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.

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.

2.1

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,791 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 body / paint problems

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 022004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the front driver and passenger seat belts failed to adjust properly. The contact also stated that the seat belts jammed multiple times when the seat belts were ejected from the buckle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic on multiple occasions where the seat belts were taken apart and reinstalled. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 200. Updated 2/3/15 updated 02/09/15 the consumer stated the front end of the vehicle was low. Updated 03/03.15 updated 6/9/2015

- Los Osos, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 302014

Camry

  • 257,755 miles
I have a 2004 Toyota Camry le equipped with the 2az fe I4. At first I started hearing water sloshing from underneath the dashboard every time I stopped. On 1/30/2014 while stopping for a few minutes in a parking lot the cars temperature gauge started to rise. I immediately shut the car off, and opened up the hood to find coolant had been pushed out the overflow container, then I subsequently brought it to a mechanic. The mechanic stated the head gasket was blown. After a few days the mechanic got back to me, telling me the head bolts had stripped and the engine was unrepairable. I would need to replace the engine. This is a major problem, especially if it gave away when going down the freeway. Toyota needs to step up and fix this issue that is now becoming a very big problem. Toyota did release a tsb for dealers about this but it says to use timeserts or replace the block.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #3

Aug 072009

Camry

  • 40,000 miles
Rear speaker grill covers disintegrated and crumbled as a result of sun exposure. The web discussion groups shows this happening to all Camry.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #2

Dec 012007

Camry

  • 55,331 miles
Problems with the sunroof. Cables broke unexpectedly, roof is not able to be secured. Vehicle is and has been garage kept since new. Dealer said the entire pulley system broke for unknown reasons. There was a bulletin in 2003. It has taken me a while to find this site to report.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #1

Jan 052006

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,668 miles
O2 sensors failed due to rodents or rabbits chewing the plastic wiring housing the internal electrical wires. O2 sensors had to be replaced at a cost of about $600. The outside coatings or sheaths for the wiring is made of a soy based plastic, and possibly containing a "fish oil" in the sheath, which attracts rodents and rabbits, and they chew on the plastic wire coverings, thereby destroying the O2 sensor's wiring mechanism. This problem is prevalent in the denver and mountain states areas and should be corrected as the problem could lead to engine fires or engine failures. The wiring housing should be changed to a "retardant" type of wiring to prevent other incidents of this problem, and not just for Toyota but for all manufacturers.

- Golden, CO, USA

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