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:
32 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
21 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,936 miles

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2008 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 5)

problem #92

May 212016


  • 168,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the speedometer stopped working around 2011. The contact also stated that the accelerator pedal failed to accelerate intermittently. The vehicle had been at the dealer approximately eight times. The vehicle needed to be repaired in order for the speedometer to work. Also, the vehicle would not pass the state emissions test. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 168,000. Updated 10/05/16

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #91

Mar 192016


  • 85,540 miles
The crash happened in a parking lot on March 19th, 2016. I had entered into the parking spot, by turning right. The car had come to a complete stop and my foot was on the brake pedal. Suddenly I heard a loud revving noise and before I could even react to it, the car had jumped on to the walkway of the building. Since I had stopped, my foot was on the brake pedal and even though I was pressing on it really hard, the car didn't stop. It slowed down a little bit for a fraction of a second, but then accelerated itself again, jumped ahead once more, went through the awning of a business suite in the building and hit a light post. The airbags didn't deploy. The car was totaled. As, I had turned right to enter into the parking spot, the steering wheel was still turned to the right and the car turned right and went parallel to the cinder block wall of the building, instead of going straight and hitting the wall, which could have turned fatal for me and my child. This vehical had been recalled earlier. I had received the recall notice from Toyota in early 2010 for "potential floor mat interference with accelerator pedal (safety recall 90L)" and had it repaired in May 2010, from a local Toyota service center.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #90

Mar 132016


  • 132,000 miles
When slowing down on intersection on the stop sign with the intention to completely stop, I pressed the brake pedal and removed my foot completely from accelarator pedal. Car engine suddenly revs up and engine RPM shoots up, I need to press brake really very hard to stop the car to go into the middle of intersection or eventually car wiill roll into intersection and I had to cross the intersection to avoid collision with vehicles coming on cross intersection. This has happened at least 5-6 times. I took the car to the mechanic and he ran the diagnostics test but could not find any thing wrong. I took it to the Toyota dealership in freehold he suggested to remove the unsecured floor mat, which I did but still having the same issue. This issue was experienced yesterday also 2 times.

- Morganville, NJ, USA

problem #89

Apr 142015


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. While driving 35 mph, another vehicle turned in front of the contact's vehicle. The contact depressed the brake pedal and the vehicle accelerated, which caused the contact to crash into the other vehicle. As a result, the contact sustained arm and back injuries and the passenger sustained neck and back injuries that required medical attention. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the body damage was repaired. On another occasion, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle accelerated independently. As a result, the contact crashed into another vehicle. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was invalid. The failure mileage was 90,000.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #88

Jan 092015


  • 83,559 miles
I had just brake & was waiting for the signal to turn green suddenly the check vsc system came up along with the brake ABS, traction control all light came up. I reached home & parked the car & switched it off. Tried to restart the car & it would no start again.

- Henrico, VA, USA

problem #87

May 072014

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 157,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated while driving approximately 10 mph into a parking lot the vehicle violently jerked forward and accelerated while the brake pedal was engaged. The contact had to apply force to the steering wheel due to the sudden acceleration to no avail. The vehicle surged on an incline, crashed into a fence, and also crashed into a rear sliding door of a house. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed. The contact sustained minor injuries and was being treated. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 157,000.

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #86

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 #85

Apr 162014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
I was slowing to a stop at a red light. The warning light check vsc came on. The brakes were very weak and did not stop the car. I had to escape on to the shoulder and have the car slow down.

- Excelsior, MN, USA

problem #84

Apr 012014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 107,000 miles
I own a 2008 Toyota Camry and was told today that this make model and year cars have been having a excessive oil consumption problem with the engine. The dealership does not know where the oil is going and that I should watch this to make sure I do not run out of oil and burn up the engine. I have concerns about this since I travel almost 100 miles a day and bought this car for safety and longevity no matter how many miles are involved. My children and I could be left stranded which is a concern in this day and age. From what I am told this is an ongoing problem with this engine why is there no recall? keep in mind this is the same year of the whole accelerator pedal recall.

