really awful
Crashes / Fires:
21 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 1
Average Mileage:
56,528 miles

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2001 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #37

Jan 302015


  • 160,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while leaving a parking space with the brake pedal depressed, the transmission was shifted out of park and the vehicle jumped and sped forward at approximately 50 mph. The brake pedal was depressed and sank to the floorboard. The vehicle was shifted into neutral and crashed into a snow bank. A police report was not filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic, where it was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure was 160,000.

- 845-357-8858, NY, USA

problem #36

Mar 122014


  • 125,000 miles
While backing out of a parking space very slowly, looking both directions, the car suddenly accelerated and flew across a busy street into a store front. Three persons were slightly injured and the car was considered totaled as well as the main front window of the store.

- Oxnard, Ca, CA, USA

problem #35

Nov 242012


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. The contact attempted to shift the gear lever from drive to park but when the brake was depressed, the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The contact was unable to decelerate and crashed into an unoccupied parked vehicle. A police report was filed. There was no personal injury. The vehicle had not been repaired and sustained damage to the front end bumper. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #34

Jan 022012


  • 142,000 miles


The accelerator pedal sticks. Every time I come to a halt for about 20secs to 1 minute. I have to push hard a couple of times or more to release the pedal from the stuck position. The car then goes into sudden acceleration. This has been happening for about 6 months and has gotten progressively worse. I noticed the same problem with my 2007 Toyota Camry accelerator pedal.

- Streamwood, IL, USA

problem #33

Jan 182011


  • 90,000 miles
I have a 2001 Toyota Camry where the gas pedal sticks at times. Not all the time. Is there a problem with this year/model vehicle. I have had it at my local mechanic where he lubricated the cable. It helped for a very short time. The problem is back again. Is this vehicle part of any recall with Toyota?

- Oakland, NJ, USA

problem #32

Oct 252008


  • 54,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. While driving into a parking space at approximately 5 mph the contact applied pressure to the brake pedal, the vehicle accelerated and crashed into another vehicle. The crash caused damage to the front drivers side of the vehicle and damage to the other vehicle involved. Both vehicles were repaired and covered by the contacts insurance company. There were no injuries. The failure occurred twice. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic. The mechanic could not diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The approximate failure mileage was 54,000.

- Annandale, VA, USA

problem #31

Oct 232010


  • 172,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 65 mph the accelerator pedal became stuck in a depressed position. Heavy pressure was then applied to the brake pedal and he was able to lift the accelerator pedal out of the depressed position using his foot. The vehicle was pulled over and shut off. It was then towed to an authorized dealer where he was told the accelerator cable fractured. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 172,000 and the current mileage was 174,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Westfield, NJ, USA

problem #30

Oct 102010

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
2001 Toyota Camry. Consumer states intended acceleration the consumer stated his wife was driving the vehicle, when it suddenly accelerated and crashed into a utility pole.

- Fortuna, CA, USA

problem #29

May 102010


  • miles
My 2001 Toyota Camry started developing a problem more than two years ago, where it would start running rough and then stall--or sometimes stall without any warning. I have taken it into the Toyota dealership numerous times, but they have not been able to fix it. If the car stalls or comes close to stalling then the engine light goes on, and the dealership has only been able to reset the engine light. Recently the dealership replaced the charcoal canister when the engine light came on, but that has not helped the running rough/stalling problem. The car seems to run rough or stall if it has gone above 4000 rpms, and we can moderate the instances of a problem by avoiding sudden acceleration. My fear is that the car will stall in traffic and cause an accident.

- Arlington, VA, USA

problem #28

Oct 042009

Camry 6-cyl

  • 91,043 miles
This vehicle was involved in a fatal crash in which a passenger was killed. Based upon a crash reconstruction analysis, the vehicle was traveling in excess of 100 mph when the driver lost directional control and struck the back of another vehicle. Although no current recalls exist for this particular vehicle in regards to vehicle speed control issues, we are interested in having it investigated in light of the recent Toyota recalls with other model years. The unusually high speed of this vehicle does not appear consistent with the circumstances surrounding the crash. The vehicle is available for examination if needed. Updated 9/29/11

- New Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #27

Jul 172006


  • 35,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while trying to park at 5 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and crashed into a tree. The vehicle sustained major body damage but no injuries were reported. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership but the dealer could not duplicate the problem. The failure mileage was approximately 35,000. The current mileage was approximately 60,000.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #26

Jul 072002


  • 6,762 miles
Driving North on us highway 101 in California at speed limit of 65 mph. Car speed increased on a curve, could not stop it and subsequently crashed into a barrier in the median.

