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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,190 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #4

Aug 312004


  • 8,161 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that the vehicle could not be shifted out of park. When the contact inserted the key into the ignition switch, it became difficult to turn and the overhead light did not turn off. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 8,161.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #3

Jan 142014

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 88,000 miles
When shifting auto transmission into reverse gear from park the clip that holds the shift cable onto the shift lever on the transmission broke. Dealer told me that entire shift cable must be purchased to get the small clip that holds cable end to transmission shift lever. I went to a local junk yard to find this small clip (part) and was astonished to find that every auto of this year and make had the similar problem. All of these autos has the cable wired to the shift lever. Some used a wire tie to secure the lever to cable. The tow truck driver who responded to tow my vehicle said he sees this problem "all the time". when I called the local Chevy dealer they said they were out of stock for this cable and clip and had to order it. This may also indicate that this problem is wide spread. If this shift cable were to fall off while trying to manually shift the auto transmission, well, I am sure you understand the results.

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 062013


  • 108,600 miles
Drove 54 miles last veneing to safeway, bought milk there. Drove home, then went to leave for work today, and my clutch had failed overnight. It is the clutch hydraulic system that has failed.

- Arlington, WA, USA

problem #1

May 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles
While driving at 45 - 50 mph on the highway the transmission completely failed, without warning and the wheels on the car locked up. The car came to a complete stop without warning and 3 cars swerved off the road to avoid a rear end collision. Once out of the car it could not even be pushed off the road. The mechanic noted that all the egears were broken and the transmission could not even be rebuilt. A transmission had to be pulled from totalled Cavalier and rebuilt to get my car running. Without the rebuilt transmission, parts could have cost up to $2500 plus labor. I was disappointed/scared that such a thing could happen without warning. Had I been driving on the interstate I could have been killed or seriously injured if another car had hit us. I was disappointed because I take very good care of my car and have never had any serious problems with it.

- Palatine, IL, USA

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