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.

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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.

9.5

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,017 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.

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 092003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles

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

While driving rotten egg smell came into the vehicle, it didn't matter whether the windows were closed or opened. Consumer felt a burning sensation in the nose and the throat. Dealership/ floor manager made an incredible statement, inquiring if president bush put sulfur in the gas, call him.

- Hamilton, NJ, USA

problem #5

Oct 152003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Rotten egg (or worse) smell inside vehicle, the same as in my 1999 Toyota Camry. Visits to dealers with 1999 was no help. Just recently found out about service bulletin & had quarter vent duct assembly replaced. Same smell in 2003 Toyota Camry. Dealer said it no longer has vents so no problem. Could not get work order receipt to prove I was at dealers with this complaint. Th/MA.

- Walpole, MA, USA

problem #4

Nov 072003

Camry

  • miles
Rotten egg smell for my 2003 Toyota Camry. It's been like this for the last 7 months, since I bought it new. I changed many different suppliers of grade 87 gas, and there is no difference. I have about 9000 miles on it. My friend who bought a 2003 Camry have the same problem as well.

- Verona, WI, USA

problem #3

Aug 182003

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Rotten egg smell comes into the car. Doesn't matter if the window is closed or opened. I will be contacting the dealer today. My 2003 Camry was a demo so I'm sure whoever was driving it had to have noticed the smell. Nobody said a word to me about this. I felt this was underhanded by the dealership. I decided to investigate further to see if anyone else has complained of the same problem and went to the internet to see of there were other complaints and I found on your site. So now I know there is a problem.

- Sparta, WI, USA

problem #2

Jul 012003

(reported on)

Camry

  • miles
When driving a rotten egg smell enters the passenger cabin which causes the occupants to feel a burning sensation in the nose. The consumer noticed this about three weeks after purchasing the vehicle. The consumer contacted the manufacturer. The manufacturer states there is nothing wrong with the vehicle. The gasoline stations in Tennessee are not regulating the amount of sulfur in the gas.

- Burns, TN, USA

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problem #1

Jun 112003

(reported on)

Camry

  • 1,000 miles
Mission exhaust fumes have an egg smell. The fumes are seeping into the vehicle through the air vents.

- Burns, TN, USA

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