Toyota Camry 2003 (Big Daddy) review: Price in Nigeria & Used car buying guide

Aug 24, 2019

Posted by: Henry Egan

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Overview of Toyota Camry 2003 (Big Daddy)

The Toyota Camry rates top in the auto industry, probably owing to its name ‘Camry’, which when translated means ‘crown’ in the Japanese language. That justifies why the Camry thrives in the market, outselling big car brands like the Ford Taurus, Honda Accord, among many others.

For Toyota Camry 2003, what is presented before us is a solid car that outperforms everyone, while on the road. It dashes quite smoothly, even over upbeat cities. That’s just speaking of one aspect. Talk of the interior! It’s ergonomic in its dealing. The seats are all cushy, and there are big buttons and controls that are convenient to use and to adjust to. Excellence is simply a priority for this car and it definitely didn’t come to play.

The exterior is welcoming with an extended wheelbase, increasing back seat legroom as a result. What else do we get to see? A tall, well-rounded car keeps up with its contemporary fashion and innovation. Toyota has always proven to be upscale, durable and reliable. Let’s see why they have trended thus far, in this Toyota Camry 2003 review.


2003 Toyota Camry is frequently hunted on Nigerian used car market

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Highlighted features of Toyota Camry 2003 (Big Daddy)

  • Toyota Camry 2003 engine performance & driving experience

The Toyota Camry 2003 is produced in three trim levels: the LE, the XLE and the SE models; all come in the sedan body style. Each one is available with two choice engines: the four-cylinder and the V6. The four-cylinder engine is rated at a 2.4 liter, 16-valve twin-overhead-cam unit, at a 157 horsepower at 5600 rpm. The 3.0 liter V6 engine, on the other hand generates a maximum of 192 horsepower at 5,800 rpm. Both come along with an automatic transmission.

The LE model accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 9.5 seconds, which is a handsome number considering what its competition offer. Toyota vehicles always deliver considerably good fuel economy and that is the case with the 2003 Camry. The LE trim offers fuel economy rating of 23 mpg city and 33 mpg for highway travel using its 5 speed manual transmission. The 3.0 liter V6 XLE model delivers a slightly lower fuel economy rating, settling at 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway travel.

The Toyota’s driving impression is one that is really cool. Its engine is quiet, not releasing any unpleasant noise. Another very cool stuff about this 2003 Toyota Camry is its ability to predict when it is approaching a hilly road. That way, it’s able to pre-empt any problems by shifting gears.


This Big Daddy with its 3.0 liter V6 engine can generate a maximum of 192 horsepower

Thanks to its precise and well-tuned suspension system, you can trust that your ride will be just pleasant. The steering is well designed, making it not soft hard or neither too easy to turn. The keep word here is “Balance”. Its braking system is superb, taking care of emergency situations where the vehicle must be stable on seemingly difficult roads.

  • Toyota Camry 2003 Interior design

The 2003 Toyota Camry is comfy on the inside, with controls that are user-friendly. Radio and climate control buttons are situated right at the centre of the dash. Not far from that are three large knobs, also located at the centre.

Each of these dials control heating, air conditioning and ventilation functions which come standard on the SE and LE models. The XLE, on the other hand, gets its automatic climate control, unique to it. The stereo has massive buttons and control knobs that scan for radio stations among other related things. The fuel and temperature gauges are positioned in between two big instruments (for tachometer and speedometer). The light and wiper controls are right on the steering. The dashboard itself is plain and camouflages beautifully into the door frames. The front bucket seats are divided by a centre console. Next are the parking brakes, taking residence, also at the centre.


2003 Camry comes with heating, air conditioning and ventilation features


The Camry 2003 looks truly comfy inside

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  • Toyota Camry 2003 Exterior styling

The Toyota Camry for 2003 was definitely revised and it’s not hard to tell that it’s a Toyota model, since it carries the outlook. What’s been changed however, are the taillights, the front bumper, the grille, the rear deck and the wheels. The front fascia has a better looking appearance. That’s thanks to the stylish manner in which it cuts through to the grille. The pronounced wheel arches are also a delight to notice. It also comes with heated side mirrors, fog lights, Halogen headlamps and tilted glass sunroof.


The 2003 Camry comes with a maximum cargo space of 16.7 cubic feet


2003 Camry comes with Halogen headlamps and tilted glass sunroof

  • Toyota Camry 2003 Safety and Technology

The Camry inhabits a Vehicle Skid Control system that knows just how to urgently direct the throttle and braking in a time of emergency. Power locks, remote keyless entry, first-rate springs, anti-roll bars, shocks, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, side impact and curtain airbags, electronic brake distribution etc. are all in place. That informs how safe the vehicle actually is.

