Bulletins


BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE
454503/10/20054610100155491997 camry repair manual correction. diagnostics - engine (5s-fe) 00400-rm503-u1. *tt 00400-rm654-u1. 1999 camry. *tt07/28/2005
0370409/03/200410010021Engine bank 1 and bank 2 a/f and 02 identification. various toyota models. *tt11/03/2004
0080404/28/200410007098Malfunction indicator lamp on 1mz-fe engine misfire diagnostic trouble code (dtc) p0300, p0301, p0302, p0303, p0304, p0305 or p0306. *tt05/26/2004
EG0099910/01/1999610058Some 5s-fe equipped vehicles and california emission specification vehicles may exhibit a malfunction indicator light on diagnostic trouble code p1133. *tt04/14/2000
02049902/04/1999605166Information regarding revised timing belt tension spring. *tt06/02/1999
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE
TC0200201/30/2002628696Special policy adjustment regarding vehicles experiencing engine oil gelling or sludge. *tt03/19/2002
EG0139912/17/1999610062Some vehicles may exhibit a rough idle, and or a malfunction indicator light on condition in which a single cylinder misfire code, or codes are present. *tt04/14/2000
EG0020002/11/2000610077Some california emission specification vehicles may exhibit a malfunction indicator light on with diagnostic trouble code p1133 present. *tt04/14/2000
EG0010001/14/2000EG01399610053Some california emission specification vehicles may exhibit a rough idle and or a mil on condition in which a single cylinder misfire code or codes are present. *tt04/14/2000
EG0049904/23/1999604939Some vehicles within certain vin ranges may exhibit a false malfunction indicator lamp on with diagnostic trouble code p0446 for a vacuum control valve assembly set. *tt05/20/1999

Investigations


NHTSA IDManufacturerDate openDate closeSubjectRecall campaign
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
PE02079TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.10/22/200203/18/2003ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE
 Odi's data analysis found the fires rates to be consistently low and evenly distributed among six model years and six different engine configurations.odi examined a variety of root causes, those being detonation (resulting in oil pan puncture from connecting rod), starter fires, various fuel related fires, leaking oil filters, wiring issues, improper repairs and brake fluid leaks.none of the issues examined had reports that indicated a trend when normalized for populaton and exposure.see attached report for full details.
DP02004TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.04/30/200206/20/2002ENGINE SEIZURE
 Alleged that the engine seizure due to oil sludge

Consumer Complaints


Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
05/01/201065000
 Tl-the contact owns a 1999 toyota camry. the contact was driving approximately 40 mph, approaching a stop sign; the engine stalled without warning. the vehicle began to roll unintendently. when the brakes were engaged the vehicle failed to slow down and immediately the gear was shifted into neutral and then into park which resulted to the vehicle coming to a complete stop. the engine restarted and the vehicle resumed normally. the stalling failure occurred when driving 40 mph and above. the vehicle would not accelerate over 60 mph. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. the eor sensor, eor solenoid and eor module were replaced on the vehicle. the stalling malfunction continued after the repair was performed on the vehicle. the failure mileage was approximately 65,000. the vin was unavailable. js
05/01/201065000
 Tl-the contact owns a 1999 toyota camry. the contact was driving approximately 40 mph, approaching a stop sign; the engine stalled without warning. the vehicle began to roll unintendently. when the brakes were engaged the vehicle failed to slow down and immediately the gear was shifted into neutral and then into park which resulted to the vehicle coming to a complete stop. the engine restarted and the vehicle resumed normally. the stalling failure occurred when driving 40 mph and above. the vehicle would not accelerate over 60 mph. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. the eor sensor, eor solenoid and eor module were replaced on the vehicle. the stalling malfunction continued after the repair was performed on the vehicle. the failure mileage was approximately 65,000. the vin was unavailable. js
05/01/201065000
 Tl-the contact owns a 1999 toyota camry. the contact was driving approximately 40 mph, approaching a stop sign; the engine stalled without warning. the vehicle began to roll unintendently. when the brakes were engaged the vehicle failed to slow down and immediately the gear was shifted into neutral and then into park which resulted to the vehicle coming to a complete stop. the engine restarted and the vehicle resumed normally. the stalling failure occurred when driving 40 mph and above. the vehicle would not accelerate over 60 mph. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. the eor sensor, eor solenoid and eor module were replaced on the vehicle. the stalling malfunction continued after the repair was performed on the vehicle. the failure mileage was approximately 65,000. the vin was unavailable. js
05/01/201065000
 Tl-the contact owns a 1999 toyota camry. the contact was driving approximately 40 mph, approaching a stop sign; the engine stalled without warning. the vehicle began to roll unintendently. when the brakes were engaged the vehicle failed to slow down and immediately the gear was shifted into neutral and then into park which resulted to the vehicle coming to a complete stop. the engine restarted and the vehicle resumed normally. the stalling failure occurred when driving 40 mph and above. the vehicle would not accelerate over 60 mph. the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis. the eor sensor, eor solenoid and eor module were replaced on the vehicle. the stalling malfunction continued after the repair was performed on the vehicle. the failure mileage was approximately 65,000. the vin was unavailable. js
07/02/2009950691
 At about 3 pm i was driving north on the on ramp of route 15 north at mira mesa. suddenly my car accelerated and would not stop. i moved to the right where there was room. and despite pushing hard on the brake, i could not stop the car. i moved to the guard rail hoping to slow the car, which il did, but the car bounced off the rail and side swiped a white lexus. then the car came to a stop. a workman saw the accident and confirmed the pattern of what occurred. he checked with me and the driver of the other car and we both said there was no injury. he refused to identify himself. both cars were able to drive away without difficulty. when i got home i checked that the floor mats were in the proper place and not near the accelerator. i feel that there was a defect in the operating system of the car to cause this sudden acceleration. *tr
03/15/20081370001
 My 1999 toyota camry started blowing blue smoke out of the tail pipe. this was after regular oil changes at 3,000 miles. finally, while on a business trip and after oil was changed, my engine started making a loud clanking noise. i immediately pulled off the road and turned off the engine. i had a local mechanic look at the engine, who state the engine would need to be replaced. i then paid to have the car towed 200 miles to my house where my mechanic also stated the engine was blown. i have been searching the internet for over a year to find a cost effective engine when at last i found a web site that explains thousands of people have had the same problem i had with sludge oil problems causing engine failure. why has the nhtsa not issued any recall? i can not believe that the nhtsa is not looking out for the consumer? what is it going to take to get some help for the hard working consumer against the auto giants who know good and well they had a very silent class action notification which did not make it to the majority of the consumers. that action might be good for the board members and stockholders but isn't the nhtsa supposed to look out for the consumer. *tr
01/20/2007640001
 The car was bought brand new. this is the history of the 1999 camry (problem: engine light comes on each time): 1/24/2007 goodyear auto--replaced charcoal canister and control valve $549.19 7/12/2007 goodyear auto--replaced purge valve $134.24; charcoal canister replaced under warranty 11/8/2008 toyota dealership--replaced charcoal canister and purge valve (toyota says they still have to charge for this repair, even though it was replaced earlier) $656.75 2/9/09 toyota dealership--replaced control valve--$142.34 in summary, charcoal canister was replaced 3 times, purge valve replaced 2 times, control valve replaced 2 times--all in a span of 2 years. toyota service representative justifies it by saying it is a revised part. *tr
