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.

7.6

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,250 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 012004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

My 2004 Camry, V6 has had a hesitation since I first purchased it. The hesitation happens after stopping a signs or when trying to accelerate to merge into traffic. Twice I have taken it to the dealer and was told it was something with the brain that sends information from throttle sensor to the transmission. The service tech stated that it was just the V6's and the 2004 cars that have this problem, until more people complain no repairs or recalls will be made.

- Cumberland, MD, USA

problem #1

Apr 222005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,500 miles
Contact states: Manual transmission, going 50 mph with no power. Speed drops and there is no acceleration. Last a couple of seconds anywhere 10 to 30 seconds it picks back up. Noticed about a week ago. Normal drive happening anytime. Haven't noticed it before 50 mph. Speed drops but hasn't changed speed with accelerator with still applying pressure on accelerator. Noticed this happening for about a week.

- Babrourville, KY, USA

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