oil change and let me run the car for about 1200 miles and take it back to them and see if the consumption is excessive and as EXPECTED from them, NORMAL. How could it be normal when after 1200 miles now the oil light comes on and the dipstick is almost completely dry? I have always owned Toyotas while in fact almost all of my 5 cars are all Toyotas. I think this will change in the future. I find them arrogant not to admit that these certain model cars have issues with the oil. They should rebuild their reputation and swallow the cost to repair or correct the isssues

- , Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #49

Aug 012015

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

High oil consumption. Disappointed in Toyota for not taking care of the problem.

- , massapequa park, NY, USA

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