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.

5.0

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
67,477 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2003 Toyota Camry steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 062009

Camry SE V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,954 miles

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

After starting in morning in few turns make a noise like some water is spinning in the wheel. Then after stopping it feels like the water has moved in the body of the car to the back. After some time of driving it kind of stops.

- , Brampton, Ontario, Canada

problem #1

May 012009

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

Noticed a squeeking/grinding noise which seems like it's coming from the floorboard whenever I turn the steering wheel. It's more noticeable during the first 5-10 minutes from cold startup and then it becomes intermittent afterwards. I noticed a leak on my driveway some time ago and took the car to a mechanic who determined the leak source from the rack and pinion assembly. Got that replaced and the squeek/grinding noise went away....for about a week. I've been researching this problem and it seems to be a major flaw with the 2003 camrys. Toyota seems to know about this issue but they are not doing anything about it.

- , Cerritos, CA, USA

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