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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,220 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 engine problems

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 042004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,220 miles


I was stopped in traffic on ih-35 in austin due to an accident ahead. I had an opportunity to move to an exit lane and after moving to that lane, noticed a vehicle coming toward me at high speed. My way was clear to accelerate and I did so, pressing the accelerator about 1/2 the way down. Nothing happened and I pressed the accelerator the remainder to the floor. After a short time, the engine finally accelerated. Three days later, on Dec. 7, I took the car to the dealer and explained what had happened. After examining the car, the dealer called to explain that they had checked the car over and everthing was fine. He further explained that the 2004 Camry was equipped with a "drive-by-wire" accelerator. No one was injured, no damage was done, but I am concerned that this car will not respond quickly in a dangerous situation. Nor do I believe that this is an isolated situation. We had driven a demonstrator, a 4 cylinder Camry, about six months before we purchased ours. My wife was driving and pressed hard on the accelerator to get it to move up an entrance ramp and it also did not respond. At that time, I didn't place any significance to the car not responding, thinking my wife wasn't attempting to accelerate a quickly as she insisted.

- Austin, TX, USA

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