Toyota Camry Repairs & Maintenance

Last Updated: January 25, 2018

Toyota Camry Problems and Repairs

One reason the Toyota Camry is so popular with consumers is its reputation for reliability. Even with that reputation, however, the Toyota Camry can have some problems, especially in older, high-mileage models.

Before buying a used Camry, make sure you get a pre-purchase inspection by a mechanic, so you can be sure the Camry you buy is in good shape. You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Camry. Certified pre-owned models are used cars, trucks, and SUVs that Toyota has inspected and sells with more warranty coverage than a typical used car.

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Here are some common problems and complaints about the Camry as reported by owners to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Toyota Camry Common Problems

Compared to other cars, the Camry hasn't had that many complaints about its engine. The most common complaints are about the engine burning oil and excessive oil consumption. Camry owners also told the NHTSA that the water pump fails before 36,000 miles.

Camry owners commonly complain to the NHTSA that the anti-lock brake actuator on their cars fails after 100,000 miles. Many Camry owners also report issues with the car's electrical systems, complaining that dashboard-warning lights go off without cause.

Toyota Camry Recalls

Camry models from the 2007 through 2011 model years were part of the Toyota unintended acceleration recalls. After several Toyota models accelerated on their own, it was found that a flaw in the design of the floor mats allowed the mat to slide forward, trapping the accelerator. Toyota replaced the mats, but if you're considering a used Camry, it's worth checking that you have the appropriate mats.

Though other Toyota models are part of the massive Takata airbag recall, the Camry is not. The Camry does not use recalled Takata airbags. Here’s a summary of key Camry recalls over the past 10 years.
  • Toyota Camry models from 2007 through 2011 have recalls involving the improper labeling of equipment, the interaction between seat belts and the side curtain airbags, and wiring issues with the electric window switches.
  • Toyota Camry recalls from the 2012 through 2017 model years range from a clogged air conditioning drain to occupant sensing systems to failed windshield wiper switches.
  • Additionally, the 2015 models have a recall for loss of electric power steering.

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