Print this page


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
54,025 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier fuel system problems

fuel system problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #12

May 092008


  • 51,200 miles


I have a 2003 Chevy Cavalier and my fuel pump failed at 51,200 miles. It was extremely sudden. I had to have it replaced for a total of $460.46usd. I've had the car for a little over a year now and I have driven the car respectfully. This needs to be addressed and recalled asap.

- Altoona, PA, USA

problem #11

Mar 092008


  • miles
2003 Chevy Cavalier fuel pump keeps quitting.

- Austinburg, OH, USA

problem #10

Jan 282008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,026 miles
I own a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, and earlier this morning, the vehicle failed to crank after I was able to roll it into a parking spot. After some trouble shooting, I was able to narrow it down to the fuel pump was not coming on when the iginition was turned on. I caught a ride back to my house and began doing a little research and noticed this was a common trait for the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. That is fuel pump failure around 60,000+ miles. My Cavalier has just a little over 64,000 miles on it. My car's failure was perfectly described in the many forums I read over. That's when I decided to check for any other recalls on this year car. I noticed that the NHTSA #PE07033 and the engineering analysis #EA07-015 pertained directly to my personal experience with this problem.

- Enterprise, AL, USA

problem #9

Dec 242007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 84,595 miles


Fuel pump dies, hundreds of accounts: from phone interview was going 60 mph when pump quit, made it to the side of the road.

- Mason, OH, USA

problem #8

Dec 042007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Fuel pump went out while driving causing vehicle to stall while on roadway and had to be pushed to a safe location. There was no previous warning that fuel pump was failing. Due to several other occurrences I've found online, this is a common problem with this particular make/model/year of vehicle.

- Chanhassen, MN, USA

Search for these popular complaint phrases...

problem #7

Jan 012007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
I was driving my car to go get groceries with my 2 yr old son. The car has no problems and drove fine there. I attempted to pull out of the parking lot and my car stalled. I tried again and it stalled once more. I managed to turn the engine over enough times to get it out of the middle of the parking lot. It was around 8pm and getting cold and I had not only to deal with this, but have a young child out in the cold whether when he should be going to bed. I called my boyfriend and he picked us up and he looked at the car a bit since he knows quite a bit about cars. He could not find anything obvious so we had it towed for testing to mechanic he knows. The mechanic was generous enough to give us a bit of a discount on the tow and fuel pump, but getting this repaired was still costly. I ended up paying half and my boyfriend was generous enough to help me pay for the other half. Being a single mom and still finishing up school I did not have the money at the time to replace something that gave me no warning and should have been recalled in the first place. I'm glad this didn't happen on the interstate with my son. People couple have gotten hurt if we were in an accident. GM needs to realize how big of an issue this is.

- Oak Ceek , WI, USA

problem #6

Oct 192007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


My daughter was merging onto the highway going 45 mph when her car just stopped. It wouldn't restart and she was stuck in a travel lane. There was only about 2 feet between the lane and the steel median barrier so almost half of her car was in the travel lane. We called the police and they stopped and redirected traffic until the tow truck arrived. This happened on a Friday night at 10:30pm.

- New Market, MD, USA

problem #5

Oct 182007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
Making an addition to NHTSA action number PE07033: I was driving and all of a sudden my 2003 Chevy Cavalier's trac light came on (stating that the ets system was disabled) and then the car stalled. Car was running perfect beforehand and had no telltale signs of failure. I was able to drift into the center turn lane and out of harm's way. I attempted to restart the car. It would crank, but wouldn't turn over. Car had about half tank of gas. Car was towed to nearest repair shop where I was told the fuel pump went. Car has only 61,000 miles and this is totally unacceptable. According to this is becoming a common problem. This could potentially pose a major safety concern if this happens during high-traffic, on the freeway, etc., and result in a crash.

- Clinton Twp, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 252007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,400 miles
Failed fuel pump on a 2003 Chevy Cavalier.

- Grand Prairie, TX, USA

problem #3

Jun 082007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,078 miles
Car died on highway....had it towed into the dealer. I had the fuel pump replaced at a cost of $978.47. While at the dealer I spoke with another person having the same repair done for the 3rd time on the same model and year car. After doing some research I have found many people with this make, model and year car having the same repair made. There is an obvious issue that must be handled by GM. Please help us with this. We could have been in a serious accident as the car just died in the middle of the highway with no notice. Thank you

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #2

May 262007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 50,002 miles
50,002 miles on my 03 Cavalier which I bought new. Needs new fuel pump already. Bad news. Very expensive to fix. I found many other complaints on this issue for the 03 Cavalier while doing online research. Chevy needs to recall.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

May 152007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
While driving the 2003 Cavalier it just quit. It ended up needing a new fuel pump and filter. It only had 63,000 miles on it!

- Navarre, FL, USA

Not what you are looking for?