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.


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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,020 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 #13

Mar 192016


  • 100,000 miles


March 19th 2016, driving on a city street when the car suddenly accelerated. Applied the brakes/emergency brake. Car continued to accelerated and I attempted to enter freeway. I was unable to turn the steering wheel and I hit a car that was entering the freeway.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 192016


  • 100,000 miles
On March 19, 2016, I was driving my Toyota 2005 Camry at approximately 35 mph, when the car suddenly accelerated. I applied the brakes, emergency brake and put the car in park. The car continued to accelerate and I attempted to approach the freeway on ramp. I was unable to turn the steering wheel. I crossed a raised island and into the freeway lane and hit a car that was driving onto the freeway ramp. Both cars were damaged. My car was totaled. I was transported to hospital and was discharged from emergency room.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #11

Jan 152006


  • 15,000 miles
2005 Camry purchased used as a program car in Nov 2005 with 12K miles on it. When starting up vehicle, then driving at less than 10 mph in reverse (to back up out of a driveway or parking space), applying the brake and then putting car into drive, the car will accelerate intermittently on its own before driver depresses the gas pedal. Driver always has had to continue to apply the brake for sefveral seconds, to be certain the vehicle will not surge forward, esp if approaching a corner less than 100 ft away. The dealer was informed of this phenomena in early 2006, while vehicle was still under warranty. Dealer examined the vehicle but could not replicate the problem. Owner has "learned to live with" the safety defect. Driver never knows when event will happen. Most recent occurence was 4/10/16. No one but owner is allowed to drive the car. Vehicle now has 120K miles on it, and has otherwise been reliable.

- Geneva, NY, USA

problem #10

Jul 232015


  • 147,000 miles


We noticed white smoke coming out of the car so we took it into our mechanic who told us that coolant was leaking into the engine. He noted that upon doing some research this was a common problem with that year model and repairing it would be extremely costly. We were told we should not drive it anymore because the engine could quit on us at anytime. My husband checked the crank case dipstick and the radiator, both were contaminated with this point it was determined that we could no longer drive the car..

- Reading, MA, USA

problem #9

Jun 072014


  • 108,000 miles
My car started making clicking noises underneath the hood when I turned a corner. I took it to gateway Toyota to find out what the problem was and found out that that I need a new transmission. My problem with needing a transmission is that the car was made to be in automatic overdrive. In the manual is states that the overdrive should always be on. I believe that driving with the overdrive on at all times caused the transmission to eventually fail before its time. I also believe there is a defect in the transmission because when I turn off the overdrive, the car drives fine. In addition, many mechanics I have talked to stated that the overdrive really shouldn't be used that often and it is strange that the Toyota Camry were built to have the overdrive on continuously. I know that there is no recall, but I strongly believe that this problem happens often, but may not be reported due to the mileage.

- Toms River, NJ, USA

problem #8

Feb 132015

Camry 4-cyl

  • 78 miles
I was driving on a city street at about 35mph when rough, somewhat grinding noises came from under the right side of the car hood of the 2005 Toyota Camry. These noises continued for about 15 minutes while I was driving. I stopped at a red light. When I had the right-of-way and attempted to proceed, I found I could not turn the steering wheel. I thought the car was inoperable but when I exerted great effort, the wheel did turn. Fortunately, I was able to turn a corner and move into a public parking lot. Again with great steering difficulty and noise from below the car hood, I drove the car about a quarter of a mile to my home and the car was towed to a service center. Updated 4/14/16

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #7

Oct 102013


  • 86,000 miles


This is a delayed response, as I was not aware that Toyota finally accepted responsibility for spontaneous accelerations. I was in slow, stop and go traffic and my car suddenly accelerated. I recall looking down as I pressed the brake as hard as I could because the car was not stopping or decelerating. I thought that my foot must have been inadvertently on the gas pedal but it was firmly planted on the brake. The brake worked as there were definite skid marks. I slammed into the back of a Tahoe, totaling my car and causing a pulled shoulder, whip lash, and a deviated septum in my nose from the airbag deployment. I was afraid that the policeman would not even believe my account of the accident so I did not report the incident as clearly as it occurred (though I definitely accepted responsibility). I just received a check for approximately $23 a few weeks ago for a class action lawsuit settlement. I am furious that I lost an otherwise (paid for) great car, sustained injuries and more important, endangered people around me. I also now have an "accident" on my insurance record. The financial, physical and emotional toll this has taken can certainly not be "bought out" with $23. I wish that I had told my experience to the officer as I clearly perceived it, regardless of how implausible it seemed. Now, I have foolishly already purchased another Camry, and, once again they have a major safety recall. At least they have openly acknowledged this one. However, I cannot get them to return my calls with an appointment for a repair. What am I supposed to do in the meantime" wait until another "accident" happens? how can I get in to get a repair" please let me know. I am afraid to drive it but cannot afford to rent a car indefinitely. I am grateful to have found this site. Thank you.

- Hartwell, GA, USA

problem #6

May 162014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Engine oil consumption I have this issue since 2 yrs ago, I would like to express this to other Toyota owners, I'm looking for help and possibly to get an official recall from Toyota, thank you.

- Hutto, TX, USA

problem #5

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 #4

Sep 042013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
My car is 88000 miles, its 2005 Toyota Camry standard automatic transmission. One fine day, when driving on the highway, I got an engine light check. I couldn't stop on the road, so took an exit and when I slowed down while on the exit ramp the engine stopped suddenly. I though its one off incident and start it again and started driving, but at the next immediate signal light, I had to stop for the red light and the engine stopped again. I got it towed to the nearest car mechanic, they said, it's the engine locked problem and it needs to be replaced. I wanted to get a second opinion and got it towed to another mechanic, he told the same, engine locked. If I were to take it to the dealer shop they would take exorbitant amount of money to just figure out the problem. I am extremely pissed that Toyota Camry engine would fail for 88,000 miles.

- Ashburn, VA, USA

problem #3

Nov 292012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 61,048 miles


At 60667 miles, car diagnosed with oil pan and water pump leakage. Cost of repair approximately $900 at Toyota dealership. Car has been garage kept and maintained at recommended intervals with no previous problems. While Toyota had a massive recall for defective water pumps and with no apparent mileage limit and for years as far back as 2001 models, the 2005 base Camry did not receive a recall even though the water pump leakage in this model year is obviously an issue.

- Glen Ellyn, IL, USA

problem #2

Dec 292012


  • 43,360 miles
Defective throttle body...found out this is common with Camry. Over 1,000 to replace. Outrageous for a car with 43K miles and original owner. Thos should be a recall item by Toyota.

- Belmont, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 242012


  • 113,770 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that white smoke emitted from the exhaust pipe upon starting. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that the engine was leaking oil. The contact was also informed that the entire engine would be destroyed within a few months if it were not repaired. The vehicle was then taken to an independent repair shop on three occasions where various repairs were performed. The failure continued. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 113,770.

- Rosemead, CA, USA

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