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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,575 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments (Page 9 of 10)

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problem #33

Aug 202008


  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 65-70 mph, the fuel pump failed. The vehicle lost power steering ability and then shut off. The vehicle was pushed to the side of the road, and later towed to a mechanic. The vehicle has not yet been diagnosed. The current and failure mileages were 85,000.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #32

Aug 052008


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving approximately 55 mph, the traction light illuminated on the instrument panel. There was no acceleration at the time. The vehicle was pulled to the side of the road and tested, but there still was no acceleration. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic and then the dealer. The dealer diagnosed the vehicle as having fuel pump failure. The current and failure mileages were 51,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #31

Jul 202008


  • 96,359 miles
Coming home from milwaukee at 12:30 am with son after seeing race in slinger, wi. On interstate, car lost complete engine power and became dead. Closest GM dealership in watertown, wi went out of business last year (per tow truck driver). Had towed to dealership where they diagnosed a bad fuel pump and a price of over $800. Came to pick up with a trailer and asked for help pushing car on trailer. They said you could drive it up as the mechanic tapped the fuel tank and it started. Drove around the block a few times last week with no problems. I explained this to GM, told them about their poor design and that this is not safe because it will fail at any time and could cause a major accident. Was given case #71-648948392 (told no recalls were available per my VIN #). checked on internet ( and over 400 have had similar problems.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #30

Jul 252008


  • 73,500 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. After pulling away from a stop light, the vehicle stalled and shut off. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and coast to a gas station. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop and the fuel pump was replaced at the cost of $722. The failure and current mileages were 73,500.

- Augusta, GA, USA

problem #29

Jul 222007


  • 61,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle shut down without warning and was towed to the contact's residence. The family mechanic stated that the fuel pump failed and would cost $900 to replace. The manufacturer stated that they would call the contact back. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 61,000.

- Kenner, LA, USA

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problem #28

Jun 072008


  • 62,011 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle stalled and then stopped running. The contact could not get the vehicle started. The mechanic replaced the fuel pump. The failure mileage was 62,011.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #27

Jun 232008


  • 75,068 miles


Fuel pump failed on attempt to start the car. There was no previous indication of problem or wear. Had the fuel pump failed while the car was in operation, the sudden loss of power could have caused a crash or traffic obstruction.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #26

Jun 222008


  • 104,000 miles
My daughter has a 2003 Chevy Cavalier with roughly 104,000 miles on it, and could not get it started one day. After several attempts we got the vehicle started. Two days later she was driving down a busy highway and the fuel pump gave up, causing the car to stall in the middle of a busy intersection. This caused traffic problems for many motorists on the road, as well as put her in harm's way. After having the car towed to a local mechanic, we are currently awaiting a fuel pump replacement. My research has indicated that many 2003 Chevy Cavalier owners have encountered this problem with their fuel pumps, many at much lower mileage than 104K.

- Blasdell, NY, USA

problem #25

Jun 202008


  • 84,000 miles
Car was running fine until I stopped at a four way stop. When it was my turn I tried to take off and to my surprise, my car bogged down and by the time I made it through the intersection I was up to only 15 mph. Glad I did not get hit. It drove fine for 2 miles and when I got home and shut it off, it would no longer run.

- Chesaning, MI, USA

problem #24

Jun 192008


  • 50,000 miles
Cavalier 2003 fuel pump failed in the middle of busy highway. Vehicle stalled. The vehicle behind, it saw the emergency flashers on and it changed lane, but the next vehicle on high speed only saw the stalled Cavalier after the car ahead of it had changed lane. Stalled Cavalier was almost rear-ended, luckily the third car's brake was good.

- Vaughan Canada, 00, USA

problem #23

Jun 192008


  • 74,269 miles


2003 Chevrolet Cavalier fuel pump and fuel filter required replacement required after 75,000 miles of driving. Failure occurred while driving at speed of 40 miles/hr, engine stopped working and rolled to a stop in rush hour traffic.

- Ottawa, 00, USA

problem #22

May 212008


  • 92,109 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving on a local road, the vehicle lost power and died. Fortunately it coasted to the side of the road and was then towed to the GM dealer. The mechanic diagnosed the fuel pump as the cause of the failure & it was replaced. The current and failure mileages were 79,500.

- North Vancouver, 00, USA

problem #21

Jun 102008


  • 80,000 miles
Defective 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier fuel pump.

- Westland, MI, USA

problem #20

Jun 052008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 77,000 miles
I had fuel delivery system problems several months before -- the car died on the freeway twice during heavy traffic. I took the vehicle to a Chevrolet dealership to have it repaired. On June 5, 2008 the vehicle would not start. There was no warning. I had it towed to he dealership where I purchased the vehicle. The estimated cost of repairs is $600.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #19

Jun 032008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 42,000 miles
Fuel pump failure while driving on NJ highway 295. Cost of repair $600.

- Gibbstown, NJ, USA

problem #18

Jun 082008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 69,621 miles
I was driving home and notice that my cars was starting to slip. I, proceeded to pull over. I turned the car off then back on. It started and then stopped completely. I had the car towed to my residence. I had the car looked at and was told that I needed a new fuel pump. I was later online found this number from a bloggers website with similar cars(2003 Chevy Cavalier) and complaints.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #17

May 292008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 60,774 miles
Vehicle would not maintain speed in traffic and subsequently stalled. The vehicle would not start and required towing. The vehicle had a fuel pump failure and required replacement of that part. The total cost of the repair was $680. After some research this appears to be a serious problem with this vehicle as multiple complaints have been lodged concerning this same problem at the same approximate mileage.

- Scranton, PA, USA

problem #16

May 282006


  • 90,000 miles
When driving today at about 50 mph, my car just stalled. I had to have it towed and the tow truck driver said to pound on the gas tank. After trying to start my car again and nothing I decided to pound on the gas tank with a rubber mallet. After doing this the car started and ran for about a minute and died again. I decided to go online and read some forums, which directed me to this site to complain about this problem. Apparently it happens often. The car is a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier with about 90,000 miles

- West Bend, WI, USA

problem #15

May 242008


  • 100,000 miles
Fuel pump appears to be a problem with everyone I have talked to on 2003 Chevrolet Cavaliers before 100,000. I have a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier now and wondered if a recall on this can be enforced. This is a very common problem with this car and year. NHTSA is loaded with complaints regarding this, but no recall enforced yet. Can this be done? thank you.

- Benton Harbor, MI, USA

problem #14

May 252008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
I own a 2003 Chevy Cavalier and it has 76K miles on it and the fuel pump has went out as of this weekend, no warning at all it just would no longer start, leaving me stranded in 100 degree heat! after searching the internet I have discovered that this is a major issue with this vehicle. I have only had the car 3 years, I got it used with less than 30K on it when I bought it. I found a replacement for it but now it has to be replaced.

- Russellville, AR, USA

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