07/27/20081051231
 When i tried to start the car it made a loud noise and the engine was dead so my car had to be towed. the block of the engine has hole due to major engine mechanical failure. i had to have the engine replaced. i was told that the same kind of problem occurred on the same model year 2000 toyota and they were recalled. *tr
12/21/2007104/10/1999
 1999 toyota camry with engine failure. consumer stated that the vehicle made a loud noise and oil and gasoline odor was present. consumer then pulled over and engine failed and would not restart. *kb
02/21/200427000312/01/1999
 Dt: the consumer believed the brake problem the problem concerned abs pump. while driving the brakes failed. every two-three months this problem occurred, at least twenty times. this problem first started in september 2001. the first documentation was for may of 2002. there have been several near accidents, but none as of yet. the dealer was unsure of the exact problem because they were unable to find it. they have told the consumer numbers possibilities, but still has not fixed the problem. also, there was also a problem with the engine. they changed the timing belt because of engine noise. they told the consumer that there was a problem with the water pump and it was changed. the consumer had a report from the dealership. but, not all of the times that vehicle was taken to the dealer was included in the report. the consumer believed that engine problem was with the valve and the lifters. *ak
09/08/200480465204/13/1999
 This complaint involves two vehicles; the first was with a 1992 toyota camry vin#4t1sk11e2nu122194 purchase date: 7/16/1992 mileage at the time of the incident: 125394 in which the vehicle was idled in the consumers driveway and after two minutes a loud noise was heard along with smoke coming from under the hood; there was motor oil and metal pieces from the engine underneath the vehicle and at 91386k miles the timing belt was replaced; the second vehicle was a 1999 toyota camry; the vehicle stalled while being driven on the freeway at 60 mph, the vehicle was towed to the dealership and the consumer was informed that the water pump had frozen. the consumer requested reimbursement for repairs but the request was denied. a detailed description of problems (vehicle unspecified) : connecting rods#1 and #4 broke and punched holes in the side of the engine block, one of the connecting rods broke off at the piston as well as the crankshaft, the other connecting rod broke off of the crankshaft, but remained attached to the piston, piston #1 and #4 impacted into the cylinder head, when the connecting rods broke, parts of the engine punched a hole in the oil pan, allowing oil to leak out, it was noted that the left cv boots were torn, the broken connecting rod #1 caused the a/c compressor to be broken away from the engine and the a/c belt to be thrown free, and the extent of the damage was consistent with the engine turning at moderate or high speed at the time of the failure. *ak *sc
03/02/200566000208/20/2002
 On march 2, the engine on my toyota camry threw a rod, and resulted in a terminal failure of the engine. i have maintained this car since i bought it, supposedly certified used from roseville toyota, in august 2002. i pleaded with toyota motor corporation for assistance but they said that my warranty had expired 2 months prior to this incident. due to extreme strains on my time, i had the engine rebuilt for nearly $3700. upon driving the car for less than 200 miles after having the engine rebuilt, the transmission has failed and needs to be replaced at an estimated $1500. i do not have time or money to continually repair this car and have asked for assistance from both roseville toyota and toyota motor corporation both. it was recently brought to my attention that the toyota that i purchased from roseville toyota was never certified to begin with. they misleadingly sold me a car under the false impression that it was certified when it was not. i place the blame for the recent failures and resultant repair fees on roseville toyota. if i had known that this particular car was not a certified toyota vehicle, i would never have taken it off the lot and consequentially experienced any of the problems described above. however, i was falsely mislead to believe that i was getting a certified vehicle and drove off happily. none of the parts repaired or replaced are available. *ak
11/01/2004205232
 Defective automobile, ranging from transmissions problems to paint problems. engine stalls. *bf *tc
09/01/2004501/01/2001
 Vehicle consistently dies on the road. *mr there were more than four attempts made to repair the warranty problem. *sc *jb
04/15/200466000108/12/2002
 While driving a loud bang noise was heard and a clanging sound was made from the car. consumer noticed smoke coming from underneath the hood and immediately pulled over to the side of the road. vec. was towed to dealership for inspection on 4/15/04. consumer was 400 miles over ford warranty. warranty company has an adjuster come out and look at the vec. 6 or 7 times. ford knew in the middle of may that the vec. was over mileage and they continued to lead the consumer and the dealership that they would fix it. ford dealership and the ford warranty company adjuster both confirmed that the engine failed. 2 bolts that held the piston in place busted and threw a rod through the side of the engine. the same dealership had another camry with 61,000 miles come in while this car was there and had done the exact same thing had happened with it. the vec. needs a new engine and not toyota nor ford will help us. i have done several searches over this vec. and have found that there has been over 5,000 camrys that have done this exact same thing....1999. they have all been around the same mileage also. *ak
07/07/20041
 While driving a loud banking noise was heard from the front. consumer noticed smoke coming from underneath the hood. then, vehicle stalled. consumer restarted vehicle, and pulled over. consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the engine needed replacement due to a blown gasket. *ak
04/15/200466000108/15/2002
 While driving on the road and heard loud clanging sound and then saw lots of smoke. service engine light came on and i pulled over. i turned the car off and opened the hood. there was a hole in the side of the engine and oil was all over. car had 66,000 miles on it and was 400 miles over the extended warranty. took to toyota dealer and they determined that there was no sludge or gel in the engine. car was well maintained and there was nothing i could have done to cause this. warranty company is fighting us on fixing the vec. and toyota will not do anything either. this happened on april 15, 2004 and it is now july 7, 2004. toyota dealership still has my car. *ak
06/15/200356000
 Oil sludge problem. engine makes noise
02/15/200365000
 My engine seized. i've received 2 letters from toyota dated 2/2002 and 6/2002 regarding oil gel. car was towed to dealership- dealership had car "inspected by a no name toyota district rep" dealership said not oil gel rep agrees contacted corporate they agreed with dealership. sight unseen by customer. napervile toyota 1st goodwill repair included 50% of parts and service. after persuing they agreed to labor cost. toyota mass produced an engine with small valve and learned it was a problem. corrected it and thousand of consumers are being accuse of low lubricant and not manitenance there automobile correctly .
08/15/200375000
 8/12/03 heard unusual noise shortly after getting on a highway. pulled the car to the side and stopped. found oil all over the place, inside the engine and outside on the ground. a toyota dealer examined the car and said that the "#1 connecting rod" was broken and that it is not customer's fault. we bought toyota camry (4 cylinders) in 1999. we have been following the recommended maintenance schedule at the same toyota dealer. even 3 weeks before the engine broke down, we had a major maintenance following the advice of the toyota dealer for preventing damage to the engine. as the mileage is over the warrante amount, toyota doesn't pay for the required engine replacement and we hope they do. it's not fair to let us pay as we haven't done anything wrong.
