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:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,284 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 #14

Aug 252011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 53,000 miles


My 2005 Camry has 53000 on it, very well maintained. Was driving 25 mph on a traverse when the engine suddenly died. I tried to restart the car without success. Called a towing service, however, 10 minutes later I was able to start the car and drove home. The "service engine" light remained on. At first chance I drove my car to my local mechanic who told me it was the throttle body, but suggested to bring my car to the Toyota dealer because he had seen so many of Camry throttle malfunctions that he thought there might be a recall. I took his advice, brought it to the dealer who confirmed that my throttle body was bad and needed replacing. However he told me that he could not guarantee that the "service engine" light would not go off unless I had an engine flush and a full tune-up. This did not sit well with me, so I declined the services. I paid him $100 as a diagnostic fee. When he went to get my car, the engine would not turn on at all. I called a towing company who took it back to my mechanic. He replaced the throttle and reset the service light. The car is now running, but because of my mechanic's statement and many similar throttle complaints recorded on the internet, I strongly feel that the throttle issue should be investigated.

- New York, NY, USA

problem #13

Jul 152011


  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that gray smoke began emitting from the exhaust. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was advised that the engine would need replacing. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 124,000.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #12

Jul 122011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 86,258 miles
2005 Toyota Camry 4cyl. Engine stops without warning. No error code in computer. This is a very dangerous fault since you lose all power functions. Steering, brakes etc. Could lead to being rear ended.

- Ocean Pines, MD, USA

problem #11

Jun 222010


  • 63,883 miles


While driving on city streets car jerked and all the warning lights turned on and engine shut down. Car coasted to a stop. I tried to restart engine but car made just a zooming sound. Had car towed to Toyota dealership. Service report of problem: Removed valve cover and found exhaust cam dowl pin sheared off causing cam not to rotate. Inspected cylinders with bore scope found cylinders 2 and 4 valves have made contact with pistons. Removed exhaust cam shaft and found pin still in camshaft and sprocket backside has groove worn in it from pin of cam. A new engine is being installed. Toyota has requested monetary participation from customer. I feel that this is a manufacturer defect. The car only had 63,883 miles.

- Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

problem #10

Feb 202010


  • 60,000 miles
On 2/20/2010, I drove my 2005 Toyota Camry (le) at 70 mph along West-bond I-630 of little rock, suddenly, the engine warning light was on and the engine was cut off and all warning lights were on. The car had no power for stirring and braking. Fortunately, it was in the morning of Saturday with little traffic on the freeway. I managed to shift from the very left lane to cross two more lanes to pull off about a half mile of distance. The car was in lander's Toyota shop for 3 days. I was told the throttle is malfunction and unable to provide correct air/gas to the engine. It ended up with I paid ~$1100 on parts and labs to fix the problem. This sounds like the cases of the throttle problems amount 1996 camries. Are the throttles the same?

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #9

Jan 102010


  • 72,000 miles
While accelerating from a stop the car suddenly lurched forward and accelerated at a higher rate.

- Smyrna, GA, USA

problem #8

Sep 012008


  • miles


Sudden acceleration.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 032010


  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. Whenever the contact drove the vehicle at various speeds including approximately 35 mph he noticed that the ABS light and engine light appeared on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was informed that rodents were biting the engines wiring. The current and failure mileages were 36000.

- Katy , TX, USA

problem #6

Jul 262007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,835 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that she hears a ticking noise under the hood, which she believes is originating from the engine. The vehicle has been to the dealer twice for the noise. The noise is present when the vehicle is started and the engine has warmed up. While idling, the noise is audible as well. The failure has been occurring ever since the vehicle was purchased. The current mileage was 52,300 and failure mileage was 50,835. Updated 09/18/07.

- Roseland, VA, USA

problem #5

Apr 262006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
I was on my way to work when I noticed smoke coming from the hood of my car. Luckily, I was able to pull over on the service road to the major highway I was about to get on. Upon getting out of my car and opening the hood I was faced with flames. Concerned about my safety as well as the safety of passers-by, my first reaction was to try to put out this fire. I ran to my trunk, where I always keep a case of bottled water, and took approximately 8 water bottles. I was able to extinguish the fire. I am certain that, had I not been able to pull safely off the road or did not have the clear mind to try to extinguish the fire, the car would've been engulfed in flames and totaled causing serious injury to me and potentially those close to the incident. The car was towed to the nearest dealership. I am told that there is "severe damage" but do not have all of the details yet.

- Mineola, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 282005

Camry 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles


When I went to the dealership to buy this car they told me that the total cost for the car would be around sixteen thousand. However the real total was around thirty thousand dollars. When I notice it was too late I had already sign. At that moment I tried to fix that problem with the dealership but they completely ignore me. And just to make things worst the car doesn't function right; out of no where it just turns off. I don't know what to do the dealership does not want to cooperate. I want to cancel the purchase of this car.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 112004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
2005 Toyota Camry. The vehicle has a very pronounced vibration on the engine which is transmitted to the steering wheel. There has been a technician to inspect the vehicle. He stated he would speak to the factory about it. The contact has never heard back from Toyota of puerto rico. The contact did call Toyota of North America told him to get in contact with Toyota of puerto rico. The vibration happens when the motor is hot; it has to go down to the minimum rpms, 750. When the vehicle is in drive and hot, he states he can feel the vibration. At 900 rpms, the vehicle does not shake. He then asked if they could adjust the rpms, but the dealership stated they could not reprogram the computer. The consumer stated there was a device Toyota has installed in the six cylinder Camry's to reduce vibration. This is called the active engine control mount. Updated 11/15/2005 - the vibration was also noticed when the vehicle was in reverse or when the A/C was on. The vehicle has been inspected a total of five times. (11/29/05)

- Guaynabo, PR, USA

problem #2

Mar 102005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
While accelerating vehicle makes a loud ticking noise audible from inside the vehicle and outside. Only heard while the gas pedal is depressed. At this time no noticable malfunction of the engine has been detected. Dealer says "this is normal for this vehicle, but it is louder than similar vehicles with similar equipment.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #1

Jan 072005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
When applying the brakes vehicle made noises, engine accelerated, and vehicle surged forward. Owner took the vehicle to the dealer, and the dealer told the owner that this problem could not be duplicated. Therefore there was nothing they could do.

- Coconut Creek, FL, USA

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