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2003 Toyota Camry

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2003 Toyota Camry Problems

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The Check Engine Light may illuminate because a component of the oxygen sensor stops working. As a result the engine computer is unable to determine the proper ratio of air to fuel for the engine. Replacing the failed oxygen sensor should correct this concern.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

The power steering pump and power steering hoses tend to develop leaks, particularly in the V6 models.

Engine -- Verified

One or more motor mounts may wear out on cars with high mileage. This will put extra stress on the other mounts, and the faulty mount(s) should be replaced.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

Intermittent failure of a purge control valve in the evaporative emission system can cause the Check Engine Light to illuminate. A failed valve should be replaced to correct this problem.

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

The EGR System tends to get restricted or blocked with carbon after 100,000- 125,000 miles which will cause an emissions test failure for NOX. If the EGR system is equipped with an EGR temperature sensor it will trigger a Check Engine Light for improper EGR flow. The repair is to clean out the EGR passages and the EGR Temperature sensor. Our technicians tell this repair is pretty straight forward and takes about 1-1.5 hours. It is al...

2003 Toyota Camry Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., August 6, 2004

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Toyota is recalling 2002–2004 Camry models with curtain shield air bags (CSA) because one or both curtain air bags may be twisted near the inflator. If this occurs, the air bag may not deploy rapidly enough when activated in a side impact collision, failing to provide intended head protection. Dealers will inspect the CSA and replace the air bag assembly if necessary.

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2003 Toyota Camry Questions and Answers

baram, 2003 Toyota Camry, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Waxhaw, NC

I was told that replacement for my strut was 50,000. I know this is not right but I just want to find out what is the correct answer. Can someone tell me what is the standard mileage from strut c...

mom_1, 2003 Toyota Camry, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Fort Lauderdale, FL

I have owned many Toyotas over the past 15 years. All were set up to have the check engine light come on every 24,000 miles. In each car, you only had to push the triptometer switch with the car in...

MABY, 2003 Toyota Camry, 3.0L V6, New Glarus, WI

I am told that I need both, front and rear and that they caanot just change the pads. It must be chabged with rotors due to some manufacturing technicality that does not allow to do it separately. ...

frbmhs, 2003 Toyota Camry, 3.0L V6, Santa Barbara, CA

How does one remove center console area near AC adapter plug. The AC adapter plug as become disconnected and I need to reconnect wires.

wolfrman, 2003 Toyota Camry, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, Bronx, NY

I can't find the fuse for the lights to the license plates. Can anybody tell me which is the fuse?

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2003 Toyota Camry Reviews

2003 camry v6. I bought it new and never did anything other than regular maintainance exept never adj. valves. Still like new with 228,000 miles. Uses no oil, always ran mobile 1. I did just put struts on for the first time. I love this car

Ok, just want to say I am not bashing Toyota. I have had five of them from the mid eghties. 1990 Celica {loved it},1993 Camry LE {only car I drove for over one hundred thousand miles}, 1987 corrola, and a 1998 corrola {which I still have}. So My problem has been My 2003 Camry XLE 4 cyl. Seems to have become a money pit, replaced all rotors and calibers well before their time, and just replace rear brakes because of frozen caliber and ruined rotors. Last year the air conditioning began to get weak, not blowing as cold as it use to. This year 2012, the air was getting weaker. Tried to refill the freon myself, read directions and followed all temp. requirements and still no colder. Took it to a professional and was told it was over filled, put the levelat the right level. No good just as bad. Took it to another shop called F-irestone, beliving a big name company would do right. Emptied the system recharged system checked for leaks and told it was good to go, paid over $200.00 and same problem. Then I beganto have problems with the A/C light blinking and checked the Magnetic clutch relay and bought an after market replacemant and it saved me $60.00 odd dollors over a factory replacemant. Same problem, relay was OK and still had low cooling. Finally called a shop that has a good reputation in my town and went to them, let them have the problem and just pay for the repairs. Turns out the condenser AND the radiator were both bad. The condenser had broken down to a point where it was literally falling apart, I mean it was just coming apart at the vains and was crumbling under the touch of my fingers, also the bottom of the radiator was also showing something similar as the trans. fittings were so coroded that they were also crumbling. This was after I told the shop to go ahead and replace both. The machanic showed me the removed parts, to say the least I was amazed as having never seen anything like this before. I try to do my own repairs, oil change, battery replacemant and others that i feel are within my abilities. So if the air cond. on your Toyota is giving you any problems check the front of the car and the condenser and radiator. Would also like to mention run the air atleast once or twice a month during cold season {Defroster will do}. Hope this has been of help and just one more thing ALL my cars were bought NEW.

I bought it new and now has around 95000 miles. It runs flawless. I only had to change the thermostat over the years. Now I will have to change left passenger side lock actuator. Other than that no maintenance cost involved other than regular oil, tire and brake pad change. I enjoy driving it everyday. I changed the thermostat costing $10-$20. I will also change the lock actuator that will cost around $130.

I bought the car new. I like how smoothly it rides but I have had a few problems . The door locks won't open when the switch is pushed. They will lock with the switch though. The steering wheel will make a squeaking noise at various times especially in the winter. Spent lots on maintenance (70,000 miles on the car).

I bought this car in 2004 with 12,500 miles on it. Mechanically, the engine and transmission have run flawlessly except for a blown head gasket. Brakes and tires seem to wear out very quickly, and alignment needs to be corrected often. Front end shimies when brakes are about 20K miles old, which I think is rotor warp, but don't know for sure. Oddly, in hot weather, the auto-door lock feature will lock doors, but not unlock them. When in cooler weather, it works fine. Back-lit knobs on dash have gone dark. All in all, the car is pretty good, but will try a Ford next time.

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