The Camry is a comfortable, refined, and quiet sedan offering a pleasant driving experience. Access is easy and controls are intuitive. Its comfort, room, and quietness suggest a larger, more expensive car. The four-cylinder engine is particularly smooth and refined. Stability control and side curtain airbags were optional on higher trim lines, making the Camry one of the first family sedans to offer these safety features.
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Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2003 Toyota Camry owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"It pulled left since new. After tire rotated or new tires installed it would take 1 or 2 times by vender to get pulling to quit. always fixable. always a pain!"

Anonymous, NE (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Potholes have been a problem in the area"

Bob R., PA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"had to have front end aligned for the first time in 57000 ,iles"

Glenn B., MO (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Front wheels were touching the fenders when making turns"

Ian S., NY (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Car pulled to the right slightly on highway. Alignment fixed it"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Ball joints

"LF inner ball joint worn; grease seal torn. Replaced. Odd, stupid system"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Needed to replace for one of the wheels"

Edward H., ON (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"A C/V joint was discovered failing during a regular inspection and was replaced."

Anonymous, VA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)
Bushings

"Control arm bushings separated from the control arms"

Ron H., MI (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Started with a rattle at the rear of the car, like in the trunk. Got progressively worse. At one of the periodic service visits, it was identified and fixed"

Anonymous, SK (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace rear knuckle axles carrier and sway bar bushings"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Worn needed replacement"

Lisa L., NY (2003 Toyota Camry XLE)

"Replaced rear stabilizer links, sway bar bushings"

Anonymous, MB (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"bushing came out and was repair for about $100.00CAD"

Greg K., ON (2003 Toyota Camry SE 3.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Toyota Dealer said power steering was leaking. When I picked up the car, they had replaced whole system shocking me with cost"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Power steering tube leaks"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I experienced no problem, but the mechanic found the power steering leak during an inspection under the hood"

Theodore K., NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rusted lines"

Anthony S., ON (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I spent close $3000 getting the shafts replaced 3 times, the hoses replaced, the pump replaced. This involved 3 visits to the repair shop"

Robert M., ON (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"was leaking onto brake system, said steering would go out unless fixed"

Anonymous, WV (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"I just told you about it."

Margaret P., NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A brittle hose was found and replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"very minor leak of power steering fluid have not fixed problem because of estimated cost (1600.00)"

Donald A., TX (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"leaking a small amount of power steering fluid. major problem has been the failure of two power window motors - front driver side and rear driver's side"

John D., FL (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"hose blew out, leaving me stranded"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I noticed a smell coming from the engine which ended up being leaking power steering fluid"

Virginia V., NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacement of hose"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The power steering pump leaked and I had to replace it."

Edward H., ON (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"During normal maintenance it was discovered that the pump was leaking, and we elected to replace the hoses when we replaced the power steering pump."

James B., PA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"I was not experiencing any problems when using the car. These items were spotted when I had my car at the dealer for it's regular service--a great thing when you're a widower with no clue about auto related things!"

W K., NJ (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"two hoses are leaking, haven't replaced yet"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"worn and need to be replaced"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Noise going over bumps"

Anonymous, DC (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Had to have the rear end shocks replaced. I would say this was just normal maintenance"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Typical maintenance on an older car. Not a serious problem"

Anonymous, IA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"General degradation of rear struts causing rattling. Had to have them both replaced"

Peter A., MA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"The OEM shocks wore out and I had them replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Normal wear. They needed replacing and the ride improved drastically when they were replaced"

Bob R., PA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Struts causing tire wear so replaced struts"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced all four struts"

Thomas C., MA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Strut was broken, required full replacement"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Toyota Camry 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Need replacement. Not a safety issue. Chose not to do it because it was $1100"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"one of the rear struts began to leak and both struts were replaced"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced rear struts, consider this normal wear & tear / maintenance"

Tom G., NJ (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Given the age of the car, I consider this expense and repair normal as a result of typical wear and tear"

Donald G., UT (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"needed replacement for better and safer ride"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"None of these areas were a real problem to me. They needed replacement due to mileage, not defects. This is the best car I have ever owned"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I opted for non-Toyota (cheaper) parts, later complained of noise, and dealership them replaced with standard Toyota parts at no charge to me"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is slow to respond in steering, which is only an issue because of local elk herds."

