The Camry is a comfortable, refined, and quiet sedan offering a pleasant driving experience. Access is easy and controls are intuitive. Its comfort, room, and quietness suggest a larger, more expensive car. The four-cylinder engine is particularly smooth and refined. Stability control and side curtain airbags were optional on higher trim lines, making the Camry one of the first family sedans to offer these safety features.
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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2004 Toyota Camry owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Bad toe-in causing wear on inner tread"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Independent repair shop performed front end alignment. They corrected the alignment issue, but left the steering wheel off-center by about 10-12 degrees. Took it to dealer for steering wheel centering"

Roy H., WV (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"Upper right ball joint failed"

Bobby J., VA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE)

"Right front wheel had excessive wobble"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)
Bushings

"The 2004 model is designed so that the engine must be completely removed to access the lower control arm bushings. This is very labor intensive and can cost approximately $2000."

Stanley A., MD (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"The right front control arm was replaced and the bushings in the left front control arm were replaced"

Michael W., PA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"Steering rack tie rod end"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Power steering pump was leaking. I had it replaced at about 170,000 miles"

Charles C., OR (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"had lines replace"

Donald M., MA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaking power steering return line. Replaced by dealer"

Jacob S., NC (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering fluid hose had to be replaced. The steering wheel still makes a noise when I execute a turn but I was informed that the car is old and that’s the noise the steering wheel will now make."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry)

"Due to age leak occurred because rust"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Camry Standard 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Showed a leak at 128,350 miles"

Dave H., WI (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Rack leaked along with a torn boot"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"power steering line leak - replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"line leaked as a result of rubbing on another part of car"

Terry H., TX (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the power steering hoses started to leak"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"About a month ago, the steering wheel became difficult to turn. Went to local mechanic, concerned something major needed fixing. Instead learned that only a hose needed replacing."

Matthew B., DC (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I heard squealing when I turned the steering wheel and saw liquid on the ground after parking the vehicle."

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"oil leakage in the system"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Power steering hose developed a leak. Not unusual considering amount of miles on car."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"Shocks & struts were determined to need replacement; so, I had them replaced"

Anonymous, IA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn out. Need replacing"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"I had the front struts replaced and it took quite a while to get the noise out. A friend of mine, a Lexus mechanic, fixed it for me"

Charles C., OR (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace shocks and struts"

Steve R., AZ (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Broken strut bracet"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Toyota Camry 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"vehicle driven on poor Michigan roads. Struts just wore out. Husband replaced them himself with parts from Rock Auto.com Not a big deal"

Sharon D., MI (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Sterling well vibration. There were other parts replaced but I can't locate the work order"

Don V., CA (2004 Toyota Camry SE 3.3-L V6)

"Struts were bent and leaking due to alignment problem that hadn't been checked during a recent periodic service. Each wheel was pulling a slightly opposite direction, allowing the car to drive without veering right or left, but pulling the struts apart"

Nancy M., TX (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced struts"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise from rear suspension. Don't notice any abnormal tire wear like cupping"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace front and rear struts due to leakage & wear."

Anonymous, NM (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Need new shocks after 93000 miles Seems reasonable"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear suspension making noise. Original shocks probably need replacing."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"a lot of noise front right and something broke before the dealer could figure out what was wrong. $3000 in repairs"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"One of the struts mounting spring broke shortly after hitting a speed bump at a too high rate of speed"

Russel G., NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I experienced a continual bumping or knocking which I thought was in the trunk. It turned out to be serious, about 900 dollars for struts and stabilizer bar"

Paul G., MO (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Strut leaking"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"car was slipping when turning around in a cul-de-sac. Mechanic diagnosed the problem. With new struts car runs much smoother"

Donald E., CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal wear"

Harold H., CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to replace the rear struts and mounts. In a Camry that is premature considering the age and mileage of the car. My 2001 is older and has way more miles, but without the suspension issues of my 2004"

Daniel G., AZ (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rear struts rotted out requiring replacement"

Anonymous, RI (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Front wheel drive vehicles experience front end issues at a greater frequency then that of rear wheel cars"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota Camry SE 3.0-L V6)

"The steering column and struts, beerings had to be replaced,,worn out"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Worn out. Over 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Have been told that I should replace the struts on my car due to slight amount of grease coming out on the struts. Have not replaced these as of yet due to cost in relation to value of car."

