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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,400 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

Apr 132010


  • 103,000 miles


I was heading out of my house in the evening and got about 2 or 3 miles from my home when I went to make a left turn through an intersection. Middle of the intersection my vehicle started to sputter and would not accelerate when I applied pressure to gas pedal. I was only able to coast just enough to clear the intersection and my vehicle ended up shutting down in the middle of the road. This problem occurred with out warning, no signs, no lights my vehicle just gave out on me in the middle of an intersection had it occurred just 5 seconds before I cleared the intersection I may have been seriously injured or worst it could have been a fatal accident. I do know that there are plenty of 2003 Chevy Cavalier owners who have experienced this same problem and it needs to be addressed. and other consumer review sites give detailed scenarios of this dangerous fuel pump failure and its abrupt occurrence. This problem has occurred at mileage as low as 7,000 and works its way up. I would like to be spoken with personally by someone on the board and for reasons why this problem doesn't seem to be an important safety issue. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Collingdale, PA, USA

problem #4

May 112007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles
In extreme heat or cold temperatures inside vehicle the speedometer will jump in intervals of five mph. Sometimes it will reset itself if left alone. If passes 70 mph mark it will continue rising until it pointed downward towards the odometer.

- Hot Springs, AR, USA

problem #3

Aug 012006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 43,500 miles
The speedometer sticks on my 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. For example, if it is stuck at 40 mph while standing still, on acceleration it will rise according to the speed attained.

- Chesapeake, VA, USA

problem #2

Apr 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 Chevrolet Cavalier gear became stuck wide open. When using the passing gear the engine stuck open. The consumer forced to placed the vehicle into neutral and coasted to side of the road. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who indicated that the idle valve was stuck.

- Polo, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 022005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,500 miles
1/2/05-car was stopped at an intersection when it began to lunge into traffic, car was put in neutral where it continued to lunge until a right turn was made, car is in service today 1/3/05.

- Eureka, MO, USA

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