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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
122,750 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new/rebuilt transmission (2 reports)
2002 Toyota Camry transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 222015

Camry LE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,000 miles


Transmission needs replaced according to two mechanics, who quote $4,100 for new and $2,500 for installing a used transmission. Car still runs but struggles to shift and wants to stay in 3rd. Also makes a bad buzzing noise. The fix with a new transmission is close to the value of the car at this point.

- , Livingston, MT, USA

problem #1

Jun 042009

Camry LXE 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,500 miles

She has been a good car. I bought her in 2004 and carefully researched before purchasing. At the time, the '02 Camry had a great track record. It has been having difficulty shifting into reverse & rough forward shifting. The transmission mechanic said the transmissions for the Camry has been a problem. Who would have known when she was only two?

- , San Diego, CA, USA

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