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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,079 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 suspension problems

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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #10

Dec 082014


  • 116,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 35 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the front driver side strut and coil needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 116,000.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #9

Dec 082014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 179,712 miles
At the time of 5K mile oil change and tire rotation, I inquired about unusual tire noise at ~30 mph and higher. I asked if maybe a 4-wheel alignment was in order. This had never been done on this vehicle. While doing the alignment the mechanic discovered that the "passenger side rear toe arm assembly" was not properly attached at the center point due to the lack of threads on the female portion of the part. Thus the two ends were simply sliding freely in and out at the connection point. The part was replaced and alignment was completed.

- Cleveland, TN, USA

problem #8

Dec 312013

Camry 6-cyl

  • miles
2005 Toyota Camry. Consumer writes in regards to hearing noise from rear drivers side of vehicle and dealership mechanic repaired broken strut but noise continued. When the consumer returned to the dealer, and inspection was performed, where it was determined the strut was broken. The consumer continued to hear the noise, so he returned to the dealer, where the vehicle was inspected again. The consumer was informed the noise was coming from the steering column intermediate shaft. The consumer did not believe the noise was coming from the intermediate shaft.

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #7

Sep 152012


  • 166,000 miles


When I took my car for a test ride at dealer I noticed that the wheel shook and told the salesman it needed to be fixed if I purchased the car, he was certain it was just a tire balancing issue and it wouldn't cost much to fix. The next day I took the car to less schwab who could not figure out what could possible be wrong so we put new tires on, still shook, then had wheels balanced and aligned several times in first week of having car, then replaced motor mounts, then struts, still shook, then replaced brake pads, rotors, yup still shakes. I took it back to the dealer and they still swear it's just a balancing issue so they balanced the tires, car still shakes violently. I have now owned this car for 1 yr and tried everything possible, now I find out it may be the intermediate shaft. I do not feel safe in this car I have two small children and I'm afraid this issue may cause an accident.

- Jeerson, OR, USA

problem #6

Dec 232013

Camry 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
A consistent grinding/knocking/clunking sound started coming from the steering wheel while steering at low speeds (0-30 mph). Also, the steering wheel felt looser than normal at all speeds (0-65mph). The service adviser at the dealership informed me that this was a common issue with a 2005 Toyota Camry, and that the intermediate steering shaft needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. However, since the vehicle was out of warranty, I had to cover the ~$660 cost. A google search reveals several similar issues with other late model Camry. Toyota has a tsb T-sb-0296-08 to "grease" the steering shaft for the noise. However, both the dealership, as well as a google search revealed that the grease fix would be temporary, and does not last. The dealership also informed me that the newer replacement steering shafts are better designed, are completely sealed, and cannot be greased. Since a tsb is out, it looks like Toyota is aware of this safety issue. However, no recall has been made.

- Fremont, CA, USA

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problem #5

Sep 302009

Camry 4-cyl

  • 54,620 miles
Front lower control arms.

- Tewksbury, MA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles


The car started wandering and wearing tires about 5000 miles, I took it to the dealer and they said nothing was wrong with it. I got it lined up, the car started wandering again, the dealer says there is nothing wrong that they can see. But the car is wearing tires out on the inside front. The car is wandering from side to side pretty bad and if you hit a dip in the road it will follow it. If that is Toyota's answer to a good ride then I wont buy another one. I also have a gas pedal play problem.

- Hodgdon, ME, USA

problem #3

Jul 202006

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,300 miles
: the contact stated while applying brake pressure at various speeds, the front of the vehicle intermittently pulled to the left or right. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer who aligned the front end of the vehicle. Afterwards, the problem persisted. The manufacturer was not alerted. Updated 2/26/10 updated 09/02/10

- Destin, FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 222005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 40 mph the vehicle shakes, and bounces while going over bumps. Additionaly, the back end of the vehicle makes a clunking noise, and a grinding sound is coming from the steering. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for inspection however, they were unable to duplicate the problem and no repairs were made. The manufacturer was alerted.

- Stone Mountain, GA, USA

problem #1

Apr 252005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155 miles
Since the day I owned this car I have heard a thump in rear suspension. After many trips and awhile with loaner they could not repair. I requested that area service rep look at it at which time he stated that they knew of a problem and a service bulletin would be in Oct. It is now Jan and still no satisfaction.

- Perry, NY, USA

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