2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Review | Edmunds.com

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Chevrolet Cavalier Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.2 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 140 hp @ 5600 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 22/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier

  • Despite the new look, there's no hiding the fact that this car was engineered more than a decade ago, leaving it hopelessly outclassed by nearly every other car on the market.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Low price, torquey four-cylinder engine, optional satellite radio and OnStar.

  • Cons

    Ancient design inside and out, cheap interior materials, poor build quality, low resale value, poor side-impact and front-offset crash test results.

  • What's New for 2003

    The Cavalier gets a refresh this year that adds new front and rear fascias, revised headlights and taillights, redesigned ground effects, body-colored mirrors and door handles and a new hood. LS Sport models also get integrated foglights and new rocker moldings. The 2.2-liter Ecotec four-cylinder is now the only engine offered, as the Z24 model has been dropped from the lineup. Base model Cavs no longer come with standard ABS brakes, but it remains an available option. Inside, the Cavalier now features a center rear three-point seatbelt, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever, a rear 60/40-split bench seat, new child-seat anchors and optional side airbags. Finally, you can get XM Satellite Radio on all cars, and LS and LS Sport trims are available with the OnStar communications system.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 22
  • cty
/
  • 30
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 4 people found this review helpful

Fun but it has its

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Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I just bought this car with 50,000 miles on it. The car drives excellent. IT is real fun to drive. The only thing wrong with it is its real cramped inside, and the car car is real torquey.




This is a crapalier

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Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I bought this brand new. Had 3 transmission replacements, which never got totallly fixed, cd player eats cds, engine stalls, wheel bearing broke, inspection fails every time, very ugly interior, the cup holder is in the way, major oil leakage, and so many other problems. This car all around stinks!



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Great little car

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Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

This is a great little car if you are not looking to spend a fortune, but want to get plenty of options. This car has all the options you could get in 2003 except a sunroof.




Not bad for the price

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Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

Sharp exterior styling, responsive handling, and a strong engine make this an enjoyable car to drive. The poor build quality, ugly interior (especially the steering wheel) and relatively low level of refinement always leave you wanting more. Overall the bargain basement price makes this package worthwhile, but Chevy still has a long way to go in order to compete with the "imports" (loosely termed).




Just plain great!

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Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

I have read other reviews about this car and it boogles my mind how people could dislike this car. I bought it with 6000 miles on it and havn't had a problem yet! I love everything about the cavalier, and am very dissapointed that 2004 was the last year for them. But i can gurentee I will always buy a chevy!




Pretty great

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Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)

its a very reliable car and fairly comfotable. i like the cd player and the a/c is great. allaround i think its a very good car.



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Full 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Review

What's New for 2003

The Cavalier gets a refresh this year that adds new front and rear fascias, revised headlights and taillights, redesigned ground effects, body-colored mirrors and door handles and a new hood. LS Sport models also get integrated foglights and new rocker moldings. The 2.2-liter Ecotec four-cylinder is now the only engine offered, as the Z24 model has been dropped from the lineup. Base model Cavs no longer come with standard ABS brakes, but it remains an available option. Inside, the Cavalier now features a center rear three-point seatbelt, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift lever, a rear 60/40-split bench seat, new child-seat anchors and optional side airbags. Finally, you can get XM Satellite Radio on all cars, and LS and LS Sport trims are available with the OnStar communications system.

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Talk About The 2003 Cavalier

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Discussions See all Started By

cwms1
cwms1
05-28-2010
I have a 2003 Chevy Cavalier LS. My headlight/daytime lights and the rear blinker/brake light on the driver's side go out too frequently, but it's a little tricky. I've replaced both bulbs about 5 ti...


03cavalier
03cavalier
03-28-2005
Currently own a 2003 Cavalier 2.2L ecotec. Having problems with the A/C compressor not kicking on or kicking on intermittently. Yes there are some criteria you have to meet for clutch to engage...


jdmorton
jdmorton
03-04-2003
I've noticed there doesn't seem to be the amount of posting on this board, compared to other Chevy boards. Last week I bought another Cavalier (2003 LS 4-door). I bought a 2002 coupe for my daughter...



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