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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,713 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier fuel system problems

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments (Page 8 of 9)

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problem #22

Jun 222007


  • miles


Fuel pump failed and needs to be replaced after only 70,000 miles on a 2003 model vehicle.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #21

Jun 012007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 32,236 miles
2003 Chevy Cavalier. Fuel module (pump) failed at 32,236 miles while driving home from work. $84.83 for the tow. $660.41 for parts and labor to replace module (new after-market module installed).

- Lancaster, NY, USA

problem #20

Jun 012007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
Complete fuel pump failure while driving 55mph on highway, seems to be a major problem with this car.

- Kankakee, IL, USA

problem #19

May 072007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 62,200 miles


2003 Chevy Cavalier fuel pump went out at 62,200 miles.

- Trimble, MO, USA

problem #18

May 192007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 57,000 miles
I have 57,000 miles on my 2003 Chevy Cavalier and went to start the car it wouldn't start. I have to replace the fuel pump. When I checked online it seems to be a major problem with other 2003 Chevy Cavaliers. Check on there forum.

- Levittown, PA, USA

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problem #17

May 192007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,984 miles
Fuel pump failure on 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier appeared to be a common problem on all Cavaliers as per website Cavalier and Chevrolet were doing nothing about it. Car just shut off in middle of road, almost was hit from rear by anothe R car, a safety defect. A web search revealed hundreds of failures.

- Cranberry Township, PA, USA

problem #16

May 172007

Cavalier 2-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 65,742 miles


The fuel pump had to be replaced on the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier after only 65,000 miles. I went to a number of different websites with hundreds of people having the same problem with their fuel pump of the same year and make/model with approximately the same miles. There needs to be a recall.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #15

May 082007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 75,805 miles
Faulty fuel pump on my 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier with 75805 miles on it. The car quit running, and required a tow and fuel pump replacement. It seems to be fairly common. Ttp://

- Amelia, OH, USA

problem #14

May 032007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
2003 Chevy Cavalier- on third fuel pump replacement, gauge that reads gas to gas hand operates intermittently and fuel pump quits working, no warning, happens suddenly.

- Lenoir City, TN, USA

problem #13

May 012007


  • miles
2003 Chevy Cavalier fuel pump went out. I have read hundreds of complaints saying the fuel pump on 03 Cavaliers are going out. My car has 59K miles.

- Piqua, OH, USA

problem #12

Apr 142007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,000 miles


On April 14 2007 my husband went outside to start the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier we purchased in October of 2006, the car has 53000 miles on it. The car would not start. Upon taking the car to a private mechanic we were told that the fuel pump had failed and that we were lucky we were not driving the car at the time as the car itself would have simply died in the middle of the road. The mechanic fixed the car and repairs ran almost $600. I then called Chevrolet to complain and they would not assist me in this matter. Upon researching this issue further I found a website of complaints from 90 consumer's regarding this same issue with the same year make and model. The web address is please check into this.

- Newburg, WI, USA

problem #11

Dec 202005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
Vehicle sputtered and then stalled while driving in heavy traffic. There were approximately 48000 miles on the odometer when the failure occurred. Car was towed to service station where the fuel pump was replaced at a cost of around $800.

- Chesterfield, MI, USA

problem #10

Jul 062006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,395 miles
Consumer filled tank up, while still having over a half a tank, car would not start after that. Car towed to Goodyear. Fuel pump had to be replaced at owners expense of $678. Mechanic told consumer a lot of Chevrolet cars fairly new and low mileage have been coming in to have fuel pump replaced.

- Sugar Hill, GA, USA

problem #9

Jul 102005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,297 miles
Had car parked with the engine running. Put car in reverse, backed up and then went to drive. Drove about 15 feet and engine died. Had car towed to shop and the fuel pump had to be replaced.

- Lindale, TX, USA

problem #8

Jun 242005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The service engine soon, ABS and track off lights began turning off and on periodically in mid May 2005. The car was taken to the dealer on May 19, 2005 for routine service and for the warning lights just mentioned. The lights began turning on again and the car was taken back to the dealer on June 20, 2005. The leftwheel sensor, and an oxygen sensor were replaced, this, I was told, would fix the problem. On June 24th the car began miss firing on my way to work. The problem was so severe that I had to have the car towed to another dealer. This dealer's techincian informed me that the fuel pump was bad, and probably was on the 20th, when the other dealer serviced it. And more upsetting to me, I was further informed that the wheel sensor dealer #1 had replaced was still not working properly. I now have paid nearly $1200 in repair costs, and my car is still miss firing, the three lights I listed above are still on, and now the check engine light is on too. The car is totally unsafe to drive. It has just under 50K miles, I drive carefully and the car has been very well maintained. I truely believe there is a serious and dangerous defect with this vehicle that GM's trained mechanics are unable to diagnose and repair. This, I was told

- Berkeley Springs, WV, USA

problem #7

Jun 022005

Cavalier 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
The vehicle stopped dead while in motion. This is not the first time this happened, the consumer had to pull over to the shoulder. This happened many times while moving in traffic. The consumer felt that the vehicle may be qualified for the lemon law. The fuel pump had been replaced four times.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #6

Apr 272005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
While driving at approximately 20 mph driver hit a bump in the road and the vehicle began to sputter and suddenly the engine stalled, causing the vehicle to lose power and completely shut off. Owner later contacted the manufacturer, and was told that this was his problem, and there was nothing else they could do.

- Brentwood, TN, USA

problem #5

Jun 062003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
While driving approximately every two months the brake light will illuminate the dash board. The fuel pump blew out. The heating a cooling went bad. The vehicle makes noise when making right turns. Consumer has not found out what it is as of yet. The vehicle has been into the dealer at least twenty times.

- Parsippany, NJ, USA

problem #4

Sep 232004

Cavalier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My new car stalls out completely while driving and my ventilation system has had numerous problems since purchasing the car. It has happened numerous times in oncoming traffic which poses a threat to myself and family. Clay Chevrolet said they couldn't find anything wrong with it.

- Watertown, MA, USA

problem #3

Jul 262004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at 5 mph and turning to the right vehicle stalled. Vehicle was towed to the dealership, and mechanic replaced the fuel pump at owner's expense of $895.

- Dunedin, FL, USA

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