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Broken spring"

Anonymous, NH (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Started getting banging sounds from rear of car. Rear suspension was loose. Fixed for about $350"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"spring cracked due to corrosion and wheels could not be aligned. also caused noise while driving until replaced"

Anonymous, MB (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Spring broke"

Anonymous, IA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"scerching sound.no problem with driving,jut ware from age and milage"

Anonymous, GA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Bracket on sway bar rusted through. Replaced for a repair bill of about $200.00"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"See previous observation"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota Camry SE 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The entire power steering system had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The steering wheel was much too unresponsive. The Toyota dealer had to replace the rack and steering. They also lubricated the intermediate steering shaft"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Rack and pinion stopped working at just over 100,000 miles. Had to be replaced. $1,100.00"

Anonymous, KS (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace leaking parst in the steering system at a cost of about $1000"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Camry SE 3.0-L V6)

"After 12 years, the original rack and pinion required replacement"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"U-joint connection in steering column had to be replaced. Repair technician said they do a lot of those"

Thomas W., NH (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The boot covering the steering gear was broken and we chose to replace the rack and pinion"

Anonymous, AR (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering shaft problem"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Not certain, but was found to be deteriorating and had to be repaired"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"rack and pinion boot showing signs of leakage"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"lots of rattling especially when it is cold"

Terrence S., CA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering column had to replaced at around 150K miles."

Garnett L., NC (2004 Toyota Camry 3.0-L V6)

"There was a leak. Checked and replaced rack and pinion"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"needed to have front end rebuilt"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.3-L V6)

"2nd TIME HAD TO HAVE REPLACED SINCE I BOUGHT IT!"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Feb 2015 Rack and Pinion system failed. Cost $1,600 to replace and repair. I got three estimates; they were all within $50 of each other. Had it repaired at Whittier Toyota Whittier CA"

Jay J., CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the U-Joints in steering-shaft ($1400), since lower one rusted due to exposure to NY winters and road-salt"

Kara W., NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering rack seals and boot leaking requiring replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"This is my third camry , never had problem before. est of 2k to repair, if not a boot problem"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"leaking crack in boot"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry)

"The spines on the column were worn and made a clicking noise when rotating the steering wheel"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I was shocked to hear the boot was ruptured and the linkage had to be replaced!"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Changing the rack and pinion took care of my vibration in steering wheel while driving."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel vibration

"steering wheel had vibration and clunking- was related to need to repair steering column connections"

Thomas W., NH (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Steering wheel just started wobbling under normal driving conditions"

John L., MA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I would experience vibration in steering wheel when driving."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Need to replace tie rods ends."

Anonymous, NM (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel balance

"During the problem with the struts a tire wore unevenly after the fix I had much ummming from "a tire". It looks like the tire also lost a weight. The tires have absolute no traction on damp roads. bF Goodrich"

Paul G., MO (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Premature wearing of right front wheel bearing $400 repair."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Camry 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Exhaust from manifold needed replaced. The catalytic converter was actually ok, but it is embedded in pipe that was bad so whole system needed replacement. Still this was an original equipment replacement. Expensive, but never had exhaust failure in the past"

John S., IL (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Converter old would not pass emissions test. Normal mileage replacement per independent mechanic"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Catalytic converter replacement requires entire exhaust pipe and muffler replacement"

Kenneth S., MD (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Warning light came on"

Jim B., MD (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter needed replacement prior to smog inspection"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Car stays in Connecticut. Exhaust system rusted out"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The unusually low mileage of the auto caused the whole exhaust system to rust, front to back, so it needed replacement"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"the part that connects the converter to wore out"

