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.

1.6

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,000 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 202008

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

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

This is in regard to our 2005 Toyota Camry, which we had purchased new. Our Camry has around 100K miles on it. On 2/20/08, my wife reported that the drivers side windshield wiper stopped working, while she was driving to work in rainy conditions. Later that morning, I looked at the car, and verified that the drivers side wiper moved independently of the other. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that the wiper arm alignment was off, and that the wiper arm had a witness mark from hitting against the hood of the car. I then discovered that the retaining nut (which holds the wiper arm to the splined shaft) was only finger tight. (I had never disassembled this in the past). Upon disassembly I observed an obvious collection of metal shavings around the base of the splined shaft, and on the shaft itself. I noted that the cast aluminum wiper arm had loosened up (due to the loose retaining nut), started to back itself up off the splined shaft, and ended up being reamed and stripped out, such that the wiper could no longer be driven by the splined shaft. From my observation, the root cause of this problem is that the retaining nut had not been tightened at (factory) assembly. This system failure caused a safety hazard inasmuch as the wiper became inoperative while on the road, during rainy conditions. The wiper arm assembly was replaced. I still have the failed part. I wanted to report this, in case there were any other 2005 Camry owners who may have experienced the same thing.

- Winchester, CA, USA

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