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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,581 miles

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2001 Toyota Camry engine problems

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2001 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 222015


  • 270,000 miles


The vehicle overheated and stalled, I steered it to the roadside to call for a tow. Speaking with insurance tow service the car started to smoke from the front passenger side under the hood. As I supplied information the smoke volume increased from the front passenger side under the hood. Smoke volume continued to increase and a crackling/burning sound started. I told the agent I have to go and called 911. I supplied details of the area where the increasing smoke was coming from, the car location and my status. In the car I pulled the hood lever, went outside and stopped short of opening the hood. Realizing I had no means to put out the increasing fire I had to watch my car burn until firefighters arrived. I walk a distance away and waited, while the whole engine compartment went up in smoke.

- Jarales, NM, USA

problem #8

Feb 112015


  • 40 miles
A woman pulled out of a side road and was one foot in front of me and I had no where to go so I hit her in back of her truck. I had no where to go. She pulled out fast and then slowed down. When I hit the airbags did not go off and I was wondering why.

- Killeem, TX, USA

problem #7

Dec 152014


  • 149,000 miles
The contact owned a 2001 Toyota Camry. While traveling 30 mph, the vehicle caught fire. The contact stated that flames and smoke started to emit from under the vehicle. The fire department extinguished the fire. The vehicle was destroyed. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 149,000.

- Lousville, KY, USA

problem #6

Dec 222011


  • 42,500 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while making a turn, an abnormal sound emitted from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed the motor mount needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the problem persisted. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 42,500.

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #5

Jun 172014


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the engine sputtered and the engine rpms would increase and decrease. In addition, the power steering, brakes, and engine failed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnostic testing, but was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 95,000.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #4

Oct 252012

Camry 6-cyl

  • 185 miles
My engine light has been on since I've had this car, 2001. No one could ever tell me why the light has been on all this time until I took it in for an oil change and was told that they couldn't do it because I had a severe oil leak. This car now needs head gaskets. It seems to be a Toyota problem.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #3

Feb 232013


  • 78,500 miles


I used the date of 2/23/2013 because that is when the problem became full blown but about 2 months before that date the car began surge when I put the car in gear after being parked and while at a stop sign. It sounded then and still sounds like a fly wheel or something under the hood is running at a very high rate of speed. If I had not had my foot on the brake it felt as though I would have gone forward into the car ahead of me. Finally on 2/23/2013 the car started surging and then hesitating non-stop. The check engine light came on and began to blink so I crept back home with fear. When the car hesitates it feels as though it loses power and there's a backfiring sound in the rear. I took the car to aaa, they did a diagnostic on the computer and I had the ignition coil and spark plugs changed but the problem still exists. The surging and hesitation happens when the car is in gear (both drive and reverse) but not in neutral or park and it is constant. I have a fear that either the car will surge ahead while driving on a highway and I will cause an accident or be killed because the car may just completely stop. I contacted Toyota corporate office on 2/28/2014 to see if there was a recall and to ask if they were aware of the problem. The representative said no to both questions, but I see that's no true.

- Cheltenham, PA, USA

problem #2

May 162013

Camry 4-cyl

  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning as smoke emerged from the engine. The vehicle then caught on fire from under the hood. The fire was contained by the fire department and a police report was filed. There were no injuries. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not inspected for the cause of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

- Miami Beach , FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 312012


  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power. Upon inspection it was found that the spark plug had become detached from the socket. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was determined that the spark plug socket failed. The vehicle was scheduled for repairs. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000.

- Fullerton, CA, USA

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