Other high-tech options it hosts within it are power mirrors, power windows, automatic air conditioning, visor vanity mirrors, a premium leather-laced steering wheel, larger, attractive wheels; power driver seats, cushy passenger 60/40 split seats, an alarm system, a back window-sunshade, cargo net, six-disc CD changer, a JBL audio system, power pedals, and tons of mind-blowing lots. 

Now that you know, you can be sure of a safe, remarkable buy. The Toyota Camry 2003 model is super fascinating with a lot of dramatic features to support that, so you can be sure it’s not a boring car. The Camry will continue to be loved, by all and sundry. That’s why you’d love it too.

Used car prices of Toyota Camry 2003 (Big Daddy) in Nigeria

When it's first released, the base four-cylinder LE trim is priced at $19,045 (~₦6.9 million) for a five-speed manual transmission, while the LE V6 model with either the four-speed automatic or 5 speed automatic transmission is up a few bucks to $22,260 (~₦8 million).

The SE trim on the other hand, commands a sporty look; and goes for $19,875 (~₦7.2 million) with its standard 5 speed manual transmission and $23,265 (~₦8.4 million) for the SE V6 trim with 4 or 5 speed automatic transmission.

The last and ultimate version of them all is the XLE that comes with 4 speed automatic transmission as standard starts at a $25,405 (~₦9.2 million) and same price for the 5 speed automatic transmission.

Below are the used prices of Toyota Camry 2003 in Nigeria together with the cost of clearing Tokunbo Toyota Camry 2003 at Nigeria Customs Services. The information is for reference only; actual numbers may vary a bit due to currency exchange rate, car condition and other related factors.

Toyota Camry 2003 prices in Nigeria
Model Price in Nigeria
Tokumbo/Foreign used Toyota Camry 2003 ₦900,000 to ₦1,600,000
Nigerian Used Toyota Camry 2003 ₦750,000 to ₦1,400,000
Cost of Clearing Toyota Camry 2003 in Nigeria ₦500,000 to ₦800,000

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How to buy the best used Toyota Camry 2003 (Big Daddy) in Nigeria?

To buy any used car in Nigeria, not just a Toyota Camry 2003 Big Daddy, you all need tactful tricks and a clear strategy before going to the car dealership. Below are just some of many tips for you to pick your best used Toyota Camry 2003 car in Nigeria.

First off, always research around the car you want carefully, both online and offline. If you see it on an online market place, you should read its specifications, price ranges, locations, mileages and even maintenance notices if have. This will help you a lot when talking to the car seller.

Second, during your conversations with the car seller, take notes of important information to compare whether it matches with the advert or not. This step is of utmost importance when buying cars online, which can help you to avoid car scammers. Never make a payment in advance even for the delivery of the car when you haven't seen the car directly yet.

When meeting the seller to check your car, see our full list of used car inspection here for reference.

Finally, to negotiate a reasonable used car price, please read this guide twice: 7 effective ways to negotiate the price of a used car


Don't be lulled by the sugar-coated words of salesmen or car sellers!

You can also refer to our post on Tips for buying used Toyota Camry for more information.

What's more, if you don't want a Camry but something similar, please check Best alternatives for the Toyota Camry in Nigeria. You may find your favorite car model there.

Maintenance tips for Toyota Camry 2003 (Big Daddy)

Just like human beings, each car model requires a specific maintenance routine for its particular problems, so does this Toyota Camry 2003.

According to customers' reports, these are the most common repairs and services of Camry 2003, which you should pay close attention to:

  • Replace Air Filter
  • Replace Cabin Air Filter
  • Replace Spark Plugs
  • Change Oil and Filter
  • Flush Cooling System
  • Rotate Tires
  • Adjust Valve Clearance


It's also advisable to check these car components regularly and carefully: brakes, hoses, steering & suspension system, all car fluids, exhaust system, drive belt, gas cap, fuel tank, steering gear and axle shaft.

Please find more detailed information on maintaining Toyota Camry models at Tips on how to maintain used Toyota Camry.


That's all we can offer about Toyota Camry 2003 Big Daddy, from its detailed review, Toyota Camry 2003 price in Nigeria and used car buying tips in the country. Hope all the information is useful to you.

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Henry Egan

Henry Egan


Henry Egan a poet, essayist, content writer, blogger and technical writer who is willing to read just that last material to develop the best content possible. Henry feels he is more of a new generation writer with a sassy and swanky style. You can be sure you'll get all the facts in and never get bored with his articles.

He has got a flair for technical reviews on automobile and cars. He studied Mechanical Engineering but his first love remains Literary Art.

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