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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,004 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #5

May 042009

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles


2002 Toyota Camry. The consumer wants to be reimbursed for repairs. The check engine light illuminated. The dealer stated there was a problem with the emission system. The problem was repaired and the consumer was charged $600. Two days later, the light illuminated again. The consumer returned to the dealership, but the problem was not resolved. When the consumer stopped for gas, he noticed the gas tank would not fill up, the gas would spill out. The consumer went to another establishment and it was determined that a pair of pliers were on the vent of the gas tank. The dealership was contacted and the consumer was told a mistake was made by one of their mechanics. The second dealership replaced the vacuum switching valve.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #4

Mar 202008

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,630 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the engine light illuminated on the instrument panel. She stated that there was a faulty charcoal canister that needed to be replaced. The current and failure mileages were 82,630. Updated 07/15/08 updated 07/15/08

- Lake Forest, CA, USA

problem #3

Sep 272005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,390 miles
I have a 2002 Toyota Camry with 42,608 miles. The check engine light went on yesterday. Today I had the charcoal canister, hose and vacuum sealed valve replaced at great cost. Now I have read that this was a problem with the 96-98 Camry's and that the epa required Toyota to extend the emissions warranty to 14/150000.

- Forest Park, IL, USA

problem #2

Aug 132002


  • miles
Have very serious concerns with brake system on my car. Brakes repaired on numerous occasions. Consumer feel this problem could lead to a serious automobile accident if not corrected. Nar the rear brakes were noisy and made a grinding sound. The front brakes vibrated, the consumer replaced the front brake pads and rotors. The consumer stated that the trunk flaps and clips were installed to fix the problem. The left front door kick panel came loose. Bond pak primer applied to fix the problem. The consumer stated that the vehicle shimmies when driving at high speeds. Vehicle front wheels out of balance. The problem was not with the wheel balance but with the brakes. Rotors where warped. The consumer stated that the moon roof does not open smoothly it jolts and shakes the car roof. The consumer smelled a rotten egg smell when the heater and air conditioner was used. The consumer was told that it was burning sulfur and it would diminish at 25000 miles. 35000 miles the smell was still there. The rear view defogger was replaced.

- Capitol Heights, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 242003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I own a 2002 Toyota Camry with Bridgestone tires which were on the car when we purchased it in fall of 2002. We have taken the car into dealership, high country Toyota in scottsboro, al, 3 times and phoned our sales representative approximately 6 times for 3 problems. #1 - rattling - which we were told on the first visit to dealer it was the catalytic converter heat shield cover and they had fixed it by bending it out. It's rattling again, now. #2 - smell of sulfer/rotten eggs - which we were told they could not recreate the problem, so they have no idea what it could be. It still smells! #3 - my husband took the car to wal-mart to have the oil changed and the tires balanced and rotated because we noticed alot of wear on the outside of the tires and the steering wheel was vibrating when driving. My husband was paged back to the automotive section by an employee to see the tires himself before they took them all off the car and to warn my husband about driving on the tires if we didn't replace them immediately. My husband said the inside of the tires were showing the wires from severe wearing. My husband took the car to the dealer where we purchased it to have them inspect the front end for damage that could cause the tires to wear in such a way so quickly. Our vehicle is 1 yr. Old with 30,000 miles on it. He was told it was ok, but the tires on the car at time of purchase weren't meant to last very long, anyway. He took the car to a local - trusted - tire company and had the tires replaced. We have been told that our dealer isn't aware of any recalls and/or complaints on any of these issues, but after researching the internet, I have come across more than enough complaints to make me wonder if I've made a huge/costly mistake in trusting the Toyota name and past reputation, especially with 3 children who were put at risk and a monthly car payment!

- Stevenson, AL, USA

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