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:
9 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
60,049 miles

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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jun 042016


  • 140,000 miles


While switching lanes from left to right at a stoplight about 10 feet behind the car in front, as I took my foot off the brake the car suddenly, unexpectedly accelerated and my front driver's side hit the rear passenger side of the car in front of me. We have experienced this unanticipated acceleration at least 6-7 times in diverse circumstances.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #20

Aug 252015


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owned a 2005 Toyota Camry. While driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle experienced unintended acceleration as if the accelerator pedal was depressed. The contact held on to the steering wheel, crashed into a parked vehicle, and the vehicle continued to accelerate. While attempting to brake, it continued to accelerate. The contact had to crash the vehicle against the sidewalk and the only thing that stopped the vehicle was that the rim had no tire. The police department was present, but no police report was filed. The insurance company was notified of the crash. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The manufacturer sent a third party company to investigate the crash and they found no evidence of manufacturing defect. The vehicle was destroyed. The contact also stated that the same failure occurred several times before. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #19

Oct 142015


  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. While reversing into a parking space, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. As a result, the vehicle crashed into two different vehicles and the curb. The contact mentioned that the transmission became stuck into second gear and the brakes failed. A police report was filed and no injuries were sustained. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 118,000.

- Leavenworth, KS, USA

problem #18

Aug 252014


  • 104,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated while driving 35 mph, an abnormal noise emitted from the transmission. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the overdrive was shifting too early. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 104,000.

- Toms River , NJ, USA

problem #17

May 072014


  • 0 miles
While the car was in park, before turning off, it accelerated rapidly out of control. Driver was not immediately able to stop. A concrete slab and fence were crashed by the out of control automobile.

- Leonia, NJ, USA

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problem #16

Sep 022013


  • 90,000 miles
I had parked in a parking space and was going to open my drivers door to get out. I had my keys in my hand and was reaching over to get my purse. I suddenly realized I was not in my parking place and had rolled backwards (lot was on a slope) and had hit the restaurants garbage can. I discovered at that point that my car was not in park and the ignition was turned off. In further checking I now know I can remove my car keys at anytime. Engine running or turned off, car in park or not. It does not matter. I can be driving down the road and remove my keys.the safety factor of keys not coming out of the ignition unless the car is in park and turned off is not there. Date of incident is approximate but I can verify if needed with the insurance company as the restaurant put in a claim for the dent on their garbage can.

- Villa Park, IL, USA

problem #15

Nov 052013

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 205,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle was sitting idle when another vehicle crashed into the rear driver's side of the vehicle. The contact's vehicle was thrown forward, causing the contact to crash into the rear of another vehicle and into a wall. The air bags failed to deploy. The contact sustained neck and head injuries and was transported to the hospital. A police report was filed and the vehicle was destroyed. There were no further injuries. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the incident. The failure mileage was 205,000. Updated 02/19/14 the consumer stated that the vehicle would intermittently not be able to shift out of park. Updated 2/20/2013

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #14

Sep 182013


  • 98,000 miles
My wife was dropping my daughter to school bus stop and when she went O get the letters in our gated community, she was about to stop in the parking space when the car accelerate by it self, causing her injury and car and property damages. She says she couldn't control the car and the car hit the curb damaging the bottom of the car, the hood, front bumper, fender, passenger headlight, and radiator and condenser and also the windshield. The car airbag didn't come out at any time. Causing her injury in her head and shoulder.

- Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

problem #13

Jul 172012


  • 51,000 miles
While driving my 05 Toyota Camry(which has 51K miles on it) in the morning to work, my car at first wasn't giving any gas into the engine and it wouldn't start. My co-workers were able to jump start my car and I was able to drive to the dealership after going to auto-zone and a local body shop who were unsure of the issue. The dealership told me after the diagnosis, the throttle body needs to be replaced due to it being "faulty" and clogs up due to moisture getting into the valves. The total cost for the part itself + labor and taxes totaled 1155.99! up until now, I haven't had any issue with the car except this. This is a serious issue if it does not get resolved. What would happen if I was on a highway driving at the speed limits" what would happen if this stalled on a busy intersection" please talk to Toyota about this issue!

