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.

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CarComplaints.com 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 safercar.gov (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.

CarComplaints.com typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to CarComplaints.com 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.

5.0

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,947 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Toyota Camry AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 302007

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,394 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving in heavy rain A/C button started flashing and all windows fogged up. I took it to the dealership 3-31-07, they performed diagnosis and replaced A/C magnetic clutch relay. Next heavy rain on April 14, 2007, the ac/button started flashing and all windows fogged up. I took the car to the dealership and they found the clutch assembly shorting when wet. Replaced clutch assembly. In August, during a heavy rain, the A/C button started flashing and all windows fogged up. I took the car to the dealership and they said the A/C belt was not tight. They tighten the A/C belt and said if it happened again, the belt would have to be replaced. Today, October 15, 2007, the same thing happened. I haven't taken it to the dealership because I don't think they can fix the problem.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #1

May 242004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
V6 engine, 5 speed transmission'; return true;" onmouseout="window.status=''; return true;">automatic transmission'; return true;" onmouseout="window.status=''; return true;">automatic transmission'; return true;" onmouseout="window.status=''; return true;">automatic transmission. vehicle fails to accelerate for several seconds after the accelerator is pressed following a stop. Appears to happen after a quick rolling stop and when the air conditioner having to work. Car is unpredictable, it will start moving after the accelerator is pressed in these circumstances. This can cause an accident due to the unpredictable nature of throttle hesitation. Car also hunts for gears at slower speeds causing uncomfortable ride as the car lurches forward at unpredictable times after the accelerator is pressed. Vehicle has been taken to the service department of the dealer the car was purchased from. I was told this was a problem with all the V6 Camry's which the dealer could not fix. I was asked to bring the car in for further testing, which I did, but nothing has been done to attempt to fix the vehicle. The vehicle jerked the consumer around as gears where shifted. The consumer stated that the vehicle searches for the right gear while traveling at low speeds.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

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