Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Beware of the NHTSA complaint data for the 2005 Camry. It is almost certainly misleading.

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2005 Camry is that for months on end, the news media repeatedly told the public that several Toyota models had an unintended acceleration defect, & to go to (the NHTSA's website) to file a complaint.

So, the NHTSA received a disproportionate number of complaints about Toyota unintended acceleration issues because of the national news media attention, to the point where their data is unreliable taken in context with any other vehicle that did not receive national news attention. typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to to report your Camry acceleration problems" like they did about the NHTSA -- so although we have less complaint data than the NHTSA for the 2005 Camry, our data for the Camry is a far more statistically accurate representation of the Camry's reliability than what the NHTSA data shows.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
14 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,359 miles

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2005 Toyota Camry brakes problems

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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #22

Feb 102010


  • 90,000 miles


I own a 2005 Toyota Camry and since I bought it from the dealer it had been having problems with the automatic transmission system and the accelerator. For example when I stop at a traffic light and I begin to accelerate the car takes to long to shift to the next gear and while this time elapses for about 2 to 4 seconds the car keeps accelerating with no gear at all, this almost make me crash the other day trying to avoid a collision with an aggressive driver that got in my way and I could not advance with the car at that crucial moment and get out of the way of the situation since the gear was not ready for me to accelerate and advance. Another problem that I have been noticing is that while at low to medium speeds the ABS braking system fails to brake the car after it gets over a bump in the road; several times it had happened to me that after I get a bump I have to apply the brakes 2 to 3 times in a rapid succession to come to a complete stop. Also sometimes while driving at low speeds with low rpms the car stalls without warning and the wheel gets very hard to maneuver, I even have to stop the car in the middle of the road to start the engine again and continue with my trip. All this complaint was given to Toyota in priors calls I made to them but the dealers they send me to see said that was normal operation of the car, that there was nothing wrong.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #21

Jun 282009


  • 25,500 miles
Vehicle lurched forward while brake pedal was depressed on to separate occasions.

- West Newbury, MA, USA

problem #20

Dec 082004


  • 3,704 miles
I'm concerned the Toyota braking issues go deeper than late model prius. My 2005 Camry le V6 exhibits similar characteristics as being described today - brake failure when driving over uneven, irregular or rough pavement. When this occurs, the brake pedal stiffens and braking action ceases. I've learned to press down V-E-R-Y hard on the pedal during this intermittent behavior. Had taken to the dealer more than once. The complaint along with harsh shifting of the transmission which manifests in the engine over-revving while not actually engaging into any gear, then the transmission finally engages making the vehicle go further/faster than desired/anticipated. Toyota indicated the issues were "an operational characteristic of the vehicle", being dismissive in their response demonstrating a corporate culture of arrogance. Have spoken with Toyota service managers in henderson, nv, santa monica and thousand oaks, ca re: The transmission and they all have similar responses... rolling their eyes toward the sky and lamenting, "ohhh, that V6 Camry transmission" as if some sort of factory 'inside joke'. these are clearly known issues the factory has chosen to do nothing about, thus the service manager's hands are tied. (had been extremely pleased with my former '95 Camry to the tune of 300,000 miles.) it's disappointing Toyota has ceased to be the honorable company they once were.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #19

Jan 142010


  • 67,000 miles


I have a 2005 Toyota Camry. I have experienced a few times, the last in January of this year, sudden acceleration. I T was enough for me to say "whoa;" I felt it should be reported in light of the Toyota issues.

