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:
5 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,925 miles

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2008 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #30

Jan 012009


  • 15,000 miles


The contacts owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. While the vehicle was parked, the contact noticed that the dashboard was melting. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was included in a voluntary recall by the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 15,000.

- Hallandale, FL, USA

problem #29

May 012016


  • 128,000 miles
Melting dashboards: Causing extreme reflection off windshield making it difficult to drive.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #28

Apr 022013


  • miles
I'm experiencing a melting dashboard that causes a such glare on the windshield that it has the effect of of us not being able see thorough the windshield as was intended by its installation. We now wear uv sunglasses in order to try to combat the glare. This melting dashboard is a safety hazard! I've sent/spoken with Toyota and its dealers and they have not agreed repair or replace my melting dashboard. Did I mention it is a safety hazard and has further decreased the re-sale value.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #27

Jan 202015


  • miles


Dashboard start melting and giving flash in the sun light, I can't see clearly, light hit in my eyes.I can't use the car daytime.

- Baytown, TX, USA

problem #26

Aug 112014


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. While driving 50 mph, it was observed that the dashboard over the instrument panel was melting. The failure occurred constantly. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the dashboard was defective and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

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problem #25

Mar 102014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the dashboard had prematurely deteriorated causing extensive cracks and a sticky residue due to the failure. The contact stated that there was a manufacturer recall for the dashboard and that the part was not available for over two years. The contact notified two dealers of the concern and they were unable to determine when the manufacturer would be able to supply a permanent remedy for the condition. The vehicle was not repaired and the contact continued to have poor visibility due to the glare on the dashboard. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #24

Feb 022015


  • miles


I have a Toyota Camry and of the board is melting and I is difficult at the besst sun does get good visibility because the sunlight so bright hinders my vision board. I want to know where I can go to help me to fix this flaw. I am parking in front to my house

- Hallandale Beach, FL, USA

problem #23

Dec 042015


  • 62,250 miles
Toyota Camry 2008 was parked with the engine off. Driver, sitting in driver's seat listening to the radio, hears an explosive noise directly behind him. Turns around to see two four-inch diameter holes on the right side of the back window. The entire back window exhibits fracturing. Within five minutes, ninety percent of the back window has disintegrated into pieces. No one is near the car. No evidence of projectiles in or around the car. Ambient temperature is in the seventies. Weather was raining. Driver had engaged the rear window defogger prior to spontaneous shatter. Defogger was off at the time of shatter. Air conditioning was not on prior to shatter. Mileage 62250. Toyota disowns responsibility for the spontaneous shatter.

- Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

problem #22

Oct 012014


  • 336,822 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the catalytic converter failed. The contact stated that the vehicle decelerated while driving and the rpms increased to 600,000. The vehicle also lost acceleration while downshifting and the rpms increased. The vehicle was taken to a certified mechanic who located the failure at the catalytic converter. The catalytic converter assembly was replaced; however, the failure was not corrected. The contact stated that the engine was previously replaced for premature oil consumption; however, the failure was not corrected. The contact also advised that the dashboard was melting due to defective material. The dashboard was not replaced. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was 336,822.

- Vacherie , LA, USA

problem #21

Nov 012014


  • 80,000 miles
Dashboard is melting is very sticky and shiny, I visited the Toyota dealer where I bought it, no one seemed to care. They asked me to call Toyota customer service number, when I called Toyota and explained the situation they simply said it would have to be my issue since it was over 3 years, and that a dash board wasn't a safety issue. The vehicle is only 5 years old and I can't believe this is happening. Clearly is a manufactures defect and the company should be recalling something of this nature because of the safety issue. The glare is very dangerous when driving specially driving on the freeway.