Kathy B., NJ (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed state smog inspection."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"original exhaust system front flex pipe failure. had a new section welded in place. ( By the way, I do not own a second Toyota Camry as indicated in this survey)"

Tom V., MI (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a leak ( a hole?) in the exhaust near the manifold. They, dealer service, recommended replacing the entire exhaust system so that all the connections would fit "perfectly". Toyota part (stainless steel) would cost $1400. Aftermarket (not stainless steel) would cost $900. Because of car age, my age and annual mileage I chose the later"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The flex coupling had to be replaced due to rusted gap"

Thomas G., PA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The catalytic converter needs to be replaced when an exhaust leak is detected in the manifold"

Kenneth S., MD (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Part of exhaust had rusted and exhaust noise was heard. Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Our mechanic was able to cut and replace a piece instead of the entire system. This saved a lot of money!"

Kathy B., NJ (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust leaks were a result of the required pipe replacement previously described"

Michael G., NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Leak was not serious but getting louder and louder. Due to design, had to replace all - pipe, cat, and muffler. One piece."

Richard P., ON (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace the flex connection at the cat converter"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The flexible joint between the exhaust manifold pipe and the next pipe failed due to age. It was replaced by a flanged joint hundreds cheaper than a Toyota flexible joint"

Michael W., PA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have the front flex pipe with converter replaced due to exhaust leakage"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The small section of steel pipe that connects the exhaust manifold/catalytic converter to the aluminum exhaust pipe rusted and leaked; it was noisy and was not deemed safe to pass state inspection. It was replaced"

Bernard M., NC (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"had a leak of gasoline entering exhaust at start up. would burn off after the car had started. Required service to correct the problem"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Camry Standard 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced valve gaskets - labor intensive, expensive and car was out of service for 6 days"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry XLE)

"Worn out flex pipe."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Exhaust pipe cracked at the convertor connection"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"the pipe just got detached due to a little rust and also driving in snowy conditions where plows did a lousy job."

Yvonne B., MA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)
Muffler

"Muffler is developing holes and necessitates getting a new car."

Daniel B., VT (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"muffler worn out"

Joseph W., PA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"The passenger airbag sensor is on all the time. We don't know if it's a sensor or airbag problem. The cost to repair is approximately $1,700; the trade value of the care is approximately $1,500."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Still diagnosing - insufficient info for informed comment"

James J., MO (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"Just normal wear for these parts"

Donald G., MA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Leak/crack in connecting pipe. Easily fixed by welding in replacement piece"

Anonymous, IA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Connecting pipe wrap had deteriorated"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure I consider this a problem, because it is the first issue I've ever had with the exhaust system on this car. The flex pipe between the manifold and the catalytic converter had deteriorated and needed to be replaced. Cost was approximately $800"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"16 years and 200,000 miles of service on factory pipes resulted in deterioration of the material, necessitating replacement"

Michael G., NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Pipe from manifold to converter rusted and failed"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Pipe leading to muffler rusted out"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Calipers

"bolt had completely frozen, requiring professional service to remove so that brake pads could be replaced"

Thomas G., PA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The calipers on one rear and one front brake were frozen and did not engahe the rotors at all"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Left front caliper was seizing and ate into the metal plate"

Nancy M., TX (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"corrison and freezing"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"I heard scraping and needed the calipers worked on. I believe it was probably normal wear and tear. Don't think I've ever had them worked on before"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The calipers needed to be replaced. One was not working properly"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"a filling station which has worked on the Camry, said the master cylinder was fine. we drove it for a while then had the car towed to the dealer, when we were afraid to drive it. The dealer installed a new master cylinder and the car if fine"

Pat T., TX (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to be replaced, brake pedal was mushy"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

"rooters need replaces, pads"

Kevin F., NJ (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Frequent wear of brakes as well suspension systems"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"brakes were mushy since the car was new. Toyota maintenance told us that they were all likle that"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The front rotors started squeaking so I had the rotors and pads replaced. They had over 100,000 miles on them"