Mary M., WA (2003 Toyota Camry)

"I had to replace 2 struts at a cost of $600. WOW"

Thomas M., NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The front door locks itself when I have unlocked it, even if back door is open. I have to take my keys with me; I'm afraid I may get locked out of car. So afraid of getting locked out when key is in there. It locks pretty quickly. RE PAINT: It sits out so paint clear coat is peeling. Have had problems with struts (shocks) and had them repaired more than once. Apparently last repair was done badly so I had to have it done again, as right one was leaking really bad and the car was driving horribly. This mechanic said it was shoddy work done with very cheap parts. At least two doors have lost their ability to stay open completely. Had one repaired."

L H., CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"They wore out and needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, UT (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Springs or torsion bars

"Broken right front suspension spring"

Barry D., NY (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Needed replacing"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to have the front end springs replaced. One of the front springs had broken"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"unable to adjust rear toe because of (salt) rusted out treads on torsion or laderal bar. P.S. replace both bars and the k frame on rear"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"U joint failed"

Richard M., MD (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeaking occurred when steering wheel turned to make usual corner. Dealer replaced ? worm gear and some other things in the column and problem was fixed"

Anonymous, MN (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Had to replace the front steering mechanism unexpectedly"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Rack and pinion leakage, had to be replaced"

Charles M., NV (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rack and Pinion needed replaced"

Anonymous, WV (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"replaced steering column interm. shaft"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"This toyota required the rack and pinion replaced, very expense > $2500.00. Now my 2002 Sequoia is experiencing the same problem with < 70K miles. Never has these parts fail in any car I've own, now two toyotas. Could be coincidence, but I doubt it"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Had to have it replaced"

Anonymous, NM (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed to be fixed, most likely due to normal wear and tear"

David W., MN (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"steering was suspiciously dry of any lubricant. I suggested it was during manufacture. The dealer disagreed. We had to pay the repair cost"

James C., NM (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced the rack and pinion for the first time since I had the vehicle"

Ian S., NY (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Our Toyota service department diagnosed the problem. We then took it to an outside mechanic for a second opinion as we had not experienced any operating issues. The second mechanic (non-dealer) confirms the problem and performed the repair for $200 less including wheel alignment."

Susan P., CA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"The steering squeeks when turning the wheel on the car. Has been doing this from beginning."

Margaret P., NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Fluid leakage; I had to replace the entire steering assembly at 143,000 miles."

Robert A., MS (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"the rack & pinion was replaced at the 200000 mile mark"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The problem was found when it went in for a maintenance check-up."

Margaret R., AZ (2003 Toyota Camry)
Steering wheel vibration

"Vibration in wheel when going 65 mph or higher"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The vibration would begin at about 65 mph and continue until the vehicle reached 75 mph. The technicians corrected the problem completely with four new tires and new inner and outer tie rods."

J L., OH (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Tie rods

"Bent tie rod"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Tie rods became lose causing sloppy control of the turning mechanism... The car could wander a bit while driving it"

Donald G., UT (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"front inner tie rod went bad"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"heard noise, axle bearing needed replacing"

Anonymous, OK (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Cost of 1 wheel bearing assembly is $294 & labour is extra. But, 1st time in 9 years for this repair"

Neil B., ON (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Cracked axel from broken rubber axel boot"

Lawrence L., CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Bearings needed to be replaced because of wear"

James D., OR (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"front right when bad"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Catalytic converter worn out but gas mileage and engine run well"

Forrest P., VA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Constant check engine light"

Hitesh P., GA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had a leak in a pipe that was connected to the Catalytic, thus having the added expense of replacing the Catalytic as well"

Tony C., MN (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine trouble light came on - car still runs fine. Too expensive to fix a car this old"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The vehicle failed Delaware State inspection emissions test with code po420. The dealership had to replace the catalytic converter and both 02 sensor. A couple of gaskets also needed replacement, possibly connected with the sensors or converter"

Allen L., DE (2003 Toyota Camry LE)

"Warning light came on while driving; went off 3 days later. Diagnostic review indicated problem was with catalytic converter. I elected not to replace it (due to expense). Dealer service rep suggested I periodically use Chevron gas w/ their specia"

