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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,302 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 transmission problems

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2005 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 132005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8 miles


There's always a hesitation in transmission.

- Sylmar, CA, USA

problem #4

May 242005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Camry. While driving in second gear (mph unknown) the transmission would downshift when he accelerated. The dealer reprogrammed the transmission chip however, the failure occurred after driving 6,000 miles. The current mileage was 33,000 and the failure mileage was 6,000.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #3

Dec 092006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
- the contact states that on 12/9/06 she driving when her vehicle had power surge the weather was clear. She was parking when her vehicle suddenly accelerated and jumped the curb. She contacted the dealership and they are saying that they have no responsibility for occurrence. The contact said that she found several other similar complaints on the internet. The contact believes that the problem is a result of a faulty speed control modulator. The vehicle is currently at a repair shop. The contact also has a copy of a police report.

- Masa, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jan 152005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
My wife and I purchased a 2005 Toyota Camry xle V6 5sp auto in Nov 2004. Shortly after taking delivery, we started to notice hesitation in the transmission while trying to accelerate from a stop and after slowing down in traffic. We also felt a delay when attempting to go into passing gear. This delay would last up to a couple of seconds. After the delay was felt, the car would accelerate rapidly. This would cause a jolt to the passengers and driver. It seems as though the transmission is not getting the power demand from the accelerator equipment quickly enough. We have taken it to the dealer twice. The problem seems to be getting worse. The last statement from the service manager was " I drove the car and clearly understand your complaint concerning the hesitation. That is the nature of this new technology. We cannot find anything wrong with the vehicle" the service manager denied they had any other complaints from anyone concerning this problem. That's when I started searching the web. After collecting complaints from several web sites such as this, I confronted the service manager. He stated he was unaware of the complaints and gave me the 1-800-# for Toyota. We have contacted Toyota and got a case #. they claim there are two tsb's associated with the problem. My question is "why doesn't the dealer already have the tsb's" my wife is the primary driver and has complained of two near misses caused from this problem. We will give Toyota this opportunity to correct the problem, but I am not getting a warm and fuzzy feeling concerning a fix. Next step is to get rid of the dangerous vehicle.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 162005

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
About 2 months ago, I purchased a brand new 2005 Toyota Camry SE V6. I have already taken it back to the dealer because of transmission issues. I push on the accelerator and nothing happens...then seconds later (after I've taken my foot off the gas), the engine revs up to 5000+ RPM and stays there for a few seconds. I fear for my safety! the dealer said they had tons of complaints, said this behavior was completely normal, but had two "upgrades" for the car's computer system. They told me the upgrades would fix the problem...and it did - for a week. For that week, my brand-new Camry was the greatest! after a week, I noticed it seemed to be slipping back into it's bad habits. Now, a month later, I am taking it back again. It is just as bad as when I took it in the first time. I have been close to getting into at least 3 accidents because of this issue. It is completely unsafe, Toyota knows there is an issue (they have "fixes"), and yet they keep selling their cars. I bought a new car so I wouldn't have these problems! I spent a lot of money, and I feel like I got a lemon. This car needs to be recalled.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

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