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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,667 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier suspension problems

suspension problem

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012008


  • 60,000 miles


2003 Chevrolet Cavalier- at 64,000 miles fuel pump died while parked at a store upon restart $700 replacement. At approximately 60,000 miles front clunking noise started, dealer could never find a problem, now at 76,000 miles, having front upper strut mounts replaced. Found alot of complaints online about same issues. I determined cause of front clunk on my own. Also, was in collision that involved front driver side, down driver side front fender, airbags did not deploy, don't know if they should have. Noone was hurt, was slow speed crash. Still cannot believe no recall on fuel pump or front suspension. Apparently GM doesn't want to foot the $700 bill for the fuel pump defect.

- Adams, MA, USA

problem #2

Jan 102008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles
I have had a continuing problem with a single part on this vehicle that is prematurely wearing out. I called Chevrolet to express my concern about this issue and that I was 99% sure that it had failed again (for the 4th time), and was in need of replacement (for the 4th time). Because I had the ┐right upper strut mount & bearing┐ replaced 3 previous times, I felt that Chevrolet should be made aware of a defective part and also hoped that Chevrolet would pay for this replacement. It is my opinion (and have not been proven otherwise by Chevrolet or anybody at Chevrolet), that the upper strut mount is an automotive part that should at least last 100,000 miles if not longer. It is also my opinion that this part should not have to be replaced 4 times in less than 60,000 miles.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #1

Feb 012006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Front driver side window failure, started going down a quarter to half way down and stopping then when you try to put it up it only goes up like a inch and you have to wait a little while and keep doing that until the window is completely up. Second there is a clucking noise coming from the front at low speeds including when turning or going over a bump.

- Chesterfield, VA, USA

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