When we picked up our car from the Toyota dealer, we noted that none of the repair items on the invoice mentioned accelerations problems. Of course by the time we take the car to the dealer, this effect is over! I'm considering trading it in, if I can find a great deal, but it's hard to justify the expense in this economy. This is a major design flow and there should be a recall. Before trip there was noticeable steam out of exhaust. I brought the car to the dealer on November 11th and they said they didn't know what was wrong with the car. Didn't trust the car to make it to mechanic. Once again I took it to my mechanic.
The cam gears have a dot punched into them near a certain tooth. This problem happened a lot of times these years and give me a big trouble when a lot of other cars waiting behind me. Also diagnosed the fuel recirculating canister as needing replaced. They were going to remove the transmission but needed a part. Reset codes, no problems since. Went back to the dealer. You didn't ask about this.
The paint faded, and the clear coat bubbled and peed. Well with the exception of the windshield cracking all the way on the passenger's side. The vehicle was not repaired. During repair was found that several head bolts were loose due to striping from their sits. It's the most reliable car I ever had. I am now waiting for an investigation, which they have told me could take up to 30 days.
The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the head gasket had blown due to the head gasket bolt stripping from the engine block. The car has a surge like movement when I try to pull out of stop, reduce speed then reaccelerate and press the gas pedal after turning the car at an intersection. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The contact stated that the head bolts in the engine block were stripping and the failure was a recurring issue. However, I have found many similar complaints on the internet. I had it towed to another repair place and was told the same!!! Also the mechanic determined that smoke came from a defective valve seal or rings.
That the head had been redesigned since it was a know issue. Neither the dealer nor manufacturer was contacted. The car continued to not idle the rest of my trip home - stalling every time I slowed down to stop or turn a corner. Camry has to move people in. I checked Toyota's site and found that this is a common problem with the engines and head gaskets!!! Answered on Dec 06, 2017. Was told I had a coolant leak.
For the best part of a decade, this genuinely purposeful, relentlessly reliable, and heretofore blisteringly bland front-drive sedan has either led or challenged for the top spot in U. They need to pay for these very expensive engine replacements!!!! Used the car as a back up or weekend car. Able to drive to dealership, slowly and using neutral gear prior to breaking. The contact stated that the vehicle did not stall, but there was a knocking noise coming from the engine compartment. A new engine, no way. I was in disbelief when I found that no efforts were made in contacting me about an airbag recall! I need a new engine. But the Odyssey is looking much better now.
General Comments: I upgraded from the 4th generation Camry to this 5th generation, also with 5 speed transmission. Have also experienced the issues mentioned with brakes and rotors which have been replaced 3 times. I had it checked out, but they did not find the problem. I am considering a visit to the dealer. General Comments: Over all I am happy with this car. Bought one at the dealership new and had the correct mileage put into the new cluster. Mechanic has told me it's probably a oxygen sensor problem.
They had to tear out the gas tank and lines. There was no documented oil sluggish problem from Toyota. Yes Review Date: 27th February, 2009. This is an intermittent problem, happens every couple months. If getting an auto, better test drive it carefully and change the fluids often.
The four-cylinder engine is particularly smooth and refined. I took the car to the dealership while it was still under warranty for all those, and was told that the sunroof is open as far as it goes, the window is user error, and that they can't find the source of the engine knocking, so I have to wait for it to turn on a warning light or breakdown. Could not get it repaired for that reason. Toyota customer service response is that they have nothing to do with it. This car is a solid, well made car.