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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,485 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 engine problems

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #8

May 262007


  • miles


Check enigine lights and etc.

- Gibsonton, FL, USA

problem #7

May 182006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 55,000 miles
1. vehicle made a moaning noise when turning at approximately 55,000 kms (and 3 years old). Replaced power steering pump and steering rack. 2. random clunking from the front end at approx. 56,000 kms. Replaced front bearings and transmission mount. 3. car lost power, had to be towed to dealership. Dealer couldn't find a problem, insisted the car was fine. I insisted on them taking it out again. Car broke down, had to be towed back to dealer again. Replaced catalytic converter and fuel ignition switch. 4. burned through 4L of oil and puffed out black smoke. Dealer couldn't locate problem. Happened again approx. 2000 kms later. Faulty piston rings, engine replaced entirely. At 61,000 kms. Now at over $11,000 cdn warranty repairs on a well maintained low mileage car. 5. random clunking noise in front is back. Going to dealer tomorrow. Warranty: Expired.

- Kamloops, 00, USA

problem #6

Sep 202005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. Safety defect is automatic transmission. Vehicle rolls back while on a hill. While it is in drive it acts as if it was standard transmission. Happened on and off since 2003. The consumer stated the vehicle idles too low which caused the vehicle to roll backwards.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #5

Nov 032004


  • 32,000 miles


While driving 30 mph vehicle stalled. Consumer managed to pull over, and had the vehicle towed. Dealership repaired the problem.

- Lynnwood, WA, USA

problem #4

Aug 122004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Fire in driver side engine compartment of Chevrolet Cavalier. Driver stated vehicle shut off in traffic. Upon re-starting, noticed smoke coming from under engine hood, driver side. Driver got out and saw flames in area of driver side eng. Compt.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

problem #3

Nov 152003


  • Manual transmission
  • 7,000 miles
1. both brake lights went out w/in month of each other. In the months of July and August. 2. brakes noisy, September 3. trunk would not open, October 4. brakes noisy, again, November 5. car turns off in the middle of an intersection after making a complete stop and trying to speed up. Freaking out, I pressed the gas and moved the key in the ignition, then put car in park and got it to start, November. It just seems to me that I have a disfunctional car that when I dont have something wrong with one thing I have to go in to the dealer for another. Its a new car and its costing me more problmes and inconviniences than the old '96 I had till I bought this one.

- West Palm Beach, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 182003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When the clutch is depressed after highway driving at 55-70mph for 30-60 minutes, the engine RPM rate increases from around 2500 to 3500 instead of falling to 1000 (normal idle). If the clutch is re-engaged then the RPM rate returns to the normal range for the gear/speed of travel. If the car is braked to a complete stop, the RPM rate falls to the normal idle rate after 20-40 seconds of standstill. The behavior has been observed everytime extended highway driving is completed. The problem has been reported to the dealership and the on-board diagnostic shows no problem and the dealership can not recreate the problem.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #1

Apr 112003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,500 miles
After engine warms up on hot day, engine stalls when clutch is depressed as when coasting to a stop. Enigine will restart, but accellerator must be depressed to rev the engine in order to prevent stalling. If vehicle is parked for several minutes, then restarted, problem with stalling is gone. This problem is very intermittent. The same problem is described in oid numbers 10049266, 10039337 and 10037496.

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

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