06/15/200376200
 Blue exhaust smoke and odd engine noice during ignition. i took the car in to cobb county toyota in kennesaw, ga. i took all of my maintenance records and some articles i'd printed out regarding oil gelling, in case they gave me any hassle. i told them i didn't want them to do a flush - he said that toyota wouldn't allow them to do that anyhow, and that they would be taking it apart. he wouldn't even speculate whether or not it was gelling until they took it apart. as such, they wouldn't agree to pay for a rental car until they they confirmed it was gelling. they did take it apart and found that the gelling was limited to the head. without asking for maintenance records (even though i'd had most of my oil changes done by 3rd parties), and completely free of cost to me, they cleaned the head, and replaced the valve stem seals, oil pump, pick-up screen, pvc valve, and valve cover. runs smooth as the day i bought it now (though i did replace the timing belt as well, which i'm sure contributed slightly to the improvement). no rental car was necessary as they had it back to me by the end of the day (i'd taken it in the previous evening). incidentally, i took it in 4 years to the day since i took delivery of it.
04/15/200344000
 Initial symtoms: engine lights came on; car ran very rough, as if misfiring; white smoke billowed; engine was completely void of oil; response: mechanic flushed oil through engine; refilled engine with 4 quarts oil; changed front 3 sparkplugs; 1 week later same symtoms above returned; engine was completely void of oil again;
04/15/200352000
 April 30, 2003 on sunday, april 27, 2003 - my 1999 toyota 2.2l 4cyl camry le vin number 4t1bg22k5xu530462 ceased to operate at jfk international airport. the engine with a very loud noise (such has gears under pressure that just gave way) stopped abruptly while smoke came out and the oil spilled all over the place. after having the car towed back to rockland toyota the next day i later was informed that there was a significant sized hole on the engine and was shown broken the pieces. the car was always serviced at rockland toyota since its purchase from toyota north (all based in new york). my camry has had simptoms relating to oil sludge in the engine. persistent drifting/pulling to the left or the right, uneven wear of tires with need for early replacement, premature brake component wear, including rear brake drums, and vibrations, esp. at speeds above 50 mph since its purchase in 1999.
01/15/2003107000
 Engine oil sludge buildup at 107000 miles. other manufacturers don't have this problem. toyota wants maintenance receipts/oil purchase receipts, proof of ownership. toyota wants to reimburse, if there is an oil gelling related problem. how many do-it-yourselfers keep oil receipts? with today's oils, sludge should not be a problem.
03/15/200376
 Sludge
12/15/20020
 Oil gel in engine and engine light constantly on. i have all oil changes made on time. toyota do not want to own up to problem with oil gel. i can be reached on (202)708-0614 x2454. i will send entire letter in mail to you immediately for your review. thanks. sandra edwards
02/15/20041400001
 1999 toyota camry 140,000 miles routine oil changes threw a rod for no apparent reason. dealer charged $127.00 to pull the valve cover. dealer told me they have no idea why the engine failed but it was not oil gelling. they denied my oil gelling claim even though i showed receipts for the oil changes. *ak
11/15/20031
 While traveling on 287 north around edison, nj, my 1999 toyota camry caught on fire without any warning. the fire started from underneath the vehicle. at the time the firefighters responded, 60 percent of the vehicle has been engulfed on fire. *la
07/01/2003
 Consumer states that while she was driving heard a popping sound, then saw white smoke, soon after that she saw black smoke.she got out of car, and saw sparks coming from under the vehicle, then fire started coming from the engine (front of the auto) part. the fire department was called, and when the fire was put out, the fireman said that it might have been a mixture of oil getting on the hot motor which started the fire.*ak
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 Engine failure. *ak
01/16/200363000105/01/1999
 While driving on a downward incline, the consumer switched the gears to down shift when the vehicle completely shut down. all systems failed. the dealer was notified. ph scc
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM
12/21/200795875104/10/1999
 Re: toyota camry engine failure on 12/21/07 1999 toyota camry le december 31, 2007 dear sir, on december 21, 2007 at 11:30am pt, my wife kim ly nguyen drove our 1999 toyota camry le on the 405 south freeway. as she was about to pass the bristol st. exit in costa mesa, my wife suddenly heard an unusual noisy sound and detected the strong scent of oil and gasoline leaking from the engine. immediately, my wife maneuvered our car to the right-hand shoulder of the freeway. once my wife pulled over to the side of the road, the car engine suddenly experienced complete failure and would not re-start. our car was towed by 21st century insurance to accu auto service (23253 madero #a-104, mission viejo, ca 92691) for repair. since we are heavily dependent on our car to commute to work every day, it was crucial that we received immediate service on our car. after a diagnostic exam, accu auto service determined that the engine experienced sudden and total failure (please see attached pictures) and was completely replaced and serviced. since we bought our toyota camry le on 4/10/99, it is still under warranty through the ?gold seal mechanical breakdown services contract limited, and we are hoping that you can help us with a reimbursement of our repair costs. due to the dependency on our car for survival, we had to authorize an immediate repair. through the life of our toyota camry le, we have maintained a good maintenance schedule and upkeep, which can be verified through lew webb's irvine toyota, inc. (30 auto center dr., irvine, ca 92618) at 949-768-0688 or accu auto services at 949-859-9637. we hope that you understand our situation and are able to honor our warranty by granting us a reimbursement for the repair of the defective car engine. thank you for your help and time. sincerely, liem ngo & kim ly nguyen *tr
03/09/200794100305/20/1999
 On march 9, 2007 the toyota camry erupted into a fire during my normal driving. on nov 28, 2006, i repaired my vehicle at toyota authorized service statin, fitzgerald toyota, m for changing water pump and timing belt. *ak my odo meter reading was around 93.213 miles and within 800 miles (close to 94100) the vehicle met with fire accident. repeated letter toyota corporation is being ignored and toyota service station is yet to reply back my letter.
11/07/2002450001
 While driving on interstate hwy water pump failed causing timing belt and idler to also fail and damage to oil pump.
07/07/2002102/01/2099
 On 9/8/2001 i had the 30,000 mile maintenance performed on my 1999 toyota camry. on july 7,2002, the water pump failed and damaged the timing belt. i had to replace the water pump, timing(camshaft belt) , several additional belts, idler , tensioner and anti-freeze. labor and parts totaled $710.44. this is the 5th occurance of a water pump failing on a 1999 toyota camry with under 45,000 miles that was reported on this web site alone. the powertrain warranty covers the water pump for 60 months or 60,000 miles. i have sent a certified letter to toyota , which they have received but have not received a response from them. the water pump should last more that 45,000 mile and with the number of failures that have occured, there is a trend that there is a problem with this part.*aki
07/07/2002102/01/2099
 Additional info to odi number 765034 - shop mentioned that the water pump damaged caused scrapping on the engine block. since the engine block is made of an aluminum base his concern was that the marks might cause a crack to occur. he said no leaking was seen at this time but i want to put on record that damage was made to the engine that might cause problems in the furture. this scraping was due to the water pump failure that was noted in the odi number 765034 questionnaire. this info was also mentioned to toyota in a certified letter but i have not received any response yet from toyota.
