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:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,202 miles

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2008 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #19

Jul 052012

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle would not respond to acceleration attempts. The contact stopped the vehicle on the shoulder and noticed smoke coming from under the hood. The vehicle then became engulfed in flames. The police and the fire department reported to the scene to assist with extinguishing the fire. The vehicle was destroyed. The approximate failure mileage was 135,000. Updated 08/28/12* lj the consumer stated the battery wire caught fire.

- Hemet, CA, USA

problem #18

Jul 182011


  • 30,200 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while attempting to decelerate from 40 mph, a noise was heard coming from under the hood and the transmission jerked. The contact also stated that the front struts were leaking oil. An authorized dealer was notified and the contact was informed that there was not a failure within the struts and the jerk in the transmission was due to the way he was driving. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,200.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #17

Jun 162010


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. The contact was driving 30 mph when the she noticed that her glasses were fogging abnormally. The contact moved off the roadway and as she shifted into park, she immediately noticed flames coming from under the shifter. The fire department was contacted and extinguished the fire. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a garage lot. The dealer was contacted and informed of the fire. The manufacturer and dealer took opened an investigation to determine the cause of failure. The dealer also stated that there was no defect present and that the fire started from the cup holder. The failure and current mileage was 35000.

- Ham Lake , MN, USA

problem #16

Mar 192009


  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry le. The contact is having problems with the engine. The engine seems like the motor is spinning and not doing anything. The transmission seems to slip. The contact stated that this happens when going down hills and when going up hills. The contact stated that the slip in the transmission happens when going from fourth to fifth gear and traveling 45-50 mph. The failure mileage was 50000 and the current mileage was 57000.

- Rutherfordton, NC, USA

problem #15

Sep 282007


  • 16 miles
My 2008 Toyota Camry had problems from the day that I purchased it. I took it back to the dealer and also contacted Toyota motor sales U.S.a. I have taken the car back to the dealer several times for the same problem. The national center for dispute settlement was called by the Toyota motor sales U.S.a. and they also did not resolve the problem. I feel unsafe driving the car. The car races unexpectedly and lurches forward in stop and go traffic. I am afraid that the car is going to crash into something or someone. I have been complaining about this to the above since I purchased the car. The dealer kept my car for 8 days on one of my visits to their repair shop and told me they couldn't find anything wrong with it. Now that the Toyota problem has been made public, I hope that my complaint will not be dismissed as before. I tried to ask Toyota to buy back my car, I noticed the problem when the car only had 16 miles on it. Can you please help? I kept all of the communications between the Toyota and the ncds since the time I first filed my complaints with this problem.

- Roslyn Heights, NY, USA

problem #14

Feb 122008


  • 60 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. While driving down a hill between 30-40 mph the RPM increased rapidly, and then the vehicle down-shifted. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection. The technician stated that the computer was adjusting to her style of driving. The failure mileage was 60. The current mileage was 25,000.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #13

Jan 102009

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. When attempting to accelerate at 50 mph, the vehicle hesitated and then began to accelerate past the intended speed. After repeated brake application she was able to decelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and all of the tires were replaced. After the repair the failure resurfaced. She took the vehicle back to the dealer, and the technician completed a software update. He then added that the rotors were out- of- round and thus needed to be turned. None of the repairs have remedied the failure. The technician then concluded that because they could not duplicate the failure, they could not provide a remedy. She inspected her vehicle and noticed that the clips did not properly secure the cover to the air filter housing. The failure mileage was 17000. The current mileage is 31,000. Updated 2/22/10 the consumer stated the vehicle lacked power. The dealer recalibrated the ECM and transmission. Updated 07/09/10.

- Palentin, IL, USA

problem #12

Jul 142008


  • 9,800 miles
I already have a complaint # 10239284 or 254. I put in the wrong date I put August when the concern happened on 14 July 2008.

