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Chevrolet Cavalier



  • kerrytkerryt Posts: 1
    I purchased my 2000 cavalier 16 months ago and have nothing but problems with it. I had my transmission repaired at 1500 miles, since then I have had 2 new transmissions and a new computer, new radiator, torque converter and my steering assembly replaced. My steering locked up on me while I was exiting the interstate and almost caused me to wreck the car with my 2 small children in the car. GM refused to give me a rental car since it was on a Saturday afternoon when this occured. Lucky the dealership where I took the car gave me one off their show room floor for the weekend. It took the dealership 15 days to get my car back to me, since I had complained to be GM Customer service. They required several tests to be done before they would authorize the repairs. I am still having transmission problems and they can't seem to find anything wrong with it. The last time I took it into a dealership they told me the motor mounts were broken and this was causing the tarns to slip, GM would not pay for my rental until the dealership actually started working on the car the dealership said it would be 3-5 days before they would have the new parts and could start the work. I had GM pay to tow the car to another dealership where they found the motor mounts to be fine. My transmission slips when I put it reverse, it's like it is not engaging into gear then when it does you feel like you are getting hit from the front you slam into gear. I had planned on giving this car to my 16 year old daughter when she got her license... not now. I just had the a/I repaired. This car has been a real pain to me. I have 32000 miles on it and have finally gotten the dealer to buy it back from me, only after I hired an attorney to get it declared a LEMON. I tried to go through the dealership and GM Customer service, all they would do is offer me an extended warranty at not cost, I had already purchased one when I leased the vehicle. For anyone out there interested in purchasing a cavalier be real careful!!! I had heard nothing but good things about the car and went with it for this reason. I am looking to purchase a sport utility now and I am staying away from all GM products. Their customer service department is not what they claim to be. The Customer Service actually suggested that I read my owners manuel to see that it states in there that these cars are known for the transmission slipping, I asked for a page # and they couldn't give one to me... my husband, daughter and I have read this book from page to page and not found anything yet. I hope everyone out there who own one has better luck then I have had.
  • dweezildweezil Posts: 271
    I can almost guarantee there is NO owner's manual ANYWHERE from ANY company that says anything REMOTELY like what they told you.
    You're well out of it if you leased it and thankfully got rid of it through buy back. I'm curious though; was it built in Mexico?? I have read comments where there is a difference in quality between there and Lordstown.
    I have had the opposite experience with mine. It's unfortunate that yours was so bad. Those dealers should lose their franchise for that kind of treatment, it's uncalled for.Sounds like they were just replacing things through guess work. Good grief, they've had since fall of 94 to learn what makes it screw up. If the dealer doesn't know by now, they shouldn't be selling cars. They're not that complex!
  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    kerryt, I'm sorry to hear about your problems. I can only speak well about my 1999 Cavalier. It has the 2.2L engine and the transmission. I have not had a moments trouble so far. It would be interesting to know where yours was manufactered. Mine was made at Lordstown. Please let us know.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    That is a bummer. Our family has had 2 Cavaliers (91 and 99) and both have been nearly flawless. No, not the best cars in the world but reliable just the same. We mainly buy them cause they are cheap transportation. The replacement for our 99 will likely not be another simply because we need something bigger but ya never know.
  • mepumpkinmepumpkin Posts: 3
    so i still haven't really gotten my car fixed. and other problems seem to be becoming more important. i had a slight slidding on a wet and muddy road and subsequently hitting something, resulting in my car needing a new tire and wheel. then, still experiencing problems, a resurfacing of the new brake rotor, a new drum and a new tie rod. but i'm still having probs. namly, when i make a gentle left going more than 35mph, i experience a shaking/rubbing in the front right (which is the side that i hit). i got an alignment done hoping it would help (plus having gotten a new tire), but did nothing, and actually things got worse. i now shake when i do 60 to 65 (but not 70). any ideas on what they shaking/rubbing could be? it really worries me b/c of how much i can feel it and the fact that i'll actually be commuting to work soon.
    also, anyone know a good source that i can learn more about my car, how it works, etc. my owners manual is not really what i want to know and the articles i've read one edmunds are too general. thanks!
  • dweezildweezil Posts: 271
    There's a great site for Cavaliers on Yahoo []. It's called Canuk's Cavalier Club. It's one of five or six on Yahoo, but probably the biggest.People respond quickly on it and are well informed. They more than likely would be pleased to have you on board and more than willing to answer your questions. Dave
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Was reading at that GM is pushing to have a new design for 2003. Lets hope it's true as Cavalier badly needs a re-design. Apparently it will be majority designed by GM Europe.
  • malibu99malibu99 Posts: 305
    The new Cavalier will share a lot of its design with the Opel Astra I believe. If they go that way it would be really nice since the Opel and Vauxhall small cars are really nice in design and it would appeal to younger people which would bring more people to Chevy Showrooms.
  • The Chevrolet website shows a new Z24 sedan coming out this summer, but when you click on the "more information" section, all you get is some cheesy ad.