01/10/2002
 While driving 45 mph consumer noticed smoke coming from underneath hood, vehicle was towed to mechanic that indicated water pump had bursted. please provide further details.*ak
06/16/2001101/01/1999
 On 6-16-01, i was on my way home when my car suddenly lost power. i wasn't able to stop the vehicle. in order to stop it, i had to apply the emergency brake. i had the vehicle towed to the dealership where i purchased it from. it has been there ever since. i found out today that the water pump froze up on it and broke the timing belt. the salesman who sold me my car told me that he has heard of many owners of the camry who have experienced the same problem that i'm experiencing. he told me that the car is pretty much unsafe, so i traded it in and bought a corolla today. i had no intention of trading in my car. i would like to know if toytoa knew about the failed water pump/timing belt in their camrys'. and if so, why didn't they let the public know about how dangerous this could be? i leased my camry and toyota is making me pay for remainder of the lease. therefore, i am paying two car notes. i would like for them to reimburse me for the money i lost in this deal.*ak
11/16/2000101/15/1999
 Water pump burst and belt popped. nlm
06/21/1999701/15/1999
 Consumer has to take vehicle into dealership for brakes every three to four months. there was a grinding noise at this point. dealer is aware of the problem, brake pads have been replaced several times due to premature wear, master cylinder was out of adjustment, rotors were replaced. vehicle stalled due to water pump failure the water pump came apart and broke the timing belt. *slc *ak
06/15/1999202/01/1999
 Excessive wear of brake pads and front rotors; at 10,000 miles dealer had to replace front rotors and pads. currently, at 21,000 miles, problem reoccurred. problem with headlight not aligned. dealer informed that vehicle met manufacturer's specification and nothing else could be done. also, water pump failure. dealer notified, and repairs being made. *ak consumer states that the transmission fluid is not good and toyota refuses to test the fluids. *slc
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - COOLING SYSTEM - RADIATOR ASSEMBLY
06/09/20055100010/16/1999
 Car overheated. drove to toyota dealer where it was diagnosed as a radiator problem. this car has 51000 miles on it.
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE
12/14/201044000
 While driving my 1999 toyota camry onto the on ramp to the veterans expressway, the engine made a loud bang and smoke came out of the engine.the engine stopped! i had bought this car new in 1999,and it only has 44,000 miles on it. it is in super condition, except now it has a hole in the engine. if this had happened on the expressway, i would have been killed!!! a certified mechanic said that the piston rod cap bolt had broken and the rod blew a hole in the engine. the toyota dealer and toyota national said that i must pay to have this fixed. it needs a whole new engine!!i feel that it must be a defect or this would not happen at 44,000 miles.i have always had all of the maintenance requirements done. this is certainly a dangerous defect, because if your car seizes up and stops in traffic, you do not stand a chance. i've read where others have had the same problem. why hasn't toyota recalled this? it is certainly just as dangerous as the problems that they did recall cars for.
12/14/201044000
 While driving my 1999 toyota camry onto the on ramp to the veterans expressway, the engine made a loud bang and smoke came out of the engine.the engine stopped! i had bought this car new in 1999,and it only has 44,000 miles on it. it is in super condition, except now it has a hole in the engine. if this had happened on the expressway, i would have been killed!!! a certified mechanic said that the piston rod cap bolt had broken and the rod blew a hole in the engine. the toyota dealer and toyota national said that i must pay to have this fixed. it needs a whole new engine!!i feel that it must be a defect or this would not happen at 44,000 miles.i have always had all of the maintenance requirements done. this is certainly a dangerous defect, because if your car seizes up and stops in traffic, you do not stand a chance. i've read where others have had the same problem. why hasn't toyota recalled this? it is certainly just as dangerous as the problems that they did recall cars for.
12/14/201044000
 While driving my 1999 toyota camry onto the on ramp to the veterans expressway, the engine made a loud bang and smoke came out of the engine.the engine stopped! i had bought this car new in 1999,and it only has 44,000 miles on it. it is in super condition, except now it has a hole in the engine. if this had happened on the expressway, i would have been killed!!! a certified mechanic said that the piston rod cap bolt had broken and the rod blew a hole in the engine. the toyota dealer and toyota national said that i must pay to have this fixed. it needs a whole new engine!!i feel that it must be a defect or this would not happen at 44,000 miles.i have always had all of the maintenance requirements done. this is certainly a dangerous defect, because if your car seizes up and stops in traffic, you do not stand a chance. i've read where others have had the same problem. why hasn't toyota recalled this? it is certainly just as dangerous as the problems that they did recall cars for.
12/14/201044000
 While driving my 1999 toyota camry onto the on ramp to the veterans expressway, the engine made a loud bang and smoke came out of the engine.the engine stopped! i had bought this car new in 1999,and it only has 44,000 miles on it. it is in super condition, except now it has a hole in the engine. if this had happened on the expressway, i would have been killed!!! a certified mechanic said that the piston rod cap bolt had broken and the rod blew a hole in the engine. the toyota dealer and toyota national said that i must pay to have this fixed. it needs a whole new engine!!i feel that it must be a defect or this would not happen at 44,000 miles.i have always had all of the maintenance requirements done. this is certainly a dangerous defect, because if your car seizes up and stops in traffic, you do not stand a chance. i've read where others have had the same problem. why hasn't toyota recalled this? it is certainly just as dangerous as the problems that they did recall cars for.
