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:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,148 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 #15

Feb 022015


  • miles


2005 Toyota Camry. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle drive belt jumped and belt tensioner pulley bolt failed.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #14

Jul 022012

Camry 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Toyota Camry. Consumer states problems with obtaining vehicle recall repairs the consumer was informed she would need to present a bill of sale for the vehicle, because there was no record of her purchasing the vehicle.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #13

Feb 172012


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact received notifications of NHTSA campaign id number: 11V539000 (engine and engine cooling) and took the vehicle to the dealer for recall repairs. The dealer stated to the contact that the crank shaft pulley was not defective. The contact however stated that he had experienced problems with the power steering, as stated in the recall. The dealer suggested to the contact to replace the power steering pump. The contact called the manufacturer regarding the denial of recall repairs and the manufacturer advised the contact that they would have to stand by the decision of the technicians at the dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Stockton, CA, USA

problem #12

Oct 132009


  • 49,000 miles


When driving on highway, there was some noise coming from the engine compartment, and suddenly I lost power steering and lights flashed on the front panel. I managed hard to pull off the vehicle from the highway, it was so hard make turns to the ramp. The engine temperature started to fluctuate. There was little smoking come out, I had to stop there. It was turned out there was a belt fell out and my alternator eventually died. My car is 4-cylinder, not 6.

- Towson, MD, USA

problem #11

Jul 112011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
My 2005 Toyota Camry is leaking coolant. I discovered there has been a long term problem with stripped engine bolts in Toyota, resulting in leaking coolant and the need to replace the engine block. This has happened in 2002-2006 Camry and highlanders causing widespread complaints but no action from Toyota. They made a defective product and refuse to acknowledge it, putting the burden back on the consumer. It's time Toyota stepped up and recalled these cars, made the fix and acknowledged their error.

- Fairfield, CT, USA

problem #10

Jan 102011


  • 89,961 miles
On 1/10/11the "check engine", "trac off", and "vsc" warning lights in my 2005 Toyota Camry xle V-6 vehicle became activated. The mileage was 89961.service advisor [xxx] at vandergriff Toyota in arlington, tx. Advised that the warning lights had been activated because one of the catalytic converters was defective and would have to be replaced at a cost osf appr. $1500. To restore the two safety functions. [xxx], a customer service supv. At the Toyota 800 number confirmed that the two safety functions were disabled when the warning lights were on and that they could not be restored unless the defective catalytic converter was replaced, ie, the computer could not be reset to restore the safety functions. The vehicle operates normally, but I have been deprived of the use of the " trac " and " vsc" safety functions for which I paid extra since these functions were options when I bought this vehicle new at stevinson Toyota in golden, co. In 2005. It appears that a defect in the computer system has created a safety problem. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #9

Mar 052011

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Failure of water pump resulting in severe damage to engine, requiring replacement of engine. Bf the engine overheated. Updated 10/20/11

- Vilanova, PA, USA

problem #8

Mar 042011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
My 2005 Toyota Camry (70,000 miles) stalled yesterday as my wife was driving the car to drop my son to school yesterday and the car stalled right in the middle of the road in busy traffic. My 8 year old son was terrified when the car simply stopped on a busy state road. As my wife was driving the car she suddenly realized that in spite of pressing the accelerator pedal the car was not accelerating and then she realized that the car had stalled. This car has been maintained with regular services at a Toyota dealer. I have dropped my car at the local Toyota dealer and they advised that the throttle body needs to be replaced. The cost to get this repaired is about $1200, which by no means is a small amount. After searching on the internet it looks like there are many Toyota Camry owners (model 04 through 06) who have had to go through this exact same problem. So it definitely looks like a widespread and not a one off issue. It needs to be investigated further. Its a shame that a car company like Toyota hasn't owned up this problem and recalled the cars yet. If sudden uncontrolled acceleration is a problem worth recalling the cars, isn't sudden stalling of cars equally dangerous?

- Johnston, RI, USA

problem #7

Oct 012010

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. While driving at any speed, the contact noticed that the vehicle would suddenly stall without warning. The failure began October 2010. The dealer was notified who informed the contact that there were no related recalls. The contact did not inform the manufacturer. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they replaced the electronic accelerator. The current mileages were 106,000. The failure mileages were 100,000. Updated 3/1/11 updated 07/01/11

- David City , NE, USA

problem #6

Dec 312007


  • miles
Driving three blocks from my house, suddenly I was being put in an ambulance and told I was in a car accident. Told I went thru red light and hit a Suburban. All medical tests were negative, no cause could be found for this accident. I still suffer injuries from this accident and am receiving treatment. Perhaps due to acceleration in my Toyota Camry. How to determine if that was cause.