    Does anyone know if and when the Z24 sedan will come out and any details?

    Chevy should have built a Z24 4-door long ago.


  • occupant1occupant1 Posts: 408
    If GM is smart they will simply sell the Astra here badged as a Chevy Cavalier. Or Chevy Astra, as it is sold JUST LIKE THAT in Mexico, six hours away from me...
  • joerelljoerell Posts: 2
    I brought a used white 2dr 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier, with 48,395 miles on it on June 6, 2001 and it wasn't until June 22, 2001 I heard a scratchy squiling noise only when I turn my steering wheel left, or move it slightly to the left. I really dont know whats wrong or what is it. can anyone give me advice or comments about the noise on what it is. Thank You
  • tony22rtony22r Posts: 45
    Stay AWAY from General Motors; they make Garbage that breaks down on you, then they treat YOU like Trash!

    * 2K - center console broke. dealer said *I* broke it and refused to fix it! after i Yelled at them for half an hour, they said to leave the car at the dealer for a Week so the parts could be special-ordered! I told the dealer to screw themselves, i got parts from a salvage yard and fixed it myself.

    * 10K - Wiring Short, kept blowing fuses. Dealer could not find problem, said i was probably playing the radio too loud! Took me half a day with a multimeter, finally found a Wire was Pinched between 2 body panels causing a Short! was like this since Brand NEW from Factory! I re-routed wiring away from body panels and fixed exposed wires.

    * 15K - LOTS of rattles, vibration, trim & weatherstripping falling off, dashboard pieces popping loose, controls & buttons breaking and falling off. Tranny fluid pan and engine oil pan began to leak fluid all over my garage floor.

    * 20K - had to replace Alternator AND Starter.

    * 23K - "Check Engine Soon" light came on intermittently. Engine began to hesitate/chug/lose power at certain temperatures and altitudes. Dealership could not duplicate problem and said there was "nothing" to fix!

    * 30K - plastic radiator drain cock broke, dumped radiator fluid all over my garage. Dealership refused to fix, saying it was a "normal maintenance" item. I replaced with a brass drain cock from Pep Boys. p.s. i got to know the people at Pep Boys Very Well! they told me they have Lots of AC-Delco parts in stock because they Break all the time! I found out AC-Delco stands for "Always Crappy - Don't Expect Long Component Operation".

    * 37K - Head Gasket blew! Dealership refused to fix since I was 1K over warranty miles and was S.O.L.! Took me 1.5 days and i put in new FelPro gaskets myself.

    * 67K - my Cavalier is now sitting on jackstands in my backyard. Broken down! Too many things needing to be fixed: charging system, gasket leaks, computer, transmission, windows fell off the track, runs for 10 minutes then stalls, won't start sometimes, "Check Engine Soon" light is ON Constantly along with ABS/Seatbelt/Brake warning lights, burns white smoke/blue smoke, uses a quart of oil every week.

    I bought this car new, am the original owner, and maintained it well; changed oil every 3K, rotated tires every 10K, flushed coolant every 2 summers, etc. but in the end this Chevy OWNED ME! I have Wasted TOO much time, money, and effort trying to keep this Pig running!

    If you want a Reliable vehicle STAY AWAY from General Motors vehicles! They use cheap/defective parts, won't honor their own warranties, have shoddy workmanship and total disregard for quality control, and rude dealerships who are happy to "Sell" you their garbage but when something goes wrong they Don't Know You!

