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:
6 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,446 miles

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2008 Toyota Camry steering problems

steering problem

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2008 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Feb 252010


  • 41,000 miles


I am writing to you in regards to my 2008 Toyota Camry SE. I have notice whenever driving on a road that is not paved well the something under my vehicle causes the steering to lose control. I have to make sure that I hold onto my steering wheel tightly or it goes out of control which could have cause me to have an accident. My car is apart of the other recall and I plan to address this issue with the dealership but I thing that this is another thing government needs to look at. This car is not safe. I am afraid everyday I have to drive it. I want them to look into this matter as well. I don't want to have an accident in this vehicle when it could have been avoided. I am sending this information about what happens in my vehicle just in case there is an incident and I am letting the government know something needs to be done about this as well.

- Belcamp, MD, USA

problem #5

Feb 262009

Camry 4-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that she was driving 60 mph. The weather conditions were inclement and the roads were wet when the consuumer lost control and did not respond to her steering at all. The contact called an authorized dealer and explained what happened. The dealer stated that she should call highway patrol to ensure that there was no black ice on the highway. The contact did contact highway patrol who confirmed that there were no known reports of black ice on the freeway. The manufacturer was not called. The failure mileage was 15,000 and the current mileage was 25,870. Updated 04/16/10. The consumer stated there was light snow and the roads were wet. Updated 09/21/10

- Roberts, WI, USA

problem #4

Oct 102009


  • 15,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact was driving approximately between 50-55 mph. Suddenly, there was a loss of steering control. The driver stated the vehicle began to drift to the left and right direction. The vehicle was able to continue in operation. There was extreme difficulty steering. The failures occurred at high traveled speed rates. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on three separate occasions for the identical failures. The technician performed a wheel alignment and rotation of the tires. The malfunctions progressed which there were no resolutions. The failure mileage was 15,000.

- Mt. Laurel , NJ, USA

problem #3

Feb 082010


  • 24,200 miles


I purchased a pre owned 08 Toyota Camry this past summer and had noticed problems with the steering in that it over compensated when making a 90 degree turn. At a certain angle - for me 90 degrees hard left - the steering wheel locks instead of coming back to "neutral" when you lift your hands. If I lift my hands slightly off the wheel and remove my foot from the gas the car will "turn itself" into my garage. A driver expects the wheel to come back and "slide thru" your hands to neutral. In this case it does not come to neutral, you have to actively "correct " the steering. It also seems to speed up. My 26 year daughter commented that it "took her by surprise" and "takes some getting used to." I called Toyota in response to the pedal recall and while on the phone asked them about the steering. The customer service rep said she knew nothing about it and could not address it. She transferred me an I waited on hold until I gave up. I took the car to my local Toyota dealer and described this problem. They kept it for two days and said they could not reproduce the problem. Pulling out of the service bay I replicated it - steering wheel locking and foot off the gas;car kept going by itself, hard left - almost running over three of the Toyota staff. I had to fight the car to get it to straighten out. They observed for themselves but just asked if I was ok. Toyota has over engineered their product. The steering problem is also on the Camry.

- Crawfordville, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 012008


  • 7,000 miles
I own a 2008 Toyota Camry and have had a few serious problems that were never recognized by the Toyota dealer which I always serviced the car. They range from small to serious. Front struts seem to be leaking hydraulic fluid, I also complained about a steering problem to the dealer, they inspected the car and told me they found nothing wrong. The steering issue was very apparent, and now has gotten worse. When cornering at low or higher speeds the car seems to skip, and controlling the car gets much more difficult, which becomes a serious safety issue for me. There where service bulletins available for these issues but yet my car was never repaired. Another issue I have noticed has been with braking, the car will vibrate dramatically once brakes are applied. The brakes have been replaced and rotors have been cut 5 months ago. The car has new tires and has been aligned in the past 6 months as requested by the Toyota dealer, yet the steering problems persist. I feel very unsafe driving this car, in back of my mind I feel like something serious might happen every time I get in this car and drive it. I have no confidence driving this car.

- Monrovia, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 012009


  • 7,000 miles
My 2008 Toyota Camry le has a vibration problem that occurs throughout the car and is felt in the steering wheel when the car hits speeds between 40 - 55 mph, particularly going uphills in D. I took it to my Toyota dealer and they informed me that this was natural. The mechanic told me, "the car just has to "shake" sometimes to get up a hill when going at such low RPM's." I don't buy it, and I know of several others who have said the same problem has occurred in their Camry's as well (

- Bolivar, MO, USA

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