Print this page 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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Average Mileage:
59,050 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 192016

Camry 3L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,226 miles


I was driving the car to park by my 3/4 truck When I was 10 ft from the truck I stepped on the brakes to slow down more and the car revved up to about 3000 rpm .I steered to the left but hit the back bumper of the truck smashing the light and bent the front fender .I will not drive this car again .If there was a person in front of me they would be dead .Up till now this has been a great car .Never any trouble .all the things work fine .It has all the options on it too .I will have to get a new car now.

- gmckenzie, Brownvale, AB, Canada

problem #3

Mar 082011

Camry Limited 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,797 miles

I drove my toyota camry to a park with a friend and decided to drive too the loo first. I had to drive over a dirt road to get there. When i had stopped pressing the accelerator and was about to brake & as the toilet building came close, by the car accelerated. My friend thought I had lost my mind or had a heart attack. I got the fright of my life, slammed the brakes and stopped just before the concrete.

When I came home I was still trembling and hubby didn't believe me as I must have accelerated by accident.

Luckily he googled and found out that in the USA nine toyota camries 2005 had been reported with this problem. He will see the local car work shop to find out what can be done and we could decide to get rid of the car.

- karinhalffman, Sydney, NSW, Australia

problem #2

Apr 152010

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles

My 81 year old mother was pulling her '05 Camry LE into a parking space when the car accelerated, dropping down (about 5 feet) a grass embankment and hit a usually busy, concrete bus stop bench and trash bin. She ended up in the street as the car finally stopped. Air bags did not deploy. My mother said that there is always someone at the bus stop, but luckily not this time. An investigator for Toyota inspected the car while it was being repaired over a month ago. My parents have heard nothing from Toyota at this point. Mom has always loved her Camry, but is now frightened that this will happen again. I just read another such experience, and was shocked how similar the two incidents are, that's why I am posting this complaint.

- cmartin, Boulder Creek, CA, US

problem #1

Jun 092010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles

Last week in Houston my 80 year old Mom was parking her 2005 Camry with 18,000 miles at a local grocery store. She was almost stopped in the parking space with her foot on the brake and without warning the car shot off out of the parking space through a short landscape bed and over a 4' high retaining wall at the edge of the lot. She landed on the sidewalk below and then into the street next to the parking lot and into a active drive lane.

She managed somehow to regain control, the accelerator didn't stick too long, turned hard right and avoided getting hit by oncoming traffic but did lightly clip a car already in the next lane. She steered into the right turn lane and made that right turn onto the service road of the Interstate and came back around into the parking lot where a crowd has gathered when she went off the edge. Believe it or not she wasn't injured, no injuries reported from the clinic my sister took her to, we still don't know how she wasn't injured but obviously she is still quite shaken and terrified. None of us can believe it actually happened to her.

The car was towed and is parked and locked at the dealer where we bought it, so I called the Toyota hot line and they almost immediately agreed to order an inspection with a company out of Michigan called EAA, even though the 2005's are not on the official recall list. My sister lives in Houston and we have good photos of the wall and tire marks on the sidewalk where she went off.

So we'll see what Toyota does after the inspection, I imagine they will just tell us there's nothing wrong and to get the car repaired and go home. I did talk to the engineer who will complete the inspection, nice guy actually, but he really wanted to inform me he was just the inspector and what Toyota would ultimately do is up to them. Basically my Mom will not want to drive that car again, if we can't sell it I guess will be stuck with the loss unless we join the myriad lawsuits against Toyota. One Houston lawyers office said they wouldn't handle the case because there was no injury, I'm still looking for a good lawyer to help us with this incident.

One more catch: Her insurance, State Farm, will not authorize a rental car, even though it's covered on her policy, until her car is actually being actively repaired in the shop, so while we're waiting for the inspection and Toyota's report, she can't get her insurance to pay for a rental so she can drive herself to the store and other short errands.

More later as things develop with our situation.

- michaelmandrell, Portland, OR, US

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