5th Generation (2002—2006) Camry Problems

Camry owners with a 2002—2006 model year have the most problems with the engine (34%), transmission (12%), and the steering (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Engine Died 18 complaints at an average of 110,750 miles in the 2003 Toyota Camry.
  2. The Brakes Did Not Stop the Vehicle 7 complaints at an average of 65,607 miles in the 2005 Toyota Camry.
  3. Stripped Head Bolts 60 complaints at an average of 137,020 miles in the 2003 Toyota Camry.

What Camry Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Toyota model years.

Watch out for the 2002 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2006 45 5 94 10.32
2005 120 5 109 35.2
2004 58 3 129 20.03
2003 141 1 113 33.57
2002 192 4 150 49.79

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