really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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problem #5

May 011996


  • miles
Brake lights stayed illuminated. Took vehicleto dealer, and they corrected problem. Sometimes there was a smell like wires burning. Then, vehicle suddenly died. Consumer felt there a problem with electrical system.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #4

Jun 012000


  • miles
My right headlight is out due to melted wiring, which in talking with my local Chevrolet dealer has been a pretty common problem in these cars. As far as I can see Chevrolet hasn't issued a safety recall on this problem yet although it is clearly a safety issue. Any input you have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

- Butler, WI, USA

problem #3

May 081996


  • miles
Horn continually fails due to short.

- Silver Spr, MD, USA

problem #2

Nov 011997


  • miles
The vehicle had problems with the tail light being inoperative while in use. Replaced the wires of the tail light, problem is still occurring. Also, problems with the braking system. Had to replace all 4 brakes 4 times. Dealer cannot determine problem. In addition, consumer experiences problem with the horn. Dealer cannot determine problem.

- Hot Springs, AR, USA

problem #1

Nov 241996


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Horn wire shorted out, causing horn to blow.

- Ventura, CA, USA