- Tarpon Springs, FL, USA

problem #25

Dec 042009


  • 55,700 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry ce. The contact stated that while lightly depressing the accelerator pedal moving from a traffic stop, the vehicle jerked forward and the engine exhibited higher than normal rpms. On a separate occasion, while driving at speeds of 40 mph and depressing the accelerator pedal, the vehicle lunged forward and began jerking violently. The contact stated that the feeling was similar to drag racing a vehicle. The passenger suffered minor injuries to his neck from the violent jerking motion. The vehicle was not inspected by the dealer. The contact stated that the weather was not a factor. The approximate failure mileage was 55,700 and the current mileage was 55,928. Updated 05/12/10.

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #24

Nov 042008


  • 82,000 miles
On November 4, 2008 as I was attempting to park my car at the williamsburg, va post office and was about 2/3 of the way into the parking spot with my foot on the brake, the engine roared, the car accelerated, jumped the curb and hit the side of the brick building. Fortunately there were no pedestrians in my path. We had the car towed to casey Toyota in williamsburg where they inspected the brakes and found that they were working properly. We then requested that Toyota send a representative to inspect the car to determine what might have caused this accident. The inspector's report states that he found nothing wrong with the car. (this of course all took place prior to the recent recalls). We incurred expenses totaling over $600. Because of this accident. Since we felt this car was unsafe to drive, we decided to trade it in and had to accept a reduced trade-in because it was involved in an accident and also incurred great expense in purchasing a new car. Research has shown that this was not an isolated incident as the recent recalls have shown.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #23

Jan 022010


  • 101,301 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry ce/le/xle. While driving at speeds of less than 50 mph, there was a loud roar in the engine and the vehicle abnormally accelerated without warning. The vehicle accelerated to speeds of 70 mph. The contact attempted to depress the brakes but they would not engage which caused the vehicle to crash into a house. The police were called and a report was filed. There were no injuries. Repairs were made at the owner's expense. There were no additional failures, to date. The current and failure mileages were under 101,301. The VIN was not accepted.

- Seattle, WA, USA

problem #22

Dec 012005


  • miles
My 2001 Toyota Camry 's gas pedal sticks. When at a light or stop sign when it is time to go I push down and the pedal wont move. Then it unsticks and shoots forward. It even accelerated once. Through the years I mentioned it to mechanics and they think I'm crazy. When the Toyota recalls started I called my dealer and he said the recalls don't pertain to 2001 Toyota Camry.

- New Hyde Park, NY, USA

problem #21

Oct 292006


  • miles
The failure is the gas pedal gets stuck. It sticks when I am at traffic lights and it's my turn to go and has been sticking every since I had the car. I thought that it was just the car not getting enough gas. Nothing has been done to correct it because I was told there was nothing wrong with it. I am afraid that I am going to hit someone because I do have to really mash the gas to get it to move. The only incident was in 2005 my daughter was driving. She stopped to get gas. When she finished and got in the car to leave she put the car in reverse and the accelerator stuck when she gave it gas she baked into a pole. The only damage was to my car she was not hurt so the police wasn't called.

- Bainbridge, GA, USA

problem #20

Feb 162010

Camry 4-cyl

  • 1 miles
The gas pedal in my two thousand one (2001) Toyota Camry sticks. It locks and fails to accelerate once I let up off the gas upon reaching maximum speed then need to give gas to maintain acceptable speed seconds later. Equally it fails to accelerate when idling in stop-and-go traffic and needs to pick up speed as traffic begins to moves. It's always been like that and fortunately never locked in undesired acceleration. Please consider how the mechanics of that problem relates to the current Toyota gas pedal problems, if at all. I don't want anything from NHTSA or Toyota as I look forward to getting another car due to the vehicle's expensive emissions failure rather than gas pedal issues. You are however welcome to access my vehicle if it could help in looking into the history of what's really going on with gas pedals.

- York, PA, USA

problem #19

Feb 142010


  • 120,000 miles
Toyota 2001 Camry - sudden acceleration. While parking the car, the car accelerated on its own. The car embedded itself in a deep snowbank approximately 6 to 8 feet away. No injuries, minor damage to grill. The car was so deeply embedded that it took several hours to dig it out. The front two wheels were elevated - the entire vehicle was on a slant of about 10 to 15 degrees. A 48 year old woman and an 8 year old child were in the car.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #18

Jul 042009

Camry 4-cyl

  • 94,000 miles
Sticky gas pedal, 2001 Toyota Camry le: Car does not move until the gas pedal is pressed hard.

- Holmdel, NJ, USA

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