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:
138,942 miles
Total Complaints:
21 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. head bolt repair kit (9 reports)
  2. not sure (4 reports)
  3. replaced the short block (3 reports)
  4. replace short block (2 reports)
  5. replaced engine (2 reports)
  6. rebuild the engine (1 reports)
2003 Toyota Camry engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #1

Apr 022010

Camry XLE 2.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


My 2003 Camry XLE has been babied by the Toyota service dept since I bought it new. It started running hot, and I had it towed to the dealership who determined there was "air in the coolant line". They flushed the coolant, replaced it, and sent me on my way. An hour later, it was running hot again. Back to the dealership. Two days later while looking for engine damage due to overheating, they discovered two of the back side head bolts were loose. They thought it night be caused by "engine vibration." The engine was not warped from overheating and looked great. When they tried putting the engine back together, they discovered those bolts were stripped. No known explanation. There is no reliable repair for this. The only fix is a new engine. Used and rebuilt engines run the high risk of the same problem. Anyone else having the same trouble?

- , Grand Rapids, MI, USA

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