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:
2 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
43,748 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.

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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #17

Nov 092013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 54,000 miles


November 9th 2013 - as I pulled into a parking space with my foot on the brake, the car took off like a rocket and hit a small tree. When I put the car in reverse, again with my foot on the brake, it shot backward into a parked car. November 25th 2013 - again, pulling into a parking spot with my foot on the brake, the car shot forward, this time, it went right into a brick wall. Approximately 40 bricks rained down on the hood of the vehicle, the front end is smashed in, but this time, I had a passenger that was injured and kept overnight in the hospital. The airbags never deployed. The police that responded were shocked.

- Clifton, NJ, USA

problem #16

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 #15

Jun 102011


  • 99,000 miles
Wife was returning from work when 2005 Camry decelerated from 50 mph to almost dying. When restarted, car would only drive 20 mph for the 13 mile trip home. Luckily, as the car almost died, the vehicles behind were able to brake and allow her to pull into a driveway. Throttle body was replaced. No "service engine" lights gave any advanced warning to the sudden loss of power.

- New Richmond, IN, USA

problem #14

Apr 232011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 62,000 miles


Throttle body failure caused the car to "die" while accelerating. Throttle body had to be replaced. The 2005 Camry SE, 4 cyl, had approx. 62,000 miles at the time.

- Pa, PA, USA

problem #13

Apr 172010


  • 89,000 miles
In 2006, my daughter was driving her 2005 Toyota Camry on US41 at 45 mph. The engine cut off and stalled while she was driving in light traffic in the center lane. No accident was caused and she safely pulled over to the side and called me. I went there and tried to start the car 2X's. each time it started, it raced to 4000 RPM and cut out. I waited 15 minutes and started the car again. The computer takes 15 min to reset and was able to drive her car to Toyota at 20 mph in limp mode. It was diagnosed as the throttle body malfunctioned. I have the service invoice from both incidents. On April 17 2010, the she started driving her car and the check engine light came on. She was close to home and was able to get the car home safely at the reduced speed again. And parked it. April 19,2005, I started the car and the check engine light was off and the car worked fine. I started to go to Toyota and got half way down the block and the light went on and I lost power. It would only go 20 mph and then I was able to get to 30. I drove over a bridge and at the crest it was only doing 10 mph. There was no throttle control at all. I went to the dealer and the throttle body was again broke. The vehicle in now at wilson's auto repair in cape coral fla. I called Toyota and made a complaint and they would get back to me in 2 days. Thank you

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

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problem #12

Aug 152009


  • 90,000 miles
2005 Toyota Camry. Car was being driven through town and had stopped at a red light. Light turned green and when accelerator was pressed to turn right car suddenly over accelerated and started to accelerate on it's own even when slamming on the brakes. After a few more seconds the car did decelerate and was able to be stopped. No further occurrences since then. This year model should be included in Toyota's recall for defective accelerators.

- Hartwell, GA, USA

problem #11

Feb 182010


  • 58,000 miles


Camry acceleration. My 2005 Camry has accelerated at full throttle at least 5 times. The latest occurrence was on 2-18-2010. So far no one has gotten hurt, but this vehicle is unsafe.

- Jackson, CA, USA

problem #10

Jun 292005


  • 100 miles
This 2005 Camry xle has a pause when starting from stop or accelerating when attempting to pass. If I come to a complete stop and when I start moving I'll have a short pause and then it'll move on but this pause could be dangerous or just enough time to put me in danger in both cases. I took it to swoop Toyota in elizabethtown ky and was told by the mechanic that if I was not the primary driver that the computer adjust to the main driver (my wife) and it would act differently for other drivers.

