2008 Toyota Camry engine problems: excessive oil consumption

Excessive Oil Consumption

2008 Toyota Camry (Page 1 of 7)

This problem may be covered under warranty. Ask your Toyota dealer.

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CarComplaints.com Notes: 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.

7.9

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,720
Average Mileage:
106,850 miles
Total Complaints:
137 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (83 reports)
  2. replace piston and rings (44 reports)
  3. replaced engine (7 reports)
  4. the car's engine still runs abnormally (2 reports)
  5. toyota replaced rings and bearings (1 reports)
2008 Toyota Camry engine problems

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2008 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 7)

problem #137

Feb 272019

Camry XLE 2az-Fe

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,615 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Purchased this absolutely beautiful vehicle in late Feb 2019. Owner had definitely taken STELLAR care of the car! This 2008 XLE was in PERFECT (VISUAL) condition when we bought it considering ourselves FORTUNATE for getting SUCH A DEAL!! I felt terrific having assisted my Disabled Army Vet brother in getting this vehicle which I was sure would last him FOREVER with his limited income... He asked the dealership and they insisted they had done a THOROUGH inspection of the vehicle... HOWEVER... because he is a Veteran who always worked on vehicles he REGULARLY (THANK GOODNESS) checked his oil and HE NOTICED RIGHT OFF... that oil was going FAST... WAY faster than it should in between oil changes... Car RUNS pretty well but WHY was it burning so much oil? There was no check engine light so that couldn't be it... not even oil on the ground! He asked a few local mechanics who told him "Toyota's just burn more oil"... and he let that be it for AWHILE but he finally figured out he was topping off and buying a quart of oil every 170 miles and knew SOMETHING MUST be wrong! He took the car into the Toyota dealer where he purchased it and they did an Oil Consumption Test which the Vehicle FAILED. He THEN got a bill from the Service Dept saying that it would cost $9,000 to fix it (MORE than the value of the car purchased less than 1 year prior!!).

That was when we learned that Toyota had issued a Service Bulletin on this Engine but the problem occurred beyond the time it allowed people to have it addressed! This just makes no sense to me... the company is AWARE of the DEFECT - sold the cars ANYWAY and refused to address the problem! FURTHER - they continue to be sold off on lots across the country when owners who KNOW of the problem sell off their vehicles just as the issue starts to occur with low miles making new owners THINK they are getting a GREAT deal on a low mileage Toyota when IN FACT they are buying a HUGE PROBLEM with no fix available. btw the engine is in MORE VEHICLES than listed on the "Problem List"... I've found owners with 2003 Toyota Camry's and this engine who are ALSO having Oil Consumption issues... the engine is JUST PLAIN DEFECTIVE as this video shows: https://youtu.be/PgdZSXOslDM

This strikes me as plain ole MERCENARY behavior of a large car company taking advantage of folks who are buying a used vehicle of theirs BECAUSE of their stellar record for longevity... people like my Disabled Army Veteran brother with a limited income who was looking to Toyota to help him own something he could depend on! I want Toyota to MAKE THIS RIGHT... FIX this vehicle... give us the same consideration you gave others with the SAME PROBLEM in your Service Bulletin...

- frustrated2008, Omaha, US

problem #136

Jun 022020

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,380 miles

I just got off the phone with Toyota. It's the same issue countless others have. My son bought a 2008 Camry with 140,000 miles on it in October of 2019. He loved his car. Until 2 days ago. The engine started knocking. After checking the oil (there were never any warning signs), it was found to be very low. I then did the research and found out about the excessive oil consumption problem, the class action lawsuit, and the service bulletin. All of these are proof that Toyota released a faulty product. However, even though we are below the 150,000 miles, it is past the 10 year rule so Toyota says, "Tough Luck!". They clearly have a responsibility here for all of us owners that had no idea of any issue, regardless of a time frame they are sticking to.

I guess a replacement engine is in the future, but Toyota should bear the responsibility. I'm very, very disappointed in Toyota.

- Jeff L., Middlebourne, US

problem #135

Mar 212020

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,130 miles

A couple of months ago I was driving my car and the oil light came on. Needless to say, I was surprised as this has never happened before. Plus, there was less than 5,000 miles since the last oil change. I got home within minutes and checked the oil and found nothing on the dipstick. So, I added one quart and then another. After checking the oil again, I found that it was still a quart low. I contacted Firestone for an oil change since it was nearly due and kept an eye on the oil level. When I checked it today, I found that it was over a quart low (1,767 miles later). I took it to Firestone and they topped it off for me as a courtesy. During the past couple of months I've researched this problem and found it was very common on 2007-2009 Camrys with the same 2.4L engine. It generally occurred after 50,000 miles. I also found out Toyota provided additional warranty to affected vehicles until 2016. Since my vehicle just now hit the 50,000 mile point (where this problem tends to show up), I'm not within the extended warranty time frame. I will continue to track the oil usage but, in the meanwhile, I want to know if I have any recourse. I also plan to talk to a local Toyota dealer about it to get their feedback. Any help would be appreciated.

