Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Beware of the NHTSA complaint data for the 2004 Camry. It is almost certainly misleading.

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2004 Camry is that for months on end, the news media repeatedly told the public that several Toyota models had an unintended acceleration defect, & to go to (the NHTSA's website) to file a complaint.

So, the NHTSA received a disproportionate number of complaints about unintended acceleration issues because of the national news media attention, to the point where their data is unreliable taken in context with any other vehicle that did not receive national news attention. typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to to report your Camry acceleration problems" like they did about the NHTSA -- so although we have less complaint data than the NHTSA for the 2004 Camry, our data for the Camry is a far more statistically accurate representation of the Camry's reliability than what the NHTSA data shows.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
70,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. clean out discharge, remove seats and carpet (1 reports)
2004 Toyota Camry AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 012008

Camry XLE 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


I've never had a problem like this before. It snuck up on me. I thought that one of my family members has spilled a bottle of water on the floor and all I had to do was to mop it up.

That didn't work and the floor keep on getting wet. So I surmised that the problem may have been part of the AC. I took it to my mechanic since the car is out of warranty. He was reluctant to take the problem because I wanted the floors dried.

He eventually agreed to do the job but he had to remove my electric seats and the carpets. Under the carpet is a pad that damps out road noise. That was like a sponge.

When I got the car back he told me that he couldn't get all of the water out and that I would have to let the sun and fresh air do the rest.

I went home and got a wet vac and spent 3 hours sucking up about 1/2 of a gallon of water that was still remaining in the carpet.

The car now has a lingering oder that is quite annoying.

- , Holbrook, MA, USA

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