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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,731 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 182003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,392 miles


The consumer owns a 2003 Chevrolet caviler. Was losing control of the steering and the brakes. It started in the winter. The consumer stated the direction that car was headed was the way it stayed. Also, she noticed that there was a hum in the steering wheel which lasted a couple of seconds each time. The consumer contacted the dealer, and they said that it did not sound to them as dangerous. A couple of months later the problem finally came to ahead in June. Lights came on the dashboard. The belt broke, and the alternator seized. When the car was repaired by the dealer they concluded the alternator and the belt malfunctioned. Also heard a grinding noise in the brakes. The dealer never did any repairs to the steering. The consumer said that the key was hot after it had been in the ignition. And the steering wheel was tight when turning to the right. The car went back to the dealer, and she did not have the tightness to the steering. But, the car was still pulling to the right. The brakes were spongy. There was a popping sound in the front wheel. There was a delay in the speed of the car. And almost had a collision.

- Cario, NY, USA

problem #2

May 242005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,800 miles
Caller says rear driver side wheel locks up under 30 mph. When caller hits brake he can feel it grab. When he tries to take off he can feel it hold longer than it should be holding. Vehicle has been to 2 different dealers, and they said it was normal. Manufacturer said they could not find anything on it in their search, and offered the caller a free oil change.

- Roundlake Beach, IL, USA

problem #1

Jul 112003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes, the pedal goes to the floor, accompanied by a grinding noise.. also the passenger seat belt retractor was replaced ph.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

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