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 (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. typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to 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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,468 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.

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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 252008


  • 67,266 miles


On 6/25/08 I stepped on the brake because there was traffic up ahead but the car didn't slow down and kept on going. I stepped on the brake harder and found that I had to hold it all the way down to just slow down. I nearly hit some cars trying to gain control of the brakes on this car. Then being very concerned I drove home slowly only using the gas pedal and slowing completely at an intersection in order to get home safely. The next day I brought the car into the Toyota dealer in torrington ct to find out what was wrong with it. They said the master cylinder was defective and needed replacement at a cost of $576.22. My car had 67,266 miles at that time. It was fixed and has been running fine since then. I checked car and found others had a similar problem. I found this incident rather unusual because I have owned three Toyota so far and never had any problems. I am posting this complaint because this defective master cylinder could have caused some very serious consequences for me and others and should be investigated further if others are also having similar problems. I doubt is the old defective cylinder is available.

- Unionville, CT, USA

problem #9

Jul 172009


  • 69,000 miles
The day the car caught fire, owner was driving the car on the freeway, owner exited freeway, drove several blocks, turned right then the car stalled; owner steered the car to the side of the road using the momentum left in the vehicle. Owner heard pedestrians screaming to exit the car. Owner saw smoke coming out of the left side of the car. Owner grabbed her purse and exited the car in a hurry, leaving the car key in the ignition. As soon as owner exited the car, the car's door locks locked themselves, owner heard the clicking noise of the door locks. Then there was an explosion, and there was fire coming out from the left side underneath the front of the car. Owner screamed for help, then went looking for a fire extinguisher, but could not find any. The car kept on burning for 20 minutes until the fire truck arrived, firemen extinguished the fire, but the car's doors were all locked, the firemen broke the windshield and side windows to have access to the inside of the car to completely extinguish the flames. The car was declared total loss and was towed away. We the owners of this Toyota Camry 2005 have recuperated the towed vehicle. We communicated to Toyota the situation with the car. They answered saying: There was no recall for that vehicle and therefore would not do anything about it. The car showed electrical problems, jerked sporadically, turned off while running on the road. The car would restart on its own, sometimes it would have to be restarted manually. The car showed intermittent electrical problem, problem with the ABS braking system. Actually since we bought the actually since we bought the car brand new, the dealership said that this was normal behavior with the Toyota ABS system, and dismissed it as normal, they said that the corporate had informed them to say exactly that; this was a normal behavior with the Toyota ABS braking system. We the owner are following the events of Toyota recalls, and specially news of defects kept away from public.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 012010


  • 83,000 miles
2005 Toyota Camry. When applying the brakes on rough pavement (railroad tracks, potholes, large bumps) the brakes seem to release or let go. I have complained to the dealership about this shortly after getting the car. They tried to tell me that it was the antilock brakes and that I wasn't used to driving with them. I have complained to the dealership one other time and they cleaned and adjusted my brakes and charged me. The car still has this issue which sounds a lot like the ones that the recent model prius cars are having.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #7

Jul 182005


  • 19 miles


We purchased a 2005 Toyota Camry in 2005. The first day I drove it the car hesitated on acceleration to change lanes it was lucky that it didn't cause a wreck. I took the car back to the dealership (I don't remember why) but I asked them to check it and the guy I talked to just said it was because of the fuel injection. The guy didn't offer to check it, he just made that statement. The hesitation happens any time and it always feels like someone is going to rear end us while the car is deciding what it wants to do. On the freeways in California people go 70 miles an hour that makes it a hazard to drive a Toyota on the freeway. The Toyota also has a mind of its own, sometimes when I have my foot on the brake preparing to stop the engine seems to be trying to override the brake to keep going. It feels like the car is trying to increase the speed when I am trying to slow down. I have been concerned about it but I just figured Toyota was not going to do anything about it. Now my husband does not want me to drive the Toyota.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 212010


  • 54,736 miles
I was driving along I 95 in fla. When my car accelerated with out warning to a speed greater than the law allowed, I immediately applied my brakes, and the car would not stop. I worked my way over to the left lane, and drove onto the shoulder against the concrete retaining wall, applying my brakes in this process. I put the car in neutral and it still continued at a fast pace, applying my brakes, and brushing along the retaining wall, thus slowing the car to a stop.

