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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 1 of 9)

problem #162

Dec 222011

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 123,769 miles


TL- the contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph the vehicle stalled with the illumination of the check oil and battery warning lamps. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the fuel pump was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance to teh contact with repairs. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 123,769. Kmj updated 01/25//12 updated 01/27/12

- Moscow Mills , MO, USA

problem #161

Oct 122011

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 275,200 miles
At approx. 67K my fuel pump failed. I purchased and installed a new fuel pump, adhering to the manufacturers installation recommendations. Less than 6 months later the new pump failed. The has been a recurring problem now for at least 10 fuel pumps. This installation recommendations have not changed and I have had the electrical system that powers the pump checked out as well. In each condition it was a no start "failure", leaving me stranded in each case and costing me hundreds of dollars in towing fees that are non-refundable. Even though the auto parts stores have been kind enough to honor the warranty most times I have still had to pay for at least 5 of the 10 fuel pumps. That's a 1 to 1 ratio. I have also read about the condition with brushes in the motor wearing out. Some of these pumps have provided 30K miles or more and others not 3K mi. This is a huge problem and I for one will not be shopping for another Chevy until this problem acknowledged and resolved. I am researching my purchases/exchanges to verify the dates and will register each one of them individually.

- Sebring, FL, USA

problem #160

Jul 042011


  • 30,000 miles
I am the owner of a 2003 Chevy Cavalier and I have 2 complaints that should have been recalls as there are many with the same 2 problems, first every gauge in my car quit working no RPM, no gas guage and no speedometer. Second ever since I bought my car for no reason at all it would just stall at redlights when I would take off, dealer said no problem, I have nearly wrecked many times because of this, the latest was today I have read many forums that say they found out it was the faulty plastic fuel pump, why no recall this is going to get someone killed.

- Sherman, TX, USA

problem #159

Dec 092009


  • 62,000 miles


The fuel pump in my 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier failed, with no warning, leaving me stranded in morning rush hour traffic on the highway. I have read on several websites that this is a common and sometimes continuous problem with this particular year's model. I am filing a formal complaint because I want GM held responsible for using defective fuel pumps.

- Kiefer, OK, USA

problem #158

Aug 292009


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated the fuel pump failed while driving at 25 mph. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic. The technician replaced the fuel pump. The manufacture was contacted. The failure mileage is 72,000.the VIN number is unknown. The failure mileage is 72,000.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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problem #157

Aug 052009

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving between 50-55 mph, the engine drastically reduced power. The driver pulled over to the side of the road. Roadside assistance was called to the scene and the vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. A certified mechanic inspected the vehicle and stated that the fuel pump failed. The vehicle is in the process of being repaired. The failure and current mileages were 75,000. Updated 09/16/09 updated 09/17/09.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #156

Jun 022009


  • 58,000 miles


2003 Cavalier cut off and would not restart. Car has 58,000 miles on it. Fuel pump had to be replaced.

- Glen Allen, VA, USA

problem #155

Jun 022009


  • 10,480 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 40 mph, the vehicle began to slow down. It then came to a complete stop before shutting off. The vehicle was restarted, but would not move. The vehicle was towed to a repair shop and the mechanic stated that the fuel pump failed. The dealer was not notified. The vehicle is currently still at the repair shop and will be repaired. Through research, the contact discovered that many consumers were experiencing the same issues with their Cavaliers. The VIN was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 10,480.

- Elizabethtown, PA, USA

problem #154

Dec 312008


  • miles
Fuel pump needs replaced on 2003 Cavalier.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #153

Dec 142008


  • 95,000 miles
I was sitting in my car waiting for my friend to get in. After he did I put my car in reverse and the engine stalled. It then would not start again. Come to find out my fuel pump went out.

- Duquoin, IL, USA

problem #152

Dec 052008


  • 70,000 miles


Fuel pump went on my 2003 car won't run had to fix and cost me $300 as I am out of work this is an expense I could not afford but had to pay as I have to be able to get around to look for work.I am a laid off auto worker.looks like I am eating peanut butter and toast this month.

- Dresden, 00, USA

problem #151

Oct 232008


  • 53,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving approximately 30 mph on normal road conditions, the engine stalled unexpectedly. The contact made several attempts to restart the engine, but it failed to restart. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. Roadside assistance was called to the scene and the vehicle was towed to her residence. The vehicle was repaired by an independent mechanic, who stated that the failure was related to the fuel pump. The failure mileage was 53,000 and current mileage was 54,000. Updated 01/14/09. Updated 01/21/09

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #150

Nov 102008


  • 50,000 miles
Car went dead because fuel pump let go at 50,000 miles the bill came to 700 and something and I have the receipt for it I do not have the old part but the garage can be contacted about how damaged it was it is a reputable garage that fixed it.

- Acushnet, MA, USA

problem #149

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 #148

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

problem #147

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 #146

Oct 192008


  • 86,600 miles
My fuel pump gave out on a 2003 Chevy Cavalier after 86,000 miles of proper maintenance. I'm not really sure of the events that lead up to this problem, but after speaking with other owners of cavy's, I am not the only one. I am having to repair this problem with 700 dollars!!! please investigate this to see if there is a possible recall on fuel pumps of Chevy Cavaliers before someone else has to come out of pocket 700 dollars.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #145

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 #144

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 #143

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

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