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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.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,250 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 012004

Camry

  • miles

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

The vehicle was hit by a semi truck and totaled. None of the vehicle's air bags deployed. The consumer sustained injuries. The headrest was shaped incorrectly for a short person and the windshields reflective properties were distracting when driving on brightly sunlit days.

- Canal Winchester, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 102003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles
There is a cracking sound coming from the bottom of the driver side windshield. The dealer check the vehicle and stated they could not duplicate the problem. The consumer filed a complaint with the manufacturer one year ago and they stated they had no record.. noise was caused by oose molding, which is cosmetic and not safety related.

- Rockaway, NJ, USA

problem #2

Feb 152004

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,300 miles
Windshield has one tiny mark that I would describe exactly the way the first complainant described it, like a tiny nail mark. The windshield is cracking by this mark. Periodically, I would hear a loud noise like a rock had hit my windshield but was not able to discern what had happened. It was a mystery because the first couple of times that I heard the noise, there were no vehicles around me that could have thrown a rock. After hearing this noise a few times, a crack started appearing at the top of the windshield on the driver's side. I have had the dealer that I purchased the vehicle new from examine it and they claim it was caused by a rock. It is possible that when it happened I had my stereo on and did not know it happened. But the startling sound that a rock does make when it hits the windshield with that much force is hard to miss.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #1

Sep 262003

Camry

  • 15,800 miles
I purchased a 2003 Toyota Camry in Jan. 2003 since then I have had all sorts of problems, but the one that bothers me the most is tiny pock marks all over my front windshiled. It looks as if someone took a nail and tapped little tiny nicks on the glass. I have no idea how this happened, seeing as I do not tailgate any vehicle especially truckers. The dealership is going to take a look at it but they think this is my fault some how.

- Fort Riley, KS, USA

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