10/04/2009810001
 I bought my camry brand new and have always kept up with the regular maintenance scheduled. however, over the years i've had to have the charcoal canister replaced at least three times and valves replaced twice. on oct. 4th while driving on the freeway, with no forewarning, i heard a loud noise and followed by a plume of white/blue smoke. the engine immediately shut off and i was able to pull over on the shoulder in time to avoid and accident. the resulting total engine failure caused me to have to have the car towed. now i'm discovering that this has been an ongoing problem with my kind of engine and it was quietly settled with those who have the 2000 year engines. the same problem existed in the 1999's and has been totally ignored. this is awful! *tr
01/20/2007640001
 The car was bought brand new. this is the history of the 1999 camry (problem: engine light comes on each time): 1/24/2007 goodyear auto--replaced charcoal canister and control valve $549.19 7/12/2007 goodyear auto--replaced purge valve $134.24; charcoal canister replaced under warranty 11/8/2008 toyota dealership--replaced charcoal canister and purge valve (toyota says they still have to charge for this repair, even though it was replaced earlier) $656.75 2/9/09 toyota dealership--replaced control valve--$142.34 in summary, charcoal canister was replaced 3 times, purge valve replaced 2 times, control valve replaced 2 times--all in a span of 2 years. toyota service representative justifies it by saying it is a revised part. *tr
07/06/2008612441
 Engine blew out on freeway. engine failure diagnosed as sludge build up leading to thrown rod and crankshaft. rod busted through crankcase. my 1999 toyota camry was one of toyota's flawed engine designs suffering from a known oil gel build up problem - *5s-fe four cylinder and 1mz-fe v-6 engines. *tr
01/22/2008139212110/28/1998
 My camry showed the exact 3 signs of oil gel list in settled class action suit: excessive oil consumption, blue smoke, & engine light on. settled class action settlement says toyota should fix/pay. toyota inc. denied claim. class action settlement clearly includes my 1999 toyota camry 4cyl. toyota should authorize the $3000 of repairs needed on my camry and should pay for the repairs as they were directed to by a court of law. i
05/15/2007550001
 Problem with 1999 toyota camry: in trying to pass a vehicle on a country road, the engine literally blew a hole. the rpm was just a little over 4,000. thankfully, there was no vehicle coming from the other side and the other drivers on my side quickly slowed down to let me come back to my side of the road. otherwise there could have been a major accident. *tr
05/03/200742000108/01/1999
 Tl*the contact owns a 1999 toyota camry. the contact stated that her vehicle caught fire without warning. she parked the vehicle and one half hour later, the police arrived to find that the fire department had extinguished the fire. the dealer stated that they have never heard of this before. a police report was filed. the engine size and powertrain were unavailable. the current and failure mileages were 42,000. updated 06/08/07. *jb
08/01/20061
 I have a 1999 toyota camry. i changed my oil consistently before every 2500 miles or 3 months, however the oil in my engine still slugged or gelled. i visited my local toyota dealership to have it fixed and they informed me that the problem was common amongst toyota camry's and that they could not cover the engine damage for me unless i provided receipts as proof that i changed my oil every 2500 miles or 3 months since the day i purchased the car. i had not been keeping my receipts as my fiance would often change my oil for us. needless to say, i had to spend over $2,000 replacing my engine only to later find out that the problem was much more common and severe than i had been told and that toyota does in fact recognize the defect and offers to fix it complimentary. i learned this while i was out car shopping (at a different dealership) since i no longer feel safe on the road in my unsuitable toyota camry. my old engine has been replaced but the new one is not working properly. my mechanic told me it's because the defective part that caused the engines to gel up has now been removed from replacement engines. there is now a noticeable banging noise coming from my engine. i am completely disgusted with the way i was treated by my local toyota dealership. i was sold a car with a known history of defective engines and the car manufacturers refuses to fix it for me. what type of scam is this? *jb
09/30/2004179386
 1999 toyota camry check engine light came on. the consumer had the oil changed, air fuel ratio sensor replaced, front brake pads and rotors replaced but none of those repairs solved the problem. *ts the dealer suggested that since the consumer 's vehicle wasn't driven much that carbon may have been building up in the valve area. the dealer cleaned the valve area and cleaned the throttle body and fuel injection but the check engine light came on again. *nm ***no ans required***
09/23/2005124000108/26/2005
 Dt: while driving the vehicle threw a rod. this caused the vehicle to catch on fire on september 23, 2005. there was a report taken by the fire department, but the consumer was unsure if a police report was taken. there was no previous warning before this occurred. the vehicle was towed to a mechanic. they did not tell her what they thought caused it, only that it was not due to sludge build up in engine. there were no injuries. *ak *nm
07/19/20054
 Getting check engine light too frequently on a toyota camry 1999 model. had to replace charcoal canister and the problem still persists
03/25/2005103000102/19/1999
 The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for a tune up and after the tune up the dealer took the vehicle for a test drive and the engine blew out. the dealer informed the consumer they would replace the engine. *ak there was knocking, the vehicle would not run. the original motor rod had come apart. there was no sign of misuse. the oil was okay and there was no sign of why the rod had come apart. *sc *jb
06/01/2003100000101/28/2001
 I purchased a 1999 toyota camry in january 01. approximately, 18 months later, my vehicle suffered engine failure. i was advised by the toyota dealership that the damage was due to excessive sludge in the engine. i completed regular oil changes and maintenance on this vehicle. additionally, the warranty only partially paid for the damage. i was forced to pay about $2400. even though my warranty should have covered everything less the $500 deductible. i have been informed that toyota recognized this problem and said that it would pay for these damages. i am interested in investigating if i can have the funds i paid refunded to me.*ak
08/18/200480000101/01/1999
 The engine light came on, the dealer discovered, the charcoal canister needed to be replaced. *jb the consumer stated that this was a defect part that is covered under federal emissions control. *tc
08/27/20041
 The radiator was empty, and here were traces of antifreeze on the inspection plug on the timing over. as i explained upon our intial meeting, this indicated that there was a definite loss of antifreeze, with a definite possibility of water pump failure and corresponding timing belt failure. however, when i did the initial tear-down of the timing area, i found a rather surprising scenario. the timing belt was intact. there were none of he usual oil leaks from the cam/crank seals. the belt was in excellent shape. the water pump had suffered a catastrophic bearing failure. in fact, i found pieces of metal in the timing area, as well as a few of the ball bearings from the water pump shaft bearing. the timing area also had traces of antifreeze (oem antifreeze) from where the water pump had been leaking prior to the failure. as per our discussion, i proceeded to tear the engine down further to inspect for other possible damage. at this time, we were simply expecting to find a warped/possibly cracked cylinder head. upon removing the necessary components required to remove the head, and removing the head itself, i inspected the block, cylinders, and pistons. the inspection revealed that the pistons had suffered severe damage. there is over thirty thousandths of clearance between the top edge of the piston and the cylinder wall. the top piston ring is clearly visible. therefore, i must declare the engine a loss. in fact, i have made the observation that toyota vehicles using the oem antifreeze usually had far fewer cooling system problems of any kind. in their vehicles. i have two toyota pickups. one has a reman engine. it has oem antifreeze and an oem oil filter. to make a long story short, i feel in my opinion, and my experience, that this problem is a manufacturer defect. what the manufacturer can and will do for you i do not know. *ak
05/25/20042
