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.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
88,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2003 Toyota Camry steering problems

steering problem

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2003 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 062015

Camry LE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,000 miles


This problem caused the wheel to lock up and I got into an accident (thank god not with another car or causing me to hurt anyone!) and now its going to probably cost me thousands of dollars (which I cant afford) since I am already having financial difficulties!

The steering wheel column ALONE costs about 900 dollars PLUS labor PLUS the cost of the damage PLUS a surcharge I will probably get from my insurance company on top of it! NOT TO MENTION I JUST PAID IT OFF A WEEK PRIOR! I may have no choice but to sell it so I can make some of the money back that it cost me to repair it and I'll STILL be in the red because of this whole ordeal!!!!!!

This is really crappy and a HUGE hassle since I work 8 to 5 or 6 and that's when ALL the insurance companies or ANYTHING for that matter are open and so I've lost EVEN MORE money by having to take time off from work just to handle getting all the paperwork and calls handled for this issue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- , Worcester, MA, USA

problem #1

Nov 162006

(reported on)

Camry XLE 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

First the steering wheel knocked and the steering rack was replaced under warranty. Now the steering wheel locks up during 90 degree turns. Dealer can not duplicate the problem. any suggestions?

- , Bristow, VA, USA

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