Toyota Camry Problems


Currently in its sixth generation, the Camry is Toyota's midsize sedan. The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in the United States since the mid-1990s. On sale in Japan since 1980, the car was introduced to the U.S. in 1983. Toyota began manufacturing the Camry in the U.S. in 1988 at a plant in Georgetown, Kentucky.

First and Second Generation

  • The first- and second-generation (1986 to 1991) Toyota Camrys are rare because of of their age. Little information is available on vehicle problems for the earliest Camrys.

Third Generation

  • The most serious problem affecting third-generation Toyota Camrys (1992 to 1996) concerns the automatic transmission. Gearboxes may shift harshly due to dislodging rubber check balls. Comparatively minor issues include coolant leaks (during head gasket failures); water leaks (check the wiring-harness grommet and the fresh-air intake plenum); hard starting due to ignition-coil voltage leaking (solved with appropriate ground); and faulty trunk latch (the support torsion rod would need to be adjusted).

Fourth Generation

  • The major problem of fourth-generation Toyota Camrys (1997 to 2001) are with the engine. Some Camrys of these model years tend to have engine oil gelling, which causes excessive oil usage and can damage the engine. This can be prevented by sticking to a proper oil changing schedule. However, in the event that engine oil gelling happens, it could cause enough damage that the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) lift sensor (for vehicles with the 3.0L engine), the air fuel ratio sensor (2.2L engine), or the engine itself would need to be replaced.

Fifth Generation

  • Some fifth-generation Camrys (2002 to 2006) may develop engine noise (resolved with a replaced, updated tensioner) and stalling (replacement of the throttle body, gasket and intake surge tank). Some gearboxes might shift poorly, in which event the vehicle can receive an engine-control module redesigned for 2003 models.

Sixth Generation

  • Problems with the sixth-generation Camrys include rear center A/C vents blowing warmer than the front ones (solvable with revised servo motors and A/C amplifiers); prematurely wearing brakes; water leaks from sunroofs (improved clamps can be installed); and noises in rear suspension (requires improved sway bar bushings).


  • Despite these problems, you cannot go wrong with a Camry--if you don't mind a vehicle that can be a little bland or conservative. The Toyota Camry has virtually dominated the United States midsize sedan market for decades due to its reputation for its durability, comfortable ride and overall quality.

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