 While pulling inside of a parking space the vehicle stalled. the driver tried to restart the vehicle but was only able to start the vehicle by applying the accelerated and brake. then the vehicle started. the driver was able to drive it home. the driver contacted the dealer for an appointment. please provide any additional information. *nm
12/01/2003580001
 Starting in dec. '03, i heard fluid circulating throughout the engine in my 99 toy. camry (v6), esp. from a stop. the toy. dealer told me my coolant level was low, but found no leaks, and added more coolant. several weeks later, the sound came back and became worse. the car began to idle rough and the temperature gauge ran high. i had the car towed to another toy. dealer, who informed me that i had a blown head gasket, which in turn caused severe engine damage. i had to have a new short block installed, along with a new oil pump and water pump. *jb
1111751
 While vehicle was moving at a speed of 60 mph and engine inadvertently locked up. *ak
12/30/20031500001
 While at a stop consumer heard a loud knocking noise coming from the engine. consumer pulled over to check the problem, and saw that the engine malfunctioned. consumer had the vehicle towed to dealership, but dealership did not resolve the problem. *ak
11/19/2003820001
 While driving approximately 25 mph heard loud noise coming from the engine. this forced driver to pull of the road. then, called triple aaa, and towed vehicle to the dealer. technician stated the need to replace the engine. consumer had navigated in different websites and found 5000 identical problems.*ak
10/23/2003625001
 Failure of valve seals and engine varnish at only 62,000 miles. vehicle was properly maintained oil changes within mfg. specs. this engine runs too hot! only 2000 miles out of warranty toyota refused help, overcharged for repair, and charged for an oil change that was never done!!!! *la
10/11/200302/14/1999
 While driving at approximately 65 mph going uphill on expressway, we heard a loud noise from the engine compartment, followed immediately by smoke and flame. by the time we go to the shoulder of the road, we had no brakes, no steering, nothing was working. car was totally covered in smoke and flames were intense. another vehicle stopped within seconds of our pulling over with a medium sized fire extinguisher. he proceeded to lay on his back and totally empty the extinguisher from under the car, which made no difference. by the time the fire trucks arrived (within 10 minutes), the entire engine compartment was totally burned. i notice that you have closed out pe02-079, but believe it to be related. the car is under investigation by state farm insurance. the car had a major service at 67,000 miles, including a timing belt replacement on july 24th, 2003. the car had approximately 70,000 miles at the time of the incident. *la
07/01/2003107/01/2002
 Vehicle's engine failed and caught on fire.*mr the consumer was traveling on the highway when the engine caught fire. dealership indicated the consumer was the one responsible for the fire. they stated the cause was: lack of oil, which caused the bearings to wear out. throw rod, #3 bearing rod spun and caused it to break the rod. it went through the block and allowed oil to cover the engine compartment and ignite, starting a fire and melting some of the compartments. *ph *jb
07/01/200360000107/05/2002
 While driving at highway speeds, a clicking noise was heard and then smoke started to come from under the hood. the vehicle lost power. the consumer viewed flames under the hood. *ak *scc *jb
1
 Several times oil would backup into the engine or excessive oil would be used. when the consumer pulled into a gas station the vehicle caught fire and exploded. the cause of the failure was questionable and the dealership needed to replace the engine. *nlm
15684205/12/1999
 The engine light illuminated on the dashboard. the dealer replaced the sensor, however the problem recurred. *jb
03/24/200334900103/01/1999
 The engine stalled. *jb
02/10/20036500006/15/1999
 The vehicles engine siezed due to oil gel. *nlm
08/16/2002
 While driving at 45mph and with no warning consumer could hear a loud noises coming from engine. then vehicle shut off, causing consumer to pull over. dealer notified.*ak
07/07/2002102/01/2099
 On 9/8/2001 i had the 30,000 mile maintenance performed on my 1999 toyota camry. on july 7,2002, the water pump failed and damaged the timing belt. i had to replace the water pump, timing(camshaft belt) , several additional belts, idler , tensioner and anti-freeze. labor and parts totaled $710.44. this is the 5th occurance of a water pump failing on a 1999 toyota camry with under 45,000 miles that was reported on this web site alone. the powertrain warranty covers the water pump for 60 months or 60,000 miles. i have sent a certified letter to toyota , which they have received but have not received a response from them. the water pump should last more that 45,000 mile and with the number of failures that have occured, there is a trend that there is a problem with this part.*aki
07/07/2002102/01/2099
 Additional info to odi number 765034 - shop mentioned that the water pump damaged caused scrapping on the engine block. since the engine block is made of an aluminum base his concern was that the marks might cause a crack to occur. he said no leaking was seen at this time but i want to put on record that damage was made to the engine that might cause problems in the furture. this scraping was due to the water pump failure that was noted in the odi number 765034 questionnaire. this info was also mentioned to toyota in a certified letter but i have not received any response yet from toyota.
02/24/2002102/01/2000
 I bought this car as a used programed car in february, 2000. it has approximately 35,000 miles on it. it has driven just fine up until february 24, 2002. it all of a sudden started to have clear liquid like smoke emit from the rear exhaust pipe. i had just filled the car up with gas. i was able to get the car to my mechanic the next day. my mechanic told me that i had a blown head gasket. this is very, very unusual for toyotas. i have owned toyotas for over 16 years now, and have never had this type of a problem in a new car. after my mechanic has the opportunity to go over the car, he confirmed that it was indeed the head gasket. i asked him what would cause a head gasket to go out on a fairly new toyota? i have always been very prompt with my general upkeep on my cars, regular oil changes, tire rotations, and other necessary filter changes. my mechanic said, it's a good posibility that the head gasket could have been defective. he asked me to check with someone to see if there has been a recall on any 1999 toyota camarys. is this the type of information that i can get from you, or do i need to contact the corporate headquarters for toyota? please call or e-mail me you response as quickly as possible. time is of the essence.*ak
05/29/2001103/30/1999
 Consumer was traveling about 25mph on a side street traveling onto another street,and without prior warning, vehicle took off and hit two vehicles. consumer had feet on brakes, and vehicle continued to move. dealership was aware of problem.*ak consumer also experienced this same problem a year ago, however was able to pull over and stop vehicle, for this last accident, dealer replaced gasket and cleaned throttle body. *slc
06/16/2001101/01/1999
 On 6-16-01, i was on my way home when my car suddenly lost power. i wasn't able to stop the vehicle. in order to stop it, i had to apply the emergency brake. i had the vehicle towed to the dealership where i purchased it from. it has been there ever since. i found out today that the water pump froze up on it and broke the timing belt. the salesman who sold me my car told me that he has heard of many owners of the camry who have experienced the same problem that i'm experiencing. he told me that the car is pretty much unsafe, so i traded it in and bought a corolla today. i had no intention of trading in my car. i would like to know if toytoa knew about the failed water pump/timing belt in their camrys'. and if so, why didn't they let the public know about how dangerous this could be? i leased my camry and toyota is making me pay for remainder of the lease. therefore, i am paying two car notes. i would like for them to reimburse me for the money i lost in this deal.*ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE
03/22/2005103000102/01/1999
 On march 21,2005 i gave my tyota camry ce 1999 with 103,000 miles on it for tune up to door's auto speed shop. the next day, after the tuneup was comleted the mechanics took the car for a test drive. during the drive below 40 miles per hour the engine blew up. mr. keith door, the owner and manager of the shop, called the local toyota of slidell and informed them that the engine blew up because of the accumulation of the sludge in the engine. they agreed to change the engine free of charge. later, however, they demanded $4,000 for the new engine claiming that the cause of the blowup was not the sludge.they could not tell, however,why the engine blew up.
