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Crashes / Fires:
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Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
59,713 miles

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier fuel system problems

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments (Page 2 of 9)

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problem #142

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 #141

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 #140

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 #139

Sep 222008


  • 60,000 miles


I was driving on a busy interstate and my 2003 Chevy Cavalier just died and would not restart. It was very dangerous. I luckily was able to coast off of the road. Fuel pump failed with no warning. The car only has 60K miles.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #138

Sep 122008


  • 63,500 miles
My car after being kept up since purchase of the car brand new just stopped working the other day. Now I'm being told it is my fuel pump and to come to this site because 1,000S upon 1,000S of customer with 2003 Chevy. Cav. Have been having the same problem but this is not being recalled. There telling me this is going to be a cost of over 700$ for parts and labor. What about the tow and the fact I broke down in the rain and almost got hit by cars"?" this needs to be taken care of.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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problem #137

Aug 302003


  • 56,172 miles
Car stalled while driving on interstate. Not a very good situation to be in. 60,000 miles purchased brand new. Fuel pump replacement and towing costs. Stranded on major interstate. Very unsafe conditions. What a poor product. Evidently this is notorious for the 03 Chevy Cavalier. Thanks GM. Where is the recall?

- Reeseville, WI, USA

problem #136

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 #135

Jul 222008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for routine maintenance. While at the dealer, the contact attempted to place the gear into park, but it would not turn over. The dealer stated that the fuel pump needed to be replaced. The fuel pump was replaced, but the contact believes that it should be under recall. The current and failure mileages were 44,000. Updated 09/15/08 updated 09/18/08.

- Wilmerding, PA, USA

problem #134

Jul 032008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While the contact's daughter was driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle completely shut off without warning. The vehicle would not restart and had to be towed. A mechanic diagnosed the vehicle as having fuel pump failure. The current and failure mileages were 58,000. Updated 09/10/08. Updated 09/11/08

- Wisconsin Rapids, WI, USA

problem #133

Jun 222008


  • 55,223 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 55 mph, the vehicle suddenly shut off. The contact did not notice any differences in the vehicle prior to the failure. The vehicle is currently being diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 54,200. Updated 07/09/08 the consumer stated the fuel pump was replaced. Updated 07/08/08.

- Tecumsch, MI, USA

problem #132

Jun 062008


  • 97,500 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While merging into traffic at 15 mph and making a left turn, the vehicle lost power and everything shut off. The vehicle was pushed to the side of the road and then towed to a mechanic. The mechanic diagnosed the fuel pump as the cause of the failure. The current and failure mileages were 97,500.

- Woodscross, UT, USA

problem #131

Jun 042008


  • 79,712 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While attempting to start the vehicle, it would immediately stall. The vehicle was towed to a dealer and they stated that the fuel pump was the cause of the failure. The contact is in the process of having the vehicle repaired. The failure and current mileages were 79,712.

- Carlisle, PA, USA

problem #130

Jun 012008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevy Cavalier. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph the vehicle stalled as if it had ran out of gas. The contact the dealer and described the failures he was expereicning. The technician gave him a quote for the repairs. The vehicle has not been repaired as of current date. The failure mileage and current mileage was 71000. (SC) updated 06/25/08. The consumer stated the problem was the fuel pump. Updated 06/25/08

- Denver, CO, USA

problem #129

May 242008


  • 100,000 miles
Fuel pump appears to be a problem with everyone I have talked to on 2003 Chevrolet Cavaliers before 100,000. I have a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier now and wondered if a recall on this can be enforced. This is a very common problem with this car and year. NHTSA is loaded with complaints regarding this, but no recall enforced yet. Can this be done? thank you.

- Benton Harbor, MI, USA

problem #128

May 212008


  • 62,000 miles
Fuel pump failed at 62,000 miles, maintained by new car dealer. I strongly suggest an investigation into the rate of failure of fuel pumps for this model after speaking to several mechanics at the GM service center.

- Bloomdale, OH, USA

problem #127

Mar 012007


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle shut off in the middle of the road without warning. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the fuel pump failed and made the replacement. A few days after the repair, the headlights stopped working and the electrical system was rewired. Recently, the engine failed and the vehicle was towed to the dealer. The contact does not yet know the cause of the failure and the vehicle is still at the dealer for repair. The failure mileage was 73,000. Updated 06/16/08

- Amherst, NY, USA

problem #126

Jan 152008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 52,000 miles
I was on my way to work during a heavy traffic time. As I was attempting to cross 2 lanes of traffic to turn left, my car stalled while I was in the middle of the oncoming lanes. It would not start again. Luckily there was no one behind me so I was able to get out of my car and push it back to the street that I was turning from. The car would not turn over. A tow truck was called to take my car to the repair shop. After paying $570 and only 50,000 miles I had a new fuel pump put in the car.

- Valdosta , GA, USA

problem #125

May 112008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 100,036 miles
The fuel pump went out of my wife's car, leaving her stranded for hours with 3 kids in the car. Please look into this problem as it seems to be a recurring incident.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #124

May 092008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
I filled up my gas tank and when I got home my car stalled so I called and got it checked out and it was my fuel pump so its been replaced and still have the old fuel pump.

- Freeland, PA, USA

problem #123

May 062008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 38,000 miles
Fuel pump went out on my 2003 Chevy Cavalier under 40000 miles. I hear this I S pretty common with this model so I would like a recall opened on it.

- Colchester, VT, USA

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