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:
62,225 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 #4

Oct 112010


  • 108,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Camry. The contact stated that the intake and exhaust manifold failed. The vehicle was inspected at a local repair shop where the contact was informed that the manifold needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 108,000.

- Temple Hills, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 012006

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Camry. The contact stated the vehicle was at the dealer for an unrelated repair. When she received the vehicle back, there was an unusual grinding noise from the exhaust system. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer where she was informed that the vehicle could not be repaired. The failure persisted. Updated 07/30/10. Updated 09/30/10 the consumer stated he would like for someone to respond to her complaint. Updated evoq 10/13/10

- Venice, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 032008


  • 140,900 miles
Due to anti freeze leak the mechanic found leak to be coming from cylinder head gasket, when head was removed found 3 center bolts were loose, threads were stripped and damaged. I was told this is a defect in 2003 4 cyl Toyota Camry engines. Dealer would not cover, as it was repaired elsewhere.

- Waterbury, CT, USA

problem #1

Jan 052003

Camry 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
The exhaust system on my 03 Camry hangs down. It is 4 inches off the ground. I have tried to get Toyota to fix it but they say it's the design intent. I'm afraid that if the car bottoms out the system will fly off the car. I watch two people die because a muffler flew off a vehicle and wedged itself into the gas tank of a truck. It caught the highway on fire and killed the guys in the truck. The system is not installed on the car correctly. There is a bracket that is not hooked up and the system does not tuck into the exhaust channel. All the Camry and other models on this frame are like this. Please help.

- Harrison, OH, USA

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