Gary N., ID (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Some sort of a PIN that that the pads slide on was rusty and cause the brake pedal to be soft"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"steering wheel chatter when applying brakes"

Jerome G., MN (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"I thought it was pretty amazing that I had gone over 120,000 miles without replacing the brakes. Should have realized it a bit sooner so that I didn't have to replace the rotors, but not unhappy about the whole thing"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Twice I've hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal once with serious damage to store front"

J M., PA (2004 Toyota Camry 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had not been changed for a long time"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"about every 100000km disc brakes have to be changed and now it was the drum brakes in the back. I also replace the shock absorbers because of our road conditions hard winter and lots of holes!"

Anonymous, QC (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes don't last as long as they did years ago"

John B., NH (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Routine service at dealer suggested replacing disks."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Camry Standard 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Mechanic discovered a cylinder had failed, leaked and braking scored the rotor. $1000 job."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Front pads were GONE at 55,000 miles - I really don't drive it that hard, but I'd rather have high-friction pads than long lasting ones, I guess..."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

"needed to be tightened"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"Front brake pads worn after 40,000 miles in a way the dealer said was more typical of 60,000 miles"

Dave H., WI (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace front rotors and rear calipers and rotors due to severe rusting. Rear caliper stuck and wore pads. Probably due to state of CT using very caustic spray magnesium on roads instead of rock salt. CU should address this problem in print"

Mike Z., CT (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Front pads were shot before 50,000 miles (rotors OK) ... I don't drive that hard."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"Brakes worn out. But they were the originals so just normal wear and tear"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Took the car into the shop for routine maintenance and was advised front brakes needed replacement"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"freeze up and stick"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"The rotors do not last long before warping"

Scott G., PA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pad worn and rotor warped. Replaced pad and turned the rotors"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes were worn and scored the rotors (the brakes were "mushy" when used and had pronounced vibration), so that both had to be replaced. The repair took care of the problem, but recently the brakes have started to vibrate again"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"too thin due to locked calipers"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"warped rotor"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.3-L V6)

"Brakes were squeaking. Mechanic did is his magic at reasonable (cheap) cost. Problem went away."

Matthew B., DC (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Sunroof drain clogged and caused leaks into the interior during heavy rains season"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"windshield leaks in rain; with no examination, body shop said problem is usually rusted under-frame of windshield that could not be fixed."

Sue S., IL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I discovered a water leak at the water pump."

Marylu P., TN (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Some minor leakage around the moon/sun roof."

Ruben R., FL (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Same as previous comment"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Toyota Camry LE)

"water pump leak - replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Water leaks into the car during drive through carwash if the A/C is on"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.3-L V6)

"I had a coolant leak form the coolant pump"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Steam coming from the engine. I assumed that it was the water pump. The car now is being inspected for any water or refrigerant leak"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Replacement of water pump. Air leaked into the heating coil"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"seals and stripping wearing out"

Joseph W., PA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"engine covber gasket"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry Standard 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"Squeaks and rattles came from brakes and suspension. Both have been repaired. Drives like new"

Dorothy W., FL (2004 Toyota Camry LE)

"Broken strut bracket, bushings"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Toyota Camry 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"body support missing on rear of vehicle"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise in trunk when normal driving or going over sharp bumps."

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"loose plastic shield under the front bumper rattling"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The noise is comong from the right front when you are goinmg down the hiway. The noise stops when you apply the brakes"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"not related to that but I own 2 toyotas and have trouble with door locks and electric windows in both I think this is a general problem"

Anonymous, LA (2004 Toyota Camry 3.3-L V6)

"The brakes squeak when I release the brakes. I was told that the brakes are in good shape with 30% left. The squeak can only be resolved with replacing the brakes"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The car squeaks in several areas in the interior. The most obvious is around the dash mounted stereo system. There are also some rattles from the doors and a few squeaks in other places"

Daniel G., AZ (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"makes squeaking sounds when I press gas paddle, accelerate"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"from the steering shaft at start up only from a cold engine"

Anonymous, BC (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rattle in dash"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry SE 3.3-L V6)

"It has always had lots of annoying rattles and road noise when driving and it gets slightly worse every year"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"highway driving"

Donald M., MA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Even with windows rolled up a lot of wind and outside noise, especially on the highway. Most of it appears to come from the sun/moon roof."