- troonsman, Bellevue, US

problem #134

Jun 082018

Camry LE 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I purchased this vehicle and was ecstatic to finally have what I believed to be a good car that would last me a while. Once I noticed the problem with excessive oil use and have since learned of the reason the oil is being consumed, I feel frustrated and helpless. I do not have the money to fix such an expensive issue. Which should not have to be fixed by owners of the vehicles with the oil consumption problems, when such a large company should by now be well aware that they have made a mistake and they should take responsibility, address the issue and fix the problems i.e. owners cars and fix them CORRECTLY!!!

- Theresa B., Howell, MI, US

problem #133

Nov 022017

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

TOYOTA knows the problem exists and refused to act on it in a reliable manner. Sent out 1 notification to the original owners address that is this was not a recall. Yhey just extended the warranty till 1-2018 which is bull-crap. Yhey should be ashamed. So anyone out there disappointed in TOYOTA besides me, please call (972-324-7645) and complain everyday and email antony.tinto@TOYOTA.com.

Thx! Let's flood this office and demand further action.

- Eric G., Decatur, US

problem #132

May 012019

Camry LX V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Car is losing oil every 2 days. Car needs oil. Car has been taken to west Kendal Toyota several times and they say no engine leak. There was a recall on this. We have done oil consumption test twice and still no resolution to the problem. I have contacted dealership. They are not going to do anything and I have file complaint with manufacturer. No action has been taken. Very disappointed with the service I am receiving and the ongoing problems, which I have seen there has being lots of complaints with the same issue.

- Marie M., Miami, US

problem #131

Jun 012017

Camry LE 2.4L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Toyota has failed to properly address the problem. The vehicle should have been recalled extending the warranty.

- Charles M., Huntington Beach, CA, US

problem #130

Nov 172008

Camry SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

I've had my 2008 Camry SE tested twice by Toyota for excessive oil consumption. Each time I was informed that the oil loss was at an acceptable levels. Today I saw a video showing that this issue was well known by Toyota since the 2007 Camry production. I've been adding oil to this vehicle at least twice a week. Toyota has purposely perpetrated and misled countless of other consumers. THIS IS FRAUD.

Update from Mar 13, 2019: I was informed that the piston rings are the source of the oil consumption problem with the Camry's. Toyota has had full knowledge of this issue for many years. Toyota has refused to resolve the problem.

Update from Apr 1, 2019: Anyone having these engine oil consumption issues as I am should file a complaint with the NHTSA. I've recently contacted the executive office of Mr. Lentz the CEO of Toyota U.S.A division. Mr. Lentz manager a Mr. Tinto contacted me, then he contacted the Toyota dealership which did the oil consumption test. His conclusion from speaking to the dealership was this vehicle passed the acceptable oil consumption test, but if I would pay for another oil test they would gladly do it again. Each time these test are done they add oil to the engine and conclude that these vehicles has no oil consumption problem. WE MUST FLOOD TOYOTA WITH THESE COMPLAINTS. contact the offices, phone number 972-324-7645, fax 310-381-4284. email anthony.tinto@Toyota.com

- Robert M., Miami, US

problem #129

Jan 012017

Camry 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles

I have to add at least a quart of oil every tank of gas. I am wondering why this problem with Toyota engines is not a recall?! My family have been Toyota drivers for many years. My mother buys a new Camry every 3 years religiously. We have to go to Honda.

- Ty P., Mountain View, AR, US

problem #128

Jun 152017

Camry XSL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,300 miles

Bought the car in spring of 2015 and after a year of having it when I would bring it in for oil changes I was told that the oil level was low and each time it would be more and more. For the past year I have to bring it in about every 1000 to 1500 miles for a top off and each time there is no oil on the stick and about 2 quarts have to be added. I finally brought it to a mechanic to see if they had any ideas, and they checked to make sure there was no leaks and reported that everything was dry and no signs of any oil outside the motor. After this look over the mechanics only solution was to either put a new motor in or tear apart the original motor and replace any worn parts and hope it helps but may not fix the problem. So now I have to go in and have my oil topped off about every 1000.

