fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,013 miles

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problem #9

Oct 232012

Cavalier 4-cyl

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

- Twinsburg, OH, USA

problem #8

May 292006


  • miles
There were no warnings or events leading up to the failure of my vehicle. On May 29, 2006 while driving on a busy major road the axle and ball joint on my 2000 Chevy Cavalier broke causing the tire on the right front passenger side to bend outward and causing body damage to the fender above the tire. This incident almost caused a major accident if I had not gained control of the car. I was left in the middle of this busy road until a tow truck arrived. My car is currently at a repair shop.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #7

Nov 012000


  • 2,917 miles
The vehicle only had 2917 miles on it when the steering rack had to be replaced. At 6237 miles the dealer had to replace a strut mount and a bearing plate. The engine light illuminated and the O2 sensor and starter was replaced. The intermediate shaft was replaced twice and the headlamp was replaced.

- Mount Vernon, MO, USA

problem #6

Jan 182005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While steering the vehicle, a loud popping noise started coming from the front of the vehicle. The driver noticed that the vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. The consumer drove the vehicle to the dealer. The mechanic could not duplicate the problem. The consumer informed the mechanic that this problem occurred more than once and has not been resolved. The rear drivers side would display a loud rumble at times and would lessen after driving. The rear of the vehicle would shimmy when the brakes were applied.

- Las Vegas, NV, USA

problem #5

Oct 012000

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles
Consumer complained about a steering column problem. When steering column turned it made a noise, and it got louder and louder. Vehicle had been in repair shop at least 5 times. The noise could be felt in the floor board. The left front coil spring was mispositioned and caused noise as well. The arm assembly front control lower right and the steering shaft intermediate was replaced. The front lower control arm was loose at the cradle.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #4

Oct 052001

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,900 miles
I have a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier. The first problem I experienced was in Oct 2001, while driving the temperature gauge went to the maximum reading without warning, I pulled off the highway and turned off vehicle. Waited a while started back went approximately 1/4 mi and same problem, after stopping 3-4 times I started back on the highway and continued to drive with temp gauge in the red for a approx 1 mile and all gauges returned to normal. Chevrolet garage could not find any problems with cooling system..my second problem I keep hearing a clanging/rattling sound from the front area of vehicle while sitting still if you turn steering wheel you can hear a thump from the front left area where strut is located..my third problem is my check engine/service engine light keeps coming on at various times. My fourth problem I have had to replace my front rotors three times now due to them warping, the first time I had less then 10,000 miles.......

- Grafton, WV, USA

problem #3

May 312002


  • miles
A loud noise was coming from under right side of the vehicle. Contacted dealer, problem due to strut mount and isolator going out.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #2

Jul 232001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer has contacted dealership for various suspension problems, but was told that Cavalier convertible was no longer being manufactured because it will buckle and will fall apart. Consumer stated that windows, doors and roof are making noise.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #1

Jun 292000


  • miles
The consumer was traveling about 55mph on the highway. When stopping, vehicle would make a thumping noise. Currently, would hear thumping noise again when hitting a bump or going over railroad tracks. Also, power windows' motor burned out due to a a factory defect. Mechanic put a new motor but windows were still not operable. Be.

- Car, MI, USA