Ruben R., FL (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Wind noise is excessive particularly at higher speeds"

Anonymous, AL (2004 Toyota Camry LE)

"Worn weather stripping around door windows"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"driver side front door seal does not seal out wind noise"

Anonymous, WV (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Wind/road noise in this Camry has been annoying at highway speeds since I bought it"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry LE)

"VERY loud highway driving, has become increasingly difficult to have conversations with others in the car while driving on a highway. Higher rates of speed make it louder"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Camry Standard 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The noise appears to come from the sunroof which originally leaked and took several attempts to fix and even then there was wind noise but has gotten worse over the years."

Ewc Ruben R., FL (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"This trim on the front to the back on both sides 1/4" thick kept popping. Couldnt take it through a car wash. One i paid outdide of toyota to put back on snd it remains on"

Patricia C., FL (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The chrome colored plastic has come off the molding on the doors. I assumed that the molding was really metal and not plastic"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.3-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Latch on center console broke, it was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, IL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The roof liner is falling down, it is hard and expensive to fix."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Headliner is loose. The back half of headliner is hanging down and partially blocks rear view"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"the fabric that is glued on surface of interior is peeling off badly"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The chrome colored plastic has peeled off the door handles yielding a white plastic. I was told that it would cost over $400 to fix"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.3-L V6)

"Headliner coming loose around back glass. Overhead console falling out."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Camry 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Chalking and fading, seems to be oxidizing"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry Standard 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Through age the painting was badly scratched and peeled"

Pearl J., FL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Small cracks in paint on hood and some on truck. Had it repainted once . Painter stated it was a problem with some of the 2004 models"

E R., NC (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The clear coat is peeling off"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"All of a sudden, roof and trunk the paint faded in these two areas"

Patricia C., FL (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint held up very well for 12 years! But in the last year, it gave up the fight. Still looks ok, but there is some chipping on the roof edges"

Anonymous, NV (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Overall paint on the was OK. But suddenly just over the roof near the windshield area I noticed paint randomly bubbled. First, I thought it might be rain drops. But when I washed the car with the water hose, those bubbles peeled off. Very strange - never happened before"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"had roof repainted"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The clear coat is peeling of should have pick another color other than light blue."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint faded or actually chipped off"

Scott M., KY (2004 Toyota Camry Standard 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint job (white) has been flaking off for about the last 5 years."

Garnett L., NC (2004 Toyota Camry 3.0-L V6)

"Clear coat flaking off"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"bumpers"

Fred M., CA (2004 Toyota Camry SE 3.3-L V6)

"The gloss that is on the car is fine except for the trunk which has dulled and seems faded"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on roof and rear spoiler are faded reel bad"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Hood has irregular creaks in paint. Paint needs to be removed and repainted. Possible cause is a single layer of combined paint and sealer"

E R., NC (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

""Bald" spot on trunk and on the front part of the hood - paint fading"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry Standard)

"From the moment I noticed the slight cracking of the paint/finish on my roof, to about 30% of the roof cracked was less than a month. I wash my car between weekly and monthly - depending on how it looks (using the upgraded "wax" option in car washes"

Anonymous, NV (2004 Toyota Camry 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint is starting to fade"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"paint peeling off bumpers and fading paint on horizontal surfaces"

Anonymous, RI (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"paint is "soft" and scratches/mars easily. It has not held up like paint on other cars I have had. (Mazda, Mercury)"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Lots of salt used on the roads in this rural northern Michigan long winters. Rust is unfortunately inevitable. Husband has done some minor spot rust repairs. But it is starting to really show more"

Sharon D., MI (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust spotting on the rear/trunk of the vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2004 Toyota Camry XLE)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Engine computer failed. Replacement cost would have been $2000! I replaced the computer myself with a used unit for under $50"

Ronald H., WI (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on. One sensor had to be replaced but the other one just had to be cleaned"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)
Engine knock or ping

"valve noise upon startup"

Anonymous, WI (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

"Two engine mounts (struts) broke causing excessive torque which caused the flex pipe (from manifold to converter) to snap off at the converter. Needed to replace mounts, flex pipe, and catalytic converter. This, I think was normal wear as the car is 14 years old. I was surprised that two of the mounts broke but probably was that one broke then caused excessive torque on the other causing failure."

