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.

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CarComplaints.com 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 safercar.gov (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.

CarComplaints.com typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to CarComplaints.com 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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
5 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,136 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2005 Toyota Camry electrical problems

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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #20

Nov 062014

Camry

  • 110,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel seized and an abnormal sound emitted from a unknown source. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the alternator pulley detached and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of failure and the contact was advised that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 11V539000 (engine and engine cooling). The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Leawood, KS, USA

problem #19

Apr 142014

Camry

  • 65,000 miles
I also have a 2005 Toyota Solara with this same problem.remote wireless door lock will only unlock drivers door and electric door lock on drivers door will only lock passenger doors all doors must be unlocked by hand.this is an on going problem with Camry and Toyota needs to recall these cars as they did in the past and fix the lock problems.

- Bridgeport, WV, USA

problem #18

Sep 022013

Camry

  • 90,000 miles
I had parked in a parking space and was going to open my drivers door to get out. I had my keys in my hand and was reaching over to get my purse. I suddenly realized I was not in my parking place and had rolled backwards (lot was on a slope) and had hit the restaurants garbage can. I discovered at that point that my car was not in park and the ignition was turned off. In further checking I now know I can remove my car keys at anytime. Engine running or turned off, car in park or not. It does not matter. I can be driving down the road and remove my keys.the safety factor of keys not coming out of the ignition unless the car is in park and turned off is not there. Date of incident is approximate but I can verify if needed with the insurance company as the restaurant put in a claim for the dent on their garbage can.

- Villa Park, IL, USA

problem #17

Mar 232012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 89,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The electric driver side mirror quit operating. It first quit moving up and down and now it will not move side to side. Appears to be a short from an electrical defect.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #16

Dec 292011

Camry

  • 118,982 miles
I stopped my car at my mailbox at the foot of my 45% incline short driveway and put it in park with the engine running. After getting out to get my mail, I re-entered the car, put the car in drive, and touched the accelerator. The car engine "roared" more loudly than I had ever heard and lunged forward uphill towards my brick home. I slammed the brake pedal one time as hard as I could and the car stopped. I had not expected it to stop. There was no collision, but thank god I did not kill or injure some innocent person or myself. I now refuse to drive the car, which is a real problem for me and my family. I understand your Agency has failed to force Toyota to include the 2005 model in your recall to install new braking system override. This is unconscionable.

- Madison, MS, USA

problem #15

Dec 012011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 70,100 miles
My vehicle was idling in my driveway when it caught on fire, mechanic stated it was a defective fuel injector.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #14

Oct 132009

Camry

  • 49,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When driving on highway, there was some noise coming from the engine compartment, and suddenly I lost power steering and lights flashed on the front panel. I managed hard to pull off the vehicle from the highway, it was so hard make turns to the ramp. The engine temperature started to fluctuate. There was little smoking come out, I had to stop there. It was turned out there was a belt fell out and my alternator eventually died. My car is 4-cylinder, not 6.

- Towson, MD, USA

problem #13

May 312011

Camry

  • 137,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, he noticed a burning odor. Another driver noticed flames coming from under the hood on the passenger side and alerted the contact. The contact attempted to stop the vehicle, but the brakes would not respond after depressing the brake pedal continuously. The contact jumped out of the vehicle and the vehicle came to a stop when it crashed into the divider on the road. The contact sustained severe scrapes to her left foot, legs, and arms. The contact was then transported to the hospital for treatment. After being released, the contact suffered muscle spasms and was rushed back to the hospital for further treatment. The fire and police departments reported to the scene and reports were filed. The vehicle was towed to a junk yard where the insurance company inspected the vehicle and determined that the vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and sent an inspector to determine the cause of the fire. The manufacturer stated that the cause of the fire was undetermined, but the representative stated that there was corrosion found on the air conditioner hose. The manufacturer would not supply the customer with the investigation report. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 137,000.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #12

Sep 202010

Camry

  • 53,000 miles
2005 Camry le, 53,000 miles. Car stalled, engine died, ckeck engine light came on. Results of check up. Throttle control body failure. What"?? why??"

