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 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
66,633 miles

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2008 Toyota Camry engine problems

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2008 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #39

Sep 112014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that a strong oil odor was coming from the vehicle. In addition, while reversing the vehicle, the contact noticed a small puddle of oil leaking from the vehicle. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or diagnosed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #38

Oct 022012


  • 89,000 miles
Excessive oil consumption I own a 2008 Toyota Camry le the currant mileage is 149,000 miles. It burns one quart of oil every 250 miles, and it's costing me a lot of a money. This problem is not only from me their are much more people complaining online. In addition to that their is lawsuit against Toyota because of excessive oil consumption. The government needs to take action and make this a recall for all vehicles that are affected. I also feel very sorry for the other owners because I know how it feels, so please help. Thanks

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #37

Sep 072015


  • 153,200 miles
Purchased a used 2008 Camry on 7/15/15. The car was serviced for the oil change right before I got it and I still had over 900 miles left before I hit the 3000 mile mark to have the oil change done. We checked the oil and it was completely dry. Not a drip on the dip stick! I think it's safe to say that this vehicle has a engine oil consumption issue.

- Wrightsville, PA, USA

problem #36

Jun 212015


  • 212,000 miles


Golf size hole in the engine according to the adjustor. Incident occurred while driving on the highway. The car was serviced on time. The oil light used to come on occasion along with the engine light. This was within service sticker window. Each time oil (1qt to 2qt) was added to the tank. On the date of incident, while driving, we felt like we drove over a metal object that impacted the engine. Cannot believe that the engine blew up on it own. If it did - that is a major issue as it could have caused unnecessary damages both to vehicle and drivers.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #35

Oct 102012


  • 70,000 miles
The vehicle is burning excessive engine oil. I received the paper from Toyota three months ago that they are processing to build the part for the solution of burning excessive oil.(the paper does show about the reacall of excessive engine oil burning they said I will receive the letter in two months to fix the problem from the dealership since then I have not received any letter for the recall.) thanks

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #34

Jul 162008

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
The engine consumes 1 quart of oil every 1200 miles. Toyota says this is acceptable but 25% of oil loss is way too much. If I wait till the maintenance of 3000 miles, almost 75% of the oil will be gone and would cause damage to the car.

- Canoga Park, CA, USA

problem #33

Feb 102015

Camry 4-cyl

  • 115,493 miles


Oil light went on. I took the car to sun Toyota, holiday, fl. They advised me to have an oil change at my expense and to come back later to see if there were any issues. I called later and they said it was too early and to come back at about 1100 miles. In the meantime, I received a letter from Toyota re. Warranty enhancement up to 10 years and 150K miles for excessive oil consumption. I was unable to return until today (3/28/15) despite my best efforts. The mileage was 1568 since the oil change and they said it was too late and outside their parameters. They would not do the test again for 6 months. I asked them to at least check the oil and they did so at my insistence and 2 quarts needed to be added and they advised me it was dangerous to drive the car with low oil and to check the oil every week and add oil as necessary. I complained to the service manager and he refused to do anything for 6 mos. I phoned the national Toyota service center and they confirmed that the warranty enhancement existed but refused to do anything for 6 months. They want me to have the oil change done again at my expense for a second time and to pay for the diagnostics for their defective vehicle at my expense. They refuse to do anything about it at their expense for 6 months. I think they should take care of the oil change and the diagnostics and the repairs immediately at their expense. Thank you.

- New Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #32

Oct 012013


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the oil pressure warning light illuminated. The contact frequently added engine oil to the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 63,000.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #31

Jan 202011


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle consumed oil excessively. The failure occurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the piston rings on the cylinders failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Covina, CA, USA

problem #30

Jan 022015


  • 79,000 miles
Excessive oil consumption with my 2az-fe engine. Burns through 1 quart approx. Every thousand miles. Toyota claims this is within warranty but low oil pressure light comes on halfway through my service cycle.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #29

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 #28

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 #27

Sep 302013


  • 120,000 miles
Excessive oil consumption, Toyota says it is within their standards. Have to add quart of oil every thousand miles. Toyota says this is within their standards, however they dont tell you they knew about this and provided a fix to dealers. Most times it happens though after warranty expires.