- Salem, MA, USA

problem #18

Jan 102008


  • 10 miles
It had started to snow with about an inch or less on ground. Since my street is on an incline and being aware of possible slippery conditions I was driving less than 10mph as I approached my driveway. I was just creeping along. As soon as I applied the brakes to get ready to pull into my driveway(very cautiously) they just didn't work and I slid slowly down the rest of the street (appr. 200 ft) into the cross road, which thankfully had no cars approaching, and I rolled right into a tree. Because I was going so slow there was no damage to my car except for dented license plate nor was I injured, just shaken up. I was alarmed by the total lack of brake control that I experienced. When I called the dealership the service rep said that was the way the anti-lock brakes work and that I should have snow tires for winter driving. I have lived on this street for several years. When I had my Honda Accord before the Camry I never felt frightened that it would not stop in the snow. I'm a very careful driver. I've always felt confident driving in snowy conditions and have never owned a 4-wheel drive car. This didn't feel normal to me even though it could have been that I was on my street at just the perfect moment during a snowstorm when the streets had accumulated just enough snow to be hazardess. Now, as I am reading all these problems with Toyota I'm reminded again of my discomfort in regard to my brakes and am wondering again if this is something that needs remedying. In addition to this particular incident I have also expeienced great discomfort due to lack of break control when I brake over bumps or, again, on an incline in normal weather conditions. It sounds very much like what I've been reading about the latest prius problems. I have told myself often that I would definitely not buy another Toyota. My feeling that I can't trust the braking system on my Camry is being confirmed by what I've been reading in the news.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #17

Jan 052010


  • 25,000 miles
I own a 2005 Toyota Camry and every time I brake on ice or snow my brakes make a loud grinding and vibrating noise. I reported the concern to the dealership several times and they continue to say it's normal ABS working like they should. I have never had a car that has ever made this type of grinding sound when braking in the snow. We also own a corolla and it doesn't make this sound.

- Baden, PA, USA

problem #16

Aug 012005


  • 2,500 miles


It is surprising that there is only now publicity about Toyota brakes. I have a 2005 Toyota Camry. If I hit a bump or goes over washboard pavement while braking, the brakes go out for a second or so. Bought the car new and said something about the problem early on but was told that nothing was found to be wrong. I just learned to live with it over the years. I like the car and have not regrets on the purchase.

- Morrison, CO, USA

problem #15

Jul 152008


  • 10,000 miles
In July 2008 I was pulling my 2005 Toyota Camry into a parking spot and hit a steel fence (which prevented me from hitting a brick wall). I reported to geico that my brakes failed. A witness said that my foot probably slipped off the brake, because my tires were spinning and there was the smell of burnt rubber. I looked down through the steering wheel and my foot was on the brake. The brakes were fine. I believe my car (which I rarely drive anymore out of fear) should be included in the recall and should be repaired. I reported this to Toyota customer service, but all they could do was "file the report". there must be other 2005 Camry affected. This is my 3rd and last Toyota.

- Howard Beach, NY, USA

problem #14

Jan 012006


  • miles
I had the same exact problem that I'm reading about in the Toyota prius (brief brake failure at slow speeds on wet or uneven surfaces) in a 2005 Camry. I brought it to the dealer, who would not acknowledge the problem, telling me that the brakes "conformed to standards." So I don't believe any talk from Toyota that the problem is some kind of design flaw limited to the prius.

- Rego Park, NY, USA

problem #13

Dec 232008


  • 25 miles
We are writing to express our discomfort and disappointment with our 2005 Camry. This is the third Camry that we have owned, and until now, we have been exceptionally pleased with all of them from the style, the performance, as well as the maintenance. On December 23, 2009, while attempting to park, the car lurched forward, accelerated, hit a parked vehicle, and upon my (lillie) trying to apply the brakes, the pedal went all the way to the floor, and thus the brakes did not catch. I managed to maneuver the car to an empty lot and bring it to a stop. There were two other people in the car with me including a child. I was distraught. Of course, damage was done to both vehicles. When my husband arrived, he tried the brakes, and they did not catch. After reporting this incident to the insurance company, we called the local Toyota dealer to tow it in to be checked. The brakes were tested, and according to the mechanical department, there was no problem found at this time. Unfortunately, this was not the first accident with the brakes failing. Shortly after purchasing the car in August of 2005, and again attempting to park, the vehicle lurched forward and went through the wall of a local restaurant. Fortunately, the restaurant was closed, and no one was injured, however, extensive damage was done to both the car and the restaurant. I was sure the brakes failed, but thinking this was probably unusual, I convinced myself that perhaps since the car was new, I was not quite accustomed to the performance of the brakes. It was not until this happened again, that I knew the brakes had certainly failed. These were two frightening, expensive experiences. The first one was reported to the police. Both were reported to our insurance. James & lillie wilson

