really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,020 miles

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problem #8

Feb 062018


  • 200,000 miles
Ignition gets very hot when key is turned can smell plastic ignition or batt 1 circuit problem.clearcoat is peeling.lug nuts coming loose

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #7

Sep 162015


  • miles
Reporting this as a defect on car list above.I'm pa. State inspection station. This is just one of many we see and reject for rust out unit body rear frames. I feel the public should be aware of they own one these models car could buckle on a rear end collision. I did not see this on your site to have been reported thanks ken at C&w performance pa. Station # E7.

- York Springs, PA, USA

problem #6

Mar 012012


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that the dashboard cracked causing sharp edges. The contact also stated that there were cracks were near the air bags. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 96,000.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 232012

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 54,302 miles
Broken K-member /477-03540.

- Twinsburg, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 102008


  • 53,857 miles
Dash board cracked and was replaced once already and needs to be replaced again and dealers refused. The dashboard is almost completely gone and it starts with a crack in the middle near windshield and then the whole dash goes even around the heater and radio area. I firmly believe that this is dangerous since none of the instruments are working properly now. There is plastic falling off everytime you drive the car and hit the slightest bump in the road.

- Seffner, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 012002


  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24. The contact stated that the paint on the hood, roof, trunk and spoiler of the vehicle began to chip and peel off. As time progressed, he noticed that other vehicles of the same model were experiencing the same failures. The dealer and manufacturer have not been notified. The failure mileage was 12,000 and current mileage was 36,000. Updated 09/16/08. Updated 09/18/08.

- Emmaus, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 142001


  • miles
The dash mount on Cavalier 2000 cracked in center. GM dealer said I cracked it, but there are 7 more Cavaliers in my work parking lot alone with the same center crack in the dash mount. GM treated me very poorly when I reported it, I am not very happy with the run-A-round, since my father worked 30 years for GM in the willmington de. Plant.

- Aberdeen, MD, USA

problem #1

Jun 262004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
The trim around my dashboard continues to crack in the same place. It has been replaced twice already. Everyone that I know has the same problem with the same type of vehicle. A friend has a 1997 Cavalier with the same damage. My son has a 1999 Cavalier, same damage. My wife has a coworker and I have 2 coworkers that also own 2000 Cavaliers, same damage. I have been told that it is a stress fracture.

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA