really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,403 miles

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problem #14

Mar 082018


  • 154,200 miles
Driving on the freeway, check engine light came on, smoke coming out of the hood, brakes and emergency brake failed, vehicle accelerated on its own (no pedals were working), car crashed and fire engulfed the vehicle

- Chula Vista, CA, USA

problem #13

Feb 132018


  • miles
The brake system in this kind of vehicle are defective. I almost crashed another cars by rear ending them when the brakes did not responded and went all the way without the car stopping. I took the car to a mechanic and he replaced the master cylinder and purged the lines but the problem persists; by the way the pads are in more than 60% life. Toyota needs to do something to fix this problem once and for all. It has been too much leniency for this manufacturer and lots of accidents due to this manufacturer's defect.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #12

Aug 092016


  • 97,800 miles
I was backing into a parking space with the foot on the break when my car suddenly accelerated back and I hit the wall. I looked down to see if my foot was on the gas but it was on the break. I got out and looked at the car but since I was close to the wall there was no damage. This was two days ago. Forward to today, I pulled out of my parking spot on the street. I put my foot on the brake at the intersection to check for traffic, when I applied the break, the engine revved and the car accelerated about a foot and stopped. So while going to my destination I had to stop significantly far away from cars, intersections or anything else because when I break. The car accelerates 1-2 feels at a very high speed before jerking to a stop. The car is now parked because it is unsafe to drive.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #11

Jun 042014


  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Camry. While driving at an unknown speed and attempting to brake, the brake pedal failed to depress and the engine warning light illuminated. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 138,000....updated 09/14/16

- Norco, CA, USA

problem #10

Dec 232015


  • 168,000 miles
The exhaust manifold on my 2002 Toyota Camry with 2.4L cracked. It seems to be a common problem on these cars. My Camry only had a little over 60,000 miles when it happened. Other Toyota cars have been recalled for the same problems. Brake need long distance.

- Upper Arlington, OH, USA

problem #9

Feb 012016


  • 145,000 miles
Brake failed while on the road, car crashed. Abnormal long distance brake. Could've died

- Midway City, CA, USA

problem #8

Jan 082016


  • 125,000 miles
Please help me. I purchased my car from Toyota superstore in hartford ct February 9,2005 new. The car shuts off while in drive.there are 3 light that comes on; check engine light, the battery and the gas light. This problem has been going on since the first Wednesday of 2013. Ti was an intermittent problem. Now it 21016 and it a frequent annoyance. They did not try to help me with any recall issues. My car has 5 recalled items on this vehicle but all of these were issues that I address out of my pocket. You issued those recall after my monies were spent to carry on diagnostics, and the changing of parts that had no bearing on the problem. While customer like myself spend and spend and spend.this car was $30,000 and because I had done a trade in unfairly good condition. I was able to to get it for $2000 less. I need your intervention in the matter. I am certain I am not the only one in America with this issue. It is appalling that Toyota make these defective vehicles and sell them with the hopes that at 100,00 miles you are going to have to get rid of the vehicle because it begins to break on you. No one in America is willing to drive a car like mine, but I cannot do any better. My family keeps saying I should get rid of the car because the money I am spending on it come buy a new one but I cannot afford car payment right now. My economics is not the best. When I purchased this vehicle I did so believing that this vehicle would last a considerably long time. My confidence was based on the reputation of a company that had integrity and wholesome family values. I am reliant on a car to get me from point a to B. I take my client to see houses and I need a good functioning car to conduct business. I need a good functioning car to make money. I need a well functioning car to take care of my safety on the roadway at nights. Please intervene in this matter.

