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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,155 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.

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 072004


  • Manual transmission
  • 20 miles


Vehicle idled while in neutral. This vehicle was equipped with a 5 speed transmission. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer. However, dealer was unable to duplicate the problem, and sent the consumer on his way.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #3

Apr 102004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Will be driving down the road and go to press the brake to turn or stop and the car stalls in the middle of the road. Happens very randomly every so often. Have taken it to the dealership 4 times for this problem and can't find anything wrong or duplicate the problem. This has happened to me with others in the car, including a one year old, and have almost gotten in severe accidents. Once with an eighteen wheeler!! this is a very dangerous and scary problem!!

- Ellsworth, ME, USA

problem #2

Sep 242003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Manual transmission went for the 3rd time. Dealer won't honor warrenty. States that that car was abused.

- Pekin, IL, USA

problem #1

Sep 192003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 2,600 miles
Vehicle currently at dealership for multiple reasons. Front end has popping noises when turning. Rear end make loud noise when weight in put on it (ex. Entering and departing vehicle cabin). Also have had trouble with vehicle stalling when slowing down (manual...put in neutral and RPM's drop-off causing a stall). Technicians have not been able to duplicate latter problem.

- Aafb, MD, USA

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