04/22/200490100103/15/2000
 As i was driving to work, at 7:30 am on thursday april 22, 2004, i noticed a clicking sound coming from under my auto's hood. the auto was a 1999 toyota camry, with about 90,100 miles on it. the clicking noise reminded me of a spinning roulette wheel. after a few minutes, the noise increased in intensity. at that point, i decided that i needed to go to a repair facility to have it examined. as i was doing that, there was a loud, explosion-like noise and the engine started smoking very heavily. i pulled off the road, at which point, i gathered up some important items from my car, and exited the vehicle. by this time, there were flames coming out from under the hood. i called 911 and advised the dispatcher of my circumstances and location. the connecticut state police arrived within three minutes of my call. they tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher, but were unable to do so. by the time the fire department arrived, 10 minutes later, the engine compartment was completely engulfed in flames and smoke. they were able to quickly extinguish the fire, but by that time, the car was ruined. a few minutes later, a tow truk removed the vehicle to a nearby garage. i called my insurance company and filed a claim. they have since declared the vehicle a total loss and are in the process of remitting my settlement.*ak
07/07/2002102/01/2099
 1999 toyota camry (vin # 4t1bg22k6xu888461).july 7th ,2002 , the water pump failed and caused the camshaft belt (timing belt) and other belts and pulleys to be damaged. the standard toyota water pump is warranted for 60 months or 60,000 miles. since my car is only 40 months old and has only 41,562 miles, it falls well within the coverage i have checked the internet page for the national highway traffic safety administration web page( www.nhtsa.dot.gov) and for this year and model. there are many reports of this same event occurring. i have contacted toyota case # 200208090013. i have contacted the customer center about 15 times to supply all the necessary paperwork and support documents they requested , but they refuse to document why the case was denied. this case also connects to odi number 765034. dt
1
 Consumers vehicle started making noises, so consumer took vehicle in for inspection. it was said to consumer there may be a gel substance in the fuel system occuring from lack of maintenance. there was not any gel but the service department refuses to complete any engine work untill consumer shows proof of maintenance for this vehicle. *jg
1
 Consumer also complains that while driving about 45-55 mph, there is a hesitation and slight vibration in the vehicle. *jg
03/30/2000201/01/2099
 Engine sludge issue continues even after repair and proper maintenance. *ak
12/09/20001
 (18-0457-786) insured was driving and noticed smoke coming from the hood of vehicle, engine had caught on fire. *jg
08/11/20001
 Claim number 13-7035-944 - engine compartment caught on fire due to leaves and sticks that may have been put there by an animal. *tt
09/08/20011
 While driving, the vehicle caught on fire, no repairs have been done to the vehicle.*jb(claim#20-5411-606)
05/26/20011
 While driving, the insured smell smoke, the insured then pulled over to investigate the smoke smell and discovered that flames were coming up to the windshield.*jb(claim#11-3646-015)
07/04/20011
 While driving, there was a loud sound and vehicle lost all power, smoke began to come through the vents, the driver and passenger exited the vehicle, the fire started in the engine and burned to the back seat area.*jb(claim#48-5188-694)
10/07/19991
 The insured stated that smoke was coming out from the engine area. claim number 18-0283-122. *yh
09/21/19991
 When the insured pulled the vehicle into the road, another vehicle hit the right front side of insured's vehicle, after the impact, a fire appeared to have started from the passenger side and started to smoke then ignited. claim number 52-2323-385. *yh
09/08/20011
 While driving, the vehicle caught on fire, no repairs have been done to the vehicle.*jb(claim#20-5411-606)
05/26/20011
 While driving, the insured smell smoke, the insured then pulled over to investigate the smoke smell and discovered that flames were coming up to the windshield.*jb(claim#11-3646-015)
07/04/20011
 While driving, there was a loud sound and vehicle lost all power, smoke began to come through the vents, the driver and passenger exited the vehicle, the fire started in the engine and burned to the back seat area.*jb(claim#48-5188-694)
04/07/200209/01/2099
 Engine makes loud clicking noise; dealership said it may be oil gel problem. *ak
12/16/20011
 Had i not gotten my family out of the car promtly and taken all appropriate actions, the results of the fire could have been much worse. fire investigator stated oil dripped onto exahust manifold after explosion causing fire. i wonder, could a drip shield have prevent the fire? i was feathering the accelerator when the engine blew-up. could the combination of feathering and higher speed have caused an control situation that caused the explosion? it looks like the part failed in a rotating part of the engine. what would have happened if the part failed in a different direction; would ther have been any risk to passengers or pedestrians?*ak
01/21/20021
 While driving 5 mph, vehicle stalled. stopped vehicle and got out, and vehicle caught on fire. dealer contacted.*ak *jb
12/01/2001
 At highway speeds vehicle stalled out and died without warning. after inspection of vehicle mechanic discovered that engine locked up due to lack of lubrication.*ak
05/15/2000304/01/1999
 This car is a lemon. i have had five integrated relay's replaced and now it is out again. the headlight or the dash lights will work, but not both at the same time. toyota said it was because i had a non-factory alarm installed. they replaced the alarm with a toyota alarm and replaced the relay and it burned out the following day. they can't find the problem. the air conditioner has had a musty smell since the car was new. they spray the vents with frigi fresh and it's fine for a few days and the smell returns. they told me to spray simple green in the air intake once a week. that's a pretty poor remedy. the transmission will not hold on any incline. sometimes the car will pull into the garage by it self and other times it will roll into the street. it depends on it's mood. the car lack power. some days the car is peppy but most days it's a old mule. i went through arbitration and toyota just keeps replacing parts instead of replacing the car. it's sits in the garage now because is not dependable. i think there needs to be an in-depth investigation and recall of the 1999 camry.*ak
03/01/200110/01/1998
 This problem involves the buildup of oil sludge in the 1998-2001 toyota v6 products. apparetnly they redesigned the v6 engine so that it would fit in the sienna van. in doing so they created a design flaw that creates sludge in the engine. apparently the design flaw causes the engine to run to hot also causing valve seals to leak. the result is a fairly new car that smokes, burns 1 quart of oil a week, and builds up sludge in the engine which i am told will ruin the engine if i keep driving with sludge build up because the engine won't be lubricated properly. many others are reporting this sludge problem. in the 1999 owners manuel it says you can change the oil every 7500 miles. which people did. these customers that followed this guide line instead of the 3000-5000 mile oil changes which should be recommended now have oil sludge. i called my honda service rep who told me toyota has a fix for the overheating problem which they do not want the general public to know about because than they will have to fix thousands of cars. he said the engine does not breath properly and that they have an upgrade to the breather - the positive crank case?? he said if i can prove to toyota such an upgrade is available they will fix it but will deny any knowledge otherwise. i submit that toyota should have to repair the vehicles that have gotten sludge from this defect while under warranty and that toyota should be forced to do a recall and install the upgraded part so that their engines breathe properly. toyota refuses to honor my warranty on replacing the valve seals and rings which will cost me about $3200. the least they could do is install the fix into my engine so if i do get it fixed it won't happen again. toyota has changed their 2001 owners manuel telling people to change the oil every 5000 miles so they know the direction to change it every 7500 miles will not work for thei esitb because i have sludge and t of lyd thgit otherwise. isienoice lkhe haspd satoyota even has.