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #12

Nov 182009


  • 71,000 miles


2005 Toyota Camry, brakes didn't work while going over a pothole. This has happened to me at least 3 times. Used brakes to reduce speed due to pothole and brakes failed.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #11

Oct 092009


  • 25,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. While exiting a parking lot, the vehicle began to accelerate without intention. After repeated brake application the vehicle would not stop. Consequently he crashed through a fence and then into a building. The air bags did deploy. However he and his wife were injured (his wife had a fractured vertebrae and other issues) as a result of the failure. A police report was taken. The vehicle was completely destroyed. The manufacturer was notified, and representative was sent to inspect the brakes. The current and failure mileages were approximately 25,000.

- Monroe Township, NJ, USA

problem #10

Apr 252009


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Toyota Camry. While driving 25 mph, the contact had to exert excessive pressure to the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. The brake pedal extended to the floor before the vehicle could be stopped. She pumped the brakes and they returned to normal. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that there was no brake failure. The contact returned to the dealer three times, but they could not find any failures. Two weeks ago, the vehicle would not stop when the brakes were applied. She pumped the brakes twice and they returned to normal. She refused to drive the vehicle anymore and returned it to the dealer. The contact purchased a new vehicle. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Westfield , NJ, USA

problem #9

Nov 172008


  • 42,537 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 45 mph on normal road conditions, the vehicle failed to slow down when the brake pedal was depressed. The brake pedal was pumped several times before the vehicle came to a complete stop. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection, but they could not duplicate the failure. On separate occasions, the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer without resolutions. Recently, the brakes failed and caused a crash. The driver of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries. A police report was filed. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 42,537 and current mileage was 43,300.

- Perry, FL, USA

problem #8

Jan 262008


  • 36,247 miles
The car brakes are soft and hard to stop the car on road conditions. Wet, snow, ice, or any other substance other than dry the brakes go to the floor and grate. Standing on brake to the floor still doesn't stop the car. I told this to the car lot and they told me that they are all like that. I have had several close calls and had to go up onto grass or other area to stop my car. The grating sound when on wet conditions is awful and still doesn't control the stop. New design or different brakes need to be put on these cars. It doesn't seem safe to not be able to stop.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #7

Jul 272007

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,400 miles
Brakes are soft, grinding down in one day. I've had to replace them twice since I purchased car in 2005. I have to push brake to the floor before car will stop. Also car surges. I'll be driving and the car will all of a sudden go forward. Toyota said it was due to brakes. Has the brake system been recalled.? I noticed a lot of complaints on line due to same problems.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #6

Nov 112006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
If I had been driving any of my other vehicles besides the 2005 Toyota Camry that I have owned for 4 months, I would not have crashed into the bumper of the stopped truck. I saw the truck in time to apply the brakes while moving at 15 miles per hour, on dry clean pavement, to stop before hitting the rear end of the truck when it was a good 20 feet away. Not only did my Toyota not stop when I smashed on the brakes, it left absolutely no skid marks, and managed to completely rip the grille and headlights off the front bumper, and curl the hood back over a foot. The force did not deploy the airbag, and only caused minor damage to the bumper of the truck. The brakes absolutely were at fault, and I regret having to find out in such an expensive way that the brakes are not dependable at all, especially for a car with only 28,000 miles on the odometer. Toyota should pay for the damages if the same problem exists for any other drivers.

- Kirbyville, MO, USA

problem #5

Jul 202006

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,300 miles
: the contact stated while applying brake pressure at various speeds, the front of the vehicle intermittently pulled to the left or right. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer who aligned the front end of the vehicle. Afterwards, the problem persisted. The manufacturer was not alerted. Updated 2/26/10 updated 09/02/10

- Destin, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 022005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
Brake too low. Have to push brake pedal down hard especially when traveling above 60 mph. Brake goes all the way almost to the floorboard to stop car. Please contact Toyota motors (case #200507071372).

- Panorama, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 012004


  • miles
Consumer has been having problems with 2005 Toyota Camry brake system. The dealer told the consumer there was nothing wrong with the brakes, because the vehicle was brand new.

- Hyattsville, MD, USA

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