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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,690 miles

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2008 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #16

Sep 012015


  • 90,000 miles


The exhaust shield that protects the fuel tank from exhaust heat fell off. Upon inspection, it appears as though the fasteners used to install this critical heat shield are of a dissimilar metal to the heat shield itself. This is evidenced by corrosion electrolysis around the fasteners only, the rest of the shield is corrosion free. A little research has shown that this is a well known problem that could prove dangerous if not corrected.

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #15

Feb 122015


  • 139,300 miles
Car has ABS, brake warning, vsc, and master brake warning lights on. From what I have researched this could be potentially dangerous.

- Decorah, IA, USA

problem #14

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 #13

Jul 302014


  • 82,396 miles


Engine light came on. Computer indicated the transmission crank sensor was operating intermittently and could cause the transmission to cease operating. Replaced the sensor, which was hard to get as Toyota cannot keep it in stock, due to failures of the sensor.

- Middletown, MD, USA

problem #12

Feb 232014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 119,442 miles
The warning lights went on and immediate the vehicle shut down while I was traveling a city street in san francisco, California (dewey blvd). Fortunately the street is fairly level and I wasn't on a hill. I loss power to the brake, steering and everything as everything was dead. I was able to coast to a curb putting all my effort to stop the car. I tried starting and moved about 10 feet before everything went dead again. I did not move it further I called for a tow (aaa) and the initial diagnosis was that the alternator was dead. The car was towed to a mechanic who also said that this alternator was dead and it was replaced. I told him where it happened and he said I was lucky that I wasn't on the freeway.

- San Francisco, CA, USA

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problem #11

Mar 252013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 67,735 miles
When you drive car for more than 20 - 30 minutes the shift solenoid lock gets extremely hot; the higher the speed the hotter it gets. I mentioned it at the Toyota dealership when I brought my car in. The mechanic said it didn't get hot for him but he didn't drive it over 45 mph and only for 10 - 15 minutes; but then he offered up the part name, I.e., shift solenoid lock. He told me to follow all the recalls and that I could file a complaint.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #10

Jun 262013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 28,090 miles


I was stopped in traffic and had my foot on the brake RPM shot up to 6 and the engine was racing and wanted to lunge forward. I hurried and shifted to neutral luckily I had a little space in front of me or else I may have hit the person in front of me. I had my wife in the car with me and she was scared thought that we were going too have a accident.

- Chcicago, IL, USA

problem #9

Sep 102012


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, the transmission failed. The contact stated that she was depressing the accelerator pedal but the transmission continued to slip. The contact also stated that the driver's side sun visor was defective and would not remain in an upward position. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for inspection where they stated that the transmission and the visor clip needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and stated that they would cover half of the repair costs. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #8

Aug 202012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
When stationary at traffic light or stop sign. When A/C is turned on and brake pedal is depressed the entire car is drastically shaking an vibrating beyond controllability. When gear is in neutral the heavy vibration is gone away. Was told by service manager that this is an normal behavior of all cars past 40,000 miles. Was told that I would have to let the vehicle learn my driving habits again since the new throttle body component was installed. Once the unit was installed correctly again engine lights kept coming on thus returning back to the dealership. Took 3 attempts to complete the engine lite issue but the violent shaking and vibration is still going on.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #7

Mar 032012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 60,500 miles
Complete transmission failure in upper gears causing car to suddenly slow down in the midst of heavy traffic on freeway. Driver was able to downshift to 3rd (after nearly being hit from the rear) and safely leave roadway but many drivers would not be as quick thinking. There was no warning of any impending failure.

- Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #6

Mar 012011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 30,000 miles


While turning the Toyota steering wheel, I can notice a severe clicking or thumping sound from the steering wheel. It appears there is a problem with the suspension or the struts. I took my Toyota to get it check out a few months before the warranty expired. They indicated the struts were leaking. One strut was severely leaking so they replaced it. The other strut was also leaking but not as severe so it was not replaced. However, the steering column has the aforementioned noise and I know, through internet searches, that many owners have experienced this problem. It's likely a mass defect that should be looked at asap before someone is severely injured. My wife uses the car to take my children to school so I am very concerned about the safety of the vehicle.

- San Ramon, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 182010


  • 13,279 miles
My Toyota 2008 Camry suddenly accelerated and I went up my driveway hit a pole and fence before stopping. Front end and fender were damaged. The car had the recall accelerator done on Mar 2, 2010.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #4

Mar 042010


  • miles
Hello, I am an owner of a 2008 Toyota Camry who just got my car serviced via a recall this week. Before the recall, I did not experience any sudden acceleration incidents. This morning, as I was leaving a parking deck at my gym, the car suddenly jumped forward when I attempted to stop. I wasn't sure if any post-recall issues were still being reported... thank you.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #3

Feb 262009

Camry 6-cyl

  • 16,000 miles
The throttle response has a intermittent delay, this puts the driver in hazardous jeopardy. The consumer stated the accelerator pedal became stuck while driving 70 mph on the highway. The floor mat had slid forward and the edge was warped up and was on top of the accelerator pedal. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and was given hold down clips for the mat. Updated 03/04/10.

- San Rafael, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 232009


  • 16,500 miles
2008 Toyota Camry suddenly lost power in 5th gear (manual transmission). Steering wheel lost control. At the time the incident happened, the road was dry and the engine was running. I was lucky because no one was near me so I did not hit any other car. The incident happened during morning commute. Afterward, I tested my car on a different road at noon and the car still feel sluggish at 5th gear. By evening time, the 5th gear recovered some more power.

- Manlius, NY, USA

problem #1

Jun 102008

Camry 6-cyl

  • 40 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle had keyless entry, which posed as a safety issue because the engine shut off while the vehicle was still in gear. She stated that most vehicles manually require placing the gear in park before shutting down the engine. The owner's manual stated that the engine would not turn off unless the vehicle was in park; however, that was not the case. She also stated that she had forgotten to place the car in park several times before due to the on/off button for the engine. As a result, the vehicle has rolled away from the driveway on more than one occasion. The failure mileage was approximately 40 and current mileage was 1,300. Updated 09/10/08. The consumer stated the engine did not shut off while in gear, but the vehicle can be tuned off while in gear, which could cause the vehicle to roll. Updated 09/11/08.

- San Diego, CA, USA

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