really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,253 miles

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2012 Toyota Camry drivetrain problems

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2012 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #14

Nov 182014

Camry 4-cyl

  • 51,000 miles


Toyota has a service bulletin for a problematic torque converter for 2012 thru 2014 Toyota Camry, I went to the dealer today. A simple computer download was supposed to fix the problem, however did not. Im just wondering if this should be a regular recall, and Toyota is hiding this problem from you and the general public again.

- Tinley Park , IL, USA

problem #13

Nov 122014


  • 54,661 miles
When I accelerate the car when the RPM's are between 1,500 and 2,500 RPM, there is a shudder and delay in acceleration. The car shakes until I press the accelerator pedal very hard. I brought the car to apple valley Toyota dealer (martinsburg, wv) for analysis one month after purchase (January 3, 2103). They did not find anything wrong with it. There was a recent campaign by Toyota to update torque converter software. The software update was done at apple valley Toyota in martinsburg, wv (November 12, 2014). The software did not change this behavior. I took it in to back to apple valley Toyota (November 17, 2014) and they re-evaluated the car and they stated that it "operates as designed by Toyota." I find this car dangerous to operate because of the delay in acceleration through intersections. I do not have any other family member drive this car until this is resolved. Also, my warranty will soon expire and I am concerned that this is causing transmission damage.

- Kearneysville, WV, USA

problem #12

Oct 292014

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles
I got a 2012 Toyota Camry from a dealership. I have had the car for six months now and is having problems with it. While I am driving and pressing on the gas when I get between 10-20mph the car hesitates/jerks. I talked to the dealership and they recommend that I take to this place that they have work on there cars. And that is all they could do. I should not be having these type of problems with a car that I just got and is making monthly payments on it.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #11

Sep 052014


  • 36,500 miles


I was told by Toyota that is normal now for the brake actuator to perform a test once the car changes gears from first to second gear. The actuator makes a grinding/odd noise no matter how many times you hit the brakes or go into different gears. I demonstrated this issue with Toyota in person and then was left for 3 days. After the Toyota dealership opened a ticket with Toyota technical support, it is now deemed "normal" everyday you start your car and when the car switches to second gear, "it is the brake actuator pressurize and performing it's test". the sound heard is normal. Given there has been so many issues with Toyota and their actuators. I hope they have deemed my brake actuator as safe because from what I have read in the news, a faulty brake actuator is very unsafe. I have called up Toyota care who said "we only rely and trust what are technicians say". Toyota better have their story straight because they have had a bad record in the past with safety issues.

- Plantation, FL, USA

problem #10

Mar 132013


  • 16,000 miles
This happens while driving at any speeds. I was driving at 20mph and needed to pick up speed to make a pass and the car just kept on revving and the speed did not increase at all and when it finally picked up speed, it was a hard jerk. It has been happening more often. Another incident at a yield sign heading into the highway. As I was entering the highway, I hit brake to slow down and had to gas up to get into the lane and the car just didn't move. I stepped on the gas pedal and the car didn't move. I already changed the torque converter within the warranty but the problem still exist. As of right now, the car is out of warranty.

- New York, NY, USA

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problem #9

Jun 022014

Camry 6-cyl

  • 16,500 miles
Drive gear shifter is difficult to move between gears and tends to get stuck. Similar to this you tube link: Https://www.youtube.com/watch?V=jzusekn2eyg.

- East Meadow, NY, USA

problem #8

Jun 152014


  • 23,000 miles


The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated while driving at approximately 40 mph, the vehicle stalled without any warnings. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 23,000.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #7

Apr 252014


  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked on a slight incline with the engine turned on. Within 3 minutes, the vehicle suddenly began to roll forward and down a hill before crashing into a tree. The air bags did not deploy. The contact indicated that the driver was injured while attempting to enter the moving vehicle and sustained a bruised lung, injured leg and multiple contusions. Two child passengers suffered bruising from the car seat straps during the incident. The failure was not diagnosed nor was the vehicle repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The failure mileage was 35,000.

- Ashville, AL, USA

problem #6

Mar 012014


  • 9,500 miles
The gas and brake pedals are to close together. I have a size 13 eee shoe and I have to be very careful to not step on the gas and brake at the same time which has caused unintended acceleration "several times" which luckily did not involve another car. Toyota says they have software installed to prevent this but, it is not helping me. They claim the car is working as designed. I'm a 65 year old professional truck driver with 3.5 million safe miles. I have driven 100's of cars and trucks and never had this problem before. I also own a 2010 Toyota prius and don't have this problem with it! this is my wife's car. I would trade it if it was mine!

