really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,139 miles

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2001 Toyota Camry steering problems

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2001 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 172014


  • 95,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the engine sputtered and the engine rpms would increase and decrease. In addition, the power steering, brakes, and engine failed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing, but was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #8

Feb 062001

Camry 4-cyl

  • 200 miles
Noticed a vibration in the steering wheel since the first month of purchase have had many front end alignments and wheel bal plus changed tires three times. Still having the same problem to this day.

- Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #7

Jun 162011


  • 120,000 miles
It was raining very hard and the temp outside was around 70. I may have driven thru a puddle just before I turned my car, as I turned my steering froze up, like I lost power steering only worse, I couldn't turn the wheel to straighten out my car so I had to stop my car. After a few seconds I was able to get control of the steering again. After driving for about 10 minutes the steering problems went way. This steering problem continues to occur whenever it's very wet outside, when it's raining hard. I brought my car to a auto mechanic who checked the belts and steering fluid and said everything looked normal.

- Dracut, MA, USA

problem #6

Jan 012010


  • miles


I own 2001 Camry le. Fortunately no accidents happened but I'm tired of fixing it's wheel alignment problems. The car pulls on left. I replaced every possible parts suggested. I did the alignment from several places such as sears, Firestone. They don't find any problem in the alignment report but when I drive, the car heavily pulls on left side. I have to really hold the steering tight to keep the car on road or in a lane..

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #5

Mar 172006


  • miles
2001-Toyota Camry: There is a burning odor when car is operating. The ignition does not always start the car upon inserting and turning the key. Many times when turning the key, there is a high screeching loud noise and the car remains non-operational for a few minutes which occurs everyday. After the car is running for approximately 20-minutes down the road, there is a burning smell similar to burning rubber. The inside of the car near the floor on driver side and passenger side will become warm. It appears heat is generated from the engine into the inside of the car thus resulting in burning odor. Upon acceleration, the car has a jerky, propelling motion forward. Steering column has some stiffness and at other times it has lot of play with turns. The power/electric windows, clock, and cd/radio player do not work properly. These defects/faults occurred approximately 6 months after used vehicle was purchased. As vehicle was sold as is, I did not return to the dealership for repairs. Car was taken to local mechanic and found nothing wrong. With the exception of the daily ignition/start problem, other problems described above, happen approximately five times a month. Regular scheduled service maintenance are performed however all above problems continue to concern me.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #4

Jul 072001

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Have had a steering wheel vivration since I bought the car new in 2001. Have had wheels balanced and aligh in past and purchased new tires after 18,000 miles to see if that would help. Nothing has. Still has vibration. Called Toyota in 2001 no help resolving problem. 8jb

- Port Richey, FL, USA

problem #3

Feb 162005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,755 miles


While driving 31 mph the steering veered to the right and the vehicle accelerated without warning. As a result the consumer lost control of the vehicle and collided into a tree. No injuries reported. The cause had not been determined. Please provide additional information.

- Watertown, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 182003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While traveling on the dallas North tollway, it became difficult to steer the vehicle. It started to pull towards the left at first slightly, then more violently causing me to crash into the concrete median that separates the North and southbound lanes of the highway. I sustained accute muscle and ligament sprain in my back. The vehicle was operating fine the previous day.

- Irving, TX, USA

problem #1

May 022001

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,300 miles
At highway speeds, particularly from 45 mph to 65-75 mph, steering wheel on 2001 Camry le 4-cyl vibrates. Tires and wheels have been balanced many times but still no remedy. Alignment was also performed many times but with the same problem. Went to Toyota dealership 4 times, with the same cause, dealer tentatively fixed issue but restarts (vibrates) after a few miles. Steering wheel seems loose (about to fall off) and moves the car slightly to the left. Visual vibrate of steering wheel is seen and of course felt. This vibrate not seen in my previous 1998 corolla at the same speed range. Also, other generation 4 (1997-2001) Camry's have the same defect. Possible engine mount problem (engine not held properly), over or under torquing of steering wheel and related components. Probably suspension failure or improper installation of steering and suspension. Note: Incident date is today's date (02 May 03). Incident has happened many times in normal driving. Note: Number of failures is measured in every time I start the car and drive at the above specified speeds. However, the number is lesser since it has been awhile that I reported the problem to Toyota.

- Columbia, MD, USA

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