Most Common Toyota Camry Problems

The Toyota Camry has been a family favorite vehicle since its debut in the 1980s. Given it continues to offer a sleek look, spacious interior, “better than most sedans” fuel economy, and a reputation of being really reliable, it’s no surprise that it still remains one of the best-selling vehicles on the market today. However, like all cars, the Camry has several common problems that you may want to know about before purchasing one. Below are a few of the most common Toyota Camry problems that have been reported by US Camry owners. 

Toyota Camry Common Problems

  • Frequent Transmission Problems –
    In recent models, there has been an increase in reports regarding Toyota Camry transmission problems. These transmission problems are revealing themselves as shifting delays, stalling, grinding/jumping during low gear acceleration, shaking while in motion, a noticeable burning smell, or whistling sounds coming from under the hood. If you haven’t noticed any of the symptoms mentioned, but feel like your fuel economy has decreased, that can also be a sign of a Toyota Camry transmission problem.

    Since transmission issues can vary from Toyota Camry gear shift problems to a decrease in fuel economy, the cost to repair the issue will also vary. So, we always recommend going to a certified Toyota dealership or repair center to get a proper diagnosis before moving forward on treating the issue. While you’re there, it’s also a good idea to ask what kind of maintenance you can do to help prevent your transmission issues from happening again in the future.


  • Brake Malfunction Issues –
    When it comes to the frequently reported Camry brake malfunction issues, owners have reported that the issue has manifested itself in a few different ways. The below are the most common reports.
    • Intermittent brake failure where the brakes become unresponsive. Any form of brake failure can be potentially dangerous as it can cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle.
    • ABS light is always coming on. The Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) is the component of the braking system that prevents the wheel from locking up when the brakes are applied. When the ABS light is on, it means the system will not engage properly when you use the brakes. Although you can technically drive  with the ABS light on, it can be dangerous and is discouraged.
    • Before becoming unresponsive, the brake pedals can become either soft (pedal sinks all the way to the floor) or stiff (have to press down on the pedal heavily).
    • Car begins to shake when brakes are applied. Although you are still able to operate the vehicle during this issue, the problem is sometimes so severe that owners find it difficult to drive.

If you suspect that your car has a brake issue, do not continue to drive it. Be sure to take it to the repair shop for a proper diagnosis to identify the cause and the best solution to the problem as soon as you can.


  • Starter Failure –
    Last but not least, one of the most reported Toyota Camry problems stemmed from starter failure. For the most part, owners simply stated that their car just wouldn’t start one day. Although it might have seemed random to the owners, there are several main reasons why this may occur. The most common cause of your Toyota Camry starting problems is likely a dead battery, followed by a potential alternator problem or a starter issue. 

To repair the majority of no-start issues, you generally end up completely replacing the battery, alternator, or starter. However, sometimes cleaning the connections or repairing the ignition system/fuel system will do the trick. Getting a mechanic to professionally diagnose the issue will help you better understand which solution is needed for your specific situation.

There are a few common Toyota Camry problems that have arisen over the years. However, thanks to its strong reputation of being reliable, safe, and great on gas efficiency, the Camry has been and will remain to be one the top-selling vehicles in the US.