- Saint Michael, MN, USA

problem #26

Sep 172014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
My engine mounts were broken -all of them. Thought the engine was idling rough, but the engine was moving around within the car and "could have fallen out" is what I understood the mechanic to say. I previously reported very premature failure of brakes, broken water pump, belts, and more. Now the engine mounts. I do not drive fast, and I drive smooth highways, not our locally bad streets. No reason the mounts should all be broken. There should be a recall on engine mounts and water pumps at the very least.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #25

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 #24

Aug 242011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
My brakes needed replacing at approx. 40-44K miles. My belts/water pump broke/cracked at approx 50K miles. The mechanic said the water pump, if it ever broke at all, shouldn't break till min. 100K miles. I am about to take the Camry to a mechanic to check engine racing and grinding front passenger side window motor. This car has been a money pit with awful visibility. I've spent many thousands on this car before it reach 50K miles.

- Metairie , LA, USA

problem #23

Aug 262013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 87,699 miles
In summer of 2013, power steering pump failed on 2008 Toyota Camry. Car was very difficult to steer, turn and park but had to be driven, though unsafe to drive, for 3 days while pump was ordered and replaced. In the week before the power steering pump failed, the engine was found to be burning oil and had to be rebuilt. During this same month (August, 2013), the gas cover could not be opened to refill the gas tank while out of town, requiring a temporary cable fix by an out-of-town dealer. In the summer of 2014, the anti-lock brake system (ABS) actuator failed, also causing loss of speedometer, temperature and tachometer functions. ABS actuator part was ordered and replaced. Then a week later, the brake booster failed (check engine light on multiple times), leaking when brake was depressed. These are just the major safety failures of this 2008 Toyota Camry, which has had other problems, purchased new in 2007 and maintained by the same dealer. This car is not safe or reliable to drive.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #22

Jul 122014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 85,454 miles
May/2014 was my last oil change before my next scheduled oil change August/2014. My oil pressure indicator did signal that there was low oil pressure.I had driven my car earlier that morning there was no indication that something bad was going on. Later that afternoon, I was going to work and tried to leave and the car made a sluggish noise like it didn't want to crank up. I thought it was bad gas at first, then I heard a rattling sound from the hood.upon looking at the oil gauge, my car was severely depleted of oil. Even after putting oil in the car, engine damage had already been done, leaving me without a vehicle. My mechanic advised me that the engine was badly damaged. And that I could either purchase another used engine or a new engine. Both have been quoted to be in excess of $4500 and up. I have researched the internet and have found that the 2008 Camry is known to have this sort of oil consumption problem. I just purchased this car a year ago June 2013. And I still owe a balance. This is my sixth Toyota vehicle purchase and have not had a problem with neither cars until now. Toyota has a reputation for good quality cars that last a while. I wouldn't want this incident to deter me from purchasing another Toyota vehicle in the future.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #21

Mar 242014


  • 47,566 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the oil light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact stated that after checking the oil, it read empty. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician verified that the vehicle was consuming oil excessively but was unable to determine what was causing the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and decline to provide an alternative remedy. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 47,566 and the current mileage was 50,005.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #20

Jun 242014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 69,237 miles
Discovered engine is consuming excessive oil, causing oil pressure light to flash on momentarily during a sudden quick stop. Engine has been maintained within prescribed intervals for oil changes using approved optional 0W20 oil. Now it appears to be consuming over 1 quart per 1500 miles. Haven't taken this problem to a dealer yet, but from what I'm reading in other complaints, Toyota has steadfastly refused to take responsibility for this issue. Unlike others, I have Toyota's full bumper-to-bumper warranty, good for 7 years or 10800 miles. I'm not sure even that would move Toyota, since they could simply stall until the vehicle purchased 6 years ago is out of warranty. The engine probably won't die completely until after then, as long as I keep the oil level where it should be. However, I shouldn't need to check the oil so often, when the service interval is supposed to be 5000 miles, there are no leaks, and I'm using amsoil, a premium synthetic oil.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

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