5th Generation (2002—2006) Camry Problems

This generations ranks 85th out of 86 Toyota generations in reliability and should be avoided if possible. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (34%), transmission (12%), and the steering (11%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 39 complaints at an average of 111,300 miles in the 2002 Toyota Camry.
  2. Stripped Head Bolts 60 complaints at an average of 137,020 miles in the 2002 Toyota Camry.
  3. Engine Died 18 complaints at an average of 110,750 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 97 10.29
2005 120 5 112 35.14
2004 58 3 132 19.99
2003 142 1 116 33.52
2002 192 4 153 49.74

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