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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,145 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier lights problems

lights problem

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 112008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Headlamps have a plastic cover that has "fogged" reducing visibility. Replacement parts are on backorder 1,500 are on order to date, 2-11-2008.

- Midland, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 042005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
When slowing down at any time headlights dim very low, almost not being able to see them. As a result, driver's visibility is impaired.

- Andrews, IN, USA

problem #3

Nov 012003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Headlights are going out completely on 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. Ok, whom, has what legislator, in, whom's back pocket" there was a recall by Chevrolet in November, of 2004- I am betting completely voluntary, of course. This recall, was, for taillights and lightbulb grease. Right, somebody going to get killed in those vehicles, if the headlight problems are not corrected. Here is a hint, read thier tsb regarding the headlights dimming problem. What a load that is. I will tell you why, I think they put that tsb out. It was just simply to cover thier own you know what. I wonder how many fires, or deaths have occured due to the light hearted approach GM has towards the lighting problems on the 2003 models" don't you love huberous. Have you gone to your dealer about a safety issue lately. Oh, check out the brake rotors there is stress and heat fractures at less than thirty thousand miles. Come on! are we waiting for 1000 wheels to catch on fire, or just my pregnant wife loosing control due the shimmy. Ah heck, I'll just go buy a an old pinto and have real expensive lawn ornament fully insured of course, for the next three long years. Did I mention the stereo face burning ones fingers, but the dealer says, that was ok too. Forget the kickbacks and do your jobs. Remember the taxpayer and public servent, not corporation and public servent. Sleep well, I am glad someone can. I got go change some diapers now. Yeh, three kids; none of them ride in that death trap.

- Henriette, MN, USA

problem #2

Aug 282003


  • 12,125 miles
Owner says that the vehicle is experiencing electrical problems. The headlights, tail lights, and the directional signals are malfunctioning. Owner took the vehicle to the dealer who has replaced the brake and headlight bulbs on five occassions. However, the problem still occurs. Provide further details.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #1

Mar 242004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles
When applying the brakes at night, the headlights and dash lights dim to a softer shade of light. I have also changed the rear single lights in my car three times in the past 6 months. This car has a bad brake problem. The front of the car shakes very bad when you apply the brakes while exiting a highway. City driving is not as bad, but when the brakes get warmed up they pulsate when I come to a stop. At the end of the day, I pull my car into my driveway and the first thing I smell when I get out is a burning smell from the back brakes. I called the fucillo Chevy service department in December 2003. I talked to a serviceman about my brake problem. He told me that my pulsating brakes is the ABS system working in the snow. Now the roads are dry and my brakes are still pulsating. I could not find anything in my original paperwork on my car showing that it has the ABS system. Now my brakes are shot. The car had only 6500 hundred miles on it when I first called in December of 2003. In June of 2003, I bought this car and test drove it. The car seemed to be a good car, except for the noise that I heard coming from the front left tire area. It sounded like a rubber band when it snaps. I brought it up to my salesmen rocky from the Chevy department. He told me that it's a new car. Now when the front tires are turned to the right, it makes a crunching noise. When I drive over any bump at any speed, it feels like there are no shocks or struts on this car and makes a bad clunking sound.

- North Syracuse, NY, USA

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