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:
27,038 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2008 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 052012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 48,000 miles


Engine is burning large amounts of oil between the scheduled oil change of 5000 miles. Oil in dipstick is dropping from full to empty within the 5000 miles oil change.

- Piscataway, NJ, USA

problem #7

Feb 132012


  • 60,000 miles
At 60,000 I noticed my engine running low/ burning oil. I since had 2 oil changes, now at 66,600 miles, 2,400 since the last service, my dipstick is halfway between "min" and "max" it was at "max" after the last oil change. I have been in communication with bernardi Toyota in framingham MA who has been helpful however I am very concerned regarding my car starting to burn oil at a low mileage. I also plan to file a complaint with Toyota directly.

- Ashland, MA, USA

problem #6

Jan 012009


  • miles
Copy of ltr to Toyota re potential sticking accelerator pedals in his 2008 Toyota Camry. The consumer stated the radiator exploded. The dealer stated there was a defect. Also, the front struts needed to be replaced. The consumers wife noticed when the vehicle idled, cold air replaced hot air. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the problem was identified as the water pump.

- Cheshire, CT, USA

problem #5

Aug 272010


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for recall 09V388000 vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal on June 2010 with 55,000 miles. On August 27, 2010 while approaching the intersection 35 mph the check engine light illuminated and she heard a noise underneath the hood the vehicle stalled after a few seconds the vehicle suddenly accelerated with her foot on the brake pedal. The vehicle will be taken to the dealer to be diagnosed. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Palatine , IL, USA

problem #4

Mar 262010


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact was driving approximately 35 mph, attempted to make a turn and a loud noise was coming from the engine. The accelerator pedal began to stick with a sluggish response, followed by the engine stalling. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer. The technician stated that the noise was coming from a pebble in the hub caps. The failure had not occurred after the service repair. The failure mileage was 53,000.

- Mt. Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #3

Feb 222010


  • 0 miles
Random, infrequent engine failure at freeway/highway speeds. At constant highway speeds (steady state speed), car engine dies out and car decelerates (without alert and for no reason). This car has always done this on an infrequent basis since purchased brand new. This happens about twice per month. I phoned the dealership and they said they have to see it/experience the problem. At around 41K miles I brought the car to Toyota for their inspection (this was prior to any recalls on Camry), they cleaned carbon from the engine. This did not stop the problem. About twice per month the car dies out when traveling at a constant highway speeds (for no reason). On 3/5/10 I brought the car back to the dealer ship (it has about 81K miles on it). The car has a valid extended warranty on it that was purchased at time of purchasing the car. Due to random engine failure at constant highway speeds this car is extremely unsafe.

- Crosby, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 282010


  • 100 miles
I have a 2008 Camry SE which I took in for the floormat and acceleration recalls. The car still accelerates when I first start it. I can drive up to 30 miles an hour with out applying gas. The dealer has worked on the car multiple times and can not solve the problem. Incident date is the last time it happened. It happens every time the car has sat for awhile.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #1

Nov 232007

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. After driving the vehicle home, the contact could not check the oil after restarting the vehicle. The oil would normally appear on the dipstick regardless if the vehicle had been parked for hours. He had to allow the dipstick to sit out overnight in order to check the oil. The dealer stated that no one ever checks their own oil and nothing could be done. The manufacturer offered no recourse and only took his information and passed it on. The current mileage was approximately 4,500 and failure mileage was approximately 200. Updated 11/07/08. The oil would not drain back into the reservoir unless the vehicle sits overnight. Updated 11/07/08.

- Gadsden, AL, USA

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