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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,950 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 steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 262007

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,900 miles


I own a 2004 Toyota Camry with only 19,993 miles on it. The steering intermediate shaft was defective. Refer to technical service bulletin ST001-06. I heard clanking and popping sounds coming from the steering shaft. The steering felt loose and sloppy. After reading the technical service bulletin I believed Toyota discovered the faulty part in production and eventually changed to a new part. I was disappointed Toyota charged me for labor to fix a part that was defective from the beginning. Toyota should have recalled the part and replaced it for free.

- Troy, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 012005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,000 miles
Car was parked in driveway for 2 days on March 31 and April 1 during a driving rain storm car was not driven for 2 days. On Friday afternoon April 1 at 3:3 pm opened car door and driver's side floor and carpeting was wet from gas pedal under seat to back seat. Toyota said nothing was wrong and I must have driven in high water or parked where my car could flood. First of all car wasn't under water in my driveway, if that was the case, my entire car would be flooded, not just drivers side floorboard, and my house would be under water. Second of all, if I had driven in high water both sides of floor board would be wet. Not just drivers side. On March 30th day before the storm my car came from Toyota shop from getting a steering shaft put in the car. Makes me wonder if they didn't seal something up around the firewall, anyway they are refusing to take responsibility. Something is wrong with this car, is leaking on just the drivers side floorboard. Also bad rattles in B pillars.

- Pensacola, FL, USA

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