Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: Beware of the NHTSA complaint data for the 2003 Camry. It is almost certainly misleading.

The problem with NHTSA data for the 2003 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 Toyota 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 2003 Camry, our data for the Camry is a far more statistically accurate representation of the Camry's reliability than what the NHTSA data shows.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
139,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Toyota Camry brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 012011

Camry LE/X 16 valves - 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles


I almost hit another car until I could stop it. This is a true complaint like the other people are telling you to. I can probably have my husband or son fix it (If someone can tell us what the problem is and what part to buy) This is a manufacturer problem and probably why the car was sold to me in October. This is a life and death situation if someone doesn't come up with a solution. I am a long time Toyota driver. My past two Toyota's are still on the road. One is close to 200,000 miles on it. I don't know any other car as I am a firm believer in the Camry! I sure hate to give this one up because I don't know how to get it fixed.....I know there are a lot more people out there with this problem. I am a firm believer to change the oil every 4,000 miles and make sure the garage doesn't charge you for something they don't do!!!!

Update from Jan 6, 2012: One problem solved was the butterfly valve that allows air into the engine was so full of carbon deposits. A can of carburetor cleaner did the trick. I plan on doing this every six months. The former owner never changed the air filter but it could be the garage where he took it. I find that they charge and do not do the work. This is what caused the gas pedal to stick.

Also I was told the car had new brakes.............Wrong again. I needed brakes, rotors, and calipers. So far it seems the problem is solved.

- , Mineral City, OH, USA

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