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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
75,575 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier fuel system problems

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments (Page 7 of 10)

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problem #73

Nov 082008


  • 147,000 miles


2003 Chevy Cavalier fuel pump went out car would not crank tried fuel filter first.

- Clayton, NC, USA

problem #72

Sep 012008


  • 110,000 miles
Fuel pump on 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier went out. Only have 110,000 miles on car. We were driving down I59 when car stalled out. Car has been sitting in drive way for 2 months because we can not afford to dish out $600 right now. I called GM and they said we pay for the diagnostic they may be able to help with repair. I know it is a long shot but worth a try. If they do not pay for repair it will be another 2 months before we can get our car back because we will have to pay a little out of each paycheck. There goes christmas.

- Brookwood, AL, USA

problem #71

Sep 122004


  • 66,000 miles
While stop at a red light veh.cut off and would not re-star. Towed to the dealer and I was told that it was the fuel pump. Cost $1,050. I also have problems with electric windows, two motors replaced, one switch and still having problems. Besides that no complain.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #70

Nov 072008


  • 65,000 miles


Fuel pump stalled on 2003 Chevy Cavalier while driving on interstate.

- Corbin, KY, USA

problem #69

Aug 212007


  • 65,000 miles
Fuel pump went out at 65,000 miles last year.....didn't realize it was such an issue until I was researching it.

- Queen Creek, AZ, USA

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problem #68

Nov 052008


  • 45,964 miles
I have an '03 Chevy Cavalier with 45,000 miles. On 11/5/08 trying to get home from work the car would not start. The fuel pump can not be heard when the key is turned to the accessory position. Their have been investigations regarding this issue by dot & GM, but no recall. GM is aware that gasoline prematurely corrodes the starter on these models, but has done nothing about it. The cost to replace this part is very high, & the service life of this part should be much greater, especially since it poses a great hazard if it fails while driving.

- New Ipswich, NH, USA

problem #67

Nov 022008


  • 110,000 miles


While driving my 2003 Cavalier on Sunday 11-2-08, the car shut off and I lost my power steering and brakes with cars behind. It luckily happened before an intersection so I was barely able to pull off the road. Anyways my fuel pump went out. Now I can't even start my car. I saw there are over 550 complaints, is Chevy just waiting for someone to get hurt before they decide to recall this faulty equipment" how many complaints do they need" while driving at a faster speed and your car shuts off and you lose brakes and power steering, a person will have a pretty severe accident. Chevy needs to recall and replace all 2003 Cavaliers' fuel pump, people don't have money to waste on this faulty equipment. I pretty much am never buying a Chevy again.

- Marionville, MO, USA

problem #66

Oct 272008


  • 62,000 miles
The car has been in two accidents. The both were completely repaired, the rear lights have had problems due to poor connections and the fuel pump went out.

- Byron, MN, USA

problem #65

Oct 232008


  • 70,000 miles
Car wouldn't start after putting gas in it. Car was towed to Chevy dealer, fuel pump replaced, and after three days car wouldn't start again.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #64

Oct 252008


  • 75,000 miles
My car almost came to complete stop on the freeway after it post power and started slowing down. Luckily was able to coast off the freeway offramp. My mechanic said it was the fuel pump on my 2003 Chevy Cavalier. After internet searching, I saw that many, many others had the same problems and that it should be on the recall list. Put my name on that complaint list. Maybe after someone dies will they get the part recalled.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #63

Oct 242008


  • 110,000 miles


I was driving down the highway and my car started to shut off. My fuel pump went out.

- Lititz, PA, USA

problem #62

Oct 202008


  • 81,000 miles
My 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier broke down with me and my daughter in it. It just stopped running. Come to find out it was the fuel pump and when I had it looked at the person said that a lot of them are having the same issue. All at around 60,000 to 80,000 miles. It seems that the electrical connection is faulty and melts. It seems that some people have had fires. When I searched online I found thousands of people with the same problem. I'm just glad that I was not one of the unfortunate people that had a fire.