- Lebanon, KY, USA

problem #9

Feb 122010


  • 39,100 miles
I own a 2005 Camry. I was driving on I 95 at 60 mph when the car lunged twice, then stopped accelerating and went from 60 to 0 in ten seconds making it difficult to coast to a stop on the side of the very busy highway. After towing car to the dealer nearest me, it was diagnosed as the throttle body failure. I wa told it would cost 1,000 to replace it. My car only has 39,000 miles on it. The warranty did not cover this part. Then the dealer repairman said he would clean it out for $145 which he did. He said this has to be done every 30,000 miles because of a design problem. I did some research and have found Toyota Camry 02-06 have this flawed part and there are many complaints over the internet documented. I felt very unsafe when the incident happened and now am anxious that it will happen again. My question is: Why did the dealer want to see if it was covered under our warranty we paid for extra by another insurance company (ie., not toyotal mfr. Warranty) and when they found out it was not covered, they just cleaned it and said it was fine now? as a consumer, I am not wanting to go through the experience of my car just abruptly stopping like that and being left on the side of the road again.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #8

Jul 222009


  • 38,000 miles
Accelerator stuck and car advanced. Significant damaged avoided by swerving auto to miss house & go through landscaping. Car taken into repair shop next day & nothing found. Contacted Toyota & no help at that time. Therefore, no corrective action. Rugs were not an issue. This year & model is not part of the recall but I believe it should be.

- No Easton, MA, USA

problem #7

Sep 012005


  • 500 miles


Gas pedal sticks and causes vehicle to "lurch" when proceeding from a stop. This is dangerous because it could cause the vehicle to hit the one in front if moving forward from a stop light. Took vehicle to dealer when under warranty- short test drive said "nothing wrong", now obvious something is wrong. The purpose is not to "pile on" Toyota, but to bring attention to a safety issue. Thanks

- Hopkinsville, KY, USA

problem #6

Mar 012009


  • 49,417 miles
Car is Toyota Camry 2005 50K miles, still under powertrain warranty. Discovered rattling noise coming from the engine. Took car to the dealer. Dealer diagnosed broken diverter inside the intake manifold. I was advised that broken debris from diverter may fall into the engine and cause major damage. Toyota refused to make repair under powertrain warranty. This part was covered up to the 2004 year model. For 2005 model Toyota excluded this item from powertrain warranty, knowing that this is a factory defect repeating in thousands of vehicles. I see internet flooded with complaints for the same problem in models starting from 2002 and up. I am surprised why NHTSA does not make an action to force manufacturer to fix well known and repeating for a number of years, major safety defect, as vehicle's motor may fail and blow any moment in case metal debris from diverter fell into the engine.

- Macungie, PA, USA

problem #5

Nov 022008


  • 47,500 miles
While in process of parking 2005 Toyota Camry 6 cylinder in one-level parking space traveling at less than 5 mph, with foot on brake, vehicle suddenly accelerated and went out of control, crashing into pole, injuring driver slightly. Was second such incident about one year apart, with stone wall stopping vehicle during first incident, while ripping off entire front end.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #4

Sep 252008

Camry 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
I own a 2005 Toyota Camry with a 4cyl. It has 45,000 miles. From reading online and one specifically devoted to this problem the throttle body goes bad and the car just dies! this is a big safety issue when mine failed I was pulling out onto a busy street and almost was involved in a crash. From reading online this is a common problem that Toyota does nothing about. Not to mention it cost $1100 dollars to fix! any help in getting a recall on this would be greatly appreciated it really is a big safety issue. When this part fails there is no warning the car just stops dead in its tracks.

- Bloomingdale, IL, USA

problem #3

Aug 112005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I bought a brand new 2005 Toyota Camry le, 4 cylinders in July 2005. The fuel economy in the car was approximately 21 to 23 mpg 70% freeway, 30% local. Or 330 miles per 15.5 gallons. I brought it back to Toyota dealer for this problem. However, they didn't find any defects. But now, I am still driving the car with only 21 to 23 mpg which was not gas effective. I kept all the receipt of gas for proof.

- San Lorenzo, CA, USA

problem #2

Oct 242005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
Both 02 sensors went out along with fuel sensor with under 2000 miles. Then the catalytic converter went out under 5000 miles. The airbag light are off then on "?? dealer said working properly? dealer said it would be fixed 18 days later? they said parts were bad and not the right parts for the car" car stalls and accelerates. It get 12mpg since 02's and fuel sensors fixed. Bad gas mileage.

- Eielson Afb, AK, USA

problem #1

Jul 082005

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
When coasting to a stop for a traffic signal car coasts to below 40 miles a hour, get a slight jerk like the car is feeding gas by itself and does not coast down, if I do not hit the brake pedal car will continue to go. 8jb

- Delray Beach, FL, USA

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