Arthur R., FL (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Failed and was replaced"

Stuart M., TX (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced catalytic converter"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced with muffler"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The one on the header assembly went out two weeks after I bought this used car at a new car dealer"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A code was being displayed and we found it to be the catalytic converter so we replaced it"

Heather L., ON (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on repeatedly. Sensors were replaced with no positive effect. A technical bulletin was out on out car's converter. We replaced it . The converter cost only about $500 as Toyota had knocked down the price because of recognized"

William G., OR (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacement is cost prohibitive"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Car is burning Oil so the Cat got clogged and must be replaced. The cat is the result of a larger problem with the oil burn, but I do not know how to describe it in any greater detail with the option CR presented"

Jonathan S., VA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check enginel light comes on, computer indicates is the catalytic converter. There is no repair to be done, the part must be replaced, which is very costly"

Sergio A., NJ (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine came on. Had to replace the catalytic converter"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I was hearing a noise. It was at the point where the catalytic converter meets with the exhaust pipe"

Virginia V., NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I took the Camry in for a noisy exhaust system. Unfortunately, on this model the Catalytic converter is not a separate unit. It is connected to a portion of the exhaust system. Therefore, in order to fix the exhaust system, I was forced to buy a new Catalytic converter. There was nothing wrong with the Catalytic converter itself"

Mary D., NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light is on after about 275000 and local garage said it was because we need a new catalytic converter"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Changed once and is now okay"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It needed to be changed out with approximately two hundred and forty thousand miles on it. Really can't complain due to extensive mileage"

Steven B., CA (2003 Toyota Camry SE 3.0-L V6)

"After 212000 miles, the check engine light came on a second time and indicated the catalytic converter was at fault."

Ralph C., NC (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"System self-identified the need for replacement. Decreased fuel economy and increased emissions (presumed). Single-most expensive repair."

Orlando A., FL (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"check engine light came on. there was no problem driving the car. mechanic provided a temporary fix."

Kris M., FL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"needs replacing"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust leaks

"Part of service event I described in previous panel"

June M., PA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Too much exhaust on ignition"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rusted flanges"

Anthony S., ON (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I have a valve leak that is burning just a little oil"

Anonymous, SD (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced rotted out flex pipe rear of engine"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Exhaust flex pipe developed a hole and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"There was a hole in the exhaust and it was leaking into the car"

Lee Z., NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Car was making a ton of noise, not quite rattling or squeaking, but more like a whining. Told that it's a non-safety issue of Exhaust leak. Not fixing it"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"exhaust was leaking into the cabin,. got it fixed"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Connection let go had it welded. Took 25 minutes."

Walter M., MA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"We experienced loud exhaust. It turns out the exhaust system was rotted out and leaking. The O2 sensor was seized up in the pipe and could not be removed. Everything from the manifold back had to be replaced."

David W., NY (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"engine noise"

Simcha K., NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"flex pipe replaced to pass state inspection n safety"

Lawrence F., PA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Exhaust manifold

"Exhaust manifold is buzzing. Internal mus-manufacture that Toyota will not take responsibility for"

Anonymous, OR (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Leaked"

James E., WI (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It just rusted away and had to be completely replaced."

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced entire exhaust system and oxygen sensor."

Frederick B., CT (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Still has blue smoke after manifold gasket was replaced."

Alfred L., CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Internal failure was causing loud vibration noise."

Anonymous, OR (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"The shield hanger had completely rusted 2 of 4 hangers. The best we could do is use coat hanger wire on the two hangers that had rusted off to get the shield as close to the original position as possible"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Entire muffler was replaced due to rust"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"original muffler replaced a few years ago as a result of backing in to a ditch and ruining it. Replacement muffler (after market) about 3 years old literally blew apart. Replaced under warranty had to pay for ancillary parts"

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced complete exhaust system - 1st time since new"

Garry W., ON (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Original muffler, resonater and pipes from catalytic converter failed at 153,000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The muffler was loose and noisy"

Lee Z., NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"We had to replace the whole exhaust system last year as it was totally rusted out"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had tuneup after 7 years in 2018, Also replaced entire exhaust system and engine gasket, bushings and steering suspension parts. The past two years replaced one strut, engine gasket and oil pan gasket. After 15 years in New England winters I can't complain. It drives like new. Looks new due to annual detailing. No engine or transmission problems. No other unscheduled maintenance."

