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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,612 miles

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2002 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 172008


  • miles


Two complaints (1) headlights are delaminating which I understand is a common, expensive problem. (2) inside driver's side door handle broke so I couldn't get out of the car. Both of these problems, I have learned are quite common to other Camry owners.

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

problem #9

Oct 282007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,599 miles
Passenger inside vehicle went to exit vehicle and inside door handle cracked and broke. Handle was replaced by dealer at cost of $78.

- Gary, IN, USA

problem #8

Sep 102007


  • miles
Inside driver door handle broke off. Passenger inside door handle did the same thing in 2003.

- Kingsland, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 152007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles


I purchased a 2002 Camry (new) and have had to replace both the drivers and passengers front door handles due to breakage, were not talking excessive force here. This is the part you put your fingers in to pull open door latch. They are breaking at the pivot point, where the pin goes through. Toyota is charging $37 apiece for an item that will get your Virginia state inspection sticker revoked until repaired, as I just found out. In my opinion the safety aspect of this( not being able to egress the vehicle in an emergency)constitutes a recall. Thankyou, mark grose

- Martinsville, VA, USA

problem #6

Jun 182005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Events leading up to the failure were normal use of car doors. Inside door handles of front passenger and back passenger doors cracked and one completely fell off. Door handles broke on separate occasions, but within a 1.5 year time span as passengers were trying to get out of car (car was unlocked). As a result riders cannot let themselves out of the car. Only the driver door is still in working condition. Driver must "valet style" let passengers out of the car. Inside door handles need to be replaced.

- Gardena, CA, USA

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problem #5

Mar 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
The contact stated that the door handles on the inside of the vehicle keeps breaking in the middle. This incident occurred on two doors prior to the expiration of the warrenty. The third door handled fractured recently and will need to be repaired at cost. To open the doors once the handle breaks the occupant has to roll down the window and open the door from the outside.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #4

Nov 242005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


I own a 2002 Camry, the car was purchased new from the dealer. In July 2005, the inside passenger side door handle broke at the point of connection to the door. I had handle replaced by the dealer. November 24, 2004, we were driving Camry, and rear drivers side door handle broke in the same manner as the previous front door handle. I questioned the dealer's service coordinator as why, answer "they got a bad batch of handles, they are made in usa and the just fall off" Toyota has not recalled nor can I find any information on failed handles, but several customers of same dealer and car have told me they also have had to replace faulty door handles, each handle costs about $85 to replace.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #3

Aug 222005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,517 miles
The contact stated the plastic door opening lever on the inside at the right corner of the driver's door broke off, making it impossible to get out of the car without lowering the window and reaching the outside handle of the door to open the door. This was an engineering problem, and did not relate to the mileage of the car. The contact felt it was a safety issue. If he had an accident and the power was off he would not have been able to get the window down.

- University Park, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 092002

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Driver noticed that driver's side door handle was inoperative. Driver was unable to open the door from the inside. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the handle assembly needed to be replaced, and replaced it. A few years later the problem recurred with the front passenger door. Then, mechanic determined that the handle assembly needed to be replaced.

- Sanford, FL, USA

problem #1

Oct 092003


  • miles
2002 Toyota Camry door handle break preventing door from being opened from the inside. You have to roll the windows down in order to get the door open.

- Aroda, VA, USA

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