- Maineville, OH, USA

problem #61

Sep 282008


  • 99,000 miles
No start and stall condition on my 2003 Cavalier. It started with a no start. After reading on the internet about someone pounding on their fuel tank I attempted this and tried to restart the car and it restarted. This frequency of no starts has increased. Recently while driving, the car stalls as if the car is out of gas. Once it stalls it will not start. I banged on the bottom of the fuel tank and attempted to restart the car and it would start. The frequency of the stalls also are increasing and occurs when driving regardless of speed. The last stall was on Oct. 22, 2008 while traveling at 50 mph. The restarts are becoming more difficult. It now requires one person to turn the ignition while one is under the car pounding on the fuel tank. It appears to be a faulty fuel pump. The engine turns over but appears to not be receiving gas. The fuel filter has already been replaced.

- Rainier, WA, USA

problem #60

Oct 162008


  • 70,000 miles
The fuel pump has gone out on my 2003 Chevy Cavalier (79,000 miles) 4 times in 4 months!

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #59

Oct 152008


  • 53,748 miles
I have a 2003 Chevy Cavalier with 53,000 miles on it, I have always changed the fuel filters, never let the fuel go under 1/4 tank. One day I was driving, and the car died with no alert. I lost all power, power steering, power assisted brakes, everything in the middle of the road going 60 mph with traffic all around me. I could not press the brakes hard enough to stop the vehicle so I activated my 4-way flashers and coasted off to the side of the road and used my emergency brake to completely stop. I was 10 miles away from my home so I had the vehicle towed to my house until I could figure out what to do with it, that tow bill was $120. I am unable to drive to work and loosing about $100 a day and now I will have to tow the vehicle to a repair shop because of this faulty part and spend approximately $900 on a problem that I have read occurs more often than it should.

- Cheektowaga, NY, USA

problem #58

Oct 182008


  • 120,000 miles
Failure of fuel pump while driving on a 2 land highway uphill with a semi truck behind me. Due to loss of power, and nowhere to immediately pull off of the roadway, I was slowing quickly and the semi truck driver had to brake hard to avoid rear ending me. Was able to find a spot to pull off safely (large ditch on side of road where pump failed initially.

- Logansport, IN, USA

problem #57

Jul 122008


  • 54 miles
Fuel pump quit working at 54, 437 miles on the interstate while driving at 65mph. Car was towed to a Chevy dealership and replacement cost of the pump and fuel filter cost 1.102.20 to repair. There have been tons of these GM fuel pumps going bad and owners posting this problem on the net. There should be a recall on there poorly made pump and the high cost to repair there problem.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #56

Oct 132008


  • 89,000 miles
2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. Driving on turnpike and lost power to vehicle went from 70 to 45mph and then totally came to a stop almost got into a crash. First time it occurred car has 89K mi. Car would start but not crank. Checked fuel line and no pressure. Took to mechanic and the fuel pump needed to be replaced should not have to be replaced for about ten years. Was told several complaints about this vehicle fuel pump from years 2001 to 2003 and from 50K to 90mi. Needed is a new fuel pump and assembly.

- Windermere, FL, USA

problem #55

Oct 142008


  • 72,000 miles
2003 Chevy Cavalier fuel pump. While driving down the interstate the vehicle was starting to act as if it was not getting any gas. There were no signs of a problem leading up to the fuel pump going out. All of a sudden the vehicle just died and I was left rolling while attempting to merge on to a local highway. I found out that this problem costs well over $800 dollars to repair. I then began to research and noticed that around 60,000 to 70,000 miles that there is quite a lot of people with the same problem. I believe that this can be dangerous and should be investigated.

- Chattanooga, TN, USA

problem #54

Oct 112008


  • 110,200 miles
My 2003 Chevy Cavalier has been experiencing intermittent startup issues and occasional "chugging" while driving - seemed like the car would lurch ahead at times, has also briefly stalled at lights. On 10/11/08, the car would briefly turn over and start for less than a minute, shut off, and afterwards refused to start. Had car towed from my residence to mechanic shop who alerted me that fuel pressure was low. Fuel electronics were functioning as per computer check, turned out to be a bad fuel pump. Car is at ~110,300 miles. Had spark plugs, fuel filter, engine belt replaced in March & April of 2008.

- The Plains, OH, USA

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