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Toyota Camry: Problems & Solutions



  • pannupannu Posts: 6
    Hi all,

    This morning when i tried to start my just kept doing trrrrrr..trrrrr..trrrrr.. and nothing.. it just keep doing that when i turn the key into ignition. It was fine till yesterday. Anyone know what is going on..Is it the starter or the battery or something else.
    it is 2001 SLE V6 Solara..I didnt have a single problem wiht the car till now..
    Any help would be great.
    Thanks in advance..
  • typesixtypesix Posts: 320
    Overdrive is when engine shaft turns slower than output shaft from transmission to wheels. It will save gas in both city and highway driving,just leave the button in on position and let transmission shift for itself.If you have a light foot, overdrive will kick in as low as 25 mph on flat ground.
  • commish1commish1 Posts: 30
    So I make my complaint with Toyota about my hesitation problem. The guy on the phone sounds puzzled about the problem but later admits to the problem. He tells me that my compliant was taken. I then get a call from my dealership in ref. to my call. They set me up an appointment with the service mgr. (We both know this is a waste of time but a necessary evil). I go in that day and take him for a test drive. I drive and he acknowledges that there is a problem. He then asks to drive the car and acknowledges it again. On the way back to the shop he tells me again that it is the "drive by wire technology" and that Toyota needs to come up with a fix. As we are getting out of the car I ask him if he can give me a receipt to show I was there on that day. He says no I will send you a copy of the letter that I am going to send Toyota. Well 3 weeks goes by and oddly enough no letter. I call him and he says "oh you didn't get the letter, I will send you another copy". Well I of course knew he never sent or wrote the letter but was going to be happy just to get it. I didn't call him out on it, just a mental note. A few days later my envelope arrives. I breath a sigh of relief and open it. He sends me a copy of the receipt that he said I didn't need because there was going to be a letter. This tells me that he definetly didn't write the letter. I'm sure he'll deny it but if you weren't writing a letter you would have just given me a receipt then and there like they do for all customers. Then I read the receipt and he has the nerve to say that he hooked it up to the machine and there was no problem. He also wrote that we could not replicate the problem. Now I'm pissed and he won't return my calls. I owned a Dodge all of my life and went to Toyota because of their reputation. Boy was I duped!
  • hank2hank2 Posts: 75
    I have a 2004 SE 4CYL with just over 10K miles. I commute 30 miles each way at 65 MPH (cruise control). My initial mileage was ~26 MPG. After 5000 miles, I started getting 28 MPG. And that is where I sit.

    I tried higher tire pressure, higher octane, keeping the tac below 3000, "driving with an egg on the accelerator," but I haven't been able to achieve more than 28 MPG.



  • motownusamotownusa Posts: 836
    Actually 28 mpg isn't too bad. Your car still has relatively low mileage. It will gradually improve over the next 5 to 10K miles. I was only averaging 24 mpg with my 2003 V6 Le. Now the car has about 20K miles and I am getting better than 29 mpg on the highway. The EPA figures a lot of times is far off from real world figures. I was reading a recent article where the AAA criticized the way EPA gets its mpg figures for different cars. What they do is basically put the drive wheels on a trade mill and run the car at 48 mph with no AC or heat indoors. You are driving at 65 mph and I assume you do use the AC when it gets hot. AC is a big factor in reducing mpg so the 34 mpg is a bit unrealistic for most people in the real world. My mpg generally varies between 25 to 30 depending on driving situation.
  • niki1niki1 Posts: 52
    You realy need to take a look at the lemon law in your state. When you take your new vehicle into the dealership for a nonconformance issue, you must demand something in writing. That being said, go back to the dealership {ASAP} and tell your salesperson, or better yet the owner of the dealership, that you want an RO (repair order) on everything that the mechanic told you on the day of your test drive with him. Make sure there is something on the OR that states that the mechanic felt or noticed your problem, even though they did not attempt to repair the vehicle. You will need this down the road if they don't repair your vehicle. KEEP ALL YOUR OF REPAIR ORDERS!!
  • martensmartens Posts: 6
    I have a '97 Camry and in Dec. 2002 was told that my brake rotors were "below spec" and had to be replaced. Reluctantly ($$)I did that.That was about at 93,000 miles. Jan. of 2005, 20,000 miles later, a different garage tells me the same story:"below spec" on the rotors, they have to be replaced. Did it again, but was I taken for a ride? Is this the new catch phrase for a big pay day for repair places?
  • hank2hank2 Posts: 75
    I appreciate the advice. I'll wait another 10K and check it again. I was getting 33 MPG in my 1989 4 CYL Camry... and I was hoping for a little mechanical magic to go along with the extra power :-)

  • steve-o2steve-o2 Posts: 6
    Glad the hitch worked for you.

