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.


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,450 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 Camry exhaust system problems

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 032008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles


2003 Toyota Camry-mileage about 101,000. Unbelievable that my 2003 needs a new catalytic converter. I have had more trouble with this 2003 Toyota then any other Toyota I have ever purchased. I have purchased several Toyota over the years and was going to get a new 2008 or 2009 Toyota Camry but not now. Also the catalyst converter is on back order and the dealer is not sure when it will be in - it was ordered 02/12/08 and not due in until may be 02/21/08. Didn't know I had a problem until I went for an emission check. This piece is very expenses and I'm just wondering is it not usual for this converter to go bad so early. I do not pull any heavy loads or anything like that.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 112003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,900 miles
The exhaust fumes seeped into the passenger compartment. As a result, the smell made the driver sick to his stomach. The exhaust/emission had come inside the vehicle with the windows closed.

- Walpole, MA, USA

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