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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
8,163 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 accessories - exterior problems

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 012007


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Purchased 2003 Chevy. Cavalier used and the defroster and floor heating vents do not work. Air only comes through the face vents. Makes it difficult in cold temps. To see through the window and if the car is not completely heated inside, I will sometimes have to pull over and scrape the inside of my windows so I can see out.

- Pueblo, CO, USA

problem #4

Sep 152007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,814 miles
The front defroster/defogger would not blow air. The ventilation control cable was replaced because there was a "kink" in the cable that caused the air to not be directed to the defroster. The service tech recommended that I not use the recirculate function on my ventilation system as it seems that when the control is in that position, the cable will start to "kink." This is unacceptable as I should be able to use every function on the ventilation system.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #3

Jun 012006


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Hard or impossible to change HVAC mode or temperature settings.

- Glencoe, MD, USA

problem #2

Sep 152005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
(1)the heater switch quit working and heat and defroster will not come on. The windows fog up and you can't see the road, this makes the car unsafe to drive when it is cold or when it is foggy outside ( 2.)the windshield wiper stopped working and you have to turn off the wipers and restart them, this makes the car unsafe to drive when it is raining.

- Booneville, KY, USA

problem #1

Nov 202006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Knob to turn the controller for defroster, heater for feet or vent. The only area it blows out is out the vent panel in the front of car. I am unable to use the defroster for the front of car, or receive heat at my feet. I just cant believe that this item has already failed. The car is only 3 years old. I would think this is a safety issue since you are required to have defroster to use. And need heat in the car. This other knobs on the control panel work fine there is 3 knobs. 1 for the amount of blower that you want, the second one is for the temp setting and the 3rd one is for where you want the blower to come out of. I have had nothing but problems with the car since day one. First it was the tail lights, then the power windows them self and now this.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

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