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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,911 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #7

Sep 212010


  • 175,000 miles


Vehicle dies in middle of the road when idling. This almost caused an accident a few days back. I am told this is the failed throttle body (apparently a defective part) which has already been replaced once on my vehicle.

- Hermitage, TN, USA

problem #6

Feb 012010


  • 84,000 miles
I have a 2002 Toyota Camry. Upon pulling into a parking stall I applied the brakes to slow down as normally done when parking. At this time the car lurched forward, the engine raced, the car hopped the curb and hit a building. I believe this could be tied to the current gas pedal recall. I have a witnesses that will attest to the fact that during this whole scenerio my brake lights were on the whole time.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #5

Oct 012009


  • 128,000 miles
2002 Toyota Camry emissions control system failure. Camry with 128,000 miles with check engine light on. Dealer said it will cost about $1000 to repair. Charcoal cannister failure, emission valves and fuel filler neck failure.

- Winnsboro, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 012008


  • 60,580 miles


This accident occurred in my garage. I had backed the car out of the garage and left the engine running with the car in park while I removed the garbage container and upon returning to my car about 1 minute later, I placed my foot on the brake pedal and shifted the car into drive. Immediately, the car accelerated forward at a very high speed and despite the fact that my foot remained on the brake pedal, it did not stop and crashed into the concrete wall at the rear of my garage. The air bags deployed minimizing my injuries. The car was totaled by my insurance company - the front end was badly smashed and the frame was bent. The total estimate to repair was in excess of $9000. The total travel of the car was 26 feet. I have no idea how fast the car accelerated to, however in the 60,000 miles that we had driven the car, I had never experienced this high degree of acceleration. Please note that when I had first re-entered the car just prior to the crash, there was no indication of a fast engine idle at all. Also, I observed after the crash that my foot was still on the brake pedal and there was no indication of anything lodged beneath the brake pedal.

- Windsor , CT, USA

problem #3

Jan 102004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
1. loud creaking and rattles: After many attempts at repairs, the problem finally turned out to be a manufacturing defect. They left plastic assembly guides in place, which they had to remove by removing the window again (this was a super secret service bulletin that was divulged only when the customer engineer for new england showed up). But he dealership managed to chip the paint in the process, requiring the roof to be repainted. Once the creak was gone, the interior rattles were unbearable from all the quality work completed. 2. transmission issue: I've been assured by the service manager at me dealership that it is normal the transmission take at least a mile shift out of second gear when below 30F and to a lesser degree during warm weather. The car won't shift into third or overdriven until after least 1-2 minute of driving, no matter what speed. 3. transmission issue: When lifting off the throttle from 60 to 55mph on a downhill, there's a "hitch" or bucking where the transmission abruptly catches, then releases. Almost like it down shifting, but it stops half way. This has been an annoying problem since day one. The bucking problem is annoying and problematic. It was solved by reset the computer and showed up again at 42,000 miles. They are blaming it on the adaptive micro-processor and my driving style. (warranty) 4. door rattles: Driver's side and passenger side doors rattle/tick when going over bumps. I asked the service manager that was let go about the rattle, and he explained it's normal for new Camry's to have the doors make that make noise. Constant use of silicone was advised by the dealership. 5. airbag recall 6. passenger seat replacement due to poor construction and squeaking 7. check engine light for defective charcoal canister 8. warped front brake rotors 9. pealing chrome on passenger door handle. (warranty) 10. Flaking paint on exterior door handles. *

- Waltham, MA, USA

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problem #2

May 272002

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Car died while traveling approximately 40 mph around a curve. Power steering went out and car nearly hit the curb and several parked cars. Took vehicle to Toyota who refused to fix it under warranty, because they said it was consumer's fault that it happened. They said that fuel got into the charcoal canister, which they claimed to be evidence that consumer topped off at the gas pump. I told them that I never topped off (for environmental reasons as well as vehicle protection), and they said it also could have been because the car sat at an angle in the drive way but that they still wouldn't fix it.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 202002

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,800 miles
Sulfur odor inside car

- Cliton Park, NY, USA

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