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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,050 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 #5

Nov 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,748 miles


The contact experienced sudden unwanted acceleration. The contact was trying to park when the vehicle accelerated and crashed into another vehicle. The vehicle was repaired by a service dealer that did not tell her the cause. She believed the problem was caused by the cruise control. Updated 11/30/05.

- St. Louis, MO, USA

problem #4

Dec 012003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
There are numerous things, and the delaership has convinced GM, because I wrote GM about the problems with this, that I am making this stuff up to get an SUV. First the radio wasn't working, they put the cable back on said it was loose, its still not sounding like a radio should. Next was the popping in the front end, dealership turned rotors, under warranty back brakes squealed real loud they said it was dust I had to pay for that. Back brakes still squeal, front end still pops like a bad cv joint. Trunk wouldn't shut had to keep slamming it. Took it back they greased it worked for awhile starting to get hard to shut sometimes. Brake lights and back lights and cruise control quit working. Took it to dealership at least 5 or 6 times till they finally replaced it how long it will last I don't know. Front sun visor popped when it hung up in rear view mirror real floppy can't use it no more dealer said they ordered it in December. Still waiting not fixed. Real bad odor of gas in car when tank is half full, no explanation as to why. Seat belt makes a funny noise when you are wearing it, pins you back against seat real hard. No explanation for that. Have to stop and jerk on it to loosen it like a seat belt should work. Dealer says I am imagining this stuff because I do not want car, bought it new still paying for it. Been trying to get rid of it they have everyone convinced I am a psycho woman wanting an SUV and thats why I am complaining that is all false. Just plain hate a car I am paying for.

- Sevierville, TN, USA

problem #3

Jun 012004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
I have researched the information regarding GM recall 04083, regarding the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier having faulty tail lights. My 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier has the same exact problems described in this recall. I have contacted GM and have finally been told that my vehicle's VIN: [xxx] is not involved in the recall. Is there any thing that I can do short of paying for the repair parts myself? updated 07/24/2012 information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Holmen, WI, USA

problem #2

Nov 222004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Right rear brake light and turn signal turned on intermittently which caused cruise control to work sporadically.

- Ansley, NE, USA

problem #1

Aug 202003


  • 1,500 miles
While driving at any speed and whenever the consumer depressed the brake pedal vehicle lost power. Also, intermittently cruise control engaged on its own. Vehicle would have to be turned off to disengage it. Vehicle was taken to dealer several times, and the dealer could not find the causes of the problems.

- Harrison, MI, USA

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