1st Generation (1983—1986) Camry Problems

Camry owners with a 1983—1986 model year have the most problems with the engine (50%), steering (33%), and the windows (16%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available 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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