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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
103,267 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 062016


  • 200,000 miles


I have noticed a lot and I mean a lot of these Cavaliers have had horrible frame problems I use to work on cars everyday until the last year when I got out of the mechanics field an now I own a 03 Chevy Cavalier its a two door 5 speed 2.2 I was on my way home from the store and I felt something rubbing so I stopped an got out to find out my K frame was horribly rotted an broke now this vehicle is 13 years old but as rotted out as it was it wasn't something that just happened its been bad I was just the lucky owner that the frame gave out on an I demand to know why this isn't a recall another thing is I owned a 98 Ford F150 which had recalls an when I was sent the letter about the recalls I asked Ford why the frames on the F150 or Ranger wasn't a recall they had no answer. I put my child in these auto makers cars and trust their work to keep him safe but they have no answer for why one of the most important part on the whole vehicle is falling apart. I don't know if they need to use stainless steel, aluminum, or what but it needs fixed or the vehicles need reimbursed an crushed. I could of been doing 70 mph down the highway with my woman an son in the car an the frame could of went and killed us all. Is that what its gonna take to get this [xxx] fixed someone else to die/hurt. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Toronto, OH, USA

problem #2

Mar 082014

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 109,801 miles
On or about March 8th, 2014, I noticed that holes had appeared on the drivers and passenger side of the vehicle on the bottom and when I went to further exam the hole, I then realized the underside of the car is completely corroded. The sheet metal on the passengers side is coming off in sheets and the hole has become much larger in size. Also, the vehicle pulls to the left and right pretty strongly. The inside floor of the car feels squishy like the floor is going to fall out. Higher speeds seem to make more sheet metal fall off.

- Glendale, WI, USA

problem #1

May 232003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
I purchased my car with 2 miles on it in May 2003.after 2 weeks of having it there was a knocking noise that started under the front end.the service dept. Said that it was just a new car sound and it would go away.after several months I took it back to the service dept. And he found that there were many bolts to the front end frame were never tightened or put in from the they put in bolts and tightened the rest.hoping that would solve the problem I continued to make a popping type sound and I took it back where this time they heard it but could not find what it this day it sounds as though the front end is going to fall out and the steering has changed.the service dept. Said if they can't find the problem then they can't fix it and to drive it until whatever it is breaks or falls out! I still have the problem and I am terrified to drive it.also the seat belt light does not work properly, the dash has a loud vibrating noise, the heat and air makes a loud buzzing sound, the gas gauge does not work properly and the car does not accelerate and decelerate properly.I have contacted the manufacturer about the problem and they said they were sorry about the bolts never being put in and that their vehicles are inspected and are safe.well how is that when they did not even put in bolts that holds the motor in"what else have they forgotten"I feel unsafe in my car and am very angry that this problem persists!

- Morganton, NC, USA

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