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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,117 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Toyota Camry engine problems

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2001 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #12

May 032007


  • 76,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. While driving at 35 mph, the contact heard a noise coming from the engine so she took the vehicle to a local mechanic who stated that the engine oil was low. The contact stated that the engine oil light did not illuminate to alert her to get an oil change which caused the engine to fail; the engine now needed to be replaced. The dealer and the manufacturer both stated that there were no recalls or warranties on the vehicle. The current and failure mileages were approximately 76,000.

- North Hampton, PA, USA

problem #11

Mar 272006


  • 112,525 miles
2001 Toyota Camry was towed on 3/27/06 as a result of oil leak from engine. All data was sent to Toyota who sent it to an independent evaluator who denied claim.. I would like to resubmit the claim and documents to your office for a reevaluation.

- Auburn, GA, USA

problem #10

May 012008

Camry 4-cyl

  • 165,000 miles
Trip back from new orleans the car just stopped running. Repairman said it was a blown head gasket. The car is currently at the repair shop. The cost is between 2,000 and 2,500 dollars.

- Forest, MS, USA

problem #9

Aug 202006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


In August, my wife and I noticed our 2001 Toyota Camry le made a noise like it was missing on one cylinder. We watched to see if the problem persisted. We were still under our extended warranty and took the vehicle to a local mechanic we trust. He discovered the middle valves were stuck or sticking in the valve sleeve, causing the "mis-firing" sound we heard. Further, we were told the remedy was to have the head machined, replace the damaged sleeves and this would resolve the problem. In asking another mechanic about the issue, we learned this is a common flaw in the 4 cylinder Camry engine. In fact, our mechanic had 3 separate cars of the same age in for the same exact repair in a 2 week period. This seems a little deceptive, especially as you search the internet to discover there are several customers who found this flaw long after their warranty expired. We buy vehicles with the intent to keep them; we Focus on what we believe to be quality manufacturers with a quality product. This lack of follow-through and care for the customer is a blatant disregard of the trust placed in their hands. Technically, we are only out very minor fees and the time it took to deal with the matter. This was not a consumer product, where the result is annoyance and frustration, but it was a mode of Transport, carrying our lives on a daily basis. How can a company carelessly disregard the impact of its' products construction with so much on the line everytime it is used? I am very disappointed in Toyota, especially in light of the recent news about drops in product quality. As they Focus on the bottom line, little concern is shown to the consumer who risks a lot.

- Ramona, CA, USA

problem #8

Aug 262006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Petition I and my 5 year old son were on highway, when the engine burst and caught on fire of my Toyota Camry 2001 exl. We had done all the maintenance with Toyota and all changes of the oil requirements on time. The last oil change was only 4 weeks prior the accident. We went through terrifying and very dangerous experience also lost 27,000 investments in the car. Toyota's engines have the sludge problems, but they decline any responsibilities. People should know about such dangerous problem before they can lose a loved one. I petition the Agency for a recall, because of seriousness of failure.

- Solon, OH, USA

problem #7

Sep 042003


  • miles
The vehicle jerked and hesitated when the accelerator was depressed. The consumer has requested that Toyota recall all affected engines, or repurchase the vehicle and cover incidential and collateral expenses.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #6

Oct 272003

(reported on)


  • miles


Problems involving 2001 Toyota Camry. (nar) while driving on the major interstate the consumer vehicle broke down with out any warning, the car started to jerk sporadically and hesitate when depressing the gas pedal. The vehicle started smoking and had to towed to the service department. The dealer was notified about the defect engine but fell to fix problem. The consumer was requesting that a recall be issued for all affected engines, or re purchase the vehicle and cover the incidental and collateral expenses made from defective vehicle.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #5

Jul 182003


  • miles
Intermittently while driving at low speed 15 mph, vehicle will shut down. Dealer has inspected vehicle and, could not duplicate or correct the problem.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #4

Jul 132003


  • 28,565 miles
While driving vehicle shut off and brakes failed. Dealer notified.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #3

Jul 072003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Last year at approximatley same month & date, check engine light comes on.I am concerned because I bought the vehicle in may of 2001, it only has 9034 miles and this is the second incident.

- Peabody, MA, USA

problem #2

Jun 092003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
While driving at 65 mph the engine caught on fire. There was a 3-4 inch hole in the engine which leaked oil and ignited a fire. The fire investigator reported the fire was caused by a mechanical malfunction and not improper care. There was no warning, the vehicle just exploded with a big bang and the brakes had gone out.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Apr 022003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,319 miles
Cam shaft sensor malfunctioned w/approximately 49,000 miles. Dealer will not cover cost of repair although it affects the engine's performance. It was not an internal problem.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

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