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.

CarComplaints.com 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 safercar.gov (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.

CarComplaints.com typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to CarComplaints.com 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.

9.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
75,396 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace engine block (1 reports)
2003 Toyota Camry engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 242013

Camry LE 2.4L cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,793 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The problem started with check engine light and computer indicating #1 ignition coil. I had the car to an ASE mechanic 5 times and the ignition coil replaced 3 times and still the check engine light came on, car would not accelerate with gas pedal and very was a lot of vibration to the engine. Had it towed to dealership and was informed that it needed a new engine block. I did independent research with a well known engine company in Jasper, GA and they told me that Toyota was well aware of the manufacturing problem with the bolts holding the engine block becoming defective and chose to ignore it since it, of course, involved a very expensive repair. Since the retail value of the car is about $8,000 running, I am having the car towed to my home and at some point I guess it will be donated to charity since I don't trust having the engine block replaced at such a high cost of at least $6,500.00. I will NEVER buy another Toyota. This problem has devastated me and left me with no transportation and I am retired living on Social Security with $$ to buy new car.

- , Tarpon Springs, FL Florida, USA

problem #1

Jul 012009

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

FIRST OFF ONLY DRIVERS DOOR UNLOCKS WITH REMOTE UNLESS IT IS COLD WEATHER. NOW THE CAR IDLES LOW, VIBRATES AND IS STARTING TO KILL.

- , PEARL RIVER, LA, USA

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