really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,375 miles

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2011 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #18

May 032016


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the exterior trunk lid release button rubber covering melted as a result, the metal part of the button became extremely hot to touch. The contact sustained minor burns to the right hand that did not require medical attention. On a separate occasion while the contact was in the vehicle, the interior front power door locks and windows failed to operate when activated. The failure occurred in 100 degrees temperature. The dealer was notified, who informed the contact to use the fob inner key and point directly towards the push button starter in order to activate the power door locks and windows. The contact mentioned that the vehicle began to function properly. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000.

- Midland, GA, USA

problem #17

Jun 162015


  • 46,300 miles
Starter motor failed to function. Battery diagnosed as fully charged. Called Toyota corporate headquarters and spoke with a service representative who told me that Toyota would not in full or in part pay for replacement of the defective starter motor because it exceeded the warranty period of 3 years or 36,000 miles.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #16

Feb 012014


  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the front passenger side door and the two rear doors failed to unlock from outside the vehicle. The contact mentioned that the doors only unlocked manually from inside the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the door latches needed to be replaced. The vehicle was also taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the computer located under the dashboard needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 32,000.

- Lima, OH, USA

problem #15

Dec 082014


  • 48,000 miles


The contact owned a 2011 Toyota Camry. While driving at approximately 25 mph, an abnormal odor emitted into the vehicle. The contact pulled over and exited the vehicle as the engine caught fire without warning. The fire department extinguished the fire. A police report was not filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a salvage yard. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 48,000.

- Corbett, OR, USA

problem #14

Oct 072013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Dash light intensity changes from very bright to very dim while driving, dealer states they can't reproduce. This problem is very distracting while driving. I have made a video on my phone to show them what is happening, the response is...... yes there is a problem but we can't fix if we cant duplicate?

- Troutdale, OR, USA

problem #13

Mar 032014


  • 60,000 miles
Power window on drivers side is intermittent.

- Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

problem #12

Sep 062013


  • 57,850 miles


I was just leaving work and when I went to go start my car as usual and the windshield wipers went crazy and came on out of nowhere. My radio was blaring very loud and I never had it on to begin with! I've always heard Toyota had some really good vehicles I hope this was just a one time deal and I can get it fixed soon! other than that great car!

- Pontotoc, MS, USA

problem #11

Jan 012013


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the passenger's side front air bag light remained illuminated. The check engine and the traction control warning lights also illuminated. In addition, the vehicle suddenly accelerated while the brake pedal was being depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer to have a diagnostic performed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 53,000 and the current mileage was 61,000.

- Pikesville, MD, USA

problem #10

Feb 072013


  • 16,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Toyota avalon. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to start. The contact mentioned that the failure occurred intermittently and without warning. After several attempts, the vehicle was able to be started. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the failure could not be replicated. The current and failure mileages were 16,000.

- Woodstock, GA, USA

problem #9

Mar 212012


  • 18,300 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the speedometer displayed speeds that were 5 mph above the actual speed. The contact discovered the failure by driving through a police street radar. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer could not diagnose a failure. The failure mileage was 18,300.

- Danville, CA, USA

problem #8

Mar 282012


  • 16,723 miles


Drove down road keeping a constant 40-45mph. Vehicle suddenly revs engine wildly to redline. Car speed increases drastically to 65mph from 40-45mph. Took foot off gas pedal and engine still accelerated. Moments later engine went back to normal operating condition.

- Simi Valley, CA, USA

problem #7

Jan 032011


  • 10 miles
I am reporting the same speedometer variances as originally noted in ODI case number: 10444688. My speed reflects 35 mph on my speedometer, when in fact it is only 33 mph. Also, if I am going 55 - per the speedometer, the car in fact is only going 52 - 53 mph. This difference is consistant with an actual speed being about 5% less than what it actually displays on the camey's speedometer. I have 'checked' the actual speed by 1) a police speed monitoring sign/display that is put into various locations to both check your speed and to notifiy you of that actual speed in the hopes that you will slow down; and 2) by checking my tomtom gps unit which provides a true readout of my actual speed measured by its 8 satelites in the sky. It likewise always shows a lower 'actual' reading than what my speedometer shows. It is better to have the 'inacurracy' of the read speed to be on the lower end of things - I.e., you are going slower than you think you are, than to have it reversed - which would be both more unsafe and cause you to get speeding tickets. However, in this day-and-age, with 'digitial' instructments/chips'; you would think that 'measuring speed' correctly would be very simple task!...makes you wonder, if they can't do this correctly - what else, of a more serious nature, is not working correctly.

- North Richland Hills, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 032011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 36,382 miles
The speedometer is inaccurate by almost 10%, when driving by radars or with another vehicle at 35 mph the radar reads 32. Driving next to another vehicle to check the speedometer, it reads 70 mph but the other vehicle's speedometer reads 64 mph. The dealership has verified the inaccuracy but claims the variance is within the spec of 10%. per the dealer and it's experts the speedometer cannot be calibrated or fixed since it is in spec.

- Galt, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 172011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 22,000 miles
While driving dashboard lights came on, lost engine power, pulled over, smoke from under hood-electrical fire, car totaled.

- Brooksville, FL, USA

problem #4

Nov 012010


  • 1,000 miles
Bluetooth does not work.

- Happy Valley , OR, USA

problem #3

Feb 252011

Camry 4-cyl

  • 3,000 miles
At speeds between 40 and 75, when the engine is lightly loaded, the computer controlled throttle cannot decide if it ought to be slightly open or completely closed. The worst case is when trying to maintain speed down a gentle hill. The throttle cycles intermittently between off and on. When the throttle shuts, the tach will suddenly drop about 150 RPM and the car noticeably decelerates. Often, after a few seconds, the computer seems to realize that the throttle shouldn't be all the way off, and commands the engine to speed up. Engine speed then jumps about 200 RPM, with an annoying surge and drops back about 50 RPM a second or so later. Occasionally the system would not ┐wake up┐ and I would have to apply throttle to get the car to return to the desired speed, at which point it would accelerate through my target speed and I would back off, only to have the cycle repeat. Occasionally when attempting to decelerate, with my foot completely off the throttle, the car would continue to hold speed as if on cruise control. At one point, I proceeded about a half mile at 60 mph with my feet flat on the floor. Several times, I had to step on the brakes to keep from overrunning traffic ahead when the engine did not respond to reduced throttle. When decelerating to a stop from cruising speed (above 50 mph), particularly down a hill, after the throttle had initially closed, the vehicle would decelerate normally to about 40 mph, at which point engine speed would suddenly increase about 200 RPM and the vehicle would begin to gently accelerate. These uncommanded throttle Excursion were mild. When the vehicle did not decelerate as commanded, speed could always be reduced with light brake application. But, the problem is consistently annoying and is a symptom that the computer controlled throttle system is not working properly in this vehicle. This rental car exhibited the problem consistently for a week. No check engine light.

- Johns Island , SC, USA

problem #2

Oct 182010


  • 120 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Camry hybrid. The contact stated that the battery did not function properly. The battery "died" within the first 150 miles. The battery was replaced and she still had issues with the cd player, bluetooth and other battery-operated components on the vehicle. The contact called the dealer but the dealer could not assist her at the time. The contact called the manufacturer who offered her no assistance. The current mileage was 591. The failure mileage was approximately 120.

- New Haven, CT, USA

problem #1

Jul 242010


  • 71 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Toyota Camry. The contact stated the vehicle was not turned on and when the contact touched the radio interface, it was extremely hot. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. There were no prior warnings. The VIN was not available. The current and failure mileages were 71.

- Boise, ID, USA

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