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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
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 7 of 9)

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problem #42

Jul 302007


  • Manual transmission
  • 59,000 miles


Engine stalled suddenly & would not restart. Car had to be towed and fuel pump had to be replaced. Vehicle has only 59,000 miles.

- Maquoketa, IA, USA

problem #41

Jul 292007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,600 miles
My 2003 Chevy Cavalier stopped in the middle of a major highway. Had to flag people down to help push it off of the road. Turns out to be a bad fuel pump that needs replacing.

- Pace, FL, USA

problem #40

Jul 252007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,720 miles
No events leading to failure. Car lost all power and shut down within 75 yards. Would not restart after waiting numerous attempts, waiting, etc.. had vehicle towed and fuel pump replaced.

- Cumbola, PA, USA

problem #39

Jul 272007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 78,000 miles


While cruising at 55 mph engine surged several times then simply quit on busy highway. Approx 78,000 miles. Had to tow 35 miles and faced with very expensive replacement!

- Georgetown, OH, USA

problem #38

Jul 172007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,199 miles
My 2003 Chevy Cavalier has stalled out several times while I was driving down the road at speeds not over 25 mph. This was very scary and it definitely could have caused a big problem at a higher rate of speed, because you lose everything when it dies. I just had to replace the fuel pump, on a car that is less than 4 years old, has less than 32,000 miles on it, and all maintenance has been completed per dealer recommendations. The cars warranty was the 3 year/ 30,000 mile warranty, so the dealership would not have helped with the repair bill. There is something not quite right about this car even though the fuel pump has been replaced, at times it goes by itself without my foot on the gas pedal- I have to apply the brake to slow it down.

- Hampton, VA, USA

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problem #37

Jul 252007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,600 miles
My 2003 Chevy Cavalier stalled out while going 35 miles an hour. The car was towed to an auto shop where they informed me my fuel pump failed. I did research online and found this forum including 120 similar experiences: the fuel pump was replaced for approximately $650 dollars, which includes towing, labor and parts.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #36

Apr 302007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,402 miles


Sitting in drive-thru and motor quit. Had to push car to parking spot. Towed to dealer and they found no fuel pressure from fuel pump. Replaced fuel pump assy.

- Lees Summit, MO, USA

problem #35

Jul 162007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
My 2003 Chevy Cavalier with 55,000 miles was running fine, then one day after doing some grocery shopping, I started the car and it stalled. Trying to pull out of a parking space in the shopping center, the car stalled at least 6 more times. The check engine light came on at start up and stayed on. I drove the car around the parking lot of the shopping center and it started to settle down. I decided to try and drive it home where there is an auto shop I use right by my house. The car didn't make it even a 1/2 mile (only to the next traffic light) where it stalled at the red light leaving me stranded in the middle of a buy intersection. I had some guys from a local Goodyear shop help me push the vehicle into their parking lot, from which I had the car towed to my local shop. On investigation the car needed a new fuel pump, which a GM authorized dealer would sell for $700.

- Greensburg, PA, USA

problem #34

Jul 122007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled and failed to restart. The contact struck the gas tank with a hammer and the vehicle restarted temporarily. Currently, the vehicle will no longer start. There is an ongoing investigation (# PE 07033) regarding the fuel pump. The current and failure mileages were 67,000.

- Oak Harbor, OH, USA

problem #33

Mar 172007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
While driving my car stalled. I was able to start it again, but again it stalled, and afterward it would not start. I had my mechanic help me move the car to his shop, where upon further examination he determined that my Cavalier's fuel pump had failed while the car was in motion. The fuel pump failed at only 56K miles! this is unacceptable, if I were on a major highway when the vehicle stalled people could have died!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #32

Jul 052007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,170 miles


Fuel pump died at 65000 miles... 35,000 miles before first tune-up iwa sscheduled.

- South Euclid, OH, USA

problem #31

May 182007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,083 miles
2003 Cavalier's fuel pump failed at 15 mph.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #30

Jan 152007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Had to replace fuel pump on a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier at 65,000 miles. This occured on 01/15/07. I was needing to leave my residence and the Cavalier would not start. I had the car towed to molle Chevrolet,411 mockave. Blue springs, mo. They made the determination of the fuel pump failure and replaced the part as well as the fuel filter.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #29

Mar 282007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 70 mph, the vehicle shut off and failed to accelerate. The mechanic stated that the cause of failure was the fuel pump and then made the replacement. Approximately two months later, while driving 30 mph, the failure recurred. As of July 5, 2007, the vehicle has not been repaired. The current mileage is 62,000 and failure mileage was 60,000.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #28

Jun 062007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,242 miles
There was no lead in to fuel pump failure. Stopped after work to purchase a grocery item and then returned to vehicle. At that point the Chevy Cavalier would not start. Aaa came and towed vehicle to repair facility. I was shocked that a vehicle with less then 35,000 mile would have a sudden failure of this sort without any warning or symptom. I feel fortunate that I was not driving at the time.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #27

Jan 172006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,999 miles
2003 Chevy Cavalier. Fuel pump failed while traveling on interstate I-70. Therefore, car stalled and had to secure a tow truck. Car was towed to the nearest Chevrolet dealer, molle chevrelot in blue springs, Missouri. Repairs were approximately $1,000 to replace fuel pump which is located in the gas tank. I paid for the repairs and feel that I should be reimbursed from General Motors.

- Higginsville, MO, USA

problem #26

Jun 282007


  • miles
I was driving down the highway when my 2003 Cavalier began to slow down, I thought this was odd because I was still holding down the accelerator. The car seemed to be able to maintain a speed of about 60mph for about another mile when the car began to slow again then the car could not accelerate over 40mph and it eventually died completely in the middle of the highway with cars doing 70mph zooming past me. I finally made it to the shoulder of the highway and had the car towed, after performing troubleshooting, I found out it is the fuel pump that has gone out and needs to be replaced. My car only has 57,000 miles on it and at the time I still had half of a tank full of fuel, I never let the tank get below half way since I have owned the car. After doing some research I came across hundreds of other people that have the same exact year, make and model as my car that are having the same problem and it seems to happen when the car gets around 55,000 - 68,000 miles on it. This is very unsafe issue and there needs to be a recall.

- Meridianville, AL, USA

problem #25

Apr 132006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
2003 Chevy Cavalier fuel pump failed. Found out that there were several people with this problem and that there is an investigation going on either by you or the national transportation safety board. Would like to file a complaint to be looked into by someone other than the Chevy company.

- Mansfield, TX, USA

problem #24

Jun 262007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,500 miles
After only 63,000 I have to replace the fuel pump in the 03 Cavalier. I have noticed up to 150 entries on a site where this is the situation. GM has sold a product to only run for 3 years. I went out with out warning, I missed half a day of work and now how knows how many hours to repair since I can only afford the part not the hours at a garage. I will keep the part for inspection if you need it.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #23

Jun 212007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
1.on June 21 my 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier stopped in the middle of a street with no warning. 2.the fuel pump had quit working so I had it towed and had to replace the pump. 3. old part is available. My car only has 60,000 miles on it. From looking in google, there are hundreds of identical complaints from owner of 2003 Cavaliers.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

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