Bernard M., NC (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"During routine service at the dealership, they noticed a crack in one of the engine mounts. Had this fixed before it got worse and caused bigger problems"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"upper torque bar failed for the second time during ownership"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"one of them broke"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel leaks

"I smelled gas while driving.9There was a sludge buildup on the outside of the engine"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

"small oil leak - too expensive to fix"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"oil leak from valve cover gasket. replaced valve cover gasket"

Rufus S., TN (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"the car needed a new oill pan as the original was cracked and leaking oil. That has been fixed"

Pat T., TX (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Consumes oil at interstate speeds"

Jacob S., NC (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil leaks from transmission bottom gasket and vacuum leaks from the engine"

Manuel P., TX (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"a valve cover gasket leaks This is on a replacement engine from a previous radiator cap leak"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"even though I had my oil changed almost exclusively at the dealership the oil plug stripped and caused me to have to replace the whole oil pad"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It must be a minor leak or burn-off, but after a couple months, the oil level is reduced significantly. Also, puffs of white smoke exit the tailpipe immediately after starting the car"

Jacob B., IA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Slight drips of oil from engine seal, they want $850 to repair but I prefer a piece of cardboard on the garage floor"

Anonymous, PA (2004 Toyota Camry)

"Valve covers leaking down into cylinders causing blue smoke on cold engine start"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"lifters needed replacing"

Anonymous, LA (2004 Toyota Camry 3.3-L V6)

"Some oil starting leak a few drops from oil plug"

John Z., IL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The timing chain cover was leaking oil"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"valve cover gasket had to be replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry Standard 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A gasket needed to be replaced, but not the head gasket. I believe it was the valve cover gasket."

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"After 165000 miles, it was not unusual that it needed a new compressor. No other AC problems previously"

Anonymous, CT (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"AC compressor is rattling upon acceleration"

Terry H., TX (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"the technician servicing my car told me my compressor was dented and needed to be relaced"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Air conditioner frequently needs repair"

Owen F., OH (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"needed replacing"

Anonymous, WA (2004 Toyota Camry LE)

"Old age probably"

Kenneth M., CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"see previous"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It doesn't provide even cooling or heating"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Related to loss of climate control due to coolant leak and relay switch failure."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"The temperature is not maintained. The heater only works when put on high and then maintains temperature. There is a consistent ticking sound coming from under the dash"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Doesn't heat adequately. Windshield defroster is weak"

H W., OR (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"The valve that changes the flow from heat to AC stuck."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)
Heater system

"Inadequate heating with auto function"

Anonymous, OR (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"heating valve for evaporator"

Anonymous, HI (2004 Toyota Camry SE 3.3-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Car was not cooling good. Had refrigerant added. So far so good"

Anonymous, MO (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"AC stopped working due to leakage of coolant and relay switch failure."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Hose replacements were needed. Otherwise rock solid."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I smell coolant when running the cabin fan or air conditioner"

Jacob B., IA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Failed to charge battery. Had diagnosis and replacement at dealership"

Keith A., NM (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Started squealing took it to the dealership"

Betty W., SC (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The nut that holds the alternator pulley on loosened up and fell off which ruined the alternator at 105k miles. No one ever worked on the alternator or fan belt"

Timothy T., LA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Alternator needed replacing. Also the electronic assembly to control the accelerator need to be replaced"

Peter E., MA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"failed while driving at 130000 miles. Easily replaced for $400"

