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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.

2.2

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
70,042 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.

2003 Toyota Camry fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 142008

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

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

The check engine light came on again and I scanned for codes which indicated code number 0456 leak in the fuel system. I have twice before had the same problem and each time had to clean a large amount of rust from the fuel filler neck to correct the problem. I had previously taken the car to the dealer and advised them of the problem. They advised if the check engine light came on again to bring it in for service. When the light came on this time the dealer scanned the same code and diagnosed the fuel filler neck and gas cap must be replaced at a cost of over $300. I contacted Toyota corporation but they indicated the car was not covered. The car can not pass inspection because of the poor quality materials used in the fuel filler neck. Refer to complaint ODI id number 10223726 dated September 10, 2007 with the same problem.

- Clifton Park, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 102007

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,085 miles
September of 2007- I noticed the check engine light came on in my 2003 Toyota Camry le car and I was due for a car inspection for the month of October. The dealership and other repair shops stated that the car would not pass the car inspection with that light on. On September 10th,2007, I took the car to a Toyota dealership and a mechanic found a leak at the fuel filler neck. They replaced the fuel filler neck and cap. The costs were $225 for labor, $143.60 for parts, and $25.80 for sales tax for a total repair job of $394.40! the car was over 3 years old. That shouldn't be happening in a young car. I bought the car in October of 2005 from a Toyota dealership. The complaint is why should the customers be paying for " poor quality" by the Toyota manufacturer when I couldn't have passed a car inspection for their "poor quality " parts? if I can't pass an inspection then we have an emissions and safety issue by the fault of Toyota.

- Queensbury, NY, USA

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