07/10/2001106/01/1999
 Engine seized up at 31,920 miles. dealer states car needs a new engine because sludge was found in the oil pan, indicating poor engine maintenance. i have complete maintenance records on the vehicle, but toyota is not interested in seeing them.*ak
07/08/2000209/01/1998
 Pushed the accelerator, no response from the engine. engine would spontaneously rev- without accelerator being touched. after a 2 hour rest period the car was again driven the same problem occurred. the rpm would rev without the accelerator being pushed, after about 50 feet the engine check light came on. the gas pedal would sometimes engage the engine so we were able to travel a short distance. it was unpredictable as to when the accelerator would work. it would sometimes kick in while the rpm's were reving and the car would jerk forward. i felt it was unsafe to drive. as we were shutting the car off to load it on the tow truck when thecar was shut off, and the keys were still in the ignition, the automatic door locks repeatedly went off- in a rapid motion about 20 times until the keys were removed. the car has been towed to a local dealer. *ak
10/02/1999
 While driving on the highway consumer heard a loud ban. ,after pulling over consumer noticed there had been an explosion and fire. *ak
05/01/1999402/01/1999
 The check engine light came on in may of 1999 they then replaced the transmission and the entired computer system. now the check engine light is on again.
11/18/1998211/01/1998
 Check engine light on since 150 mi. reset, failure recurred in 30 mi. no specific infromation from toyota about planned repair or date parts will be available for repair. *mjs
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - ENGINE - GASOLINE - BELTS AND ASSOCIATED PULLEYS
03/09/200794100305/20/1999
 On march 9, 2007 the toyota camry erupted into a fire during my normal driving. on nov 28, 2006, i repaired my vehicle at toyota authorized service statin, fitzgerald toyota, m for changing water pump and timing belt. *ak my odo meter reading was around 93.213 miles and within 800 miles (close to 94100) the vehicle met with fire accident. repeated letter toyota corporation is being ignored and toyota service station is yet to reply back my letter.
11/16/2000101/15/1999
 Water pump burst and belt popped. nlm
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM
01/20/2007640001
 The car was bought brand new. this is the history of the 1999 camry (problem: engine light comes on each time): 1/24/2007 goodyear auto--replaced charcoal canister and control valve $549.19 7/12/2007 goodyear auto--replaced purge valve $134.24; charcoal canister replaced under warranty 11/8/2008 toyota dealership--replaced charcoal canister and purge valve (toyota says they still have to charge for this repair, even though it was replaced earlier) $656.75 2/9/09 toyota dealership--replaced control valve--$142.34 in summary, charcoal canister was replaced 3 times, purge valve replaced 2 times, control valve replaced 2 times--all in a span of 2 years. toyota service representative justifies it by saying it is a revised part. *tr
04/15/200344000
 Initial symtoms: engine lights came on; car ran very rough, as if misfiring; white smoke billowed; engine was completely void of oil; response: mechanic flushed oil through engine; refilled engine with 4 quarts oil; changed front 3 sparkplugs; 1 week later same symtoms above returned; engine was completely void of oil again;
104/01/2002
 Exhaust fumes enter the passenger cabin when driving uphill at 30 to 40 mph. driver experiences dizziness, headaches and shortness of breath. dealer has not solved the problem. *ak consumer said that it was a common problem for toyota camry vehicles. dealer said that it's the type of fuel used on the vehicle. however, dealership refused to inspect the vehicle. also, consumer was told that if the check engine light didn't came on, dealership won't be able to locate problem. *la
10/19/2000107/06/1999
 Consumer stated while driving, there was a rattle sound coming from under the vehicle, the dealer adjusted the exhaust heat shields, consumer also complained of an odor coming from the catalytic converter, however dealer could not duplicate consumers concern.*jb
08/04/2000105/01/2000
 Driving from home when engine check light came on. car was purchased at 29500 and charcoal canister needed replacing with only 35000. *ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - EMISSION CONTROL
04/15/2005620003
 Emissions components failure. i have replaced two oxygen sensors and now i need to replace the evap canister (charcoal). all breakdowns have occured before 65,000 miles
12/01/20042
 The check engine light came on, due to a faulty gas cap. *bf the engine light was intermittent. the light went off and did not come back until 31,602k miles. *sc when the light illuminated again, the consumer was told the emissions canister needed to be replaced. *jb
11/24/20048900001/19/2003
 I have a 1999 toyota camry with approx. 89,000 mile and the check engine light came on and i am told that the charcoal canister needs to be replaced at a cost of $ 294 parts and 190 labor. upon checking the internet to see if this was a legitimate repair it seems this problem is prevalent on many toyota models including mine. *nm
11/15/20041030001
 Defective part on toyota camry 1999. charcoal canister. malfunctioned, causes oil to gel, resulting in blown motor.*ak
10/01/2004100000108/05/1999
 I have a 1999 toyota camry le v6 and check engine light is coming on. toyota dealer tells me it's that the charcoal canister needs replacement, so i did and the light is back on again. i know there are lots of people with this issue and we need to have toyota address the issue asap.*ak
40000103/01/2002
 Air fuel sensor failed and caused the check engine light to illuminate. *nlm *jb
12/27/2001432192
 Evaporative control system: vehicle purchased new. at 43,219 mjiles check engine light came on. dealer test forund defective vacume contro valve. dealer replaced at a cost to me of $85.98. at 49,597 miles engine check light came on again. dealer test reveled leaking charcoal canister. dealer advised replacement would cost $438.54. dealer indicated part was not a warranty item.
05/27/1999210/24/1998
 Service engine light illuminated due to a failed charcoal canister. *yh
12/30/1998312/01/1998
 Dealer has informed me that the charcoal canister assembly has been a persistent problem. new parts are being manufactured. my car has been in the shop for 2.5 weeks already after three attempts to fix it. *ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - EMISSION CONTROL - CATALYTIC CONVERTOR
201/01/1999
 Began with a ticking sound from under the car. the ticking sound was audible while the car was idling, and after the car was turned off. this problem has been going on since 2/99. i took it to dealer 3-23-99. technician said it was normal to occasonally hear this noise while idling, because of the heat produced by the catalytic converter. although not normal for it to continuously make the noise throughout time the car is on. technician said he would order an entire new exhaust system for the car. the parts are in, and replacement is scheduled for march 31, 1999, at evans toyota. i was told it was safe to drive until then. *ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - EMISSION CONTROL - GAS RECIRCULATION VALVE (EGR VALVE)
06/11/200007/01/1999
 Oil light came on, took to station added oil, had oil changed w/i 2 days told pcv valve bad, had changed, car smoked, took to dealer told oil in valves could have been antifreeze in oil or when told oil was changed it was not, maunfacture says improper maintance will only cover $1000 of approx. $4000 repair. oil changed at least every 7500 as recom. in manual. should be fully covered by warranty. *ak
ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING - EXHAUST SYSTEM - MANIFOLD/HEADER/MUFFLER/TAIL PIPE
03/18/20021511/01/1998
 The engine has been emitting a strong burning smell for almost a month. after driving, a have a headache and feel dizzy for several hours. my wife refuses to drive the car. two weeks ago, the dealer claims he removed a plastic bag from the exhaust system, but the smell continues with the same intensity. the smell exists in the passenger compartment while driving and standing in several places at the front hood with the ignition turned off. i took the car to the dealer again yesterday; they claim plastic is still burning its way through the exhaust system. not acceptable.*ak