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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,654 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 engine problems

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 172013


  • 26,914 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle could be restarted and the vehicle function normally. The failure occurred on numerous occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 26,914 and the current mileage was 27,914.

- Conneaut, OH, USA

problem #3

Apr 072014


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that while driving at unknown speeds, the vehicle stalled. The contact mentioned that when attempting to restart the vehicle, it made a loud popping noise. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 41,000.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #2

Apr 182014

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 77,700 miles
My son was pulling into a parking lot and as he describes it, everything but the radio went dead all by itself (the engine died and there was no power steering or brakes). Obviously the same symptoms as the current recalls. I called the dealer and was told the car isn't on the list. I've complained to Chevy and am getting the runaround by multiple members of their "consumer support team" (we've assigned you a service request number but I am to wait until it happens again and then bring it in "so we could start reviewing on your case"). I took it to my own mechanic and he ran a bunch of tests but couldn't find anything that would cause the car to die.

- Redmond, WA, USA

problem #1

Jul 152009

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Went to start car to go to store and it would not start. Luckily it was at home when it decided to stop working. Towed to garage and they said it was the fuel pump. The garage replaced the fuel pump and it fixed the no start issue. I had no idea that this was the process to start a recall investigation or I would have said long ago. There has been lots of recalls lately on GM and this same Cavalier decided not to start twice after the fuel pump, once in 2011 was the timing chain then again December 2012 that I still have to diagnose which led me to research recalls. Each time the car stopped working luckily it was in my driveway each and every time. The timing chain there was some warning, it would sometimes buck, other times it was fussy on starting and it would stall at stop lights. I will report a new issue if I can find out the 3rd unknown 2012 issue.

- Bridgewater, WY, USA

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