2003 Toyota Camry XLE from North America - Comments

16th Feb 2004, 19:15

At least they fixed it. I would think Toyota would try not to spoil the Camry reputation.

21st Mar 2004, 18:50

We purchased a brand new 2003 Camry LE in August 2003 for our daughter. The car has the same problem of pulling to the left, especially extreme left pull when reaching speed of 55 mph & higher--We have taken it to the dealership in November and again this past week March 18 & 19 (she attends college 5 hours away, thus had to bring it in when she was home on holiday breaks) and it still has not been fixed. The car only has 7,000 miles on it. Thanks for posting the information--will contact the dealership & see what they say to this--

23rd Mar 2004, 22:36

This is a follow-up on my March 21st comment. Contacted Toyota dealership to suggest a problem with the upper spring insulator and was told the technician had rotated them (not sure what this means). They told me they have addressed the problem all they could, but the technician would contact Toyota and try to find additional information for a solution to the drifting left steering problem. Have been trying to gather additional information and options elsewhere.

5th Jul 2004, 21:05

Before you guys send these Camry's that pull to one side to the shredder, try switching your wheels around. If that fails, try new wheels and tires.

27th Jul 2004, 11:49

"Non-existent warranty support has made the purchase of this Toyota Camry a nightmare experience."

You said it. This is my pet peeve with Toyota. It has been my experience when I have a problem, be it minor or major, I am on my own. No amount of nice talk, repeat business, etc. has changed that attitude.

30th Sep 2004, 21:56

Mine pulled to the left too. Had the same results with arbitration. (what a joke) They refused to fix it. For safety concerns I finally had to trade it off. Last Toyota I'll ever own!

1st Oct 2004, 14:17

My 1999 Toyota Camry check engine light goes on. Had it checked out and the mechanic advised us to drive for a while after we replaced the gas cap and see it that helped. He turned off the check engine light.. After a few weeks my husband drove my car and as he entered onto the freeway he accelerated and the engine light went on again. We took it back and they turned the light off again, but today it is back on again!!!Help.

5th Oct 2004, 08:27

My 2000 Camry V6 is now demonstrating the same symptoms IE: pulling to the left at speed and also being directionally unpredictable.

It is out of warranty and I am not interested in a tangle with Toyota over it.

Two wheel aligners have looked at it and cannot find any reason for it. The tires have been replace and rotated also with no improvement.

As previously said it is very annoying to drive and having to be constantly ready for any unpredictable diversion it decides to make.

This is my 2nd Camry and last I'm sorry to say.

11th Apr 2005, 10:46

FYI -- the pulling to the left issue has been well documented on Camry from 2003-2003 and Toyota has issued a Technical Service Bulletin on the issue. If your Gen 5 Camry is pulling to the left then take it to the dealer and tell them to apply the Technical Service Bulletin fix.

4th Nov 2005, 12:48

I purchased a new Camry, 4 cyl 3 months ago. This is the worst handling car I have ever driven during windy conditions (difficulty keeping it in my lane at highway speed). I now have approximately 4500 miles on it & am very disappointed in myself that I didn't stick with my first choice, Altima. I took it back to the dealer for re alignment & was told it was within specs and there was no caster adjustment on the Camry. First time & last time Toyota owner..

25th May 2006, 11:58

I purchased my 2003Camry XLE V6 in August 2003. It was not long before I noticed that the car has an annoying problem that Toyota dealers and Toyota customer service claim is NORMAL, and nothing can be done to fix it.

In some instances, there is a lag between the time you push on the accelerator pedal and when the engine responds. It does not occur when accelerating from a stop, however when you are traveling at speed (25mph, 45 mph, 55mph, etc.) and say you want to pull out and pass another car, you press the accelerator and the engine does not start revving for one to two seconds. Add to this the times when the car has to decide which gear it want to be in and you really have a wait. The other problem is when you are slowing to a stop and want to accelerate, there is usually not a smooth transition and the car lurches forward. I’ve been told that both problems are due to the “throttle-by-wire” system and it is normal. I find it infuriating, and I’ve finally had enough…. The car is for sale unless someone out there can help me.

Has anyone else had this problem?

1st Jun 2006, 14:02

I have a leased '05 Camry and after just 1200 miles, the check engine light has gone on, but doesn't flash. I have been driving round for the past week and the car is fine. When will the light go off and I can have a perfect car again?

20th Jun 2006, 16:57

I have a 04Camry and I thought it might be useful to share my experience with the left-pulling problem. After I purchased it brand new in 2004 I immediately noticed the obvious pulling on highway. Also the problem seemed worse on concrete highway than on black top.

I went to the dealership about 4 times and they made various adjustment such as alignment, rotation, etc. But it did not help. Then I found a service bulletin on this problem and went to see the dealership again. But they did not want to do it citing that all were within specs. I called the regional service manager, but he essentially was saying "Go sue me I don't care".

Well, somehow the car gradually drove better. After the first 5000 miles the front tires had uneven wear. Again I went to the dealership and was told that the car just needed a rotation. I took the car to another garage, and they said the same thing. Strange enough, after the rotation the car stopped to unevenly wear the front tires.

I have been a happy owner of the Camry for the last 1.5 years.

I guess what I want to say is that be patient, maybe it just needs some time to break-in.

12th Sep 2006, 15:28

I wrote a letter to customer service & like to see what a corporation like Toyota will respond. My 3rd Camry, 05 XLE V6 drift to left & after replacing springs, still no fix. Incl. independent align shop, already placing too much neg. camber on the left side...

My last Toyota. Watch for the drop in toyota stock... :)

26th Jul 2007, 15:45

Hi I currently own a 2003 Camry LE with 89,900 miles and I have never experienced any kind of pulling to the left. I have only had one alignment and that was because Goodyear forced me to get one when I got new tires. I have never experienced any problems with my car for that matter other than needing my tires balances after getting new ones. Maybe you all should consider changing your rims or putting better tires on your car. I have Goodyear Assurance Comfort Trend tires on my car, and yet they are expensive, they are much better than the Goodyear Integrity tires that came on my Camry. My Camry still rides like it did when I first got it new. I love my car and I will be purchasing another one in 2008 hopefully.