- Tuscon, AZ, USA

problem #12

May 212011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 72,000 miles
May 21, 2011 after picking up grandkids from school the car was accelerated and lost power when entering I-35 South bound. The engine light on the on the instrument panel was on also. The car had to be pulled over to the shoulder, put in park and restarted. This happened two more times before getting home. May 22, the same thing happened again, so we took the car to auto zone and have diagnostics ran. The message shown related to the throttle control being stuck and the codes were AA1, AA2 and AA3, all relating to faulty throttle control parts. May 23, called Toyota to file a complaint and hopefully get assistance. We were denied assistance since our we do not maintain service through a Toyota dealer and the car is 10,000 miles out of power train warranty. Fowler Toyota charged us $1061 to diagnose, and repair the electronic throttle control system. Our car is a 2005, Toyota Camry. VIN[xxx]. the problems occurred each time the accelerator was depressed. The car would just lose power and die, the engine light was illuminated on the instrument panel. Car would have to be put in the park position and restarted. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Moore, OK, USA

problem #11

Aug 052010


  • 62,600 miles


2005 Toyota Camry le. Approximately 1 to 2 seconds after shifting into reverse, engine went into high RPM and accelerated out of garage. Driver already had foot on brake pedal and braked hard leaving skid mark (from right front tire) of approximately 24 - 30 inches in length on coated garage floor. Right side mirror was ripped from car. Required approx. 10 feet to stop. Engine did not remain at high RPM. (A/C may have been "on". engine was "cold" - I.e., 1st time started that day; however ambient temperature was in mid-upper 70's.) later that same morning, the engine again went to high RPM shortly after shifting into reverse to back out of parking space. Driver was prepared and able to immediately stop car. Air conditioning was not engaged this time. Took car to original dealer same day. Dealer states no fault codes in computer. "some" carbon build up on throttle body. Performed safety check inspection. Serviced/cleaned throttle body, fuel injectors, replaced transmission fluid, and cleaned/adjusted rear brakes. In the 3 days since the original incidents and service, phenomenon has not repeated. Car has approx. 62kmiles and has received all warranty and regular, prescribed service at original dealer on schedule. Car has had no major repairs during its history.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #10

Sep 172006


  • 1,000 miles
2005 Toyota le V6 has noticeable acceleration problems at low to mid speeds. This is very dangerous. The vehicle has been to the dealer couple of times and Toyota currently has no fix, according to the dealer. The problem is caused by the fly by wire. This also causes problems with transmission shifting. I bought this vehicle new in August, 2005. The problem has been there since I bought the vehicle new and still continues to date.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #9

Jun 032010

(reported on)


  • miles
2005 Toyota Camry. Consumer states vehicle lurches forward the consumer stated when accelerating from a stop, or a near stop, the vehicle would hesitate, then lurch forward. The service department was aware of the problem. The technician had a bulletin from Toyota explaining that he needed to updated 06/18/10.

- Bayside, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 252010


  • 36,681 miles
On or about Jan. 25, 2010, I was parking my 2005 Toyota Camry on the street in front if my house. As I put it into reverse to back into the parking space, it suddenly surged backward incredibly fast. The only thing that stopped it was the car parked behind me. No damage was visible on the other car; but my bumper was scratched and cracked. It scared me.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #7

Feb 222010


  • 27,654 miles
Own a 2005 Toyota Camry le. Started vehicle backed up 10 feet and when put vehicle in drive to go forward the vehicle accelerated as if it was in a drag race and with foot on the brake rammed into a concrete wall.