  • typesixtypesix Posts: 320
    33 mpg for 4 cyl 89 Camry for highway is low. I get 40 mpg at 60-65 mph, 36 with AC on at same speeds, for same car listed.
  • pltvupltvu Posts: 2
    Anyone has this option? how does it work? Will it raise the pedals? My wife is short so this option would help alot. Thanks for any info
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I don't have the power adjustable pedals, but I know how they work. They are power-operated, and the gas and brake pedals move together, forward and rearward (not up or down). In the rearmost position (closest to the driver seat), they allow short drivers to reach the pedals without being too close to the steering wheel and airbag.

    The adjustable pedals are not available with the manual transmission.
  • Hi I just purchased my camry, and noticed while at a stop at a drive through i slight clicking noise when idle. Just wondering if this is normal for this car at first? Maybe a dumb question but I have not the slightest knowledge of anything mechanical with this car.
    Any feedback would be appreciated
  • mannyrmannyr Posts: 1
    I've been having problem with the driver side power window of my 2001 Toyota Camry. The other 3 power windows work fine. The driver side power window will stop working for a while after you roll the window up or down. You have to drive the car a few miles before you can get it to work again. It also works fine in the morning when you start the car. But once you roll the driver side window up or down, then it will stop working and you have to wait. It is very annoying.
  • loucapriloucapri Posts: 214
    I started my car yesterday afternoon (hot day) and after it started, it wouldn't hope idle and died.

    I re-started and same problem, I need to put my left foot on the brake while pressing gas on my right foot to keep it running. after about 1 minute, problem went away.

    This is the 1st time I need to use the brake and gas to keep it running. I notice the start and die problem above a month ago but usually the 2nd time I start the car, the engine will run fine (not yesterday)

    any help?
  • I called toyota corporate regarding the lag issue, the answer I got was, its "under investigation". I gotta say tho, I have about 1k on mine and have noticed the lag prob has gotten much better, only happens when im going reaal slow (10mph) and the car is downshifting, then I step on it. I have also been using 91 oct. which has improved the performance and mpg. They said the cpu doesn't set till aroun 5k, does anyone have 5k on thier car and still has a significant lag? Im still complaining, and hoping for a fix, but the car is driving MUCH better.
  • I have a 1993 Toyota Camry 4 cylinder with the exact same issue. I replaced the starter and it continued. I wasn't ever able to duplicate the problem at the dealer so it was never really fixed.

    Over the years however, there is one thing I can always do to start the car whenever it gives the problem.

    I put the car in neutral and start the ignition and that normally does the trick for me.
  • nicecar1nicecar1 Posts: 10

    I got my camry about 1 month ago. I found a couple
    of problems with the car. Overall, my feeling is that the car is not carefully built, and has visual
    defects. Those defects are not something I expect
    from Toyota.

    1) my trunk, the two side is not aligned properly.
    The left side gap along the taillight is much wider than the right side.

    2) I feel the transmission jerk problem. when you first on the gas pedal, the car move forward unexpectedly.

    3) What is the transmission hesitation problem?
    won't shift gears as it supposed to be? I have not
    experience this kind of problem and just interesting to know.
  • 1violinist1violinist Posts: 338
    Hesitation problem is when you step on the gas and nothing happens for 1-2 seconds, then the transmission engages and the car moves. It's due to the computerized drive-by-wire gas throttle control. Check out this forum for in-depth information:

    sde, "Engine Hesitation (All makes/models)" #457, 15 Mar 2005 5:26 pm
  • loucapriloucapri Posts: 214

    NOT all Camry are built in the US. I was told by the dealer that if your VIN starts with J, your car is from Japan. Also you can look at the information sticker from the door, it will tell you if it is made in Japan or US.