- Bloomfield, CT, USA

problem #7

Jan 072015


  • 118 miles
While driving on highway car ride is jerky. At any left exit the car shuts off on exit ramp on left turn. Steering tightens and lock-up. The car shuts done while still in drive mode. The engine goes quite and dies.the gas pedal stop producing power. The car shuts off completely with key in ignition and still in drive. Also going down hill the car becomes immobile and stall. On other occasions car stall at lights on local roads shortly after making left turns and stop light. I took the vehicle into Toyota superstore weston St hartford ct. On three occasions. They kept it for a day, two days, a week and there is still no solution.. nothing has been done to stop the condition. I took it to local mechanics, auto zone. They see the car act up but there are no codes and no system error activity summary. Dealership offer no solution. Always there are 3 light that comes on. Check engine light, check battery light and check fuel light. Triple a toll this cat on 3 occasions. On one occasion during the snow it had check traction light came on. Please someone help me. I took my car in to the dealership always to get the necessary oil change because I have lifetime oil and lube. They are the ones servicing the car so if any parts go wrong they are the ones changing them.. they want me to buy a new car. I told them I cannot afford one. I wonder if they are sabotaging my car. In hopes that I will purchase a new one. Please help me! I learned that the car stops and starts up again after you shut it down take the key out of the ignition for a while so this is how I am surviving. This is very scary! help!

- Bloomfield, CT, USA

problem #6

Aug 302013

Camry 6-cyl

  • miles
On the evening on August 30, 2013, my wife and I were involved in an auto accident due to a sudden unintended acceleration problem with our 2002 Toyota Camry. I was driving at a low speed around a cul-de-sac when the car accelerated out of my control and crashed into a tree. I pressed the brake a few times but it was ineffective. The crash destroyed the car and is determined to be a "total loss."

- La Palma, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 132009

Camry 4-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
On November 13, 2009, I applied my brakes to turn in and park my car (my foot still pressing the brake). When my car unexpectedly accelerates about 15 feet and smacks into a building. A $10,000 claim was made against my insurance company. I informed the local Toyota dealership where I purchased the car since the responding officer urged me to get my vehicle checked out. Almost instantly after I began explaining the details of the incident over the phone, they informed me that the gas pedal wasn't the issue and that my car was not included in the recall. I feel like I have been passed over because my car wasn't brand new, even though it was one of the same year models that received an electronic throttle. I received a post card notifying me of a class action lawsuit against Toyota, however it does not pertain to property damage and I'm not sure which avenue to take.

- Sunny Hills, FL, USA

problem #4

Apr 122013


  • 20 miles
I drove up in front of mosses town hall building in lowndes county al as I tried to put on brakes to park the car it begin to accelerate and jump the parking bumps and hit the building knocking down the wall of bricks and that's when it stopped. I immediately got out of the car and looked and took a look. There were person in the other side of the building who ran out to see were I okay. This was the first and I hope the last incident I had with the car.

- Hayneville, AL, USA

problem #3

Mar 222013


  • 145,000 miles
In the 8 years I have owned my 2002 Camry I have experienced periodic problems with the brakes. Specifically, they become soft, they do not stop the car in normal fashion and also can pull the car significantly to the side. Today, my 19 year old ran into the back of another car because the brakes did not engage. Over the years I have sought a solution but repair shops, including Toyota dealerships, have found no problem. As I see other online comments related to this car I believe it was a common problem with this vehicle and should have been included in a recall.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #2

Jan 212013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 42,500 miles
I was backing out of a parking space. When I put car in drive and started turning wheel to the right, car wouldn't turn and braking did not stop car. It seemed as if accelerator was stuck. Car finally stopped when it hit parked car. Something similar happened about a year ago.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #1

Jul 072012

Camry 4-cyl

  • 156,000 miles
My son was making a left turn off brown rd onto amber glen dr in charlotte, nc when the cars steering wheel locked up causing the car to go out of control. When he tried to press the brakes to stop the car it would not stop. The car hit a tree that cause major damage to the vehicle. Thank god no one was hurt/injured or killed. But my 2002 Toyota Camry is totaled and cannot be repaired. I just bought this car in April 2012 from the Toyota Scion dealership in huntersville, nc and was not made aware of any problems or recalls with the steering wheel locking up. This is a very serious issue that could have caused someone to lose their life. I feel like I have been mislead and cheated out of my money to purchase the vehicle. This car should not have been sold to anyone and why was the dealership not aware of the problem and made the customer aware or did they just not care. Toyota has left a bad memory that I will never forget and that is definitely a bad way to run a business. I have not even had the car for 3 months and this is what happens. www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2002/Toyota/Camry/steeringhttp://www.carproblemzoo.com/Toyota/Camry/steering-wheel-problems.php.

- Charlotte, NC, USA