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48,333 miles
Total Complaints:
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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 012008

Cavalier LS 2.2L Ecotec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


I first noticed the problem almost a year ago when putting luggage in the trunk. The floor seemed to be wet and there was condensation all over the inside of the trunk lid. Assuming the moisture was just from condensation, ( I live in the Pacific NW where its' always cold and wet ) I just put a heater in the trunk overnight and dried the trunk out. A week or so later, I noticed the same thing, but this time it was really wet...I mean mold and soaking wet carpet. Being handy with automotive stuff I completely disassembled the trunk , carpet liner and spare tire area. After determining that the weather stripping was all intact and that the water was not coming in from the top, I noticed dirt and sand all over the metal floor under where the carpet lays. It appeared that when the car was assembled at the factory, several body seams lacked any caulking or sealer. Upon further inspection, it also appears that when driving on wet roads, the spray from the rear tires seeps into a major rubber/plastic body vent behind the carpet liner, eventually making it's way down to settle in around the spare tire. After drying out the car and plugging up all the cracks with silicone sealant and covering the vent up with duct tape, we'll see if this car stays dry now. I must say that I am rather unimpressed with the fit and finish of this car. In the model year 2003 one would just assume that GM would naturally assume that the consumer would prefer to have the rain on the outside of the car and taken steps to make sure it stays that way. It's easy to understand why Toyota is close on the heels of General Motors. This is one of many very inconvenient problems I have had with this modern car. This is also the last GM product I will own. A very cheaply constructed car indeed...

- , Elma, WA, USA

problem #2

Aug 072006

Cavalier LS 4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

Every time it rains, all the water leaks into my trunk. There is so much mold it is unbearable I do not know how to fix it. Any suggestions.

- , Jackson, NJ, USA

problem #1

Feb 012005

(reported on)


  • 15,000 miles

I'm a young mother of four children. I bought the car I could afford as I heard and read so many great things about it. Well I feel I was sold the lemon on the lot! About a month ago I noticed that there was a spot of mold in my trunk. I thought oopsie must've been from throwing a wet umbrella in there. Well I cleaned up the mold and bought a plastic container for my umbrella. Well a few weeks later I went to put groceries away in my trunk and again I noticed mold. I couldn't figure it out it hadn't been rainy enough lately to have to use the umbrella so again I cleaned the mold and made a note on my calender to remember to let the dealership know when I took the car in for a regular maintenance. Like I said I cleaned the mold, dried the trunk out with a hairdrier and made sure that the trunk was not used for about a week. Well a week went by and a girlfriend and I decided to do some shopping. Of course being women we shopped and needed to use the trunk. Guess what we found when we opened up the trunk? Can you guess? Bingo it was MOLD and tons of it. Well I was ticked right off. I got on my cellphone and called the dealership and told them I was bringing my car in the next morning for maintenance and that they better book some time to look at my trunk because I seem to be having a mold problem. After we got home later that afternoon we checked out the mold again and decided to check under the carpet where the jack and spare tire are neatly tucked away. Can you guess what we found? Over a half of an inch of water on the bottom. The spare tire was just sitting in all this water I was shocked. Well that next morning I took the car in and they gave me a loaner car. It happened to be the same year and model as my car. Out of curiosity later that day, I checked the trunk. Can you guess what I found? MOLD , not as much as what was in my car but definately mold. So I lifted the carpet to peek into the compartment that houses the spare tire and can you guess what I discovered? Over 1/2 an inch of water! Well I phoned the dealership and let them know that the car they gave me was full of mold in the trunk also. I was and still am terribly upset. 5 days later I still hadn't heard from the dealership so I phoned to ask about my car. They informed me it was ready so I went in. I again reminded them that the rental car they gave me had mold and water in the trunk and mentioned a few other minor problems, the service guy told me they had to wait to get the complaint from the rental agency before they could fix it. I just laughed it really wasn't my problem. Anyways the service guy told me they fixed the problem in my trunk. I asked if they replaced the carpet they said no they just steam cleaned it. I had the guy take me out to my car and the first thing I did was pop my trunk. I was floored when I saw the MOLD! It was still there! Steam clean my ass! Well I just laughed at the guy and refused to drive it off the lot. I told him I expected another loaner car. He says take the one you've been using for the past 5 days and I laughed again. I told him I was not driving that car off the lot either. There was no way I was going to be going grocery shopping with either of those cars. Where would I put my food? I couldn't put my groceries in the trunk and my children were tired of having heavy bags of groceries on their laps for the past little while. He tried giving me some BS line that there were no other loaner cars available on the lot yaddayaddayadda and I stayed firm. I had never experienced headaches like the ones I had been experiencing in the last little while. I believe it was due to the mold in the car. All 4 of my kids have been coughing since the mold first showed up in my car and enough is enough. I bought a new car so I wouldn't have the stress of driving an older unreliable car. I bought it right off the lot in March of '03 and it has had problem after problem. Although most of the problems were miniscule it's still a hassle to be in the service department of your local dealership at least every few months with one complaint after another. I have no beef with the actual performance of the car, just my particular car! nor do I have a beef with the guys who have been putting up with me at the service department of my dealership. It just seems to me that my car was the lemon at the factory and should've been scrapped instead of sent to a dealership and sold to someone who really needed a dependable working SAFE and MOLD FREE car. Thanks for letting me rant!

- , Duncan, BC, Canada

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