really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,965 miles

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2001 Toyota Camry drivetrain problems

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2001 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 182014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 106,000 miles


Experienced sudden acceleration. Car all of sudden accelerated. Tried to stop car with the emergency brake. Also, tried to put car in neutral and park as well as turn off the engine. Had to run car into hillside bank to stop the car.

- Goody, KY, USA

problem #4

Feb 232013


  • 78,500 miles
I used the date of 2/23/2013 because that is when the problem became full blown but about 2 months before that date the car began surge when I put the car in gear after being parked and while at a stop sign. It sounded then and still sounds like a fly wheel or something under the hood is running at a very high rate of speed. If I had not had my foot on the brake it felt as though I would have gone forward into the car ahead of me. Finally on 2/23/2013 the car started surging and then hesitating non-stop. The check engine light came on and began to blink so I crept back home with fear. When the car hesitates it feels as though it loses power and there's a backfiring sound in the rear. I took the car to aaa, they did a diagnostic on the computer and I had the ignition coil and spark plugs changed but the problem still exists. The surging and hesitation happens when the car is in gear (both drive and reverse) but not in neutral or park and it is constant. I have a fear that either the car will surge ahead while driving on a highway and I will cause an accident or be killed because the car may just completely stop. I contacted Toyota corporate office on 2/28/2014 to see if there was a recall and to ask if they were aware of the problem. The representative said no to both questions, but I see that's no true.

- Cheltenham, PA, USA

problem #3

Jan 012012

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30-40 mph, the vehicle stalled as the steering wheel seized. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after several minutes and the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The mechanic advised that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was approximately 85,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 8/23/12 the consumer stated the vehicle stalled at both low and high speeds. The steering wheel vibrated, steering started to shake/vibrate, then the transmission would stall and steering became difficult. Updated 09/06/2012

- Wayne City, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jan 032010


  • 70,000 miles
I have 2001 Toyota Camry 4 cyl le model. Many times when I begin my trip from my home my car accelerates even I have my foot off the gas pedal. It only happens within first few miles and then the problem goes away. I have a stop sign close to my home and before nearing the stop sign I lift my foot from gas pedal and car will accelerate and then I have to step on my brakes to stop it by the stop sign. It is very tricky in winter when there is ice on road. Since I am aware of this issue I do not step on gas at all till I hit the first stop sign. Once the car is running for a while the problem seems to go away. I wanted to bring this to the attention as I firmly believe that there is something more than sticky pedal. Since the problem goes away after few minutes of driving. That clearly indicates that the problem is not with sticky pedal. Since my car is not recalled I hope someone looks into this year model too.

- Round Lake, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 326 miles
Car makes lound rattling nosey when stopped at a red light. The whole car shakes. The also take a while before putting off. Car dealer won't fix or look at the problem.

- Eustis, FL, USA

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