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.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
88,196 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace intake manifold (5 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Toyota Camry engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #6

Sep 172013

Camry XLE 2.1L 4 CYL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,478 miles


This problem is annoying but mostly embarrassing, The clock knocking is noticeable by any one who comes in contact with the vehicle while its running.

The Toyota 2AZ-FE engine is so poorly designed and manufactured, that I feel the whole engine should have been recalled. F*ckers.

Update from Sep 4, 2015: The faulty baffle within the intake manifold is annoying, but mostly embarrassing, The knocking is noticeable by any one who comes in contact with the vehicle while its running.

The Toyota 2AZ-FE engine and it's components were so poorly designed and manufactured, that I feel the whole engine should have been recalled. F*ckers. At least the air bag on my car won't kill me. YThis will be over $550 to replace.

- , Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 242012

Camry 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

My car was leaking antifreeze and then i heard this gurgling sound coming from my car. The dealer said I had a blown head gasket and needed a new engine totaling $6000. I am in shock. My car has been serviced by the dealer since I purchased it including all oil changes. Also, I had a crack in my radiator that the dealer did not catch, they said i had a leak in the water pump. But I also had a crack in the radiator.

I asked the technician what caused the blown head gasket and he just said I needed to replace the engine and I would be better off.

Got second opinion and there seems to be a defect in head gasket. Replacing head gasket and will let you know the outcome. Also called toyota and they said they have no reports of this happening. I want to take this viral to see how many people were have been harmed by this. According to the internet there seems to be an issue with 03 camry's and blown head gaskets.

please contact me if you have had this same problem at

- , Mableton, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 082009

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles

I thought Toyotas were supposed to last forever!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Commack, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 212009

Camry LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles


This is my second Toyota Camry and I am very unhappy that this major problem has occurred. My out of pocket cost per repair may be as much as $1000 and my car has only 58,000 miles as of today. I have always kept the oil changes and car maintenance done earlier than requested. I am a widow over 60 and still working, and I just can't afford these problems. I am so disappointed

- , Pennsville, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 232009

Camry LX 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,500 miles

Seems there is a problem ongoing with manifold. Am having the transmission and oil seals replaced and flushed at next oil change. Am wondering if this is the start of a sludge problem that I have read about on other sites.

- , Hillsborough, NJ, USA

problem #1

May 042007

(reported on)

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,200 miles

Known issue with Toyota. Search TSB for intake system.

- , Fremont, CA, USA

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