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2003 Toyota Camry
Problems & Complaints
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.
Worst 2003 Camry Problems by Category
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- engine problems67NHTSA complaints: 375
- steering problems33NHTSA complaints: 51
- transmission problems8NHTSA complaints: 26
- interior accessories problems6NHTSA complaints: 19
- cooling system problems5NHTSA complaints: 8
- body / paint problems4NHTSA complaints: 25
- seat belts / air bags problems4NHTSA complaints: 74
- brakes problems3NHTSA complaints: 119
- AC / heater problems2NHTSA complaints: 4
- wheels / hubs problems2NHTSA complaints: 19
- electrical problems1NHTSA complaints: 17
- exhaust system problems1NHTSA complaints: 21
- suspension problems1NHTSA complaints: 29
- windows / windshield problems1NHTSA complaints: 13
- exterior accessories problemsNHTSA: 20
- fuel system problemsNHTSA: 16
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 13
- drivetrain problemsNHTSA: 12
- lights problemsNHTSA: 8
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