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 (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. typically receives more complaints per day about vehicles than the NHTSA does, but the news media did not repeatedly say "go to 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.


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
45,670 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced motor (1 reports)
  2. replaced power lock motor (1 reports)
2003 Toyota Camry accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

Aug 112007

(reported on)

Camry XLE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,360 miles


One day I noticed that the front passenger side door of my car was not locking automaticly from the button or from the remote. I took my car to the dealer. I was told that I needed a new door actuater and seeing as I did not buy the extended warranty It would cost $450.00 to fix. I had them fix it and have not had any further problems scince then. It seems as if on every vehicle the power locks break at some point. Is this a common problem? Has anyone else had this problem with there Camry? If so let me know.

- , Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada

problem #1

May 212006

Camry XLE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,981 miles

One day me and another person were coming back from an appointment downtown. I unlocked the door of my car, I got in but the other person said that the door was still locked. I had to open the door manually. A few days later I took the car to the delear. They said that the passenger's side door actuator was faulty and it would cost $450 dollars to fix. I was not happy but I got it fixed. I would have expected a lot better from a company that has such a good reputation like Toyota. I've owned better cars than this. My next car will be a Volkswagen Jetta.

- , Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada

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