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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
44,854 miles

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2008 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #25

May 132013


  • 14,500 miles


I noticed a while ago that my dashboard had a shiny appearance to it. Upon touching it, my finger left an imprint and realized it was melting. Also, upon driving, the glare coming off of the melting dash is distracting when it reflects on the windshield. When this occurs, it makes driving more difficult whether it be in the day or evening hours causing "blindness". I can't even put the sunshade up due to the fact that it'll leave an impression in the dash. This is all very dangerous and an impediment to the driver, passengers and others on the road. Something needs to be done and I know I'm not the only person with this problem. Thank you.

- Jefferson, LA, USA

problem #24

Jul 012013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
Dashboard is melting and sticky.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #23

Jun 122013

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the dashboard melted and impaired her vision of the road. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacture was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 80,000 and current mileage was 106,000. Updated 08/19/14

- Keller, TX, USA

problem #22

May 012012


  • 50,000 miles


I'm reporting on my 08 Toyota Camry. The dashboard has a shine to it and is sticky. It has been getting worst over the past 2 years. It has gotten to the point where I can't even wipe the dashboard off to clean it. I have to be extremely careful around the dashboard or bits and pieces of the vinyl will come off exposing the foam layer underneath. This has already happened by my driver side ac vent while cleaning the dash over a year ago. The shine of the dashboard causes a glare on the windshield from the sun and oncoming cars at night. I contacted Toyota's customer service and also my local Toyota dealership both which refused to admit that it was a manufacturing defect and would not replace or discount any repairs. Hopefully this will be fixed and anyone else who is experiencing these problem and myself can have piece of mind of our safety and the safety of our passengers not to mention our investment.

- Milledgeville, GA, USA

problem #21

Jun 142014


  • 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

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problem #20

Mar 012013


  • miles
I have a 2008 Toyota Camry and the dashboard is very sticky to the touch. I noticed it a while back and when I took my car to a dealership for service about a year and a half ago they asked me if I noticed it. They first asked me if I was using anything in particular to clean it and when it first started happening. I had not used any amoral or anything that could have damaged it and I bought the car used so I can't really tell when it started. Since then, I have spoke with car dealers and car detailers that have told me that it is a very common occurrence and should be a recall due to the poor material they used, but none of the manufacturers were recalling the melting dashboards.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #19

Jul 182012

Camry 6-cyl

  • miles


My dashboard is melting. I am not sure exactly when it started but I noticed a very bad glare on my windshield a couple of years after we purchased the vehicle. The glare kept getting worse and was making it very hard to see out of the windshield. In 2012 we realized that the dashboard was disintegrating. If you touch the dashboard your hands will stick to it and the black sticky substance will stay on your hands until you wash with soap and water. I thought I was the only one with this problem until today when I saw a news article about other people having the same issues. Not only am I concerned about the lack of visibility due to the glare, I am also concerned about the possibility of toxic fumes from the melting dashboard inside my vehicle. We have spoken to multiple vehicle mechanics and they all say the dashboard needs to be replaced. At this point we have purchased a dashboard cover to help with the glare but I feel the dashboard is a defected product and Toyota should replace it at no cost to me.

- Ruskin, FL, USA

problem #18

Jul 112011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 35,000 miles
My dashboard is melting. I have read online that this is not a normal wear and tear. It is a problem for many people that own Toyota's. it is becoming a hazard to me. There is a very shiny glare on the dashboard which makes it very hard for me to see out of the windshield. I went to a dealer here in ft. Myers Florida and was told that Toyota would cover the expense of $1,600 for a new dashboard and that I would have to pay for the labor in the amount of $300. I do not feel that I should have to pay the labor cost as it is a defect of Toyota. I would like them to replace my defected dashboard at no cost to me.

- Ft. Myers, FL, USA

problem #17

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 #16

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 #15

May 012011


  • 36,000 miles


Dashboard has melted.