- Noble, OK, USA

problem #11

Aug 142008


  • 9,800 miles
I purchased a 2008 Toyota Camry SE with a six speed automatic transmission. The transmission started slipping at about 750 miles. It has gotten progressively worse. I thought maybe there is a break in period until it slipped when I pulled out of a parking lot on to a very busy street. The transmission just quit the engine raced but the car wouldn't accelerate. As I was in traffic I tried to coast to the right side of the road. I guess I still had my foot on the accelerator pedal. There was a loud bang and the transmission started working again. As I was trying to avoid an accident and was pulling to the right side of the road the sudden application of the transmission shot me up and over the curb damaging the right side wheels and the front bumper. I took it to the dealer and they told me there was nothing wrong and the transmission had no codes and they could do nothing about my concern. I researched this condition online after speaking with the service advisor to see if others were having the same problems. I found hundreds of cases just like mine. One referred me to Toyota web site. There was a phone number so I called and told them what was happening. They gave me a case number and told me they would contact me. The next day a paul timberlake from Toyota called and told me there was nothing they could do about it. He mentioned that the dealer fowler Toyota in norman Oklahoma couldn't get it to act up. He then told me "the condition was normal." I was shocked. I told him the black spot on the curb was still there. He said "well you cant prove it that the transmission caused the accident." Again I was shocked. The problem is this condition is going to cost someone their life. There is a petition being circulated by owners such as myself. This condition is dangerous because it could and does happen at any time. Mr timberlake also said "the dealership told me that you have never changed the oil." I was again shocked. I changed the oil myself and have the recipt.

- Noble, OK, USA

problem #10

Aug 042008


  • 250 miles
The car severely vibrates even on low speed which makes driving like riding a horse. Also it doesn't accelerate properly when I want to, which is really dangerous in many situations. It can cause accidents. There's noise comes from transmission and brakes all the time. I went to the dealer twice and the technician tried to play the idiot game by saying I see nothing wrong. I contacted Toyota and they told me that if I'm crazy enough to buy their car, I should keep quiet. I moved to ca recently and with heavy traffic, the car becomes really annoying.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #9

May 122008


  • 13,000 miles


I have a 2008 Toyota Camry and there seems to be a problem in the transmission when accelerating and downshifting it seems to hesitate.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #8

Feb 102008


  • 2,898 miles
I bought my wife a new 2008 Camry in Sept 07, it was doing great, the current mileage is 7,100 miles since 2,898 miles the transmission has been hesitating it seems it doesn"T want to switch gears when it should this is an automatic, it appears to happen between 40-50 mph, I have reported the problem more then once to diehl Toyota in york, pa where I purchased it, but was told problem could not be found or its not doing it now. Or we have received little complaints about this type of problem. I feel Toyota is giving the consumer a run around about a problem that has exited for at least 07/08 Camry's someone needs to make them take care of this issue. By the way its bad enough to have the problem when your finanacing, but in my case I paid cash for this vehicle and feel cheapened.

- York, PA, USA

problem #7

Mar 022008

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles
Car has a vibration in drive train car starts to vibrate at approx. 40 mph, car is in 5th. Gear( auto trans) and accerating slowly.

- Reading, MA, USA

problem #6

Mar 102008

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
At 40 mph the car vibrates because its in overdrive, if going up small hill even worse, the car is always trying to shift to the highest gear causing the car to vibrate.

- New Philadelphia, OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 012007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles
The Camry has been hesitating on starting from a dead stop, since the day it was purchased. There are times when you really need to accelerate and it just doesn't move for two to four seconds. This is a dangerous flaw and can lead to an accident. I reported it to Toyota, had the car in the repair center twice and they tell me it's a software limitation, and it will be solved. However, I looked into auto performance reports on the internet ad it's been a problem with the 2007 Camry, which was never addressed for the 2008 model.

- North Reading, MA, USA

problem #4

Feb 282008

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Camry. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle began to severely vibrate. The contact stated that it felt as if the transmission were about to freeze. The current mileage was 120 and failure mileage was 12.

- Holmes, NY, USA

problem #3

Feb 192008

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5 miles
Vehicle has an acceleration problem, vehicle hesitates before acceleration.

- Clinton, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 112008

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
2008 Toyota Camry, 4 cyl. Has a serious hesitation problem with the transmission. Almost rearended twice now when having to speed up while changing lanes.

- Coronado, CA, USA

problem #1

Sep 042007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35 miles
I have a 2008 Toyota Camry xle with approximately 800 miles. I purchased the vehicle 2 weeks ago, and am already gravely concerned with the performance of the vehicle. On Tuesday, September 4th I was merging into interstate traffic and pressed the accelerator for the necessary acceleration I needed to stay with the flow, but the car did not respond. The accelerator was almost to the floor, yet the car was only coasting. It took at least 2 full seconds for the vehicle to respond and it finally did jerk to life, but only after 2 cars had to jump out of my way (horns honking). This delay in response to acceleration input has happened consistently (daily), and I've had to modify my driving habits to remain safe. Even with my own modifications, I'm still very concerned for my own safety and for the cars around me and other Camry drivers. So far, no resolution from the dealer, but I will not stop here.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

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