- Maumee, OH, USA

problem #5

Aug 012013


  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2012 Toyota Camry that I purchased new from the military car sales in ansbach, germany. I first experienced the problem in August 2012 when the car would shift it would shudder. At first I thought it to be a fuel problem but it was not. After a few months it got worse. I was in traffic driving off from a stop light and the car shuddered and did not gain speed and I was almost rear ended until I put the car in the "S" gear setting and manually downshifted toe 2nd for more power. That was the temporary solution while driving in the city. Winter days present more issues. I can't drive the car right now because its getting worse. My problem is that I have presented this problem to my dealer, their management, Toyota germany in my local area but no one can seem to figure out the funding issue for the 60/60 warranty (power train). I tried to get it settled before I hit the 60000 mile mark but I needed the car daily for work. I have since arranged for public transportation use and I have parked the car as of today for good. I was told it would cost me $6000 to repair. I have chased this since I took it to Toyota ramstein, germany for the initial look. They said they had no idea what the problem was and perhaps it was the trans mission which would cost at least 3500 euros which is about $6000. The issue almost caused me an accident in traffic twice! I found through the army air force exchange car care center. I took the car when I experienced more issues and the tech bulletin is the exact problem I am experiencing. It says in the bulletin that it is covered by the power train warranty 60 months or 60000 miles. I even produced the tech bulletin to the dealer and the mechanics! I have gone to the dealer but to no avail they are not able to help me. They tried but I have not heard from them in over a month. I need a car!!!

- Apo, AE, USA

problem #4

Mar 192013

Camry 4-cyl

  • miles


My car only has a year on the road; we bought it new January 2013 and started having issues since then. It hesitates and slipping, and its been more than couple of times that I almost hit other cars or they almost hit me on the rear because the cars stays in neutral. We've been at the dealership more than six times for the same problem and they said they cannot find the issue because the computer is not giving them any code. We drove it with the shop foreman of the dealership and he said he felt it too but didn't want to do anything because he didn't get a code on the computer. The dealership has adjusted the transmission fluid and it helped for a week but the problem comes back again. Me and my family don't feel secure using this car which is almost new and nobody do nothing about, even when we have warranty.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #3

Apr 032013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 13,048 miles
The car is becoming undriveable. I took it to the dealership to get checked out, and they said there's nothing wrong with it. On their report they stated "the vehicle's operating as designed." Since I bought this car it's been performing progressively worse. Every time I drive the car it seems to lose power. The ride is choppy, burdened, and labored. The entire car seems to be struggling with itself. I get into the car feeling fine physically, and then I feel ill and sick after a while. There's foul odors coming from my car, definitely from the exterior and possibly from the inside. The dealership checked for exhaust leaks and didn't find any, but I'm smelling things in the car no one should be smelling. It even seems like the car wobbles and shimmies as it travels down the road.

- Telford, PA, USA

problem #2

Apr 122012


  • 3,100 miles
It sometimes will not shift into normal reverse. On these occasions, when you shift into reverse, it will not move or creep slowly back as it normally does. It feels like a brake is on and you must push hard on the gas to get the car to back up at all. The car then lunges backward until you take your foot off the gas and it will jerk to a stop without you even touching the brakes. This is scary when you are in a parking space at a retail store, restaurant, etc. And have someone parked on both sides of you. You cant back up slowly, only can lurch out of your parking spot and hope no pedestrians or vehicles are coming by. I finally got the car to do this at the dealer lot in des moines, by driving and parking for 48 minutes. Now the dealer saw the problem dealer tech backed the car up for a block with one foot on the gas and one on the brake, as I told him if he drove forward for 50 feet it would snap out of the problem and we would be trying to recreate it again. No probs show on scope tests Toyota has no idea what it is. Bought the car 03/24/2012 dealer has had it to look at over 18 days already in and out. My wife is terrified to drive it as this happened to her in the parking lot at work..

- Clive, IA, USA

problem #1

Nov 102011


  • 50 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Toyota Camry. The contact stated the transmission became stuck between second and third gear. When the failure occurred the contact had to pull over and restart the vehicle in order for the transmission to respond. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated paddle shifting on the steering wheel was determined to have caused the failure. The contact did not agree because the paddle shifting was never used. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 50 and the current mileage was 1,800.

- Manchester, MD, USA

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