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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,353 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 012003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles


There are numerous things, and the delaership has convinced GM, because I wrote GM about the problems with this, that I am making this stuff up to get an SUV. First the radio wasn't working, they put the cable back on said it was loose, its still not sounding like a radio should. Next was the popping in the front end, dealership turned rotors, under warranty back brakes squealed real loud they said it was dust I had to pay for that. Back brakes still squeal, front end still pops like a bad cv joint. Trunk wouldn't shut had to keep slamming it. Took it back they greased it worked for awhile starting to get hard to shut sometimes. Brake lights and back lights and cruise control quit working. Took it to dealership at least 5 or 6 times till they finally replaced it how long it will last I don't know. Front sun visor popped when it hung up in rear view mirror real floppy can't use it no more dealer said they ordered it in December. Still waiting not fixed. Real bad odor of gas in car when tank is half full, no explanation as to why. Seat belt makes a funny noise when you are wearing it, pins you back against seat real hard. No explanation for that. Have to stop and jerk on it to loosen it like a seat belt should work. Dealer says I am imagining this stuff because I do not want car, bought it new still paying for it. Been trying to get rid of it they have everyone convinced I am a psycho woman wanting an SUV and thats why I am complaining that is all false. Just plain hate a car I am paying for.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #2

Oct 022003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 457 miles
Consumer felt that seat belt wais defective. The seat belt cut into the consumer's neck and it is was too high up on her neck. Also, the lap belt wass too tight around the consumer'swaist. The dealer tried to put extenders on the belts, but to no avail. The consumer still feels uncomfortable using the seat belts. Consumer had two additional concerns. First, the seat belt gets tangles every time it fastened and is uncomfortable. Secondly, the vehicle had 162 miles at purchase and she was told this was not unusual.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 272003


  • 12,603 miles
While driving approximately 20 mph consumer's vehicle rear ended another vehicle, and the front air bags did not deploy. Driver's chest hit the steering wheel, causing muscle spasms from the neck down. The seat belts also failed to lock.

- Tarrant, AL, USA

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