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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
69,284 miles
Total Complaints:
34 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. remove and replace fuel pump (29 reports)
  2. not sure (5 reports)
2003 Chevrolet Cavalier fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #14

Nov 092008

Cavalier 4 Cln

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


I was driving at night and my car started losing power and I was able to coast to the side and it would not start again. My husband and a friend came and it still would not start.

A couple of days after I was able to get an appointment I wasted yet another call and had it towed to my garage mechanics garage. I got a call saying it would cost about 750 to fix. I gave my permission since I had no choice. I am broke and my husband is on disability and i had to put it on my charge. Now I hear this problem is very common with 2003 Chevy cavilers and could happen again and again. Please recall it. I did not bring the car to a Chevy dealer cause i have no faith in them but I brought it to a well known licensed garage. Mrs T

- , Acushnet, MA, USA

problem #13

May 132005

Cavalier 2.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I use my car for work and put on about 50,000 km every year so just about every problem here that's listed for '03 Cavaliers, I've had! Since these problems seem to be so common, I'm reporting every one of mine here to add to the list. Maybe, GM will sit up and listen to so many of us? I doubt it but - needless to say, when I bought a new car this year, it's definitely NOT a GM. (It's a Nissan.) I'm still driving my Cavalier though, until it hits the next repair bill that's too high, then it's parked for good.

I'm not sure about the dates but my car was just off warranty when the fuel pump quit. All of a sudden with no warning, it just quit and had to be pushed over to the side of the road. I had it towed to the dealer and it cost me $950 to replace it. When so many are going, and when GM knows the reason, why do they not do something about it???

- , Cornwall, Ontario, Canada

problem #12

Sep 232005

Cavalier 3.2L

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I bought my Chevy cavalier "brand new" on june 25th 2003.. it only had 14 miles on it.. in September of 2004 the fuel pump went out.. soo we had it fix.. then every year after we have had to change the fuel pump.. it has costed me 1800 dollars to put in a new fuel pump because thats all we can figure that is wrong.. we've fixed everything else as well.. i have put 6 fuel pumps in this car(thats only 5 years old).. i am soo tired of it.. not to mention i cant even get a new car cause the car is worth 3000 and i owe 7000.. Also.. when i bought it.. it was white.. a year ago I hit something in the road and the pain got chipped and its a Beautiful color blue.. shiny and everything... and as of right now.. we just put a new fuel pump and new plugs to the fuel pump in and still its not working when it doesnt want to.. the battery is fine, my oil is fine, everything is fine.. its a freaking fuel problem.. i am soo annoyed that i pretty much hate chevrolet's now.. thanx..

- , Redding, CA, USA

problem #11

Sep 082008

Cavalier 2.2L 1-4 Mpi Dohc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,607 miles


My 2003 Cavalier only has 58,607 miles on it and the fuel pump failed when I tried to start it last week. Really, a car with only 58,607 miles should not have fuel pump problems! And the cost of repair? It cost me $627! We have 4 kids in college and very little money. (Losing my job didn't help either) I couldn't believe what was happening. Then I checked online and found out that many other people with 2003 Cavaliers were having the same problem! And the problems were occurring at about 60,000 miles! I figured this was not a coincidence. I checked with this website and found out the reason. Chevrolet has a defect with the fuel pump. It is under investigation with the NHTSA. They haven't had enough complaints so i am asking all customers with a similar problem to write to the NHTSA and let them know this is unacceptable on their part!

- , Fargo, ND, USA

problem #10

Aug 042008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,578 miles

I was on my way home from work when making a left hand turn onto and from an extremely busy road. The car just quit! I thank god had enough gliding power to glide to a part of the road that was safe. I waited 20 minutes for the cops to come. A nice man and his friends helped push my car out of the intersection. Then waited another 45 minutes in stifling heat for AAA to come. Fuel pump he said. Had to be towed 33 miles home. Definitely a royal pain in the ass. Got accosted by a gentlemen that scammed me out of 40 dollars while waiting for a tow truck. It wasn't in the greatest of areas. Here I am a woman with her hood up, waiting alone on the side of the road, I was shaking and definitely upset about this problem. My husband was more furious since he's the one fixing it for me. I'm out of work for awhile until it is done. Not only did it cost a fortune to fix it have it towed, but two days lost income from work.

