Notes: How can we give the 2006 Camry our "Seal of Awesome" when the NHTSA data shows engine problems in the triple digits & multiple deaths/injuries/crashes etc?

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2006 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.

In other words, it's our opinion that the 2 deaths & other injuries/fires/crashes reported to the NHTSA are significant, but (unfortunately) not out of the ordinary for any vehicle, once you factor in the effects of the extended national media coverage of Camry unintended acceleration issues. 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 2006 Camry, our data for the Camry is a far more statistically accurate representation of the Camry's reliability than what the NHTSA data shows.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,262 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.

2006 Toyota Camry transmission problems

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2006 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 292010

Camry 6-cyl

  • 100 miles


I have late Toyota Camry V6 with the similar to case #10348638 problems - a sluggish accelerator response though not related to stops. I noticed is on the second day after I bought a new car, brought it to a dealership service dept, was told that "a computer needs to adjust to my way of driving". brought it again after a couple of years, no problem found. It does not happen all the time, but almost every day. I found it very annoying and dangerous when it happens.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #7

Dec 092009


  • 30,000 miles
2006 Camry xle I-4 transmission fluid changed at 30K miles came out black!! this means the fluid is being burned. Car not abused. Driven in 3rd & 2nd on two days 25 days apart down road to yosemite brake used to keep speed down. Only time I can think of that added stress to transmission. Another time I had to step/floor accelerator on freeway on-ramp up grade to keep fast moving semi-truck from running me over. This is normal operation. Transmission failure at these time could be very dangerous.

- Mountain View, CA, USA

problem #6

Sep 012009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
4 cylinder automatic transmission console shifter mechanism is supposed to lock when placed into park. Safety lock should not release shifter from park unless the key is in the ignition, and the brake pedal and release button on shifter are both depressed. On my car, the shifter will come out of park just by moving it, whether or not the key is in the ignition, and whether or not the brake pedal and/or the release button are depressed. I pulled off the trim cover over the mechanism and found that the white plastic part that rotates over the lock pin had over-rotated so that the lock pin missed its entry into the slot. I returned it to its original position and the mechanism appeared to function properly again. However, about a week later the problem has re-occurred so I think it will require new parts. Obvious safety issue: Transmission can be knocked out of park at any time.

- Gulf Breeze, FL, USA

problem #5

Jun 262006


  • 42,000 miles


I have a 2006 Toyota Camry which died when driving to work on Friday 6/26/09. I was in a curve at 45 mph and the steering became very stiff and the engine died and all the warning lights came on. I was trying to pass a cyclist and nearly hit a gravel truck and the cyclist when trying to steer the car off the road and stop it.

- Bend, OR, USA

problem #4

Aug 042008


  • 79,000 miles
2006 Toyota Camry was taken to (jack taylor alexandria) dealership to find why car was not shifting gears in automatic. Was informed by service rep that the car needed to have the transmission replaced "transmission oil had not been replaced and was black thus it had caused the transmission to be burned and it was going to cost $5336 to replace with new transmission. This car has had all regular service completed on the vehicle by Toyota dealerships owner has all the records. Contacted Toyota customer experience (nader basta) 800-331-4331 and was told I need to contact the liaison at the dealership to see what they could do. Spoke with susan danfora (703 684-0700) she stated the best they could was to offer 10% discount off of $5,336 =$500 (which was a service coupon deal to all customers via mail brochure) I attempted to contact contacted Toyota customer experience (nader basta) 800-331-4331 however once again was referred back to the robert bell (703 684-0700) the service manager at jack taylor Toyota alexandria to no avail.

- Centreville, VA, USA

problem #3

Aug 142007

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
I have a 2006 Toyota camery V6 and it has major transmission problems. The transmission doesn't properly change gears. The car drives slower than a car with a V4 engine. It seems to stall for a few seconds when attempting to change gears. I've taken it the dealer 4 times. Currently this car only has 12,000 miles and the dealer changed the transmission once. When I came back again and again with the same complaint the dealer claims that the car is operating as designed. I've gone into arbitration with Toyota and they claim that there's nothing wrong with this car.

- Sunny Isles Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Aug 222006

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
06/07 Camry V6 and 07 avalon have a 1 second delay or longer on acceleration. I feel this delay is very dangerous. This occurs at any speed and is dangerous because you press on accelerator farther down than required because of the delay and the car lurches forward after the delay. My dealer says all 5 speed auto transmission cars for Toyota have this delay and they cannot fix it. My dealer is not disclosing this to customers but will gladly address this if asked. My dealer has agreed to replace my 06 Camry with an 07 because I feel the 80 hp more on the 07 and more air bags are better than the 06. The delay is also on the 07 Camry V6.

- Kailua, HI, USA

problem #1

Jun 072006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
2006 Camry problem 1: -- symptom: When filling up the tank and setting the gas pump handle to automatically fill the tank, (I.e., setting the switch on the handle), cannot be done (the pump switch pops). (this problem repeated at multiple different stations over several consecutive fill-ups.) after a diagnostic, the dealer said the canister needs to be replaced. Another gas station attendant said this was a common problem on many late model Camry (his station is down the block from a dealer so he says he has seen a few of these), caused when the tank is overfilled and flooding gas into the canister, ruining it, and ultimately causing the fill-up problems described above. Its scheduled to be fixed tomorrow, but wondering if this is a design/product defect, that will reoccur in the future (esp after the warranty ends.) please do not advise to not overfill the tank, for 2 reasons: 1) I live in NJ, where only station attendants are legally allowed to fill the tank, so I have little/no control over it. 2) this should not ever be a problem, in general, even if the tank is overfilled and gas gushes onto the ground. Problem 2: windshield constantly fogs up; need to use defroster in all types of weather, esp raining. I had this problem on my 84 corolla; big pain. Problem 3: somewhat jerky ride, noticed when coasting to a stop, at approx 5-15 mph, then the traffic light turns green, and start to press the gas, the car jerks and lunges; seems to me that its trying to find the right gear, then it does, and this happens. Thought the problem was me, but other drivers of my car noticed the same thing. Dealer said that the car is programmed to adjust to the driver's habits (computers!!), and may be confused when drivers change, exhibiting this problem.

- E Brunswick, NJ, USA

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