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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
27,500 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier exhaust system problems

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

May 182006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 55,000 miles


1. vehicle made a moaning noise when turning at approximately 55,000 kms (and 3 years old). Replaced power steering pump and steering rack. 2. random clunking from the front end at approx. 56,000 kms. Replaced front bearings and transmission mount. 3. car lost power, had to be towed to dealership. Dealer couldn't find a problem, insisted the car was fine. I insisted on them taking it out again. Car broke down, had to be towed back to dealer again. Replaced catalytic converter and fuel ignition switch. 4. burned through 4L of oil and puffed out black smoke. Dealer couldn't locate problem. Happened again approx. 2000 kms later. Faulty piston rings, engine replaced entirely. At 61,000 kms. Now at over $11,000 cdn warranty repairs on a well maintained low mileage car. 5. random clunking noise in front is back. Going to dealer tomorrow. Warranty: Expired.

- Kamloops, 00, USA

problem #1

Jun 302003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • miles
The consumer had taken the vehicle to the dealer for a regular oil maintenance and the dealer stated the vehicle needed front alignment. The dealer replaced the front struts. The vehicle had 3700 miles. Noise had come from the dashboard, when the left door was closed, when the vehicle was driven over bumps, and when the door was closed. There was static in the radio due to looseness, and there was a rattle noise in the rear, near the exhaust, when closed. The hinges were repaied, due to a noise in the door.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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