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.


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2003 Toyota Camry body / paint problems

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 102005

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I purchased the 2003 Toyota Camry in September 2005. While I love my car I do have some concerns after hearing the other complaints. I hear sloshing sound under the dash. It is really loud when braking, accelerating, or parking. I asked the dealer about it several times, and was told it was normal for your car. Also, hear a squeaky, grinding sound when turning the steering wheel to either side. This happens every time I turn the wheel, no matter hot or cold weather. The delaership could not find anything wrong with it the first time I took it them. They kept it 2 days, and said nothign was wrong. It continued for antoher week, and I returned with it to the dealership, and they kept it overnight and called me the next day, and told me they did not have time to look at it, but they were sure nothing was wrong with it. They will not return any phone calls or even talk to me when I go there. The las thing, was the paint continually chipping and peeling of in chunks on the hood, front bumper, and rear bumper. I have spoken to Toyota about this several times, and they continued to say it was not their fault, and my car was not under warranty. So they could not do anything. This all started about 3 weeks after I bought the car and continued today. Please advis me if therewas anything I could do to fix any of these problems. Thanks.

- Natchez, MS, USA

problem #1

Dec 012004


  • miles
The torsion bars on our 2003 Toyota Camry suddenly failed to work. When the trunk was opened, it then had to be manually pushed up to the top open position, however it would easily and quickly come down if it was windy outside. Twice I was hit in the head or back while leaning into the trunk and putting something in or taking something out, a major problem because we were always putting in or taking our baby stroller out of the trunk, and we were afraid the trunk might also close on our son's hand or head if he were standing nearby. We reported this problem to our local Toyota dealer; they at first denied there was anything wrong with the trunk. But the service manager eventually understood and agreed with me about the problem. He ordered and replaced the torsion bars in our trunk; it fixed the problem at that time. This was one year ago. In October 2005, the same thing started happening again. While the trunk doesn't slam down on us yet, it does idle halfway up and must be pushed up or down to lock the position. We brought it back to our Toyota dealership and asked for the same service manager directly. He remembered us and is going to replace the torsion bars again, but claimed that he hasn't seen this problem happen in several years; apparently it was a recurring problem on older models. My main concerns with this issue are that first, it keeps on happening and secondly, this past summer on long island, NY, two young boys who were missing, were later found dead in the trunk of a Toyota Camry on their street. Apparently the trunk was broken and it shut on them, trapping them inside the vehicle during a heat wave. The police didn't find them in the car until a few days later. I don't know if the broken trunk had the same issue with the torsion bars that we have, but the news story concerned us enough to report this to you.

- Massapequa, NY, USA

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