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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,500 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 022004


  • Manual transmission
  • miles


I bought a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier in Jan. '03 and now the air compressor has locked up. Since I live in Texas, it is essential to have proper A/C in the vehicle. The extended warranty wasn't offered to me at the time of purchase, and now the vehicle is just past the 3 year/ 36,000 mile warranty. The dealership is telling me that it will cost me at least $900 to repair, then after the repair is complete, I will be offered the extended warranty. I can't believe that a car that is less than 2 years old, with less than 40,000 miles on it, could already have this type of problem. I feel like this is a manufacturing issue, and as such, the corporation should pay for the repairs.

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 012004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
4/1/2004-check engine light came on. Fucillo stated that it was the emission control and that the part was on national backorder. Terry stated he did not know when part will be in. Rear axel rattles and tires are worn on the inside. Fucillo stated that there is another Cavalier in with the same problem and they have no idea what it is. They changed defective muffler and replaced brackets. 4/5/2004-took car to bresee Chevrolet. They will not work on it because fucillo did so much work on it. Bresee had no idea of national back order on part. They said they would ship the part up to fucillo. Svc mgr stated that the rear axle is not aligned. They said that we have a lemon and that if they had sold this car to us, they would have replaced it by now. Called fucillo back & talked to terry riordan and got nowhere.

- North Syracuse, NY, USA

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