Duwayne A., FL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"alternator failed"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"Failed alternator apparently damaged battery, which would not hold a charge. Replaced it myself"

Keith A., NM (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

"Required a new Throttle Body"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"WAS NOT A FAILURE. IT WAS A IDEAL TIME TO CHANGE"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Serious spark plug accessibility problems. Plugs buried between engine and firewall. Cost $400.00 labor to change"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.3-L V6)
Starter

"had to replace starter"

Stan O., TX (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Usually in the Camry you get a warning that something is going to fail, a squeek or vibration or an increase in engine temperature, etc. But with the starter no indication at all. I parked the car in a parking lot and when i went to start it, nothing-not even a click so I had to have it towed to replace the starter assembly."

Frederick S., FL (2004 Toyota Camry Standard 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"the car wouldn't start so I had to get it toad to a repair shop"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Slower and slower starting until it would not start at all"

Owen F., OH (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"starter stopped and had it replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry Standard 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Catalytic control replacement"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Toyota Camry Standard)

"I could not pass the n.y. emission test"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The solenoid for the charcoal fuel cannister stopped working."

Robert S., AZ (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"New fuel cap was installed but check engine light kept coming on. A new canister with charcoal needed to be installed. That fixed the problem. The check engine light has not lit up since last July"

Sue M., NY (2004 Toyota Camry)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"A sensor failed"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.3-L V6)

"Chronic check-engine light warnings that indicate lean fuel-air mix"

Anonymous, OK (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light came on. Had the guys at Advanced Auto Parts check the code. Took it to the dealership the next day and had the O2 sensor replaced"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Engine warning light on. Service found O2 sensor failure"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light kept coming on. After three visits to a mechanic several oxygen sensors needed to be replaced for a total repair bill over more the $1,000.00"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Chek Engine light has come on three times in the five years we have owned this car. Twice if was fixed by our mechanic plugging in the monitor. Once had to replace the sensor"

Nathan H., TX (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Oxygen sensor failed and check engine alarm lamp indicated the problem"

Edward H., CA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.3-L V6)

"there was no apparent problems, but our mechanic said to replace it so we did"

Pat T., TX (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"4th or 5th O2 sensor I've had to replace"

Oscar V., TN (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check Engine light on - OBD code said Sensor #2 - Toyota's formal definition of sensor #2 is NOT common nor logical, and directly caused me to R&R the wrong one, resulting in an unnecessary $250 expense. I wonder how many people Toyota has screwed this way?"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"OBD scan (on 2 different hand-held scanners) said O2 sensor #2 - but official Toyota parts fiche shows AFR sensor on manifold, #1 at 1st cat, #2 between cats - WRONG! A REAL computer scan shows AFR as #1, then 2 and 3 ... so I replaced the wrong sensor at my first attempt. I wonder how many people Toyota has screwed out of $250 (for the part) thanks to this blatant error?"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"One day, a few years ago it stopped working. It's not the fuse."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry)
Body control module

"For the past 6 years, the electric door locks (only the unlock mode) will not work if the body of the car is warm/hot. I've been told by my mechanic (whom I have trusted explicitly for 12+ yrs) that it's the BCM and that it needs replacing ($900 from the dealer). I've tried purchasing a used one but have been unsuccessful at finding one. Strange thing: when the body of the car is not warm/hot (i.e. late fall, all winter, early spring), the key fob and door panel lock switches all work fine. Once the body of the car heats up, I can only LOCK the doors, but cannot UNlock the doors, other than the driver's door, which always works year round."

Neal C., NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Front turn signal did not work"

Douglas J., TX (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced tail lamp and brake lamp"

Oscar V., TN (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"First one headlight failed and was replaced. Later the other headlight failed resulting in a traffic citation. The problem is that there is no system indicator to identify this failure if it isn't obvious."

