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.


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,000 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.

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2003 Toyota Camry body / paint problems

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #1

Feb 242009


  • 35,000 miles


In January 2008, my 2003 Toyota Camry V6, with 35000 miles on it, developed a squeak in the steering column when the wheel is turned during parking or during any 90 degree turn. The Toyota dealer greased the steering column, and the squeak went away. In January of 2009, the same problem recurred. The dealer wanted to repack the steering column instead of greasing it at a cost of $225, or replace the steering column at a cost of $700. I asked if there was a recall on that particular model for that problem, and the service representative said no. I don't know if there is a safety issue or concern arising from this problem, and is it common among that make and model Toyota.

- Redington Shores, FL, USA

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