Oil Sludge in Toyota Engines
Toyota settled a class-action engine-sludge suit in 2007 that covered an estimated 2.5-million Toyota and Lexus vehicles made between 1997 and 2002. In that case, Toyota agreed to repair 'sludged-up' engines for up to eight years from the t…Continue reading article "Oil Sludge in Toyota Engines"
Toyota believes the problems are caused by stuck gas pedals or misplaced floor mats that trapped the gas pedals. Independent testing by NASA and other outside laboratories agreed with Toyota and concluded driver error was also a contributin…Continue reading article "Unintended Acceleration"
What Owners Complain About
Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.
- stripped head bolts in the 2002 Camry
- transmission failure in the 2002 Camry
- stripped head bolts in the 2003 Camry
- knocking noise when turning steering wheel in the 2003 Camry
- engine died in the 2003 Camry
What Breaks the Most
5th Generation (2002–2006) Camry Key Numbers
Toyota doesn't exactly have a sterling reputation when it comes to unintended acceleration.
And so, when Corolla owner Robert Ruginis petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to investigate low-speed surging in the 2006-2010 Corolla, it seemed like a slam dunk, home run or <insert sports cliché here>. Go sports team! But instead NHTSA said no to the investigation. The agency said they analyzed data from an event recorder cited by Ruginis in his petition and came up with a completely different conclusion. Ruginis said his Corolla moved forward with the brake pedal pressed, NHTSA said it didn't. Ruginis said Corollas can move forward even with the brake pressed to the floor, NHTSA said they can't.
Instead, NHTSA placed the blame on Corolla drivers in most cases. They also said an investigation wasn't worth their time:…keep reading article "NHTSA Says No to Unintended Acceleration Investigation"
Toyota thought the scourge of unintended acceleration was finally behind them.
They had, after all, recalled millions of cars, paid hefty fines to the government, entered talks to settle hundreds of class-action lawsuits and even paid out $1.6 billion to owners because the trade-in value of their vehicles had diminished. Besides, the world's attention had turned to GM's ignition switch fiasco. So are Toyota's problems with unintended acceleration in the rearview mirror? Not so fast, or in this case ... slow.…keep reading article "New Unintended Acceleration Petition Filed"