Maxine R., NJ (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"The headlamp covers became opaque. Little light was coming through from the headlights. I had to have both headlights and the covers replaced. I should have been able to replace just the headlight covers but the entire unit, including the bulbs, had to be replaced. It was very costly."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry)

"The headlights became fogged; had them cleared once. Lasted a month or two. Had to buy new headlights at a significant cost"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Bulb failed"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"FOGGY needed work"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The headlight covers have been "foggy" for several years now. New covers are way too expensive and the kit that I bought to clean the covers didn't work"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry Standard)

"Both headlights frosting or glazing over."

Martin K., NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

"Both the driver and passenger heater seats went out at the same time AFTER the light indicator was replaced. Dealer claimed it was not their problem and we needed new seat heaters at the price of almost $700 each. I had it done someplace else for $"

Anonymous, VA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Only the driver side door unlocks on keyless entry. The other doors do not"

Louis F., CA (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Electrical junction box went bad - unable to unlock power door locks on the 3 passenger doors. All 3 LOCK when using remote keyless entry, but they wilol not UNLOCK. Part cost $850 plus 2 hr labor charges"

Johnnie B., CA (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"every door does not unlock when remoted"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry Standard 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"CD player doesn't work anymore"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.3-L V6)

"Cds no longer play in the unit"

Robert M., FL (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"After replacing the brakes, the power system was cycled and the CD player stopped working. It clicks and clicks but complete stopped operating. I have ceased from using it and resolved not to get it fixed due to the car's age."

Phillip K., TX (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"CD became permanently stuck inside. Whole unit had to be replaced"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"CD quit working"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It was actually the tape deck, which is part of the CD system"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"quit working"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"The player does not read compact discs of any type. The CD player skips"

Matthew A., NH (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen goes blank

"had to replace the digital display screen (mileage, fuel. etc)"

Anonymous, FL (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.3-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Unable at times to be heard when on phone GPS (cuts out sporadically)"

Phillip L., NC (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)
Radio

"VERY difficult to adjust the volume. It is necessary to pull on the knob and turn it slowly to make any adjustment at all. Cost a fortune to have it repaired at the deal. So we just live with it. Very bad to use while driving in traffic"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Radio sound not always available. It's pretty old.... so time for new one"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Toyota Camry LE 3.3-L V6)
Speakers

"rear deck speaker covers have disintegrated from sun exposure"

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"speaker's grill cover is made of plastic that is decaying and chipping away after exposing to sunlight for over 10 years"

Anonymous, NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"As reported under Body Control Module, I wrote... For the past 6 years, the electric door locks (only the unlock mode) will not work if the body of the car is warm/hot. I've been told by my mechanic (whom I have trusted explicitly for 12+ yrs) that it's the BCM and that it needs replacing ($900 from the dealer). I've tried purchasing a used one but have been unsuccessful at finding one. Strange thing: when the body of the car is not warm/hot (i.e. late fall, all winter, early spring), the key fob and door panel lock switches all work fine. Once the body of the car heats up, I can only LOCK the doors, but cannot UNlock the doors, other than the driver's door, which always works year round. I suppose there's a possibility it's an electronic lock/latch component...though I cannot confirm this at all from any source."

Neal C., NY (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Mirrors

"the inside decorative cover plate over the mirror's cranking system keeps falling off"

Edwin R., SC (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Seat belts

"Driver's seat belt. At times belt will bend over on itself. One body man said replace mechanism and belts (I think the price was over $300). I did not do it. So far with difficulty we have straightened out the belt ourselves"

E R., NC (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Seat belts do not retract well. Perhaps this is to be expected in a 10 year old car"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

"I am unable to adjust the lumbar control"

Edwin R., SC (2004 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

"Sunroof mechanism broke, so mechanic closed it to avoid more expensive repair."

Anonymous, OK (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"some assembly part of the sunroof broke in the open position and the repair cost $2000.00 - and had to return to dealer three times to get the seal corrected"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Toyota Camry SE 3.3-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"At times the trunk will not latch closed"

Anonymous, UT (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"Portion of the master (driver's side) switch controlling the front passenger window failed. Since it costs about $500 to replace, I decided to leave the window permanently up"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The driver side window just... fell down. into the door"

John T., CO (2004 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head