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.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,715 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 electrical problems

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #14

Jul 242004


  • 80,000 miles


While driving at approximately 45 miles per hour our 2004 Toyota Camry suddenly decelerated, and was only able to move forward very slowly. After pulling the car off of the travel lane and into a safe location, it was noted that the check engine light was on. The car could be driven very slowly (approximately 2-4 miles per hour) with the accelerator depressed completely. After about 45 seconds the car would accelerate to 35-40 miles per hour and stay at that speed with the accelerator completely depressed. The car was unsafe to operate with these accelerator problems. We had the car towed to a Toyota dealer who informed us that the electronic throttle control computer had failed, and that the entire electronic throttle control computer must be replaced.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #13

Jul 202010


  • 35,000 miles
While driving the vehicle it would suddenly accelerate and then slow down almost to a stop without driver pressure on the accelerator pedal changing. This problem occurred each time the vehicle was driven. The service department where the vehicle was purchased strongly recommended the vehicle not be driven before repairs could be made. The vehicle was left at the service department where they diagnosed the problem as a defective throttle pedal control, P/N 78010-33010. I am waiting on the service department to repair the problem.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #12

Mar 202010


  • 120,000 miles
Toyota Camry 2004 got caught on fire I drove my Toyota Camry 2004 the other day and suddenly the ABS system was triggered. Engine died. When I cranked it back up again, smokes started coming out. I changed my oil regularly. The last one was a week before at valvoline (they checked all fluids) Toyota ran an investigation and this is what they made up: "serpentine belt is faulty, continued to be operated, pressure in radiator caused it to burst and sprayed coolant onto the battery and fuse box and relay panel which led to a short circuit" I talked to a nice service technician at Toyota and I was told that it might be something that they made up to get away it. He explained to me how that wasn't too likely to happen Toyota told me that they'll call me before inspecting the car. They never did. They sent me a letter, which arrived a day after my vehicle is supposed to be towed from the dealer (on Friday). I had to wait till Monday to tow it away and they charged me weekends storage fee ($25 a day) I planned to just donate the car and it will usually takes 2-3 days. I thought I'll do that by the time they are ready to inspect my car. I called Toyota earlier and they told me they would call me back (2 days - even after inspection). Again, that never happened till now the whole engine compartment is burned up. Most stuffs melted, but I'm surprised they can conclude that it's the serpentine belt. You have to look at my vehicle to believe. Everything there melted and turned black before fireman came (huge fire). I went to check and retrieve the belt and it looked like someone cut it deliberately. I even had hard time opening the hood because they damaged it..... do you guys think this is a foul play? I got no full coverage on the car. I'm pretty much broke now....and they sorta push me to get rid of my car they said they'll call me to arrange a meeting for inspection. They never did and inspected my car anyway they cut some stuffs like serpentine belt from my engine.

- Clemson, SC, USA

problem #11

Sep 202009


  • 52,000 miles


The key in my Toyota special edition 2004 Camry is designed to be removed only when the gear shift is in the park position. However, mine can be removed regardless of the position of the gear shift. Ex: once the car is stopped and shut off and should it still be in the drive position, the key can be removed. This should not be.. as a result, I had an accident as the car rolled down an incline and struck another one was in the car at the time, but a child could have been in a car seat in the rear and I would not have been able to stop the car. I T has happened at least three times while under warranty, but I thought it was my fault for not placing the car in the park position before exiting the vehicle. Didn't realize it until the accident that it was not designed that way. Notified the corporate office of Toyota and they responded with the fact that the vehicle was no longer under warranty and would not acknowledge any safety problem. World Toyota in atlanta will repair the problem for approximately $424, but I feel it should be Toyota's responsibility and definitely a safety issue.