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #20

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 #19

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 #18

May 012014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
My dashboard is disintegrating, crumpling, or melting. I proceeded to wipe the dash and I saw little crumps. The dash is very soft. I stuck my fingernail and left a nail print. When I put my sun glare blocker over the dash, it scrapes and scratches it. It is crumpling and it has scratch marks from putting up my sun guard. I know it's not supposed to do that, so I decided to make a complaint. Also my sun visor on the passenger side will not stay up. There was a recall on the sun visors. I had the driver side replace a year ago. Now the passenger side droops and they want me to pay to get it fixed. This is under investigation because they should have changed them both when they changed the driver side.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #17

Jun 042013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Our family owns a 2004 Toyota Tundra which we love so that made us buy a Camry in 2008 big mistake! ever since I bought this car new in 08' had nothing but mechanical issues and as of date 6 recalls and counting. A month after I purchased the veh they replaced my axle, brakes and then that's when the recalls starting coming in. From my visors falling to now the window recalls. My front dashboard is nasty sticky no matter how I clean it it's gross the sticky won't go away and the arms rests on the driver door and passenger sides are both rotten from the inside their cracked and broken. I don't use arm rests so they shouldn't be! the top ceiling cloth in my car fell down the 4th month I had my vehicle so my father spray glued it (how sad is that!). this was my first car I purchased brand new so going thru this after complaints at the dealership they still didn't do anything. I'm so upset I have no words left to say about this vehicle I'm driving a crap car that's falling apart from the day I purchased it. Thank you Toyota!!!!! unless they take care of my car situation I will never recommend Toyota to anyone nor buy another Toyota it's sad!!!

- Alta Loma, CA, USA

problem #16

May 302014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
We bought this vehicle used in March 2014, I noticed thruout the summer that the dashboard melts in the sun. It still melts even if we put up the windshield sun screen. I saw on the local news that this is an ongoing problem here in South Florida.

- Sunny Isles Beach, FL, USA

problem #15

Jul 212014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
The vehicle suddenly lost control and was not responding to the steering. It started swaying and hit the cement barrier on the left. This looks like a internal car failure. I have had this car for since 2008 and had bought it brand new. It is completely up to date with the maintenance and oil change etc.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #14

Dec 162013


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the entire dashboard in the vehicle was melting and became sticky. An independent mechanic stated that this could prevent the air bags from deploying in the event of a crash. The failure occurred for six months. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 71,000. Remailed 08/20/14 updated 09/15/14

- North Port, FL, USA

problem #13

Mar 092014

Camry 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
When pulling into a gravel parking space at less than 5mph. Car suddenly accelerated full throttle, jumped a concrete parking stop, became partially airborne on the right side, coming down in a depression after 25 ft. Brake was fully depressed through event. Visual inspection and manual check after incident showed nothing impeding either gas pedal or brake. Mats firmly attached. We have photos of the acceleration tracks and the ditch where it landed. Damage to fascia, bumper, air dam. Alignment, possible tire damage. Est. $800 - $1200. Our complaint is car sat at dealer for 2 months deemed unsafe to drive. The outcome was that nothing was recorded on the black box and vehicle passed inspections on a lift. Therefore even though this was an unintended acceleration issue Toyota will do nothing. Recommendation from both consumer reports and edmunds is a brake override should be installed. When this was mentioned they said no the car doesn't need it. One of our complaints is Toyota motor sales U.S.a. took 2 months to resolve this. They didn't return phone calls or notify the dealer of any results. Dealer stated Toyota wouldn't let them work on the car and it was listed unsafe to drive. During this 2 months we had to rent a car out of pocket (insurance paid 2 weeks). Over $1000. Both my wife and I feel very lucky this incident didn't happen on a busy highway or next to a solid wall. If it had there was a good chance we could have been injured and the damage much worse. Dealing with both the dealer and Toyota U.S.a. was frustrating and pointless. We have picked up the car and are considering trading it in but are shocked to find in 2 years it has deprecated by $8000! this has been a complete nightmare and a monetary loss as well. To at least get the brake override would be some satisfaction. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #12

Apr 302014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 74,500 miles
Dashboard is melting and glare is hindering vision of road.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #11

Jan 252013


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the dash board was melted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the dashboard needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Orlando, FL, USA

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