- Lake Worth, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 032006


  • 12,000 miles
On Sunday September 3, 2006 I pulled into a parking space at kroger grocery store after church to shop about 10:30 or 11:00 am. As I pulled into the space to park my 2005 Toyota Camry, it did a sudden acceleration, jump the curb and crashed into the grocery store wall. The store wall was not damaged but my Camry had about $4000 worth damage. When I told Toyota what had happen I was told to contact Toyota regional office. I contacted them and they told me that someone would be out to investigate my claim. They kept my vehicle for over three weeks, then they started on the body repair. Toyota claimed they could not substantiate my claim of sudden acceleration, but I know they repaired my vehicle internally as well as the body work because when I picked my car up from joseph Toyota dealership the car acceleration pedal felt so different. It felt real stiff and hard to mash. The brakes were check and fixed, because during the sudden acceleration they fail to stop the car. As I press them the seat belt choked an strap me so tight that I had a large welt across my chest. Toyota knew they had a problem with sudden acceleration at least since I reported it in 2006. They lied and made my insurance company pay all of that money, I had to struggle to come up with all of my deductible, pay for 4 weeks of car rental of about $45 a day while Toyota regional office drug their feet about investigating my car. I was scare, sore and frustrated about how this whole thing was handle, but now I feel vindicated. Had Toyota regional office told the truth about the problem with my Camry and did the recall in 2006 when I reported this, they could have save a lot injuries and lives. I knew I couldn't go up against this big corporation by my self and I'm sorry people have loss their lives got injured, but glad it came out to the consumers. I feel Toyota also changed my accelerator pedal in 2006, or put that little steel chip in back of the pedal, the new 2010 fix. My car has loss value.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 042009


  • 71,500 miles


Car located in omaha, ne, being driven East from 42nd and curtis avenue, downhill at approximately 41st and curtis ave (car speed up on level area to compensate for the computer systems ability to slow the car down or prevent coasting), my 2005 Toyota SE hit a parked car, airbags deployed and the car continued to drive an additional block after the brakes were applied. Car hit a dirt road/ditch and bounced and landed into a private yard located on the southeast side of the road. The hill in the private yard stopped the car from continuing on.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #3

Jan 222010


  • 72,750 miles
I had an accident on the 22nd of January, 2010. When I exited the freeway, I tried to use the brake, but the car would not stop. It went faster and hit a tree. My car was damaged. Another thing is that I noticed that my rear speaker covers were cracked on both sides. A close look shows that the cover has disintegrated and become weak. When you touch it, it crumbles into little pieces. This is a very unusual thing; I have never experience this in other cars before. I don't know what the exact problem is. I think that Toyota should be responsible for this. My car is a 2005 Toyota Camry le model.

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 112010


  • 74,405 miles
Brakes sometimes does not work properly. I need to press the brake pedal all the way to stop the car. Acceleration sometimes does not work properly either.

- Burlington, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 102010


  • 50,000 miles
I am an owner of a 2005 Toyota Camry. I purchased my car brand new. The first winter snow fall, while driving I experienced a hesitation with my brakes. I contacted the dealer, and was informed the brakes were fine. This continuously happens when the road conditions are slippery and wet. In Chicago, we received approx. 10 in. Of snow and as recent as today, my car almost did not stop! I almost ran into the back of another car and I nearly had an accident. The brakes sort of throttled with hesitation. I am concern that my Toyota is not one that is being recalled, however, it should be!

- Chicago, IL, USA

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