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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,351 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

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 082014


  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 40 mph, the left and right turn signals became inoperable. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V524000 (exterior lighting). The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Swansea, MA, USA

problem #8

Feb 082011


  • 168,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated the lower brake light does not work. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who stated they previously repaired the failure under NHTSA recall campaign id number 04V524000; exterior lighting, turn signal. Although the failure occurred again he had to pay for the new repairs since they were not covered under the recall. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 168,000.

- Villa Rica, GA, USA

problem #7

Sep 132009


  • 140,000 miles
The tail light/turn signal burned on the driver's side about 2 months ago I replaced the bulb 2 days later the passenger side went out I replaced that bulb and since that about every 2 days I burn another bulb I took it to the dealership thinking it was the recall they have on the tail light/turn signal and the dealership inspected it the first time and said nothing was wrong the second time this week I took it back with the bulb burned out and they said there was no problems found I can't get them to do the recall work because they say there is no problems with the lights but I am paying 4.00 a bulb everytime it burns out and I have done this for 2 months now and I guess I will have to keep doing this I don't know what else to do.

- Azle, TX, USA

problem #6

May 032009


  • 105,000 miles


The campaign 04083 was performed on my vehicle, but it didn't fix my problem. The Chevrolet service mechanic advised that they checked the sockets, found that they did not need to be replaced and greased accordingly, but that the turn signals are inoperative at times due to the fact the turn signal switch is bad & needs to be replaced to get them to work all of the time. I have all of the same issues that this campaign indicated it would resolve, but my turn signals are still going out sporadically, and it occurs more often if my lights are turned on and if I press down the break. I've been having to replace my break lights often and this started occurring the last time I had my left break light replaced a few months ago. The turn signal works at least the first time I put it on, but then will not flashing & stop making noise shortly after before I've even made my turn. The first problem arose with my blinkers flashing very quickly which was resolved after replacing my break light, but I've had problems on and off with my turn signals ever since. My 2003 Chevy Cavalier has 105,517 miles on it.

- Napa, CA, USA

problem #5

Dec 232008


  • miles
I have went through over 10 bulbs in my back tail-light on the driver side. Every time I go out and about it blows and when I pull the bulb out the plastic is always melted over the contact wires. Recently I was on my way to my girlfriend's family's christmas event and I got pulled over for my tail light being out, which had been replaced a few days before. I showed the police and he only gave me a warning, although I am getting sick of this happening. I went into an advance auto parts store to just go ahead and replace the entire socket, but when they called a Chevrolet dealership all they recommended that I do is replace the bulb, again. I replaced the bulb and what do you know it blew within 3 days. I am still currently in the process of trying to figure out how to fix this inconvenient problem before I just sell my car to get a better one.

- Carrollton, GA, USA

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problem #4

Oct 272008


  • 62,000 miles
The car has been in two accidents. The both were completely repaired, the rear lights have had problems due to poor connections and the fuel pump went out.

- Byron, MN, USA

problem #3

Jun 152005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 24,154 miles


I have had a recall fixed twice on the brake lights, turn signals, tail lights all in the trunk for the rear lights well I am having the same problem on the recall 2 years later after contacting mccluskey Chevrolet about this problem they tell me it is a 12 month, 12,000 mile warranty issue on a recall by General Motors. Apparently it was fixed only temporarily how can the same work being done twice for a recall have a time stipulation? the fuel pump went out directly after I had 36,100 miles only 100 miles over my warranty. Now I have a short in the driver side motor for my driver window, they want $375 to fix one window. I understand Cavaliers are garbage that's why they quit making them, but they don't tell you that when they want you to finance one.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #2

Jan 272005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,009 miles
Consumer had recall on tstop light and turn signals. Consumer took vehicle to fox Chevrolet for repairs, and vehicle did not have right turn signal or stop light on the passenger's side. Consumer called fox Chevrolet, and dealer said that he should bring vehicle in next Thursday. Consumer wanted to take vehicle back right away because he felt that vehicle was not safe without proper lights. He did not want to drive unsafe vehicle for a week.

- Shrewsbury, PA, USA

problem #1

May 282004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier from fred diehl motors of philsipburg, pa (814-342-3223). I am having problems with the rear brake lights and now all rear lighting. Fist the car was serviced at valley tires who replaced the bulb lamps. Second, fred diehls replaced the left side socket and tightened the right bulb. The third time, I was stopped by local police for no brake lights. Fred diehls replaced both the sockets and bulbs because of a short in the system. I called General Motors woth a complaint (customer relationship manager alvin johnson 1-866-942-4368 ext. 47590). Mr. Johnson sent me a letter April 20 stating they would make the repairs up to 75,000 miles. On May 28, 2004, I was involved in an accident. There were no injuries, but the vehicle was damaged. I signaled and applied my brakes to make a left turn. A flat bed truck behind me started to pass me as I proceeded to turn and struck the driver's side. The man told state police there were no lights, but he was fined anyway for passing in a no passing zone. On June 1 and 2 I called GM and Mr. Johnson returned my call and took the accident report. On June 3, darrin tranuse of GM (1-800-231-1841 ext 58932) called me and told me to take the vehicel to the nearest Chevy dealer. My brother-in-law followed me to fred diehls because I had no rear lights. They checked the car and found no lights also. They called GM and were given special orders to allow no one around the vehicle until they could look at it. I have twice called Mr. Tranuse but never received a return call. The had the vehicel serviced three times and the fourth time resulted in an accident. Right now, I'm afraid to drive it.

- Hawk Run, PA, USA

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