Frederick B., CT (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The original (OEM) muffler had to be replaced due to an accident. After barely 3 years of normal use, the new muffler went kaput. After serious research, I bought the top of the line, stainless steel Walker brand muffler. The reason I chose this particular muffler was because, according to Walker, would last about 10 years, due to the high quality components and construction. It wasn't until after removing the old one, that we discovered it was exactly the VERY SAME Walker brand a model as the one I had bought as replacement! This only means that I will have to do it all over again in about 3 years, not 10, as stated by Walker..."

Javier P., (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

"my airbag driver's light has been on when i turn the car on for 7 years. My VIN HAS NEver come up on any Recall Searches!! So unnerving!"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Airbag warning comes on from time to time and then resets. Normally days and or weeks at a time."

Melvin R., WI (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Pipes

"Part of manifold and piping rusted thru. Replaced these parts. Cost about $1000"

June M., PA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"hole, pipe section replaced"

Stan S., MD (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Same as muffler. Pipes failed at 153,000 miles"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced flex pipe"

Tim L., IA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"hole in exhaust pipe"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Not sure, but it became noisy. A replacement would have been extremely expensive."

Anonymous, OH (2003 Toyota Camry 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"dealer replacement was expensive"

Simcha K., NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"When slowing down suddenly from a high speed, the brakes don't "catch" immediately; there's a delay of several seconds during which time I have to press hard on the brake pedal for it to grab. This happens most often when it's raining"

Judith B., NJ (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"ABS light on all the time due to ABS speed sensor dailure"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Calipers

"sticking pistons on calipers"

S R., QC (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Frozen rear calipers. Replaced"

Peter A., MA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Seized calipers"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Because of age there was rusting"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Camry XLE)

"Two calipers seized on different occasions. Replaced at local garage at reasonable cost"

Anonymous, NL (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"One was frozen and the other was almost completely frozen. They did not require replacement as they were able to be loosened"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Caliper guide pin lubricant dried; brake pad replacement resulted in tight/overheating brakes and squealing. Complete removal are lubrication required on all four brakes."

Orlando A., FL (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Master cylinder

"needed to rebuild master cylinder"

James B., VA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"rotors always warp after putting new ones on"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes froze up due to low USge"

Duane L., NH (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"We've had our breaks looked at several times since we purchased the car but to no avail Toyota has not been able to find any problems"

Barry D., NY (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Had new brakes installed on rear wheels due to normal wear"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Back braking plate rusted and rotted. Needed replacement"

Anonymous, RI (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes were worn way down due to normal wear and tear"

Jim B., ND (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"New brake pads installed"

Hugh C., NJ (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Not really a problem. This was the 2nd set of brakes on the car. However, I had 106,000 miles on the car when I needed brakes"

Stanley L., NJ (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"The breaks have seldom been an issue. The routine service was precipitated because of slight vibration"

Alistair B., CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"No problem just that brakes felt a little soft"

Anonymous, NB (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Brakes wore out, but there was no indication until grinding started and had to then get new rotors as well"

Anonymous, OK (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Needed new brakes.....cost of 700.00 including labor"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes were replaced, pads and rotors. Rear alignment also"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Just normal routine brake service"

Kathleen H., FL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"normal pad wear on front brakes"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rear brakes pads and rotors"

S P., MA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"No problems....just normal wear on brakes."

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"normal break wear"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Routine maintenance on brakes"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake wear was discovered in the course of routine servicing. I replaced both the front and back brakes on a non-urgent basis."

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rear brakes severely worn. Brakes did not wear out too early. Got it repaired. No problem. I expect things like that."

Robert M., VA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"Parking brake was not engaging"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

"brake wear"

S R., QC (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"failure to turn front roters when pads were installed"

A L., UT (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replacement of brakes has been more frequent than on any other vehicle I have owned. The dealer recommends the brakes be serviced every 2nd oil change. Costly to service, costly to replace"

Anonymous, NB (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Seem to wear out too quickly"

Kirby H., BC (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Brake pedal has had to be depressed very far down to engage braking action. Replacement of brake pads seems not to last long."

