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.


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,500 miles

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2003 Toyota Camry fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 282004

Camry 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,500 miles


We filled up our 2003 Camry le at costco (on a Monday). We shopped at costco and then drove about 17 miles to our home. We backed up our incline driveway and unloaded the trunk. We drove to safeway (about 2 miles away) that same day and dropped a relative at their house about a mile away. We drove a total of about 25 miles after the fill up at costco. The Camry was not driven for the rest of the week until Friday. On Friday the car was driven no more than three miles before it started to hesitate and then stalled. It did this four times before getting back to the house. We had it towed to the Toyota dealership for repair. We were told that we overflowed the fuel tank and the carbon canister was filled with gas. This caused the computer to stall the car out because it is sensing an over rich condition. The problem is we did not overfill the fuel tank and we drove it for far too long for this to be what caused the carbon filter to have gotten gas in it. Maybe backing up the driveway with a full tank caused the problem, but that is a flaw in the engineering of the car, not a mistake by the consumer. The repair and towing cost 780 dollars.

- Discovery Bay, CA, USA

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