I'm not Happy!!!!!!!

- , Macedon, NY, USA

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problem #9

Jun 182008

Cavalier 2.2L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Caviler Sucks Ass. I was just driving one night and bang it stopped pumping.

- , Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #8

Jun 182008

Cavalier 2.2L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,020 miles


I am a retired person who is very susceptible to heat exhaustion, and my '03 Cavalier refused to start when wanted to go home from a swimming activity. It was 110 degrees here in Las Vegas, I had no choice but to walk home, fortunately I had a wet swimsuit on under my clothes and that kept me cool enough for the short walk. Just thankful it didn't happen too much farther from home. My car needed a fuel pump, so the next day a Mobile Car Repair guy came and towed it to my house and fixed it there. It took all of the next day.

Mileage is 49,020, and bill was $569.00. I have never had a fuel pump problem with any other car.

- , Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #7

Nov 192008

Cavalier 2.2L I4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

Car suddenly died on me in traffic while driving. Would not start back up again. Luckily I was able to pull of the road in time. Towed the vehicle to a shop and the mechanic told me it was the fuel pump. $750 dollars and a headache later it was running again.

- , Aurora, CO, USA

problem #6

Dec 012007

Cavalier 2.2L I-4 Ecotec

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,883 miles

The car began to have issues like it was stalling (which is weird, since I have an automatic) at varying speeds. I first noticed it at highway speeds with cruise control engaged. The car noticeably slowed, then accelerated, then resumed normal operation. After a couple of weeks, the car refused to start. The battery was fine (Optima Red Top) so the next suspect was the fuel pump. Reliable Chevrolet (Dallas Dealership) did the work and now it has a lifetime warranty on the part and work. In the next week, it failed again and the fault was attributed to a faulty ignition sensor, which was replaced free of charge due to missing it during the diagnostic. Took about 2 weeks and I was not offered a rental car option for use during service. I should note I use fuel system cleaner every oil change "just in case" - perhaps that's why my case is over the average occurrence mileage.

- , Dallas, TX, USA

problem #5

Apr 212008

Cavalier 2.2L

  • Manual transmission
  • 67,000 miles

Chevrolet need to recall the cavalier for this problem. and it cost to much to have the damn thing fixed

- , Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #4

Mar 272008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles


Seems to be a very common problem on the 2003 Chevy Cavalier. Apparently Chevy is looking at this problem as a possible recall.

It was inconvenient for me because my wife was out of town and I had no other vehicle to use. I had to tow the car to a mechanic I trusted and it took a full day and about $700 to get it fixed.

My car has 74,000 miles on it, and it just seems that this is way too few miles for a problem of this sort. If you experience this problem with your Cavalier, make sure the shop replaces the part with original OEM equipment. Aftermarket stuff will likely break again in a couple years.

I really hope that GM announces a recall.

- , Sandy, UT, USA

problem #3

Mar 252008

Cavalier LS 2.2L V4

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

Chevrolet, this is not the first or the 100th complaint about your fuel pumps on the cavalier!!

- , Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 282007

(reported on)

Cavalier LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles

Fuel injector fuse keeps blowing. No one including dealership has an answer dealership just temp fixed problem until warranty was up is this wiring problem, fuel injector, starter. why should a car need 3 fuel pumps within 52000 miles

- , New Salem, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 202007

Cavalier Coupe 2.2L 4 cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 60,000 miles

While driving in rush hour traffic my car began to feel very sluggish and unresponsive to gas pedal inputs, then immediately died in the middle of the highway. I had the car towed to a shop and checked out and turns out it was the fuel pump. I had it pulled and removed and 775 dollars later its back to normal. Ive heard alot of people have had the same problem and really think something should be done by the manufacturer.

- , Jacksonville, FL, USA

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