Anonymous, (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"Regular brake wear"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The brakes got really spongy, requiring a bleeding / flushing of the brake fluid. There was minimal / normal wear on the break pads"

Andre F., IL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had to replace rotors and brake pads"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

"Warp rotors"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I find it hard to believe that you have to get new rotors every time you get front disc pads"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rotors needed replacing sooner than expected"

Robert K., ID (2003 Toyota Camry SE 3.0-L V6)

"Breaks have not been serviced since purchased new"

Lawrence L., CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Normal brake maintenance"

Anonymous, BC (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Had the rotors replaced, yet still had a pulsation problem. Not bad enough to take it back to the mechanic"

Anonymous, ME (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"normal wear of rotors and front break pads"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to get the rotors replaced this year, 2019. The brakes work fine again. No other problems."

Steve N., CO (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

"annoying"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"It squeaked at low speeds when coming to a stop after new breaks installed. Garage said it was because the installer didn't turn the drums"

Anonymous, UT (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Squeaked at low speed when stopping"

Anonymous, UT (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"squeaking and toyota says nothing is wrong but it squeaks"

Kevin G., CA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Brakes have been checked, they appear fine to the mechanic. Brake dust is what causes the squeaking"

Anonymous, NE (2003 Toyota Camry LE)

"Squeaking observed when backing car. problem was fixed but returned within 8-10 months due to rust on brakes"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Check engine issue. $300 repair bill"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Entire catalytic converter system replaced"

Glenn T., NC (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light indicated catalytic converter failed"

Joel J., NJ (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittent problem, probably with the catalytic converter"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Needed a new charcoal canister"

Kenneth S., NC (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replace Mass Air Flow Meter"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Catalytic converter and both oxygen sensors"

Hitesh P., GA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"fuel vapor filter corroded, possibily due to disuse"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"EVAP charcoal canister needed replacing. The factory version was made of metal and rusted through because of Wisconsin winter salting of roads. $600.00 to replace"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Had to have the catalitic convertor replaced within 22,000 miles of installation"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"After having the car plugged into a reader, it said it could be a gascap. We replaced it, same problem. Then was told 02 oxygen sensor. That didn't work. Now we're told it's a separate line that runs off the gas line to a fuel evaporator and very very expensive"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Carbon canister failed causing check engine light. I am relocating to an inspection state and now must spend $880 to replace the canister. Mechanic believes that overfilling/topping off the gas tank caused fuel to get in canister; perhaps there is a method Toyota could prevent overfilling that causes this"

Anonymous, OK (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Both catalytic converters failed. The California BAR does not allow after market parts so the repair is $4000 to use Toyota parts. My car failed the smog test and is currently on waiver."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light came on. Had to have the EGR (I think that's the name) replaced."

Nancy A., WI (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Car has two Catalytic converters, Header and exhaust. One or both , and possibly sensors are giving me check engine, and sensor problems, will probably be replacing soon"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"The fuel; cap fell apart requiring replacement with a new one"

Anonymous, RI (2003 Toyota Camry SE 3.0-L V6)

"Cap would not tighten"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"My engine light came on, and they had to replace part of my fuel system. They said there was a leak"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"not fuel cap per code and not converter??????????"

Donald W., OK (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Have had three engine lights indicating something wrong in fuel system. Have replaced gas cap, light went off for a few weeks, then came back on"

Peter H., FL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The check engine light came on. It took several times to figure out what was causing it. New gas cap installed, check engine light then went off"

Joanne D., FL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"CHECK ENGINE LIGHT CAME ON....THEY PUT IN A NEW CHARCOL CILINDER....LIGHT CAME ON AGAIN.....THEY GAME ME A NEW GAS CAP NOT SURE IF I EVER NEEDED THE CHARCOL CANISTER COST 600 DOLLARS"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The fuel filler neck and cap needed to be replaced because it was emitting gas fumes. I made the mistake of having the work done at the dealership"

Mary D., NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Fuel pump

"Fuel pump was failing after 16 years, caused rough start and required keeping car revved up. Replaced fuel pump. Also radiator failed, but the questionaire did not cover the engine cooling system."

