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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,743 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 012007


  • 73,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle shut off in the middle of the road without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the fuel pump failed and made the replacement. A few days after the repair, the headlights stopped working and the electrical system was rewired. Recently, the engine failed and the vehicle was towed to the dealer. The contact does not yet know the cause of the failure and the vehicle is still at the dealer for repair. The failure mileage was 73,000. Updated 06/16/08

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #4

Jun 152005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
2003 Cavalier engine stall on red lights/ coming to stop/ turning corners at low idle speeds causing a loss in power steering and ABS. Check engine light active, immediate restart is available, however while turning has nearly caused accidents. Believed to be caused due to faulty wiring to intake temp sensor.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #3

Oct 162005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My speedometer is not reading correctly at times that are not predictable. Today for instance it has lost speed by reading at 5 mph when I am driving at 40 mph! it has even read at 85 mph when I was only driving at 50 mph! I have taken this problem to dealership and still no result. Now my temperature dial is going bonkers. I have seen several post on sites about the dashboard/car electrical problems! I now have my first speeding ticket due to the result of this!

- Middletown, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 212004

(reported on)


  • 700 miles
Various problems with 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. The vehicle tail light shorted out three times then the circuit shorted out. The gas gauge would fluctuate. Cold starts. The vehicle would hesitate at stop light or stall out completely. The driver' S side speaker blew. The cd player would eject the cd while it was playing. The RPM gauge bounced. The fuel pump was replaced. The alternator made noise.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #1

Nov 192003


  • 15 miles
While driving at any speed heater did not work. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, and heater was replaced. Also, on two different occasions dealer replaced wiring harness and connection wires. On another occasion entire brake light assembly was replaced along with the sockets. In all, vehicle had been to the dealer six times in seven months.

- Acosta, PA, USA

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