- Carrollton, TX, USA

problem #11

Jul 302010

Camry

  • 84,500 miles
Accleration failed on 2005 Camry. Could have been killed by cars behind me, had enough coast to get to next exit. Called Toyota about the repair and they said no recall, and there should be. If Toyota would have fixed it, it would have been over $1500, so we had it towed to a repair shop and the repair was $454 and loss of car for 7 days. The diagnosis was the digital throttle was bad. You could push the peddel all the way to the floor with no response. Imagine being out on the interstate and this happens. I only have 84,500 on this car and this happens. Very concened about this on the Camry. There should be a recall on this as well. Diagnosis check was ran and the repair shop will be glad to provide any information you may need. Just glad that I was not killed.

- Warrenville, SC, USA

problem #10

Apr 052005

Camry

  • 2,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

- the contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 5 mph into the driveway, the vehicle accelerated and crashed into pellets of stone. There was no personal injury. The front passenger fender sustained damages. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and repaired for the body damage. The technician stated the failure was contributed to driver error associated to an accidental engagement of the accelerator pedal. Additionally, the vehicle alarm system activated without assistance spontaneously causing the power doors not to lock. The authorized dealer was unable to repair the vehicle. The manufacturer was notified of the failures, and the contact was waiting a response. The failure mileage was 2,000. The current mileage was 20,000. The VIN was unknown.

- Newport Coast, CA, USA

problem #9

Mar 032009

Camry

  • 10,000 miles
I have a 2005 Camry. I know it is not part of the recall, but for the past 2-3 years I have had this sporadic problem. When I am stopped at a stop light sometimes it surges forward...not always a lot, but sometimes quite hard. I started keeping track and it doesn't matter if it is cold engine or warm engine. Then just the other day my radio shut off and the interior lights while I was driving, and came back on within a few seconds. Because it is so sporadic, like it will do it for 2-3 days and then not for 2-3 days, to have someone check it they said I would have to leave it in the shop and I need a car to go to work. To have it checked involves a lot of time and money according to the dealership. I don't know what the problem is, but it seems like it must be electrical...how do I know"??"

- Tigard, OR, USA

problem #8

Jan 202010

Camry

  • 91,000 miles
I have been a loyal Toyota owner for 20 years and I would like to tell you about my latest experience with my 2005 Toyota Camry. After 91,000 miles, I needed to get a new transmission. I typically drove my Toyota to 150,000 miles and never had any problems with the power train. I contacted Toyota customer service, they initially said they might be able to help me but never followed up. I tried to contact customer service, but could not get through. I recently had my car repaired for $3300 at aamco to get it drivable. They had to fix the transmission and the wiring to get the car working again. Several electrical connectivity issues existing; and still remain. The only good news was the ECM was operating correctly. Now that aamco fixed my car, Iżve noticed that my cars about 400 - 600 RPM lower than before. Other problem with the car include dash lights going out after 4 ½ years. Clearly this is not a good situation when it takes several hundred dollars of labor to replace a $2 light bulb. The lights that are out are the fan speed, heat dial and the lights on the dashboard for the shift indicator. I believe there is an electrical issues with the 2005 Toyota Camry that also need investigation.