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"About one a year goes out the last three years. Before that no problems with them. I haven't replaced them with genuine Toyota parts"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced the frontmost O2 sensor"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Constant check engine light"

Hitesh P., GA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Took to two different places. Had it replaced twice"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The dealership replaced both 02 sensors because they normally do this when replacing catalytic converters"

Allen L., DE (2003 Toyota Camry LE)

"The service engine light came on. I had it checked and it was the sensor. I have not replaced the sensor due to cost and was told it would not affect my mileage much if any"

Anonymous, OK (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"check engine light; sensor on exhaust manifold faulty"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced oxygen sensor because check engine light was on"

Anonymous, NH (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The engine light came on and Toyota said it was the rear oxygen sensor that was bad. Cost about $350 to repair"

Anonymous, IA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"had to replace both O2 sensors"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced 02 twice...check engine light recently came on, suspect it will indicate 02 sensors again"

Eric J., CO (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light. No other indication of a problem"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensor wore out causing the check engine light to appear. After diagnosing the problem, the part cost me approximately $80 and was difficult to replace at home"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"tHE "CHECK ENGINE " WARNING LIGHT CAME ON, but the dealer did not find anything wrong with the engine. They spent about 6 hours checking & they did not charge anything for their services"

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Both sensors needed replacing"

Hitesh P., GA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Had problems with catalytic convertor and each time the O2 sensors had to be replaced because the mechanic could not tell how reliable they were at the time"

Anonymous, KY (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"IT JUST KEPT COMING ON EVEN AFTER CARE REPAIRED"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Sensors did not work properly. We're changed once and now come on intermittently"

Anonymous, MD (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Check engine light stays on. Garage makes adjustments and for a 3 to 4 week period afterward, the light stays off. Eventually the light comes back on"

Michael B., PA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"O2 sensor failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine light on dash was on and I replaced fuel cap which previously corrected this problem but then when it happened again was told O2 sensor needed replaced"

Anonymous, WV (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"My car failed the smog test and required two new O2 sensors."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Oxygen sensor had to be replaced at a cost of about 285."

John A., MI (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A Check Engine light stayed lit until I had the car checked and repaired."

Anonymous, NC (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I had to install two oxygen sensors in font--upper and lower."

Thomas M., NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"did not want to try to replace the o2 sensor myself as it might break while replacing it. too expensive to take to dealer to fix. car still runs and gets me where I want to go although it uses more gas."

Anonymous, PA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"replaced, cost $300"

Anonymous, SC (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Started replacing the ignition coil packs, if that does not resolve problem, I will move to the O2 or oxygen sensors, then the actual catalytic converter replacements"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"side moldings keep coming off; poor design"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The side trim has come loose and there are rust spots underneath."

Joseph R., NH (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"MINOR PLASTIC/RUBBER TRIM AT THE WINDOWS"

Paul L., FL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The mouldungs around the seat posts, coat hooks came loose years ago and could not be refitting. The moulding in the front passenger side does not hold in the carpet. The headliner came loose in the rear"

Lisa C., CA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The paint on the rear view mirrors is chipping off. Additionally, the clear covers on the headlights have to be polished every few months as they become dull and it reduces the effectiveness of the lights"

Anonymous, UT (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Florida sun did major damage to the red colored Camry, while my Buick Century, exposed for the same time, held up well. The Buick was beige colored and was traded in for the new Subaru Outback"

Alfred P., FL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Top front portion is starting to peel"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"The surface finish remains intact, but the base paint (Desert Sand Mica) is fading underneath, leaving a mottled look. This is happening in only one spot, approximately 3 " square"

Ronan L., TX (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Fading and peeling all over"

Jo M., FL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint cracking and had to repaint"

Cal S., SC (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"PAINT FADING"

Lucius G., LA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint bubbled on roof first, Fall River dealer and Toyota accused me of doing something like I was a criminal. They finally fixed it. Later bubbles on the trunk, etc. a little bit. I understand that some cars being transported from the factory ge"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Oxidizing on roof and paint peeling on top of fender"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"paint on bumpers are easily damaged and have many black spots mostly do to normal parking bumps"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Original paint is fading due to age exposure to weathering 24/7"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rust and paint chalking"

Diane R., IL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"clear coat peeling. hood only"

Grace M., NJ (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat blistering off; paint fading"

