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:
6,500 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

Mar 012004

(reported on)

Camry LX

  • 12,000 miles

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

Driving around 80 mph, there is a vibration in the steering wheel and intermediately the whole car vibrates. I took it back to the dealer 5 times and they didn't find anything. I think they didn't put any effort into it. Also the speedometer needle has big bright white dot at the end when the headlights are

on and the dealer said that it is ok. Right now i am on dispute program offered by Toyota --another BS.

- , Schiller Park, IL, USA

problem #1

May 042007

(reported on)

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles

Considerable steering wheel vibration at highway speeds (approx 65 mph). Had to take it to the dealer twice and neither time was it completely fixed. It was reduced during the 2nd visit and now it is hardly noticeable.

- , Fremont, CA, USA

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