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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,421 miles

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2001 Toyota Camry exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2001 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #6

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 #5

May 152008

Camry 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
My 2001 Camry 4 cylinder started having white smoke coming out of the tail pipe after around 100,000 miles. It happens every morning when I start the engine. I had it checked by a mechanic and he said Toyota have that problem because of seating problem and it would cost me around $2000 to fix.

- Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 172006


  • miles
2001-Toyota Camry: There is a burning odor when car is operating. The ignition does not always start the car upon inserting and turning the key. Many times when turning the key, there is a high screeching loud noise and the car remains non-operational for a few minutes which occurs everyday. After the car is running for approximately 20-minutes down the road, there is a burning smell similar to burning rubber. The inside of the car near the floor on driver side and passenger side will become warm. It appears heat is generated from the engine into the inside of the car thus resulting in burning odor. Upon acceleration, the car has a jerky, propelling motion forward. Steering column has some stiffness and at other times it has lot of play with turns. The power/electric windows, clock, and cd/radio player do not work properly. These defects/faults occurred approximately 6 months after used vehicle was purchased. As vehicle was sold as is, I did not return to the dealership for repairs. Car was taken to local mechanic and found nothing wrong. With the exception of the daily ignition/start problem, other problems described above, happen approximately five times a month. Regular scheduled service maintenance are performed however all above problems continue to concern me.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #3

Jun 272003

(reported on)

Camry 6-cyl

  • miles


There was a sulfur odor coming threw the air vent from the exhaust which made the occupants sick. (see annotation - mj)

- Copiague, NY, USA

problem #2

May 242002


  • miles
Large amounts of co are entering inside the car, my wife has passed out over a dozen times while driving the car. We used a co detector and it registerd over 999ppm. I fear that this may be a problem that goes undetected. My wife had an eeg, ekg and an electro cardiogram performed, all tests came back normal. We found it interesting that she would only pass out while driving the Camry and this is what pushed us to test the co levels. I thank you in advance for your assistance and hope that this may help others that might be experiencing the same symptoms with this car or other cars. No safety defects mentioned.

- Acworth, GA, USA

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problem #1

Jul 052001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Whenever someone gets inside of vehicle, may expierence dizziness/ nausia, headache, and chest pain. Consumer took the vehicle back four times for the same problem and the dealer could not identify the problem.

- Yeadon, PA, USA

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