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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
50,022 miles
Total Complaints:
8 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. computer rebuild? (1 reports)
  3. dealership is rebuilding computer (1 reports)
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 192012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,580 miles


Not sure what caused problem. I am the second owner, purchased car in 2010 with 32xxx miles on it. My son drove it back and forth to high school. I changed the oil 4/19/12, and the car had 70,xxx miles on it. Not sure of the exact mileage. I restarted the car and drove it around town that day and noticed that the odometer had added over 50k miles to the car, showing a mileage of 125,xxx on the odometer. My first thought was that it had changed to kilometers. I looked in the owners manual and there is no way to switch to kilometers on this model. The speedometer still works fine and the odometer seems to be keeping track of the mileage accurately.

My son did have a problem starting the car twice a day or so before this indident, but it was a loose battery cable. Not sure if this has anything to do with the odometer or not.

Does not really hurt anything except it really reduces the value of the car and makes you wonder whats going to happen next. Obviously nobody is going to believe you when you tell them this story when you sell the car, I would be skeptical.

Called the local Chevrolet dealer and they had never heard of it. They did offer to sell me a new cluster, but the mileage would be whats on this one, so that is no benefit.

Is there a way to reset an odometer back to a certain day? Similar to how you can reset your computer when you have problems to an earlier time and everything is on it that was on it at that date.

- , Greenville, IL, USA

problem #7

Apr 212012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,300 miles

I was preparing to sell 2003 Cavalier. In the morning when I started the car it had about 70,300 miles on it. Which is the correct mileage ( I am second owner). When I started the car in the afternoon it showed 125,300 miles on the odometer. Needless to say this will drop the value greatly if I cannot get the correct mileage back on the odometer. I will try to get a price on repair if it is the computer. Hopefully it will not be more that the value I am loosing with the added miles on the odometer.

- , Greenville, IL, USA

problem #6

Oct 152008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles

Anytime I go over 65mph the speedometer never goes back to zero. It eventually will go back to zero after several days of just driving locally. It is really frustrating to not know your speed. It seems this is a reoccurring issue with the 2003 cavalier and chevy has done nothing about is ridiculous!

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #5

Jun 132008

Cavalier LX 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles


It really ticks me off that I cannot tell how fast I am going, where my water gauge stands or how much gas I have in my car. I am constantly worried when a cop rolls by and not sure how to fix my gauges. I heard this was a common problem and I was wondering if anyone knew if it ever was recalled? If so, that would be amazing because I hear the average cost is near $600 for a new gauge. I am a college student and would rather ride without knowing how fast I was going then pay $600! The car is only worth $5,000!

- , Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #4

May 302007

Cavalier 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles

It seems ever one had 60 grand or better until a fuel pump went. My car had 35,000 when it went on me.

Now I have a question:

I still have the same 2003 cavacrap and now it has an instrument cluster problem. It first started with the water temp. gage needle moving all the way to the speedometer gage. this problem would correct itself ever once in a while when you shut off the car. now all the instruments are whacked out and it will not correct itself. The car still runs fine (45,000 on it now) even with the problem I have now. Any help?? thanks in advance

- , Belle Vernon, PA, USA

problem #3

Nov 012007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

I dropped my car off with one problem and it came out with another. Picked up my car from the dealership and now the odometer is not working. I will never ever buy another Chevy again!!

- , New Haven, CT, USA

problem #2

Feb 012007

Cavalier Sedan V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

The speedometer gets stuck or just goes crazy never know how fast I am going and also the temp gauge goes over into the speedometer and then the needle hits it and messes it up also and the fuel gauge is also messed up it i get low enough for the gauge to come on to tell me low fuel it will go up and tell me I have half a tank so I think it is a problem with all the whole panel where the speedometer is. I would like for Gm Dealer to fix my car since I do have kids in my car and I am not sure how fast I am going and not really sure how much gas I gave or if my car is over heating.

- , Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Oct 242003

(reported on)

Cavalier LX

  • 10,300 miles

Took the car in for some maintanence. Mileage at drop off read 10,300. When I picked the car up 24 hrs later it read 32,811. After the service department called GM they were told that they had heard of this & that the computer was not working properly. They are now in the process of rebuilding the computer. The car has also failed to start on two occasions.

- , Goshen, NY, USA

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