pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
134,800 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace pistons and rings (6 reports)
  2. not sure (3 reports)
2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid engine problems

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2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid Owner Comments

problem #9

May 012014

Camry Hybrid 2az

  • CVT transmission
  • 89,850 miles


I purchased his vehicle new including an extended Toyota warranty for 7 yrs and 100,000 miles. It is meticulously maintained including flush and fill with Toyota's "World Standard Fluids" transmission and radiator.

I informed the service adviser of the vehicle starting to consume oil and was told it was within specs and tolerance.

Now I find out Toyota issued a TSB issued in 2011 on this very subject relating to the my Engine which of course now burns a quart of oil every 1200 miles. So it is getting progressively worse.

- Scott S., Massapequa Park, NY, US

problem #8

Aug 012016

Camry Hybrid LX 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles

“So I am not the only one with this problem. This is a MANUFACTURER PROBLEM. They knew it all along. I take it to do an oil change every 3000 miles and the tech always tells me that the car is using too much oil.

the stick is dry, meaning '' dude, your car is burning too much oil''. Oil consumption is excessive.

- toyota6616, Norfolk, US

problem #7

Jul 012017

Camry Hybrid Hybrid

  • CVT transmission
  • 190,000 miles

We realize the car has high mileage. However, I have several V8 and V6 Ford vehicles with many more miles on them that do not use oil. This car has been maintained by the local Toyota since it was purchased. We have always had the oil changed and the car serviced at 3000 miles. This issue has been noted on several sites and by multiple people. Toyota acknowledges the problem but only fixes it if the vehicle is under warranty. My wife loves the car but if we cannot get a reasonable solution besides "replace the engine" as the dealer stated, this is our first and last Toyota.

- Tony G., Collinsville, US

problem #6

Feb 152015

Camry Hybrid Hybrid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,246 miles


Had Toyota perform an oil consumption test, they claim that it passed. Engine now uses about one quart of oil in about 3,000 miles. Never had an engine with as few numbers of miles as this one use a quart or more of oil between oil changes.

- Howard S., Fair Oaks, US

problem #5

Apr 032016

Camry Hybrid LX 2.4L Hybrid

  • CVT transmission
  • 89,000 miles

I am taking the car to Toyota for an oil consumption test. I am sure I will 'pass' as within tolerance by Toyota, but I want them to know that this is not acceptable. Their engines in the past were trouble free for many miles. Toyota's engine should have only gotten better, not worse.

- Tony B., Redwood City, US

problem #4

Feb 072017

Camry Hybrid LX 2.4L

  • CVT transmission
  • 171,000 miles

We wish to register a complaint about excessive oil consumption in our 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid and which fell outside the criteria for the appropriate remedy which is to rebuild the engine according to Toyota TSB 0094-11 "2AZ-FE Engine Oil Consumption". In the TSB, it is noted “Some 2006 – 2011 model year vehicles equipped with the 2AZ-FE engine may exhibit engine oil consumption. The piston assembly has been changed to minimize oil consumption.”

We had our 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid tested February 2015, which was within the extended warranty period of 10 years or 150,000 miles. According to the dealer (Tri County Toyota, Limerick PA), our car did not meet the criteria for an engine rebuild which is ‘consumption of more than a quart of oil over 1200 miles.’ According to this criterion, an engine which was burning 3 quarts of oil between oil changes (5,000 miles) could mathematically fail this test but is clearly defective. That is the situation we now find ourselves in.

Our car has been serviced according to the manufacturer’s recommendations for its entire life but has now used 3 quarts of oil between oil changes (5,000 miles). It is not leaking through seals to the exterior, and is therefore burning excessive oil, indicative of the fundamental problem which is the subject of the above-mentioned TSM.

We therefore request that Toyota rebuild the engine of our car, free of charge, with the modified piston assembly to rectify the situation.

- Phillip C., Eagleville, PA, US

problem #3

Sep 052016

Camry Hybrid Hybrid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 166,000 miles


My car just started telling me that it is low on oil. I have had no indications that there was an oil issue up until a few months ago. When I took it for my next oil change at the dealership, I was not notified about any problems with oil consumption, but was told this is normal for these cars.

I just came to a different dealership for an oil change and was told about the major problem with these cars and that the fix from Toyota would not be covered any longer. I called Toyota and they basically told me that it was not their problem that I was not contacted and that there was nothing they would do for me. No discount on the needed repairs, no advice on what I can do. They basically said I was on my own.

I bough this car before entering school in order to have an economical, reliable car with limited expenses. $4000 to fix a design flaw is well out of my financial abilities. They need to step up and admit that they screwed up and fix their mistake! I am going through 3 quarts of oil between oil changes. It's so bad that I might as well just change the filter, because the oil is being pumped in as fast as the gasoline. So much for an economical vehicle!!! I may be getting 35+ MPG, but I am only getting 1000 miles per quart of oil. I'm not sure what to do at this point. I can't afford to fix it and I wouldn't want to sell it to someone else when I know there is a major problem with the car.

- Warren T., Lexington, SC, US

problem #2

Jun 262015

Camry Hybrid Hybrid

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

I truly loved my hybrid Camry until June of 2015 when my oil light came on and my oil was low shortly after having my oil changed. I contacted my mechanic and he researched the problem and found a bulletin regarding problems with oil consumption. I began to have to check my oil once a week and had to add 1-2 quarts per week.

In late 2015, Toyota sent out a notice regarding the oil consumption problem and offered oil consumption testing. I had my car tested and of course, my car was consuming oil. I was notified on 1-13-16 that my car was consuming oil and that I would be put on a waiting list for repairs. I continued to check the oil and add oil to my car. I have now been told that parts are projected to be available in Sept. 2016. In mid August, my engine light came on and I had to get my car to the closest mechanic as it was running poorly. The codes showed the engine was misfiring and there were problems with the catalytic convertor. The mechanic stated that these problems were directly related to the excessive oil consumption and that the car is not operational and that we should contact Toyota.

My husband contacted corporate Toyota and was told that they are not responsible for anything other than replacing the pistons and rings. Both my husband and I commute to work, I am now without my vehicle (which I am still making payments to Toyota), still waiting on parts for repair (Toyota tells me to be patient, really???), facing charges to tow my car approx. 40 miles to the Toyota dealership for repair once parts available, and paying approx. $1000 to replace the catalytic convertors before my car will be operational.

I am completely disappointed with Toyota for taking no responsibility for these related issues and the amount of time it has taken to address and solve these problems (still waiting). Will not purchase another Toyota vehicle.

- Cyndi M., Park Hills, MO, US

problem #1

Dec 012014

Camry Hybrid Hrbrid 2.4L Fi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,000 miles

I guess I'm somewhat one of the lucky ones that my Camry didn't start using oil till 100000 miles or so. But even at this mileage an issue of oil consumption should never be an issue with a Toyota! If my car Was from the 40's or 50's I might could understand. I have always bought Toyota's from Corolla to Camry and haven't had issues until now and if Toyota doesn't stand behind this obvious bad design and Recall, I will not be purchasing another Toyota ever. I guess we will see what kind of character and integrity Toyota has towards their customers when it comes to this issue. Can you say "New Engine"!!!!

- Kay B., Gainesville, GA, US

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