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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,250 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.

2005 Toyota Camry electrical problems

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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 062014


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated while driving approximately 35 mph, the steering wheel seized and an abnormal sound emitted from a unknown source. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The technician stated that the alternator pulley detached and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of failure and the contact was advised that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 11V539000 (engine and engine cooling). The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Leawood, KS, USA

problem #3

Oct 262014


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the steering wheel was difficult to maneuver. The contact also stated that the engine revved up and the battery warning light illuminated as the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician diagnosed that the alternator pulley was not secured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 36,000.

- South Pasdena, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 192013

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
2005 Toyota Camry. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle engine being defective. The check engine light illuminated. A diagnosis revealed water was in the engine and it would need to be replaced at a cost of $1,858.33 the consumer was informed, the heads could not be removed, because of an engine defect. The screws on the manifold or heads were coming loose and that's how water entered the engine, and the head gasket had blown. The consumer stated about a month ago, she started having problems with the vehicle. She was informed the ignition needed to be replaced. Also, the water pump, and alternator were replaced. The air compressor and heater sensor element failed. Updated 05/12/14.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #1

Oct 302007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
The retaining nut for the alternator pulley came off the shaft causing the pulley to wobble which led to the loss of the serpentine belt; without the belt I lost power steering, the battery began to run low and the engine started to overheat. Fortunately I was 2 miles from home and was able to make it there w/O any damage to the vehicle. The vehicle was still under warranty, ~19,000 miles on the odometer, and was repaired by the dealer. The belt and the alternator assembly were replaced.

- Highland, MD, USA

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