- Bell City, LA, USA

problem #83

Jan 282014


  • 100,000 miles
Slowly entered rite aid parking lot at 5-10 mph. Turned right into a parking spot. Lightly tapped the brake and the accelerator went faster than if you were driving on the highway. Car jumped the concrete bumper onto the walkway. Had to cut the wheel all the way to the right to avoid hitting the brick wall of the store and drove into the parking lot guard rail. Car went into a high speed skid and when it came out of the skid was still accelerating at a very high speed and had to turn the ignition off for it to stop. There were skid marks and smoke. Air bag did not go off. Waiting to hear from Toyota with a date to have the car inspected. Would like for Toyota to buy back my car which we have spent top dollar having Toyota maintain it for the last five years, which included the 100,000 mile service just a week or two before the accident. Do not feel safe driving this car again. Please advise.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #82

Jan 302014


  • 71,000 miles


Check vsc system warning and brake and other warning lights lighting up on dashboard. Difficulty braking with lurching forward when at a complete stop. Needed to pump on brakes several times to come to a complete stop, loss of braking ability.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #81

May 112013

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while at a complete stop, the vehicle erroneously accelerated. The vehicle was shifted to park and functioned normally. The vehicle was able to be driven to the dealer where the failure could not be replicated. The failure mileage was approximately 54,000. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. Updated 8/15/13

- Neenah, WI, USA

problem #80

Feb 032010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 19,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that she applied the brakes and the vehicle accelerated independently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the reinforcement bar and the accelerator pedal needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 19,000 and the current mileage was 54,000.

- Nina , WI, USA

problem #79

Mar 102013

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact mentioned that she was unable to stop the vehicle and crashed into another vehicle. A security mall report was filed and the driver sustained a knee injury. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and stated that they would contact her back at a later date. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 25,000. Updated 05/08/13

- St Clairsville, OH, USA

problem #78

Oct 032012


  • 78,104 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that he applied the brakes and the vehicle began to accelerate independently. The contact had to shift into neutral in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection but they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified and of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,104.

- Sandinas, CA, USA

problem #77

Jun 142011


  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact stated that the brake calipers malfunctioned due to the sudden acceleration. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer to have the brake calipers repaired. After the brake calipers were repaired the vehicle continued to accelerate without warning. The contact took the vehicle back to the dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer could not duplicate the acceleration issue. In addition, the engine completely failed due to a fracture in the water pump, also causing all of the electric components to malfunction. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 65,000.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #76

May 252011


  • 42,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated while driving out of a parking space and before she could place her foot on the accelerator the vehicle became out of control and crashed into a tree. The vehicle was towed to a body shop where it was being repaired. The passenger in the vehicle was taken to the hospital for chest pains. A police report was filed. Neither the manufacturer nor the dealer were contacted. The failure and current mileage was 42,000.

- Joplin, MO, USA

problem #75

Mar 012011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
While driving on a two lane highway at approximately 50 mph, I began to slow down as I approached a car pulled off to the right hand side. My car accelerated. I had both feet on the brake. The car continued to accelerate. I'm guessing it hit 80 mph. A few terrifying seconds later, the car was back under control. No accident. No damage. I brought the car to a local, reputable garage and they couldn't find anything wrong with it. I traded the car in later in the week and informed the lia Honda salesperson about my experience and told him the car should not be resold but should be sold for parts/scrap.

- Averill Park, NY, USA

problem #74

Mar 022011


  • 93,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry hybrid. The contact was driving 75 mph when the vehicle independently accelerated. The contact attempted to apply the brakes but to no avail. He then abruptly depressed the brakes, drove off the road and shut the engine off. He then restarted the vehicle and the engine rpms were idling extremely higher than normal. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing and the contact was advised that the floor mat clips were fractured and caused the failure. The contact did not agree that the floor mats were what caused the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 93,000. Updated 03/24/11

- Dexter, MI, USA

problem #73

Feb 262011


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. When the contact drove into the driveway, the vehicle accelerated and crashed into a parked vehicle. The contact advised the manufacturer of the failure and stated that there was a recall for the vehicle speed control. The contact was not the original owner; therefore, they could not confirm if the recall repair was previously performed. The contact stated that this was the first time the failure occurred. The failure and current mileage was 56,000.

- Brunswisk, GA, USA

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