    If you're just renting or leasing for a few years then it doesn't matter... get whatever you fancy... in a few years, lease is over, it'll be someone else's problem and not yours.

    But if you want something Reliable for you and your family, that won't Waste your time and money with constant repairs and parts, then do yourself (and the environment) a favor.
    Get yourself a Toyota, Honda, or Nissan. The junkyards are already Overpopulated with too many broken down Chevys, Fords, and Dodges.
    I used to believe that american automakers have come a long way and I used to believe in "buying american", but time and again i have been disappointed by the very low quality junk that they build, along with all the recalls, and horrible customer service.
    It's a shame i can no longer trust my hard-earned money with any vehicles made by the "Big 3".
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Wow... that's quite a rant. Of course that is your experience, not the average experience. Their are always lemons and if what you say is true, you got one. Most people including our family have been generally pleased with Cavaliers. We currently have a 99 and it's been flawless.

    Having a bad experience and writing off all American cars is not fair. It's too bad you had that experience though.
  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    What year and model is it and where was it made? I've had no trouble with my 99 2.2L 4sp. automatic at all. It would be nice if people who had problems with their cars gave us those details so that we could see if there is a pattern to these complaints. Somebody else earlier on also complained about their Cavalier without giving any details as to what model it was even though I asked them to let us know.
  • tazerelitazereli Posts: 241
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    I recommend Prozac.
  • dweezildweezil Posts: 271
    99 2.2 4speed auto,just turned 20,000 miles.
    There IS a question I have though and my friend Bob has been renting a car every 2 weeks to transport his Dad around. He's had three or four "J"s as rentals the last one REAL bad, pieces falling off etc.I asked him if it was built in Mexico or Lordstown Ohio.
    He said he's check the next time he rented.
    I went to the dealer where I bought mine,most of them had where they were produced on a little piece of paper that is stuck inside the rear window with "Total US content" and final assembly plant "Lordstown Ohio". There's even that Union sticker.
    On the really inexpensive ones the paper that told where final assembly was done was hidden behind the smog sticker that tells you where the car rates between 0.0 and 3.0 particulates per million etc.
    I have heard a rumor that the ones from Mexico are not as well built. I know that VW is having trouble on that score as well with the New Beetle.
    At any rate, I'd have gone to a different IMMEDIATELY had I been accused to abusing the car and causing it to screw up.
    Joe3891 and 7937: have you heard of Cavaliers built south of the border being less well built than the N. American ones?
  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    I have heard that story about cars built south of the border being more troublesome. My Cavalier has a sticker inside the passenger window saying it was built at Lordstown.

    The only problem I've had so far was an issue with the wheel lugnuts working loose. I'll write to GM and tell them about it. The cause of that problem was the wheel covers. Three of the 5 lugnuts hold the cover in place.The lugnuts have a collar that rests on the cover. What was happening was that the collar would contact the cover before the tapered end of the nut seated in the taper of the wheel. It's hard to describe but if you look at your wheels and covers you'll see what I mean - that is if they are not snap-on covers. Anyway, I solved the problem by buying a set of new lugnuts and snap-on covers. Just use a good quality torque wrench and tighten to 100ft.lbs as per user manual to avoid brake pulsation and other nasty problems.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    All the j cars in NE come from Lordstown,I didn't know they built them in Mexico until I got on the web.The assy place is in all the VIN codes 11's code 7 is Lordstown.The first code is country,1-USA 2-CAN 3-MEXICO.Just read the VIN.

    They changed the wheel cover install in 00,the covers nuts screw on to threaded lug nuts.I owned a 94 and the wheel nuts held the covers on & in 120,000 mi never had a problem,when I read your first post I was puzzled.
  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    It's possible that the covers I had were not up to spec. The nuts must fit through a hole in the cover and a collar on the nut holds it in place. The extension where the nut fits through is too long and gets squeezed between the nut and the wheel. The fact that the mounting method was changed in 2000 is interesting. My 99. Anyway, as I have said, I've solved the problem. Other than that I can't complain about my car.
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