- Dunwoody, GA, USA

problem #10

Jun 062004

Camry 6-cyl

  • 26,835 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry. While approaching a stop light at 35 mph, the vehicle lurched forward. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on four separate occasions for the identical failures. The transmission was replaced on two separate occasions, and the computer system was reset. None of the repairs have remedied the failure. The current mileage was unknown the failure mileage was 26,835. The vehicle identification number was unavailable. Updated 1/14/10 updated 01/15/10

- West Port , CT, USA

problem #9

Oct 102009


  • 45,000 miles
In the middle of driving my 2004 Toyota Camry on a busy street, my car experienced a throttle body failure. The service engine light came on and my car stalled in middle of traffic. We had to put the car in neutral to pull it off from the road and wait for a tow truck. The service shop advised me that it will cost over $1000 to fix the faulty throttle body. Toyota is aware of the problem and fixed it in later model years, but to date, no recall has been issued. This is a very dangerous defect and should be recalled as it does affect all 2004 Camry. My car only has 45,000 miles on it.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #8

Aug 162009

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Camry 4-cylinder vehicle which was purchased in 2004. While driving speeds of less than 2 mph there was an unexpected surge at 3,000 rpms, the vehicle rapidly accelerated and the contact almost crashed into the garage. An independent mechanic stated that there was a faulty computer chip in the gas pedal. The computer chip was replaced at the owner's expense for $750. The manufacturer advised the contact that they would call him back after they spoke with management. The failure and current mileages were approximately 26,000. The consumer stated during testing of the vehicle to determine the cause of the unintended acceleration, the drivers floor mat was in the trunk of the vehicle. The entire gas pedal assembly was replaced as a unit with the computer chip/sensor attached. Updated 10/23/09

- Monrovia, CA, USA

problem #7

Mar 032008

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,487 miles
I had problems with car 1st day. They even gave me a free sunroof and 3 free oil change due to the problem and said everything was fix. But still having problem. Now my Cadillac comvor is out and they refuse to fix after saying it was covered. And my car is only 2004 Toyota Camry.

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #6

Jul 012004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
At 630 miles the odometer failed. Which read 56 miles upon purchase. The speedometer, cruise control, and the odometer operated under one module. Consumer took the vehicle to the dealer for repairs. Three months later, the module failed again. Took the vehicle back to the dealer. They replaced the speedometer assembly. While driving with the vehicle in cruise control it will surge forward at an alarming rate of speed. Took the vehicle back to the dealer.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #5

Oct 172004

Camry 4-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
My car was locked & parked for approximately 1-1/2 hr when it caught on fire, the car was totaled, 2004 Toyota Camry.

- Palm Beach Gardens,, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 172004


  • 1,200 miles


Complaint received via E-mail."my car caught on fire 1 1/2 hours after it was shut off and locked." Please provide more detailed information.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 252004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
The consumer stated on October 17, 2004, after being out of the vehicle for about 1 1/2 hours, the vehicle burned to ashes. The firemen seemed to think the problem was the air fuel flow and or electrical. Consumer just got the vehicle. It was locked so no one could have done this. The consumer heard a popping sound and a pedestrian yelled about the fire. The vehicle burnt to ashes, totaling the vehicle.

- Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA

problem #2

Nov 252003

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2004 Toyota Camry has been in the Toyota dealership service department many times now for vehicle pulling the the left, and check engine light staying on. When driving on the interstate or on side roads all my instrument panel icons will light up, then start going out one by one with the check engine light going out. The computer codes were pulled with sensors being replaced. The computer was replaced as well. I still have a check engine light with all icons poping on and off. This started from the second day of ownership. I've requested Toyota give me a trade in and it was denighed. I've mailed in a letter showing the history print out from the dealership. I'm at the end of my rope here and I feel I have a unsafe vehicle. I'm not wanting my wife or son to drive this vehicle as well. How do I know the air bag or something elase will deploy?

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #1

Mar 052004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Drl will not turn on headlights that the owners manual on page 98 said that it will, this could cause a serious accident. The auto is a new 2004 Camry xle, with 902 miles at this time. The lights should come on as stated in the book, or a warning should be in the manual, that the headlights will come on when the light switch is in the drl.

- Sebring, FL, USA

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