    The dealer I go to (they are pretty good) also told me that most of the problem people seeing in their Camry are those build in here and he said I was lucky because Toyota usually will ship just the 1st load from Japan while waiting the US factory to build the rest.
  • lmacmillmacmil Posts: 1,758
    Assuming you didn't have the replacement rotors turned, it would be very unusual for them to have worn below the min thickness in just 20K miles. Generally rotors can be turned once but often not twice.
  • junepugjunepug Posts: 161
    Hmm, both my wifes Camry and her sisters Avalon were built in Kentucky and both cars have not developed any problems. The 2002 Camry has 25,000 miles and the 2001 Avalon has about 50,000. Both trouble free.
  • hallagehallage Posts: 24
    I know this is the Camry thread, but there's no similar Tercel thread. My son just bought a '94 Tercel DX 4-door. First question is: Is there any way to tell if the timing belt has been replaced? It has 114,000mi. Second question: Is this the type of engine that, if the timing belt breaks, the engine is toast?

  • nicecar1nicecar1 Posts: 10
    I just got a 2005 camry le about a month ago, it
    does sound much louder than my co-worker's 96 model.
    The sale person told me that current camry model
    engine noise is much more than old model, and
    4 cyl is much worse than 6 cyl.
  • nicecar1nicecar1 Posts: 10
    so far, my camry is ok. probably I am not the guy
    who want too fast acceleration. However, I do feel
    my 2002 sienna have slow acceleration and I tried
    to step on the gas pedal floor a number of times
    and nothing happens for a while, then a jerk,
    and car moves forward. but usually if you don't
    want too much acceleration, just normal driving,
    that seems ok. Is there any TSB or some kind
    of fix for this?

    I already have enough trouble for my sienna.
  • loucapriloucapri Posts: 214
    I replaced my Timing belt on my 97' camry and the dealer put a sticker on the timing belt cover.
    I don't think you can tell if your Tercel's timing belt has been replaced or not unless you can dig up the record. One thing you might want to do is to exam the screws from the cover to see if there any sign, mark that indicated it had been opened.

    How's the engine running so far? If everything seems find, and you are in a budget, you might just leave it as is. If you have a few hundreds to burn, @ 114K miles, I think it's about time to get that belt replaced.

    Don't know anything about the 94 engine but I know if the timing belt breaks in a 97 model, the engine should still be ok
  • loucapriloucapri Posts: 214
    I think there are many people saying they have that kind of delay while accelerating. I have a 97 Camry and 01 Highlander (both 4 cyl.) Yes, I can tell the Highlander is a bit late when comes to pressing the gas and accelerate but it's not a big problem as far as I am concern.

    I guess people tried to see if their cars might have the same problem so everyone are paying too much attention about this so to the point everyone is NOT very happy about the delay.

    As you mentioned, normal driving seems ok and after reading this forum, I don't think Toyota is planning to do anything about it.

    I think people mention it's because of the drive-by-wire issue from Toyota.

    BTW, just wonder what trouble you have in your sienna since I am actually thinking about getting a used sienna.
  • dorybdoryb Posts: 2
    I have the exact car and yesterday it is jumpy and kicking back shifting in lower gears. Help did you find a solution? I have only 89,000 miles on mine.
  • My 25,000 miles Solara's belts started making noises last month. There are no tears or rips on the belts, and I have tried belt dressing, which works temporarily to get rid of the noise. I took it to a local Toyota dealership in Orlando, off of Colonial Dr, and after paying some $475 for some non-sense stuff they found, the belts were still not fixed.

    Can someone please point me to the right site, forum, link or even just comment here on how I can tighten the main engine belt myself? Thank you.
  • sbrinmesbrinme Posts: 1
    I have a 2004 Sienna with the 3.3l motor. It has 29k miles and I've had the same problem with the lag you describe since it was new. The dealer claimed it was due to the different driving styles of me and my wife, apparently the motor is so smart it can learn driving styles. I'm looking for a new car and am seriously considering the Camry SE V6 but the lag issue concerns me.
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