Print this page 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:
162,150 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace catalytic converter (2 reports)
2003 Toyota Camry exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

May 152019

Camry LE 2.4L Dohc L4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 240,213 miles


Took it to Groppetti Visalia Toyota with a check engine light on to have TSB NO. EG034-04 re-flashed for the ECM and check problem of no passing California Smog. They checked everything else, brake fluid, power steering fluid, dirty air filter, cab filter, tire pressure, etc... Had to argue to get them to reflash ecu. More than hour later got car back, drove it home 45 miles. It idled at less than 400 rpm and it died at a stop signal and almost got rear ended. Still will not pass smog check!

- George C., Porterville, US

problem #1

Nov 012012

Camry XLE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

Dash light went on indicating problem which was diagnosed as failed catalytic converter.

- redsail, N/a, WA, US

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