- Hillsborough, CA, USA

problem #6

Jan 222008


  • 20,000 miles
My wife was driving at a speed of no more than 15 mph off of our housing estate on and heading towards a main road. The road was icy and my wife is a cautious driver who would not be driving at excessive speed. As she approached the junction she applied the brakes to stop the car at the junction the car did not seem to slow. She made a split second decision to turn right on to a cul-de-sac rather than go across the main road. She ended up driving across the cul-de-sac before hitting a lamp post and then driving into a neighbors garage door where the car finally stopped. My wife was not injured although the car was heavily damaged, the air bags did not deploy. There were visible skid marks on the cul-de-sac where you could see that she had applied the brakes. The police report concluded that my wife was driving with excessive speed, my wife is a very cautious driver who has never had an accident in 20 years. When interviewed by the police she was not sure exactly how this could have happened it happened so all she could do was agree with the police report. Given the media attention with newer Toyota models recently we though we should report this.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #5

Feb 102010


  • 90,000 miles
I own a 2005 Toyota Camry and since I bought it from the dealer it had been having problems with the automatic transmission system and the accelerator. For example when I stop at a traffic light and I begin to accelerate the car takes to long to shift to the next gear and while this time elapses for about 2 to 4 seconds the car keeps accelerating with no gear at all, this almost make me crash the other day trying to avoid a collision with an aggressive driver that got in my way and I could not advance with the car at that crucial moment and get out of the way of the situation since the gear was not ready for me to accelerate and advance. Another problem that I have been noticing is that while at low to medium speeds the ABS braking system fails to brake the car after it gets over a bump in the road; several times it had happened to me that after I get a bump I have to apply the brakes 2 to 3 times in a rapid succession to come to a complete stop. Also sometimes while driving at low speeds with low rpms the car stalls without warning and the wheel gets very hard to maneuver, I even have to stop the car in the middle of the road to start the engine again and continue with my trip. All this complaint was given to Toyota in priors calls I made to them but the dealers they send me to see said that was normal operation of the car, that there was nothing wrong.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 272005


  • 100 miles
I had my new 2005 Camry into the dealership (longo Toyota, el monte, ca) three times in the first month after I purchased it. I explained that there was a major surge in acceleration while breaking. I also had problems with my car "jumping" forward while at a complete stop, and another issue with a lag in acceleration. All three of these issues have happened more times than I can count. There have been many times that I haven't been able to accelerate at first, only to find myself trying to brake (and not succeeding) as soon as the accelerator kicks in seconds later, sending the car surging forward. I've taken the car in to the dealership, and each time I was told that there was no problem - that whatever my issue might be, it could not"T be replicated, and that any ?timing? concern was only the electronic throttle ? and that this was completely normal. The issues with the Camry"S acceleration & electronic throttle are incredibly dangerous, and were almost the cause of a major accident (my 3 year old son was in the car at the time), and countless other minor near-accidents. I am a safe, 33 year old female driver with 17 years of driving-experience, and only one accident on my record (a man rear-ended me on the freeway in 2003). Toyota is such a popular brand, and if there are other Camry owners, then none of us are safe. How many people have to be injured or die before Toyota owns up to their mistake? I continue to see recalls for other Toyota cars, and hope beyond hope that one day my 2005 Camry SE will also be recalled.

- Naperville, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 242009

Camry 6-cyl

  • 25,000 miles
Own a 2005 Toyota Camry xle V6. Transmission hesitation, heated seats work occasionally, most power windows don't operate properly, and lots of squeaks and rattles. Vehicle only has 25,000 miles, very well maintained. Dealer says that all problems are normal. I bought a Toyota because they were supposed to be the best. This was the first import car for me, and will be the last. I will be returning to Ford. I never had any problems like this on my Taurus with 200,000 miles.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #2

Sep 212007

(reported on)


  • miles
2005 Toyota Camry with accelerator problems. Customer states it is difficult to speed the car up to enter the freeway and the vehicle won't slow down when accelerator pressure is decreased. The consumer also stated the headlights tend to go out at times while driving.

- Roseburg, OR, USA

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