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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,843 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.

2003 Toyota Avalon transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 152003


  • 600 miles


Car accelerated on its own put on brakes and put in neutral has not done that again when I went to Toyota to report incident was brushed of have never felt safe in this car since.

- Hallandale, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 152009


  • 90,000 miles
The gas pedal on our 2003 Toyota Avalon began sticking when car was 5 years old. It was most noticeable when the car was stopped and we wanted to begin moving. It became hard to depress until a good bit of pressure, and then the car would lurch forward or backward very quickly. We tried lubricating the pedal mechanism but that didn't work. The dealer said they fixed it at our 100,000 mile check but it still stuck. The recent problem with Toyota gas pedals may have been around a lot longer than thought.

- Sunset Beach, NC, USA

problem #1

Feb 162007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,930 miles
- the contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. While driving 15 mph into a parking lot the vehicle accelerated without warning and the driver lost control. The failure mileage was 16930. The vehicle was diagnosed for a second opinion, however, the dealer stated that the vehicle was operating normally. The current mileage was 17000. Updated 04/12/07.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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