2004 Toyota Camry Consumer Review: The plain yogurt sedan

2004 Toyota Camry - Consumer Review

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LE Sedan (2.4L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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The plain yogurt sedan
By steam loco 76 on


2004 Toyota Camry LE 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


This was my first Toyota and probably my last. Transmission replaced at 2300 miles. Problem returned at 5600 miles-traced to faulty valve body. Trunk lid rust at six months- repainted under warranty. Several squeaks and rattles from the dash and front door could not be fixed. Thermostat failed at 40K, not covered. Steering intermediate shaft loose and clunking at 42K. Toyota refused coverage even though a TSB was issued about this problem. Repair cost over $600. Engine always used about 16 oz of anti-freeze every 5K. Toyota said that was "within tolerable limits". Drive by wire throttle tip-in is very abrupt making a smooth launch tough.

Best Features

Good control layout. Plenty of interior room. Smooth engine. Smooth transmission. Decent gas mileage. Averaged 27.3 mpg over 56K miles.

Worst Features

Toyota needs to watch quality control at its Kentucky assembly plant, build quality is far from the "legendary Toyota quality" of old. Better stock tires.
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