- Tamra L., Oakdale, US

problem #127

Oct 052018

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,625 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I bought Toyota Camry 2008 last year. I'm the second owner of this car. Yesterday I got an engine oil light when I stopped my vehicle on red light and stop sign. I contacted the Toyota dealership and went there. When they checked there is no engine oil on the dipstick. The guy said my car is burning engine oil. It was 1000kms left until the next oil change. What should I do now?

- Gagandeep S., Edmonton, AB, Canada

problem #126

Jun 012018

Camry CE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,800 miles

I have been very pleased with my 2008 Toyota Camry until recently. Once the vehicle reached 121k miles, it began to burn through oil, as much as 3 qtrs in a month, that is a LOT of oil consumption. I have had the car inspected twice for leaks, nothing, the undercarriage is very dry. I did research on-line to find out that this is an issue with this and other Toyota vehicles, yet no recall has been issued by Toyota and based on what I have read, it will not be covered under warranty. I am very disappointed because I understood the Toyota Camry to be a very good car and based on that believed Toyota made a sound product, but I guess I was wrong.

I work in the auto industry and know that it is very hard to gain the trust of Toyota in order to become a supplier for them because they have high standards and knowing this, I felt sure about my decision to buy a Toyota, this is VERY disappointing and I am regretting my decision.

- tina_g46, Eastpointe, US

problem #125

Feb 012017

Camry LE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

I noticed last year my car was burning up oil, didn't think of it much. Had the gasket replaced since I thought maybe it was leaking. Never thought of it burning a lot of oil. Yesterday morning, my oil pressure light and check engine light came on, so I searched online and I never knew there was a open warranty on this issue that for me, expired January 2018. So I contacted and yes I'm not covered anymore. So now I am screwed. I definitely would've taken it in if I knew about this. So I guess it's my fault for not searching last year, but I'm not sure why they put a expiration date on this fix. I or many of us could been an exception since it expired this year, but like many believe, I believe to that Toyota really is not trying to deal with this. I hope this gets open again, I'm sure my car would fail the test and my problem would be fixed.

- Luis C., Houston, TX, US

problem #124

Mar 012018

Camry LE L4 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,456 miles

Owner of 4 cylinder 2008 Camry. Started noticing excessive oil consumption early in 2018, called Toyota and they told me about an enhancement warranty on my vehicle but I was not eligible since it expired lat December 2017. I was prepared to give this Camry to my daughter and I would by a new Toyota. Feel frustrated and mad, I can't afford to buy used vehicle for my daughter and a new one for me. I have 3 kids and I have given both my son's the older Toyotas and I would get a newer one. It has worked out well until now. Very disappointed in Toyota. Not sure why what to now.

- Patrick K., Brookville, OH, US

problem #123

Aug 022010

Camry SE 2.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

Had it tested and Toyota says it isn't excessive. The good gas mileage doesn't help when using this much oil. A quart every 1000 miles.

- Marchell A., Altoona, US

problem #122

Feb 152018

Camry SLE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

Toyota did oil consumption test and said it passed. They added 5 quarts according to their paperwork. Should have only been 4.5 quarts. When they added a quart of oil after 1100 miles it showed it was above the full line so they passed it. After that I drove 900 miles and checked, it was a quart down. We just hit 102000 miles in June of 2018, as it wasn't driven much the first five years, only 22,000 miles.

Toyota knows there is a problem, but won't fix their problem, bad rings. Extended warranty to 10 years, but because of the low miles in the early years problem just showed up recently. Missed the 10 years by 3 months. Toyota has a no exception policy. Now they can not be responsible for their bad engine and act like it never happened.

Would like my rings replaced with quality rings as expected when purchased.

- Michael L., Waukesha, US

problem #121

May 012018

Camry CE 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

Trying to work my way through college and can not afford a car problem. That is why I got a got this car. Very sad. I will not get another Toyota.

- Dionne D., Belle Chasse, LA, US

problem #120

Mar 012018

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

My 2008 Camry recently began burning oil at an extremely high rate. I have researched this issue and see it is unfortunately a common problem for this car.

- Shelley C., Battle Creek, MI, US

problem #119

May 182018

Camry SE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,000 miles

Toyota TSB clearly shows they were aware of problem. With 10 year 150,000 mile warranty up Toyota disclaims responsibility on a vehicle meticulously maintained. Post enhancement warranty they should still consider valid claims.

- Terry S., Loveland, OH, US

problem #118

Oct 112017

Camry LE 2.4L 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 188,000 miles

Just happens right after I buy another Toyota, my Camry is using excessive oil. Googled this and cannot believe that a car that is suppose to be the most dependable on the market has this type of engine problem and Toyota chose to not tell their customers. This will be my last Toyota, I do not want to do business with a company I cannot trust. Very disappointed.

- Kris D., Ostrander, OH, US

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