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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,207 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 Corolla body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 012016


  • 110,039 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Corolla. While driving various speeds, the vehicle made a clunking type noise near the front passenger side. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the passenger side subframe was corroded and rusted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,039. Updated 05/24/16

- Streetsboro, OH, USA

problem #7

May 302015


  • 155,000 miles
A vehicle was stopped in middle of street without running or lights on. Our vehicle hit parked vehicle in rear and smashed front in so not drivable but airbags did not employ at impact. Police officer verified the driver side at least should have employed upon impact. Driver is sore and bruised but not needing medical treatment to our knowledge (at this point) there are two recalls regarding misfunctioning airbags on our vehicle but the remedy is not yet available :-(

- Kokomo, IN, USA

problem #6

Dec 202004


  • miles
Rotten egg smell and many structural defects in this car.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #5

Jun 282004

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have purchased the new Corolla 2003 on August 2002, only seven miles at the delivery time. And I have found water inside the car (wet right rear carpet) after the heavy rain twice. The first time had happen on June 2003, the fawler service department had replaced body seal and door seal. The second time on June, 28th 2004, the john Eagle sport city service department had found that water was leaked inside the car through the seal of rear window. It is not right because with in two years and at the 24000 miles the seals need to be replace at several parts. Is it the defected parts or cars because the body of the Corolla had just redesign for this model.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 152003

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
Interior noise, several parts were replaced, but noise is not gone yet. Now right front door and dashboard started making a noise. Everytime I take my car to the dealership they tell me that noise can't be duplicated. As a result I usually have to ride with someone from the dealership to prove that noise is there. In my opinion some interior parts do not fit car's structure.

- Austin, TX, USA

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problem #3

Jul 112003

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120 miles
Purchased new 2003 Toyota Corolla on 05-27-03 -- vehicle delivered with metallic rattle in dash -- brought into dealer service on 07/11/03 -- informed by dealership that there is no fix for this -- Toyota has to come up with a new part because the dashboard does not fit into the body correctly - we have to wait until a part is available -- there is not one at this time.

- Peoria, AZ, USA

problem #2

Jul 312002


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Mfr case #200209030112; driver's side sunvisor will strike rearview mirror, obstructing the view. This is a design feature that needs to be modified.

- Rockport, MA, USA

problem #1

May 192001


  • miles
Sunvisor moves driver's side mirror while traveling. Consumer will fill in further information.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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