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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
46,850 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 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #11

Feb 162009


  • miles


My speedometer was acting up for a year. While I was driving it would stop. When I would come to a complete stop it was stuck on 65mph. Made driving hazardous not knowing exactly how fast I was driving.if I let it sit for awhile and cool of I would start it back up and the speedometer meter would go down about 10 mph so I would beat 55mph instead of 65mph. Everytime I would start the car it would go down further. Then it would work properly for a few months w/O acting up and then start all over again. This went on for about a year. When I finally had it replaced it completely stopped working the needle registered 110 mph and was not coming back down. I had to wait 2 weeks before the dealership was able to replace the instrument panel B/C the had to order the part they were completely out of stock. They told me they've had to replace the ip in alot of vehicles lately.

- Mcdonald, OH, USA

problem #10

Aug 082008


  • 55,000 miles
Speedometer fails to read correct speed. Has not read correct speed since car reached 55,000 miles on odometer. Occasionally speedometer will reset itself, but after 10-15 minutes driving, will climb on its own and stick above 110 mph. Dealer states is GM manufacture issue, but will not recall / repair.

- Lakewood, OH, USA

problem #9

Nov 012007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that the speedometer displays 60 mph when he is traveling at much lower speeds. The speedometer also becomes stuck at a lower speed when he is driving at a much faster rate. The RPM's in the vehicle will either not move at all or go up as far as possible while driving in first gear only. The RPM's will then become stuck and not move back down. The vehicle has not been inspected by the dealer. He must restart the vehicle in order for the speedometer dial to return to its regular position. The dial does not move at all in cold weather conditions. The contact has gotten pulled over while driving 20 mph (85 mph) over the speed limit when he thought he was traveling 65 mph. He believes that the failure could have been a manufacturer defect. The failure mileage was 50,000 and current mileage was 86,000. Updated 03-06-09 the speedometer would stick at 50 mph. The consumer stated when he increased or decreased his speed the speedometer would still register at 50 mph. Updated 03/11/09.

- Spencerport, NY, USA

problem #8

Nov 102008


  • 75,000 miles


My speedometer stopped working properly. The needle does not return to zero at stop or when the car is turned off. It registers in excess of 110 mph when the car is in motion. This seems to be a very common problem with all GM cars and trucks made between 2002 and 2005. GM offers free repair for trucks and SUV's, but not all dealerships know of the directive since it has not been publicized. All car buyers must pay for the fix - which exceeds $500 - because GM won't acknowledge the problem exists in the cars.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #7

Jun 092008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 28,500 miles
I have a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 4 dr. Sedan with 28, 550 miles. Today when I went out the speedometer was on 35 mp and didn't go down. As the day wore on it went up to 90. This is a safety issue and Chevrolet should have to have a recall to fix this.

- Rahway, NJ, USA

problem #6

Feb 232008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 110,000 miles
I have a 2003 chev Cavalier. Owned it from the time it had 4 miles on the odometer. Recently I noticed that the speedometer wasn't reading quite correctly. I first noticed it when the speedometer read that I was going 15 miles an hour over the speed limit and people were tailgating me. I didn't realize why until when I came to a stop my speedometer was stuck at 20mph. Over time I have noticed that this problem has only gotten worse. Every now and then it will read at 60mph at a dead stand still. But that is not even the half of it, it still got worse. At a stand still it would read 100mph+ and when moving it would go back over and start at 0mph. Ridiculous!!! I have received two tickets because of this problem. Also, on top of all of that, my temperature gauge will sometimes read 260 degrees. I've checked the water and anything that would be causing my temp to read excessively high and there are no other problems. The whole dashboard cluster is messed up. Sometimes my fuel gauges won't even read correctly. The problem has just gotten out of hand. I have been told it can cost as much as $1,000 to fix this problem.

- Renton, WA, USA

problem #5

May 012005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Please also see complaint ODI number 10218011, involving the second instrument panel that will have to be replaced. This complaint involves the first instrument panel that had to be replaced. The speedometer and thermostat gauge did not work correctly and gave erroneous readings. This is a separate complaint about a similar problem as listed above that occurred several years ago. That problem was repaired at a cost to me of about $500. I did not keep all the paperwork, but I suppose that the jack schmitt Chevrolet service department will have that data. The "incident date" listed is an estimate, I do not recall the date or year exactly, it could have been in 2006. Mileage at the time is unknown.

- Collinsville, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 152008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,100 miles
The instrument panel speedometer and thermostat gauge are not working correctly, but are giving erroneous readings. The instrument panel has failed for the second time. The car was purchased in 2003 and the first instrument panel one was replaced about three-years later for the same problem. The cost to us then was about $500.

- Collinsville, IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 152007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Just driving along. The speedometer starts to jump, slow, speed up, and stop. Per phone conversation 1/14/08 problem with speedometer not working, not vehicle slowing down. Smch

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #2

Jun 012007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I just watched a report about speedometer going haywire on GM trucks and SUV's. well, I wanted you to know that my 2003 Chevy Cavalier is also having this problem and it is scheduled for service on Friday to the tune of $400.

- Chesterland, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 012007

Cavalier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
The speedometer does not work properly it can say that I am going 90 when I am going only 35 also the heat gauge next to it will go way over into the speedometer area which then they hit each other which causes them to not work properly also the gas gauge does not work right either when I get low enough for the check gauge light to come on it will start going up saying that I have a half tank of gas even though I know that I do not.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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