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Solid work car, with plenty of quirks.
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By hpcrowley
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Coupe 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought this car from a buy here-pay here lot with $160k miles for a ridiculous price. Been reliable so far, but has SOOO many little problems. When I first bought it, the instrument cluster would go haywire at at random times, which was later attributed to moisture in the electronics. The climate control has an annoying click on any setting but recirculate, and the knobs broke to boot. the shifter has a disconcerting grind in it going into fourth gear. The interior is virtually destroyed, and the body isn't much better. okay, so now for the positives: it's been unwaveringly reliable for the past 6 months! The only expense I've had has been tires. All in all, a solid driver.


Favorite Features

Thrifty 4 cylinder engine, easy to park, tight handling.


Suggested Improvements

Body and interior quality could be improved.


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So Many Problems
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By allexwags
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Coupe 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I have an 03 cavi with 130,000 miles. There are so many things wrong with it I'm not sure where to start.. I bought it used a year ago. The speedometer doesn't function at all, the whole dashboard doesn't function when it is hot outside. It burns through a quart of oil every week or so. Smokes out the muffler when I press on the gas after stopping, which is now held on to my car via tape. Cracked belt. Air only works when it wants to. I hate this car. There are so many things wrong with it & I can't even save up money to buy a new one because it needs so much maintenance.


Suggested Improvements

reliabilty


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Never buy governmert motors
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By danddad33
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Coupe 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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bought the can new with 7 miles on it. around 350 miles the heater switch went on it. Next one happen around two years after owning the car. wife called and told me car will not stay running. I ran the car about a mile to the house, with it stalling about 100 times. this is 36,000 the fuel pump went. well the good news was that the car was too new for the bolts to rust. I changed it. around 54,000 miles the gauges on the dash went hay-wire. Stepper motor bad, easy fix with the dash pulled apart. Now that the car is 12 years old and 97,000 miles the motor went. I have a ford ranger close to 200,000 miles only thing went was the timing belt. I love my ford!!! NO MORE CHEVY!!!!!


Favorite Features

I hate the car!!! I do not like anything about the car!!! I was a chevy man until this car. I can not believe that they put out crap like this.


Suggested Improvements

Buy a Ford or other car. Do not buy a chevy.


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everywhere and back
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By mycars201
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Coupe 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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i was giving this car as a present from my parents in high school in 2006 it had 40k miles on it, and it was a good little first car, drove me everywhere i needed to go, im 6" ft so its not the biggest and i couldn't fit more then 3 people in my car. i went to college in Oregon and did very well in the rain, considering im from arizona and that's where the car had lived most of its life, i drove 3 hrs every weekend from the coast to portland back never let me down. the longest trip this car has taken was a 16 drive to san fran and was perfect, sold it 96k miles and only did routine maintenance, brakes oil change, never had to replace clutch, did have to replace soarks at 90k


Favorite Features

how big the trunk was


Suggested Improvements

they don't make them anymore but a sturdy car


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The Cavalier That Could
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By roo93
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Coupe 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my cavalier on 4/28/10 w/ 85,xxx miles on it. Was prior salvage. I bought it for $4k. Initially, I was very concerned it would break down or something, or if it was just going to die on my way back home. But I fell in love with this car. Not one problem out of it, and I drove it till it had 100,000miles on it. Had two things go bad: A ratchet thing on my muffler that had fallen off from going down my gf's bumpy driveway($25) & tires. Now, it was in a wreck 4 days ago from me hitting a deer. Just want to say, the seatbelt and airbags saved my life. It's a very well built car. And I went to the salvage yard to look at my car, as soon as I put the key in, it started right up. Reliable


Favorite Features

Very reliable, never a problem with it starting up, or the AC working, or anything mechanical or electrical. The gas mileage was amazing, I got around 32mpg on the highway, around 21 in town. I loved the stereo! It was very loud and very clear, the bass was absolutely awesome for being a stock stereo. This is a very safe car, I hit a huge 8-point buck head on with it, I came out of the car without a scratch, and the car took it pretty well, with only damaging the front end and windshield. I started the motor up at the salvage yard where it was towed, and it started right up with absolutely no problem. That really speaks a lot about Chevy and the cavalier.


Suggested Improvements

I would make the headlights tilt up towards the road, and not tilted down. And more leg room while driving. I am 6 feet tall, and driving for 3 hours in the little red car starts to hurt. But that could be any little car.


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