- North Potomac, MD, USA

problem #7

Dec 042009

Camry

  • 71,500 miles
Car located in omaha, ne, being driven East from 42nd and curtis avenue, downhill at approximately 41st and curtis ave (car speed up on level area to compensate for the computer systems ability to slow the car down or prevent coasting), my 2005 Toyota SE hit a parked car, airbags deployed and the car continued to drive an additional block after the brakes were applied. Car hit a dirt road/ditch and bounced and landed into a private yard located on the southeast side of the road. The hill in the private yard stopped the car from continuing on.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #6

Jun 072007

Camry

  • 26,196 miles
2005 Toyota Camry xle--beginning in March 2007 my Camry began to accelerate from a stopped position. My Camry would take off at high speeds from a complete stop and applying the gas pedal. This occurred several times. I took my car to my dealer bill page Toyota in falls church, va. The first time the acceleration occurred was after 2 years and in March 2007. I was on constitution avenue, right lane in DC--which either turns right or goes straight. Constitution avenue is 3 or 4 lanes each East and westbound--I was heading eastbound. When the light turned green, the car in front of me turned right, thank goodness because as I took my foot off the brake and unto the gas, my car shot forward so fast my brakes wouldn't stop my car. Upon slamming on the brakes which were shuddering so badly, I thought my car was never going to stop and hit the next car (rush hour). I stopped short of hitting that car. I was so scared. My service manager said couldn't reproduce and that there was nothing wrong with my brakes or car. He told me that the shuttering is normal when I slam on my brakes--a safety feature to stop the car. Computer said nothing wrong. Had the acceleration problem at least 3 more times. I was at a parking meter, 1st space. Got into my car, turned on the key, released my emergency brake, and took my foot off the brake and unto the gas. I wanted to make a right turn. There were 2 people on the sidewalk, and thankfully they did not walk in front of my car--I would have run over them. My car took off so fast from a stopped position that I had a hard time stopping my car. I immediately took my 2005 Camry to the dealer. Again service manager told me computer says there is nothing wrong with my car--think computer/software glitch. Last week Toyota Corp said won't fix B/C not on recall and only intermittent, which is the problem. Told me I own the car, it's out of warranty won't pay to fix. Help! when driving it's like russian roulette!

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #5

May 012009

Camry

  • 30,000 miles
I have a 2005 Toyota Camry xle. I had two instanaces of spontaneous acceleration. /oth happened when my foot was on the brake pedal and had been on the brake pedal. There was no sticking accelerator involved. We brought the car to the Toyota dealership in berlin vt. The mechanics hooked the car to their computer diagnositics and replaced an " electonic sensor" and I have never had the problem since. This happened around June of 09. I would think that the dealership should have records of this repair. It is hard to believe that that this is unrelated to the present problem. My car year was not in the recall.

- Derby, VT, USA

problem #4

Jan 222008

Camry

  • 55,000 miles
The clockspring in the steering column has gone bad causing my driver side airbag to not be operable and my horn not operable, neither is my cruise, but the first two are my main concern.

- Talladega, AL, USA

problem #3

Jul 032008

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,100 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. While coasting around a corner at 5 mph, the vehicle suddenly began accelerating on its own. The contact applied the brakes, but the vehicle did not respond. The vehicle rear ended the preceding vehicle. There were no injuries. Five days prior to the failure, while driving 25 mph, the cruise control engaged by itself. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 30,100. Updated 10/14/08 the consumer stated weeks before the accident, there were problems with the electrical system. Updated 10/15/08.

- Beach Haven, NJ, USA

problem #2

Sep 212007

(reported on)

Camry

  • miles
2005 Toyota Camry with accelerator problems. Customer states it is difficult to speed the car up to enter the freeway and the vehicle won't slow down when accelerator pressure is decreased. The consumer also stated the headlights tend to go out at times while driving.

- Roseburg, OR, USA

problem #1

Aug 082005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 351 miles
The caller said two weeks after she bought vehicle it stalled at an intersection. She had it towed to the dealer, and they had it for 2 days. Dealer got it started and found nothing wrong with it. When they did a diagnostic they could not duplicate the problem. They told her to drive it, and if it happens again, to leave it where it was, and they will come and get it. The second time they had it they replaced the crank sensor, but said they found nothing again after doing a diagnostic. Manufacturer said the vehicle was fixed. The caller still had concerns about the vehicle being safe. Caller has one close call.

- Younkers, NY, USA

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