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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:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,384 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 transmission problems

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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #15

Aug 302005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Transmission hesitation when pressing gas pedal. After 2 or 3 seconds the car then lurches forward violently. This nearly caused an accident as I attempted to pass another vehicle. This is a widely known defect that will cause many accidents if not corrected very soon.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 162005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
While parking car and applying brake, vehicle continued to slowly accelerate and pushed in a tin wall housing the furnance room of a gym. Car rested on the furnance and a gas line. Toyota dist. Manager said he couldn't find any defects and couldn't duplicate problem so said their hands were tied. Nothing done.

- Grand Island, NY, USA

problem #13

May 312005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 600 miles
2005 Toyota Camry. The consumer stated that the vehicles transmission was unpredictable. When revving the engine nothing would happen and then all of a sudden the vehicle would jerk. This has occurred since purchasing the vehicle. It was taken to the dealership at 600 miles. According to the dealership, there is no problem, it is operating under normal specifications. This happens mostly during acceleration from a stop or slow speed.

- Feeding Hills, MA, USA

problem #12

Jun 012005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69 miles

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

I bought a 2005 Camry xle last month. The transmission is completely faulty and there is no response from the company. The electronically controlled transmission (ect) is slow to respond. There is a delay when you press the gas so you neven know when the car will actually kick into gear. This is not a problem except when you enter a highway or try avoid a crash.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #11

Jun 262005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,160 miles
Traveling down hill at approximately 45 mph just slightly pressing the brake pedal vehicle will down shift and jurk steering wheel. If conditions where right I may loose control. This has happened numerous times. Spoke to several dealers and they say it is normal.

- Steelton, PA, USA

problem #10

Dec 202004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,800 miles
When the overdrive is activated, the RPM's spike between three and six thousand RPM's. this happens during normal driving conditions. It is an intermittent problem. We have contacted the dealer on two separate occasions and they are unable to find the problem. It started around the beginning of April, five months after purchasing the vehicle. My concern with this problem is that it may spike at an inopportune time causing an accident. When the RPM's spike I lose accelorator control. The vehicle milage is 14697.

- Wales, MA, USA

problem #9

Jun 032005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles

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

On 5/27/05 while driving and after stopping the accelerator would hesitate, then the transmission would jerk into gear. Problem was intermittent. Cannot make a left hand turn or right hand turn becuase the car hesitates so much it wont go. Took car to dealer, and delaer reported that the problem was normal. Dealer reported nothing could be done. Toyota reported they were looking at the problem and will report any developments.

- Lewis Center, OH, USA

problem #8

May 012005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Contact with the dealership has been fruitless as far as resolving the problem. I was told that they are aware of complaints, but try the company line that it was engineered to perform this way. Basically, the transmission will not gear down satisfactorily, until it comes to a complete stop. A slow turn and then acceleration will 'always' result in 'lagging' of gear changes, then it will finally gear down and lurch into the lower gear. It's aggravating and can be downright dangerous in tight crowded freeway driving conditions where it's not unusual to have to slow down and then speed up without getting rear-ended.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 012004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
1. we purchased a new 2004 Toyota Camry xle from beaverton Toyota (beaverton, Oregon) 2. here are the three problems: A. when going down a hill, on dry pavement, with the brakes being "feathered", with no additional foot pedal pressure, the brakes suddenly engage and the brake pedal pushes back on the drivers foot. B. after braking and then accelerating, the brakes do not release after the brake pedal has been released. This causes the engine to hesitate until the brakes release. This happens especially in heavy stop and go traffic. C. with very little pressure on the accelerator, the engine hesitates which causes the transmission to downshift multiple times running the rpms up to the redline. 3. I have reported these problems to beaverton Toyota service department multiple times and the hillsboro (Oregon) Toyota service department one time. They admit there are problems, but since Toyota has not issued a "service bulletin" they can do nothing to fix the problems. I have driven another 2004 Camry at the hillsboro Toyota dealership and none of the problems listed above occurred.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #6

Apr 252005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
While driving first 100 miles the transmission is shifting eratically, upshift and downshifts not changing smoothly.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 242005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles

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

The vehicle stalled and did not shift properly. The vehicle was just purchased. The vehicle would hesitate when the accelerator was depressed. There was a delay in acceleration or slow response time from a low speed to a faster speed while going up a hill.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 052005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle revs and lunges when stopped and in drive. This occurs regularily and the dealership told my wife that it was "inherrent" with the Camry. It happens frequently.

- Apopka, FL, USA

problem #3

Dec 202004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12 miles
Excessive brake pedal effort required to slow vehicle at approximately 30 mph. Engine "pushing" vehicle whilst braking. Poor fuel economy (avg 20 mpg for 4-cyl auto. Posted figures 24/34). Erratic transmission shifting. Noticeable delay when accelerator pedal depressed. Numerous near-accidents due to delay in acceleration.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 132005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 51 miles
2005 Toyota SE V6 has noticeable hesitation problems at low speeds. Could be dangerous at faster speeds. Toyota currently has no fix, according to the dealer.

- Mclean, VA, USA

problem #1

Dec 122004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
2005 Toyota Camry le V6 gradually speed up to about 25 mph. Stop short (you don't have to lock them up, but stop quickly) then accelerate again. When I stop short, my transmission shifts into neutral, and it takes about 3 seconds to shift back into first. When it does, I get quite a jolt. Brought car back to dealer, they are saying it is normal.

- Irvine, CA, USA

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