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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,995 miles

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2002 Toyota Camry steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #12

Dec 122008


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Camry. While driving 15 mph in traffic or when he stopped at a traffic sign the steering wheel became inoperable. On several occasions, the dealer was unable to diagnose the failure or identify a failure code. The failure mileage and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Dale City , VA, USA

problem #11

Feb 182007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles
Toyota Camry le 2.4 L winter weather cause to vvt on auto to fail and stall engine. Stalled engine caused lost of controls, steering, brakes, replaced were oxygen sensors, cat.convertor, etc.. the vvt is variable valve timing control along with ocm, PCM, throttle sensor, mass air sensor which regulates the engine performance.

- Mckeesport, PA, USA

problem #10

May 312002

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6 miles
My Camry has pulled to the left since the day purchased. It has been aligned or checked for alignment numerous times. I have been told there is notheing wrong with my car. I have been told all Camry's pull to the left. I have been told I should upgrade. I have been told yes, it does pull to the left, but it is inherent in the car. Now after 2 1/2 years of asking Toyota to fix my car, they are now saying it is the tires and of course that is not their problem as their waranty does not cover tires. This vehicle will pull across the line into another lane at the higher speeds and this makes the car dangerous.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #9

Aug 182004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles


2002 Toyota Camry lev6 w/15" rims. Car is unstable at high speeds. We are now on our third set of tires and the car only has 21,000 miles on it. First set (Continental) became bald on outside edge of both front tires at 9000 miles. Tires were rotated (front to rear, rear to front) and front end alignment was done. Tires became bald on outside edge after only 8000 miles (17000 total miles on car). Dealer replaced all 4 tires with dunlop and I had to pay for a four wheel alignment. After 2500 more miles car again became unstable at high speeds. It started at about 75 mph and as the tires wore it became unstable at lower speeds 55-65 mph. The dealer replaced all four tires again with Michelin this time and did another front end alignment. Now with only 1200 miles on the new tires it is again becoming unstable at high speeds 65-75 mph. We would like Toyota to acknowledge the problem and come up with a solution.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #8

Jul 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
I experienced a tremendous frustration -- while driving in downtown Washington, DC, my car lost its power steering. When I opened the hood, I saw that the reservoir for power steering fluid was indeed full. Not wanting to be stranded 40 miles from home, I drove to the dealer from which I purchased the vehicle. I was advised that it could be several days before my car was evaluated and/or repaired. About 2 days after purchasing the vehicle, I returned it for 2 complaints: (1) the driver seat jars forward and back upon stopping and accelerating, approximately 80-90% of the time; (2) stopping/slowing the vehicle at speeds greater than 40mph (such as when slowing for an exit) causes the vehicle to shake and pull to one side. I was advised, by the services manager that the seat moving "happens in this kind of car", and that the alignment of the car was "ok" and that "pulling and shaking happens in this kind of car". and, I've tolerated it. Now, I'm wondering if the shut down of the steering also 'happens in this kind of car'. if so, I don't want "this kind of car" and perhaps my needs would best be served by some other 'kind of car'

- Frederick, MD, USA

problem #7

Mar 312002

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
From the first day I bought the car it pulls to the left and after 6 months of complaining I filed for the lemon law. Now a year and a half later it still isn't resolved.

- Alpena, MI, USA

problem #6

Mar 122002

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10 miles


I took delivery of a 2002 Camry xle on 3/12/03. From the drive home to this date the car has had a significant pull toward the left when driving. This pull is such that even relatively minor changes in road surface result in a worsened pull that requires constant correction by steering toward the right. Approximately eight (8)attempts to have the problem repaired or corrected through the Toyota dealerships have proven futile. I have made repeated calls to the Toyota customer service center in torrence, California. Efforts to repair this problem have included:new tire and wheel rotations(5-6 times), alignments(5-6 times), and camber bolts replaced(twice). After the last camber bolt replacement there was improvement for a short period of time but the steering problem quickly returned. I took the car to another local Toyota dealership in an effort to try and resolve the steering problem. The four wheel alignment revealed that the caster was not within the factory specified range. I was told that there was no adjustment for the caster and there was a warning on the printed alignment specification sheet stating, "this value is not within specification. Tire wear, handling and safety problems may result". this was and still is of grave concern to me. I notified Toyota customer service of the safety concerns and was referred back to the purchasing the course of these repeated service visits I was given a 2002 Camry le to drive as a loaner car on two occasions and one of the loaner cars had the same steering problem as mine. I feel unsafe with they're unresolved steering problems and feel that this presents a safety hazard to me and my family and perhaps other 2002 Toyota Camry owners.

- Ft. Blackmore, VA, USA

problem #5

Oct 082003

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Car pulls to the left.

- Pine, CO, USA

problem #4

Aug 122003

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The transmission was not working properly. The vehicle would shift harshly into drive when the engine was cold but when warmed up the vehicle drove smoothly. The steering wheel hummed when turned while driving 45 mph. It was later determined that a bushing for the steering shaft needed to be lubricated. The upper and lower belt molding around the driver's door came off. A faulty charcoal canister caused the check engine light to illuminate.

- Arlington, MA, USA

problem #3

Feb 102003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Regarding 2002 Toyota Camry. Started experiencing pulling and bumping sensations from front soon after 5000 miles. Had tires rebalanced and rotated, problem continued. Took car to dealer who said alignment was off and supposedly corrected. No change, in fact, steering wheel was still slightly off center. Took car back to dealer who said nothing was wrong but did another alignment, this time straightening out the steering wheel. Problem did not go away. We are now at 19000 miles having just rotated the tires again in hopes it would solve the problem, but it has not. Additionally, we have recently noticed poor braking traction even at slow speeds in wet conditions and a spinning out of a wheel going around corners at slow speed. We are frustated by the inability of Toyota North of mt. Kisco, NY to solve this problem.

- Mohegan Lake, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 032002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stated the steering wheel squeaks when turning both ways, dealer stated the steering boot was pulled up on the shaft, which was then relubed.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 032002


  • miles
When braking steering wheel will jump and will pull vehicle to the left or right. Cause unknown. Dealer notified.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

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