Anonymous, TN (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint is peeling off roof"

Leon G., CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint loosing clear coat on roof"

Anonymous, ID (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Painting started chipping in 2005 Bad paint job I had an Isuzu trooper that had better paint after 12 years than this car did after 3 years"

Cathy O., CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint peeling & cracking to point of necessary replacement within 10 years"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"PAINT IS PEELING ON THE ROOF AND WILL SOON START TO PEEL ON THE TRUNK"

Michael D., CA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Paint only on hood of vehicle has faded"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Total clear coat paint adhesion failure peeling off in sheets"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"The paint on the hood had bubbled and was behind g to chip off. I had to repaint it"

Lisa C., CA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"clear coat degradation on hood of the car. Had hood painted"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Clear coat peeling off"

Philip D., CT (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The clear coat is peeling on the trunk and roof"

Anonymous, SC (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"peeling paint from rear bumper"

Danny Q., TX (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Given the fact that the Camry is 14 years old and was not garaged until recently, I guess I really shouldn't complain but the clear coat blistered and peeled on the roof at the junction of the rear window"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"The clear coat has disintegrated on my hood, roof, and trunk, and the paint is starting to rust. The paint job is ruined. My opinion: whomever came up with the clearcoat process instead of the old style paint jobs should be taken out to a field, and executed in front of their families. SCREW the environment - I'm seeing paint go to hell because of cheap clearcoat & water-based on cars costing $40 - $60k and UP. This is FRAUD! In the meantime, the paint on my vintage 1971 Chevy Monte Carlo is"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The paint on the hood began to peel about 4 months ago. The car runs well, just cosmetic issues"

Jamie C., NC (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"The paint on the hood has been peeling off. Seems to be an issue with Toyota. This occurred with my father's 1987 Camry as well."

Jamie C., NC (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Complete failure of clear cut and subsequent failure of paint to adhere to car on all upper surfaces -- Simply cracked, rolled up and blew away. At least the primer is holding up."

Richard T., CA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Paint is chipping in random spots."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Paint on the roof and trunk is peeling and scaling."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"REPAINTED TWICE"

Paul L., FL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Peeling paint on the roof & trunk"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Regarding the Paint: My poor car has to sit out, so the clear coat on the paint is peeling. It looks awful. Considering either painting it or exchanging for newer model with modern features. I used to wax it every 6-12 months, so it had a little bit of protection."

L H., CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The quality and integrity of the paint on the body of the vehicle as been less than expected for Toyota. I have brought it to a couple body shops that have been told that some of the older Camrys had a lot of problems with their body paint integrity. My hood looks like it was attacked by an insane mountain lion with razor sharp claws! It has split and then faded that much. And the paint if fading around the windows."

John M., TN (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

"Slight rust in rocker panels. But rust on the pillar by drivers door is significant. I do remember a scratch there many years ago"

Anonymous, WI (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"rust on hood of car"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"Exterior front edge of rear passenger door is rusting though in an area of 2"x4" at the bottom edge of the window and cannot be repaired and would require replacing with a new door"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"2 inch round spot rusted thru on back passenger door. This door was replaced about 6 years ago and was suppose to be a new door. Actually, the whole car is pitted with small rust spots"

Anonymous, MB (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust stains around and under door handles"

Anonymous, IL (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Rust problem has accelerated in the last 12 months"

Anonymous, ON (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Tensioner is noisy and bearing will require replacement"

Duane C., SC (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It was worn and needed replacement. I also had a switch replaced in the air conditioning system"

Anonymous, MO (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"i had a cracked dog bone mount"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"serpentine belt had to be replaced as well as the belt tensioner"

William C., FL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Difficult to fill up gas tank

"Second time this has occurred. $700 to replace charcoal filter in the gas tank. Never had this type of problem on any other vehicle I owned, Twice on this one"

P C., AR (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Engine computer

"Replaced the engine sensor three times before a dealer replaced it the last time"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Toyota Camry SE 3.0-L V6)

"Some relay had to be replaced about once a year to get the car to start"

Harold F., FL (2003 Toyota Camry)
Engine knock or ping

"Engine makes a tapping sound at idle. Mechanic diagnosed it as coming from the intake manifold. A google search turned up a Service Bulletin about this problem with '03 Camrys. Needs to have Intake manifold replaced. Car is out of warranty and we"

