1st Generation (1983—1986) Camry Problems

This generations ranks 17th out of 86 Toyota generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (50%), steering (33%), and the windows (16%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Jerks When Idling in Drive or on an Incline 1 complaints at an average of 145,000 miles in the 1986 Toyota Camry.
  2. Steering Feels Sluggish 1 complaints at an average of 70,000 miles in the 1986 Toyota Camry.
  3. Loss of Power 1 complaints at an average of 77,000 miles in the 1986 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 1986 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1986 3 0 10 0.78
1985 2 0 10 0.31
1984 1 2 10 0.21
1983 0 2 8 0.0

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