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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,130 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 032009

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 87,000 miles


My driver's side power window will initially go down. When I attempt to power the window up, it goes approximately one to two inches then stops. I have to continue driving or leave my car running until the window is up. It is very unsafe to leave my car in any lot or parking space with the window down. On average every 10 minutes it will go up another inch or two. This happens every time I power the window down. I will not leave my window down. Elements will damage the interior, and it leaves me susceptible to vandals. I have two children and I consider this malfunction unsafe for me the driver and my children. I paid $18,000 for the vehicle, I will not allow this to go unfixed, however I feel it is the company's responsibility to recall and repair the issue.

- Clarion, IA, USA

problem #8

Jun 122006


  • miles
I have to identical 2003 Chevy Cavaliers and the window motors both failed around the exact same time and I have been to numerous sites that have also reported this failure and Chevy says that this isnt their problem.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 022009


  • 67,000 miles
I have a 2003 Cavalier and had the fuel pump go bad at 67,000 miles. I researched on the web and it seems that there is a tremendous amount of 2003 Cavaliers that have had this same issue. I have replaced 3 of the 4 window motors in the past 18 months. I have twice had my climate control switch fixed, as it was stuck only on vent. And most recently at 69000 miles I have to replace my fuel pressure regulator. In my educated opinion, this seems to be an awful lot of repairs for a vehicle of this age and with this record.

- Evansville, IN, USA

problem #6

Sep 122004


  • 66,000 miles


While stop at a red light veh.cut off and would not re-star. Towed to the dealer and I was told that it was the fuel pump. Cost $1,050. I also have problems with electric windows, two motors replaced, one switch and still having problems. Besides that no complain.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #5

Aug 182007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles
Went to roll up drivers side window when it started to rain heavily and window failed to roll up. Rain, driven by wind from high rate of speed on freeway, poured into vehicle which fogged up window and hindered safe operation of vehicle. Was forced to pull over to shoulder of road until rain stopped to safety restart vehicle. Chevy dealer stated that this was not covered by warranty so I had to pay to have motor replaced.

- Lansing, MI, USA

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problem #4

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

problem #3

Feb 022003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


Since I purchased the vehicle the radio has turned off by itself it also erases any programmed stations. The windows don't always go up, it happens off and on, it happens to one window and not the other and then reverses.

- Hudson, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 212003


  • 5,407 miles
2003 Chevrolet Cavalier experienced problems with brake lights, turn signals, and tail lights.** answer required***. the brake lights and tail lights shorted out many times, the tail light socket was also replaced. The consumer received a recall letter #04V524000. The consumer took the vehicle to have the service performed, however that did not seem to remedy the problem. The vehicle has been in the shop on numerous occasions regarding this problem, the consumer did not believe her vehicle was satisfactorily repaired. The cd would not eject. The right side power window made a noise when it was rolled down.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #1

Sep 112004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,760 miles
Passenger side front power window did not go up. Dealer removed part of the door in order to raise the window. Power regulator was defective.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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