Timothy E., NJ (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Engine mounts

"Upper right engine mount rubber was cracking. I replaced it for about $50. Dealer cost was $125"

J G., UT (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine mount loosened"

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"busted mounts"

Anonymous, NM (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"one mount broke, was replaced"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"1 of 3 mounts required replacement. 1 mount is over $300. Labour is extra"

Neil B., ON (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced one mount. Will wait on others"

Donald T., OH (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"They need to be replaced because they cause increasing rattling of the engine"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine mount was discovered to be loose by a mechanic we trust and have taken our vehicles to for over 25 years. The dealership missed it completely, apparently, as it had just been in for routine oil and filter change the day before"

Clyde P., WA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Engine mounts needed replacing"

Richard D., PA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Heard noise, took it to my usual mechanic, problem solved."

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Toyota Camry)

"I started to notice that the car would jerk when it shifted with the automatic transmission and thought that it might be developing transmission issues. Eventually, I replaced a top engine mount called a torque strut and it helped, but I need to replace the other 3 engine mounts as apparently the rubber in the mounts gets hard as it ages and starts to crack or fails to absorb shifts in the engine or transmission. The Toyota mounts are very expensive (one front mount cost 220 dollars alone and that doesn't include labor and the blogs/owner websites on the aftermarket mounts indicate that they are poorly made and can break down within a year. The good news is that the transmission is fine, but the bad news is that replacing the engine/transmission mounts with Toyota parts and labor is around $2000 dollar job."

Anonymous, FL (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Had oil pan gasket replaced twice in a two-year period by Toyota. Third time took it to a local repair business for second opinion...was a year ago. All is okay considering year and # of miles on vehicle"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Started to leak from head from head gasket & oil pan"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"In a number of places costing over $2,000 to fix"

Anonymous, NM (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Gasket is replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Engines been leaking for two years now. The dealer doesn't want to work hard enough to fix it or even determine the cause of the leak"

Anonymous, CO (2003 Toyota Camry SE 3.0-L V6)

"Valve cover gaskets leaked. Expected for a high mileage car. Not expected was the cost of over $600, most of it labor to get to the back valve cover. Need a better design or engine orientation for better maintenance access"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"MAJOR OIL LEAK REQUIRING TIMING BELT AND GASKETS. TIME BELT HAD BEEN REPLACED LESS THAN 9 MONTHS PRIIOR TO LEAK AND AN OIL CHANGE IN BETWEEN. ? WHY LEAK WAS NOT NOTED BY DEALER EARLIER....ALL CHANGES DONE BY DEALER DURING CARS LIFE TIME"

Anonymous, CT (2003 Toyota Camry LE 3.0-L V6)

"It seems to be a common problem with engines where the bolts behind the engine get damaged and loose, causing the oil leak. Repair is very costly"

Sergio A., NJ (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Immediately after replacement of timing belt, suffering oil leak likely from oil pump seal. Questionable dealer svc quality -- should have at least inspected if not replaced since front was disassembled"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Valve gasket leak."

Edward B., CA (2003 Toyota Camry SE 3.0-L V6)

"Small oil pan leak .Doesn't affect oil level on dip stick."

Robert D., PA (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Valve cover gaskets were replaced."

Stuart M., TX (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 3.0-L V6)

"Oil pan gasket needed to be replaced"

Gary E., TX (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Minor oil leak requires adding a quart of oil every 3000 miles - not really significant except it leaves a mess when parked and an estimated $1600 to replace head gasket"

Gerald D., MN (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Mechanics replaced the engine oil pan gasket and several other gasket. The problem is fixed and the cost of repair was very reasonable."

Omeed A., MD (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Lose about 1 quart per 1000 miles"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Toyota Camry LE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Oil gaskets needed replacing. No more leaks."

Brian W., FL (2003 Toyota Camry SE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"The car is a 2003 with about 105,000 miles on it. This was the first leak experienced."

Anonymous, RI (2003 Toyota Camry XLE 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"This engine needs to have oil added at regular intervals - we never go anywhere without a quart or two extra in the trunk due to oil loss, and not necessarily from leaks but from burning off."