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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
81,412 miles
Total Complaints:
13 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replacement of window motor (7 reports)
  2. not sure (6 reports)
2003 Chevrolet Cavalier windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #13

Jan 012011

Cavalier LSSport 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


It is obvious the problem is with the fact the mech that allows the window to go all the way down with one touch (drivers side only) vs. The holding the button down until the window is all the way down (passenger side window). Two different mechs and only one seems to have issue. Chev should repair as a recall as this is a manuf. Issue. Chevy doesn't address the problems with the cav as recalls the fuel pump, auto window, brake pulsating, and lets not forget the gears in the dash controling all the gages (that was a painful one). Oh they did address the brake/tail light issue. I will see if my dealer will be giving me a hard time on this one when I try to get it fixed. Don't think I will buy another Chevy again.

- , Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #12

Mar 162011

Cavalier ES 3.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Can't disconnect because I like to have the windows down sometimes, also need the window when my son smokes in the Car. I can't go through any drive-throughs.

When someone puts it down by mistakes, it only goes up an inch at a time, then have to wait another 20 or more minutes to make it go up a bit more.

- , Barrie, Ontario, Canada

problem #11

May 052011

Cavalier LS 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles

I fixed 4, yes, you read it correctly, four power window motors by myself because the stealership wanted $700 for just one! I replaced the regulator and motor on the front 2 doors and it was $190 a piece at a parts store. The rears were just the motor only and it was $50 a piece. It took about 20 hours total. I had one go out, then another, then 2 went out in two days. The front left was already replaced at least once before I got the car because the rivets were already drilled out. The guy at the parts store gave me a lifetime warranty and he said it will go out again, so save your receipt. GM only will give a one year warranty. If you fix one window, you are better off fixing them all.

- , Nashville, TN, USA

problem #10

May 022011

Cavalier LS 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles


This is my daughter's car and I do all the maintenance. The driver side power window motor has been replaced 3 times now! The rear driver side once and now the passenger side front will need to be changed today. This is an old design motor and doesn't hold up very well. The dealership wanted $600+ tax to replace the driver side front motor and regulator, that's with my daughter's friends employee discount and I say, "NO!" She lives 2 hours away and I told her to bring the car home and I'll do it myself. I bought a new regulator and motor from EBAY for under $100 with lifetime warranty and did it myself. I did the driver rear motor last year.

It's unbelievable, 7 power window motors had to be replaced in less than 8 years and the passenger rear stopped working this morning! I am a retired certified ASE and GM Tech and do all the work myself. So, I will have replaced 3 window motors and regulators in 3 weeks time! At least I was smart enough to order and extra power window motor because I will need it to fix the rear window! On the bright side, everything else works just fine!

- , Thompsons Station, TN, US

problem #9

Dec 172009

Cavalier LS Sport 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,860 miles

My driver's side front window started going up and down very slowly until one day it just stopped. I would have to wait 10-15 seconds before I could try it again, and even then it would only move half an inch. It happened sometime in December and it wasn't much of an issue, but now it's getting warmer and I'm getting tired of having to walk into fast food restaurants because I cant go through the drive through. I called the dealership and they estimated it would cost $450 to replace the motor and regulator! No thanks, I'll buy online. The front passenger will be next, and the rear passenger I can tell wont be long after that.

- , New Cumberland, PA, USA

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problem #8

Sep 032009

Cavalier LS 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

I have suffered with this malfunction all winter due to not having a garage to work in. I have had other problems that required more immediate attention so I have not gotten it fixed. In my opinion and experience, when a business sells faulty merchandise, it is their responsibility in full to repair it. I can't believe that it hasn't been recalled. I want Chevrolet to fix it at their cost and at my convenience.

- , Clarion, IA, USA

problem #7

Mar 022010

Cavalier LS

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,500 miles


So far this is the only problem I've had with the car but a major one at the same time. We were about 30 minutes away from home, and of course it was snowing; when the window got stuck down! I had my 3 young children with me at the time and we were freezing! The window had never been a problem before but when I took it in to have it looked at they told me the motor was bad. They also said that the window motors are a common problem with Cavaliers, not sure if that's true or not but it's something to keep in mind.( btw it was $132 to fix!)

- , Cassopolis, MI, USA

problem #6

Nov 042007

Cavalier LS Sport 2.2L Ecotec

  • Manual transmission
  • 55,000 miles

Drivers side window failed - in the down position. Quite a pain to replace, and should not have failed so soon. I don't even use the window very often. I can tell the passenger side window will need to be replaced soon too.

- , Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #5

Jun 122009

Cavalier SPC 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

About 3 years ago my driver's window just quit working. I believe that it went down slow at first..then just quit...well, I never fixed it and it never bothered me. Now I've had my car brand new and it has now reached 200,000 miles without any major repair. Just regular general maintenance. Now my rear passenger side window went down and won't go back up. Well, living in the high desert and needing to have that air conditioning. I broke down and went and had it fixed. They replaced the general motor for both windows and I am again very pleased. I guess I really can't complain after 200,000 miles.

- , Warm Springs, OR, USA

problem #4

Apr 012008

Cavalier LX 4 cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles

Window motors in Chevy Cavaliers are notoriously awful. We've had a total of 5 die in two separate Cavaliers, a '96 (3) and an '03 (2). The company knows they're defective. The last one they fixed for free for us, but usually that won't happen. We have another one dead now, but since it's not the driver's side window we're not going to bother fixing it.

- , Fort Myers, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles


First the passenger side front window started going up slowly but would go down fine. Then after a few days, The window would only go up about 1/4 inch every few minutes, then not at all. After a few days, I was able to get it to close finally. Bought a new motor for the door thinking I could change it myself. Took the door panel off to find an almost solid sheet of metal blocking virtually all parts of the inside of the door. Can't remove the old motor or even SEE it without cutting through the metal sheet. About a month later, the driver side rear window went... quickly.

- , Elkton, MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 012008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles

A few months after the passenger side front window slowly died, my driver side rear window just stopped. I smoke in my car and, even in winter, crack the windows about an inch for good air flow. One day, the rear window just didn't come back up. It's been a few months now and it refuses to move. Well, it'll go down but not back up. I think. Since it's down as far as it'll go now. A few years habit of moving the window down, I kept accidentally moving it down just to kick myself when I remembered it won't come back up. I'm wondering if it's the motor or wiring. When it went down, it was at normal speed and not slow like the front window. Definitely will never buy another Chevy compact car. I've always heard good things about Saturns...

- , Elkton, MD, USA

problem #1

Dec 062006

(reported on)

Cavalier LS Sport

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles

During the summer I would leave my windows down during the day. One night I had to take a trip to the airport and it had cooled down so I needed to roll up my window. No such luck, the window got stuck in the down position. I had to go back home and switch cars with my mother and hope it didn't rain until I could get my car to the shop in the morning. I think they said the motor had gone bad.

- , Cleveland, OH, USA

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