2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 4 Door Sedan/Base Trim 2.2L 4 cylinder from North America


Great car, loved mine


I bought it used from a dealership in 2008 with lower miles (approx 52,000), and besides rotors, brake pads, maybe brakes once, and regular maintenance, the engine seized in 2015 at approx 76,000 miles. For the span of 8-9 years that I drove it, that was the only major issue I had. I had no warning with the engine, no check engine light, no stalling/overheating, no leaks, and car was full of oil/coolant. It just seized one day. Now the undercarriage is rotted out. It's such a shame because the car was really reliable.

General Comments:

Loved the car, it was very reliable, great with gas and would have driven it for many more years if it didn't rust out. It's a basic car no bells and whistles, but for a 4 cylinder, it wasn't like a dinky "grass cutter" either.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd November, 2017

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier VLX from North America


A highly reliable, affordable car


Alternator strap came off at 140k (was supposed to be changed at 125k).

Muffler strap came off next week.

Rear headlight went out at 148k.

General Comments:

This car is very reliable.

Changing parts is very easy and affordable.

With proper oil changes, the engine doesn't drink gas.

The comfort is acceptable.

I dislike the windshield; it has a tendency to fog up too easily, and it's not as clear as I'd like it to be. It's cheaper glass, but for the price of the car, I guess it's to be expected.

I also find that this car is terrible once the temperature in the winter drops to about -40C. Windows lock up, interior lights stop working and the radio does not automatically shut off. When the temperature gets back to normal, everything works properly.

Keep in mind these cars are NOT built for performance! Racing and pushing the engine on these cars will kill it! This is a car for getting to work and general commuting.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2013

18th Jan 2013, 18:31

Just wondering what a rear headlight is?

20th Jan 2013, 11:28

My bad, tail-light. :)

6th Apr 2013, 13:40

My 03 Cavalier 2.2 176000km 5 speed gets up to running temperature within 10 minutes at minus 40, puts out great heat, and the reason your radio doesn't shut off is because the switch in the driver's door is frozen, so it's not releasing when you open the door. Your fingers should be enough to thaw it out; always worked for me!

2nd Aug 2015, 21:58

Have a 2002 Coupe 2.2l OHV 5 speed. There is 220,000 km on it now and it has been driven like a race car every day. I'm pretty sure it's almost invincible; I've ran over curbs, did a jump in it, drove through the worst snowstorms, tow my ATV and small boat with it, don't even avoid potholes, and with all original suspension parts minus two front struts, the car is only on its second set of rotors and pads. The car is a tank!

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 2.2L EcoTec from North America


A reliable cheap vehicle that gets the job done (even tows trailers!)


- CV joint (passenger side) at 120,000 miles.

- Hub bearing (passenger side) at 100,000 miles.

- Unidentifiable noise in front suspension (stumps even the mechanics) since 90,000 miles.

- Driver's side power window needs "assistance" when rolling back up, or else it gets stuck.

- Plastic interior bits broken (all cosmetic).

- Clear coat peeling off on roof.

General Comments:

We named our Cavalier, Mo. He is a part of our family.

Starts up every time, even after sitting for weeks.

Not quick, but good enough.

Gets REEEALLLY hot in the sun (black car with black interior).

Seats are OK, we have taken this lil' guy on cross country road trips, and we're never uncomfortable.

Has been a daily driver for years now. Also a road trip vehicle, and gets awesome MPG. Just eats up the miles.

We get on average 38-40 MPG highway and 30 MPG city. I have not tweaked anything. Bone stock. I put Lucas injector cleaner/upper cylinder treatment in for one tank every road trip. No idea how much it helps.

We recently built a small tear-drop camper trailer, and just got back from a 2,800 miles road trip to Canada and back. We used Mo to tow it, and we had enough power to maintain highway speeds (75mph on I80). All being said, we still got 32 MPG.

Mo has done everything we have asked him to with no complaints. I better knock on wood! I just feel like he needs a pat on the back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2012