- Port Saint Lucie, FL, USA

problem #14

Apr 022013


  • miles
The dashboard is extremely sticky / melting. It creates a bad glare making it hard to see when daytime driving.

- Jupiter, FL, USA

problem #13

Feb 192010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 32,000 miles
I have a Toyota Camry 2008. I reported that the dashboard was sticky when I went for my 32,000 mile check up. The dealer rep. Said, " oh don't worry about it, I'm sure there will be a recall because we are seeing it on lots of cars. My daughter in law had the same problem on her 2007 model. Both of ours were gray in color. Several years later and no recall and a disgusting dash board. It is so melted that in Florida with our high bug count, I have to pull bugs and wings out with a tweezer when winter rolls around. The dashboard gets a little less soft in the cold weather, but is still sticky and cannot be cleaned. If anything happens to land on the dashboard, a floating piece of paper, a box in the front seat that falls forward and it either sticks or takes a gouge out of the dashboard.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #12

Dec 192012


  • miles
The entire dashboard of the car is melting. It is very sticky, soft and cannot be touched. It appears wet and slick and is making a glare appear when you look out of the front window. This is dangerous as it is impairing the driver's vision.

- Royal Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #11

Oct 012013


  • miles
The dashboard is melting. It has become very sticky and shinny. It is very difficult to see out the front window due to the glare from the dashboard on sunny days. I am worried that the glare may cause an accident.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #10

Nov 012013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 98,000 miles
Dash is melting. Shiny spots are affecting vision. Cannot clean it. Wheels are rusted, all paint is gone. Dealer said they cannot fix. Said it is my fault.

- Loxahatchee, FL, USA

problem #9

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 #8

Jul 152013


  • 62,000 miles
My dash on my Camry is sticky and shiny. When the sun hits my dash it causes a glare on my windshield. There is documentation online about some Camry's having issues with this. This is a defect with the car and Toyota refuses to replace the dash for free. I am told the price to replace the dash is $1,586 and that the dealership will give a 10% discount. The Toyota corporate office I contacted stated they would offer assistance to fix the dash and my portion would be around $700-$750. I feel like this should be replaced free of charge as this is not normal wear and tear and is obviously a defect from the manufacturer.

- Winter Springs, FL, USA

problem #7

May 012013


  • miles
I am an owner of a 2008 Toyota Camry SE. The dashboard on my vehicle started melting, became sticky/shiny and has an awful glare on the windshield. This started after the warranty had expired on the vehicle and my extended warranty purchased does not cover trim for the vehicle. I brought the vehicle into Toyota for routine service for scheduled maintenance and inquired about the dashboard. I was told by the service manager that this is a recurring problem for these vehicles and they have already changed multiple dashboards. I was told this was an expensive problem to resolve (1100 for part and 660 for labor), and to call Toyota customer service to file a complaint to see if they would help resolve this issue. After a review by Toyota they said they would pay for the part but I would be responsible for the labor. I was told that due to this not being a recall they are not required to offer anything by law. I am concerned because it is creating a shiny "reflecting" effect on the windshield that impairs visibility while driving. This is a recurring problem and needs to be addressed given that it is a hazard to the general public. Due to this I am biting the bullet and will pay to have this repaired. Although, what worries me are the drivers having this problem and unable to afford the repairs due to Toyota not honoring their product. Please consider investigating this matter further.

- Destrehan, LA, USA

problem #6

Feb 262013

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
I have a Toyota Camry xle 2008. My dashboard started melting and almost disintegrating. This started within the warranty time where it became "sticky" but has now gotten progressively much worse. I am concerned because I am unsure if the effects of this melted dashboard will have an affect on the airbag deployment system or other interior structures. It is also creating a shiny "reflecting" effect which makes it harder to see while driving. I take very good care of this car and it is in great condition, only has 40,000 miles on it. The dealer said that he was aware of such problem but because it was after warranty has quoted me $1,300. This seems to be a very common complaint as I have heard the same thing from many others, appears to be a factory defect that Toyota should do something about.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

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