- Huntington, NY, USA

problem #5

Sep 202009


  • 46,902 miles


On 9/20/2009 at 5 pm I was traveling at a speed of 60 miles per hour North on us Texas highway 121 and my 2005 Toyota Camry lost all power and the engine shut down. I was engaged in normal highway driving when this occurred. The car is well cared for and has 46,902 miles. Approximately 3 seconds prior to power failure, the check engine light came on. Otherwise, I had absolutely no indication that anything was wrong with the vehicle as it was operating normally. The power loss occurred just North of the alma road intersection and resulted in an extremely dangerous situation as the road was under construction, the road did not have a breakdown lane or shoulder, and the road had a high speed limit of 60 miles per hour. The complete loss in power meant I had no ability to power my car to a safe location; rather, I had to coast between traffic to an area of the road under construction. If traffic had been heavier, this could have easily resulted in a catastrophic, life threatening accident. The car was taken to a local Toyota dealership where the dealer informed me I needed a new throttle body as my throttle body appeared to be "rusted out". the car is kept inside a garage in the warm climate of dallas, Texas so I'm not sure how the throttle body "rusted out". furthermore, the car has had all suggested and required dealership maintenance items performed to it since I purchased it new. The total cost to repair the throttle body was $1,193.84 which I had to pay as it was not covered under warranty.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #4

Aug 212008


  • 57,110 miles
I purchased the car in may with 48,000 miles from the lake charles, la Toyota dealership. I currently have 58,000 miles and have taken excellent care of the vehicle. My wife and I were driving to wal-mart on the highway during rush hour when our car appeared to jump a few times without pressing on the acceleration. After commenting on the jumps I noticed no response from the pedal and realized that the car had died. Luckily I made it into a parking lot where a mechanic was able to communicate with our cars computer. The diagnostic said it was our throttle body, and that we could make it home if we took it easy. During the 5 mile trip the car would surge between 1,500 and 3,000 rpms and would die at stop lights in the drive position. I learned to place the car in neutral and let it race until the light turned and then place in drive. The rest of the way home I kept the car in high rpms >3,500 to keep from feeling the surge. At home I researched this problem and found that I am not the first, and lucky that it did not cause an accident. Other sites mentioned to get throttle body cleaner and a soft rag to wipe grime from throttle body. After doing so the car would idle at 200 RPM. After a few minutes I test drove and found that any mild acceleration would bog it down and kill it. Then later it would idle at 2,500 rpms in drive and I would have to press very hard on the break to keep from moving forward. This car is very dangerous and could have easily hurt someone.

- Deridder, LA, USA

problem #3

Mar 262008


  • miles
2005 Toyota Camry stalled while driving. Consumer states that the vehicle needed a new throttle body assembly. Consumer states that the warranty was overdue by 120 days.

- West Hartford, CT, USA

problem #2

Feb 192005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
Vehicle stalls in traffic and then suddenly the vehicle is okay. Manufacturer states they are aware of this problem with these vehicles......vehicle has a hesitation problem. On two different occasions consumer was placed in danger of crossing a bysy highway because the vehicle did not all. The engine has a one minute delay between the tine the accelerator pedal is pressed to the time the rpms begin to go up. Furthermore, when crossing an uncontrolled intersection on a highway with 55+ mph traffic the hesitation can land consumer's vehicle in the oncoming lane too late. The lunge that akes place when vehicle finally does accelerate, is a very jerky and unsafe ride.

- Elk River, MN, USA

problem #1

Feb 012005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles
Toyota Camry le model has three problems: Idle control is above 2400, rod that hold piston is not secure to hold it tight and causing the piston to jiggle around, Toyota said that is a defective part and should replace the engine. And weather seal is inadaquate, you can hear all traffice noise with radio on full volume. Dealer is very unfriendly and they gave me run around, they replaced the engine without my permission and still has same problems I had before they replace the engine and has not fix the other problems and refuses to give anyone else's name to talk to. 800# tells me to call dealer and dealer tells me to call 800# and still unable to resolve this issue. I will never buy Toyota or recommend to anyone. Becouse of the poor service when you have problem they do not want to talk to you and they give you run around.

- Yorba Linda, CA, USA

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