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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 8 of 10)

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problem #53

Oct 022008


  • 49,846 miles


I was driving my 2003 Cavalier down the street and went to make a right turn into a gas station my car stopped. I got two men to push me into the station and then to the gas pump thinking I ran out of gas. Got gas car still wouldn't start. Had car towed this happened 10-2-08 someone the N looked at car 10-10-08. I was it the fuel pump.

- Reisterstown, MD, USA

problem #52

Oct 062008


  • 82,600 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that there were no events leading up to the failure. He started the vehicle and it immediately stalled. The vehicle was not towed to a dealer. An independent mechanic diagnosed the failure and stated that it was due to a fuel pump defect. The manufacturer and the dealer were not notified. The current and failure mileages were 82,600.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #51

Oct 072008


  • 46,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact is experiencing issues with the fuel pump. Through the internet, he has found many vehicles with the identical failure. The dealer stated that they would repair it at the contact's expense. They further stated that there were no recalls available. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic for diagnostic testing. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 46,000.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #50

Oct 032006


  • 119,419 miles


2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, failed to start. Had to replace the fuel pump. You are currently investigating this type of incident for my 2001- 2003 Cavaliers.

- Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #49

Sep 272008


  • 84,000 miles
I was driving on the interstate at 70 miles per hour when all of the sudden I lost all power--called a tow truck and the driver said it was the fuel pump-started looking for info on line about it and found about 500 or more complaints-the car is still sitting in my driveway waiting to be fixed-a friend let me use his truck until I can save about 700 dollars

- Welaka, FL, USA

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problem #48

Sep 302008


  • 51,348 miles
Related to NHTSA action number EA07015 my daughter was driving her 2003 Chevy Cavalier on the interstate hwy. 43 when the engine stalled. She was able to make it safely to the shoulder of the road. The fuel pump assembly had to be replaced.

- Delavan, WI, USA

problem #47

Sep 252008


  • 108,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle stalled and shut off. The contact was unable to restart the vehicle and it was towed to a repair shop. The mechanic stated that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The vehicle is currently being repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 108,000.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #46

Sep 182008


  • 75,500 miles
Driving through downtown newport news, va to work in the morning and the car was unresponsive to throttle input. After maybe two minutes the car completely died and would not start leaving me in the middle of the street. Mechanic reports bad fuel pump, apparently a common problem with 03 Chevy Cavaliers. Replaced the fuel pump and fuel filter totaling $830 parts and labor.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #45

Sep 132008


  • 37,630 miles
On 9-13-2008, my 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier with only 37620 miles on it, quit just after leaving a parking lot. I tried to restart the car but ended having it towed to the dealer where I had purchased it, because of the extended warranty on it. I was told that it was a defective fuel pump. I had them replace it along with the fuel filter. I can now see why foreign cars are so popular. I read online that I'm not the only person experiencing this problem.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #44

Sep 082008


  • 58,607 miles
My 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier only has 58,607 miles on it but the fuel pump died last week. A car with so few miles should not be experiencing a fuel pump failure. I looked online and found that many people with 2003 Cavalier's have fuel pump failure around 60,000 miles. This is an expensive repair. I paid $627. I don't have that kind of money, either. Recall or refund!

- Fargo, ND, USA

problem #43

Sep 122008


  • 57,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. The fuel pump, which has been replaced once already, failed and the vehicle became difficult to start. Also, the vehicle stalls at traffic lights or while driving 40 mph. The dealer stated that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The current mileage was 61,000 and failure mileage was 57,000.

- Whitsett, NC, USA

problem #42

Sep 082008


  • 600,000 miles
2003 Chevy Cavalier just stalls out in left hand turn lane, no warning have to have it towed away fuel pump gone only 60,000 miles just paid the car off and how big bill to fix this problem.

- Gibraltar, MI, USA

problem #41

Aug 282008


  • 60,000 miles
Our 2003 Chevy Cavalier, warranty just ended in April 08, in August 2008 our car was running fine one minute and the next it died and would not re-start. Changed fuel filter but that did not help. Took to GM shop, after $670 it was determined to be the fuel pump and fuel relay switch. Our car only has 60,000 plus miles on it. I have been reading about the possible recall on these fuel pumps. GM dealer told me to hang onto my receipt so I could be reimbursed.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #40

Aug 232008


  • 63,815 miles
Automobile suddenly stopped running during nighttime operation on highway. It was then towed to a service center where it was determined that the fuel pump and fuel filter required replacement after only 63,815 miles. I have since learned that the premature and expensive failure of the fuel pump on these automobiles is quite common. Total incident cost: $907.27.

- Winfield, IL, USA

problem #39

Aug 262008


  • 64,000 miles
Car had been running absolutely fine until I attempted to start it after picking up a package at ups store. Fuel pump needed to be replaced. It cost $530.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #38

Sep 022008


  • 68,168 miles
Was driving and car lost power and stalled as if out of gas. Had car towed and was told it was the fuel pump. Quoted price for repair is upwards of $800. The stall occurred on a busy bridge at rush hour. My research shows this is an ongoing high fail item that is a clear danger to our highways.

- Independence, KY, USA

problem #37

Aug 252008


  • 88,083 miles
Our daughter was driving our car when the motor suddenly died. She was lucky to be able to get off the highway safely. I had our repair shop tow the car for repair. Bill: $706. Part: Fuel pump/unit. It is a good thing that she was not on the interstate. These fuel pumps are defective and represent a danger to the occupants of these cars. GM needs to be made to initiate a recall!

- Castleton, NY, USA

problem #36

Aug 232008


  • 92,000 miles
Fuel pump stopped working yesterday at 92,000 miles.

- Arnold, MD, USA

problem #35

Oct 142007


  • 36,000 miles
It seems ever one had 60 grand or better until a fuel pump went. My car had 35,000 when it went on me. Now I have a question: I still have the same 2003 cavacrap and now it has an instrument cluster problem. It first started with the water temp. Gauge needle moving all the way to the speedometer gauge. This problem would correct itself ever once in a while when you shut off the car. Now all the instruments are whacked out and it will not correct itself. The car still runs fine (45,000 on it now) even with the problem I have now. Any help?? thanks in advance I have filed a complaint before this but it seems that I can not find it. Since there is no recall on the car for the problems a was having, it is obvious that Chevy does not take care of there people!!! this is my wife's car. I was in the marked and did not look at Chevy for a mode of transportation. I bought a Ford Ranger. It now has 120,000 miles on it and still going strong!!! I was a Chevy man for 22 years and now I am not!!

- Belle Vernon, PA, USA

problem #34

Aug 212008


  • 70,077 miles
On 8/21/2008 my daughter was pulling into the parking lot of her school. The car started bucking and stalled. It was fortunate that she had made it to school before it quit. Her school is on hwy 90 outside new orleans and is a major road way. This could have been ugly had it stalled on the highway. I have been told it is the fuel pump B the dealership I purchased the car from.

- Luling, LA, USA

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