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Chevrolet Cavalier

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  • I have a 98 cavalier and the low beam and the daytime running lights do not work, but I do have high beams, can anybody help so I can get this car inspected
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  • gmoudygmoudy Posts: 67
    There is a fuse in the fuse panel for the Daytime running lights. Check it. If it is ok, there is a relay under the front end near the bumper. This is for the daytime lights. If you bought this car used, the previous owner might have disabled the daytime running lights.
  • Thanks for the info, I couldn't find the relay, but I am more interested in finding out why the Low beams are not working, need to figure it out to get the car inspected
  • JUST BOUGHT THIS CAVALIER A MONTH AGO AND HAVING PROBLEMS ALREADY, FIRST OIL CHANGE WAS TOLD BY THE TECH I WAS TWO QUARTS LOW, TWO WEEKS LATER POWER STEERING PUMP GOES OUT, AND WAS TOLD BUY THE DEALER THAT I WAS TWO QUARTS LOW ON OIL THATS TWICE NOW. AND NOW THERE DOING AN OIL CONSUPSTION TEST ON THE CAR. IT CONTINUE TO BLOWS SMOKE ONCE IN A WHILE. I THINK THE IS A LEMON. ANY BODY ELSE HAVE THE PROBLEM OUT THERE. THOUGHT I WAS BUYING A GOOD CAR.
  • gmoudygmoudy Posts: 67
    I know it has been a while since I answered your message. I have a question for you, does the low beam high beam switch work properly? If not, it could be broken in the high beam position.
  • mn130mn130 Posts: 1
    I have a 1998 Cavalier. About two weeks ago I had an issue that it wouldn't start. This is my first problem after owning it for three years besides brakes, oil changes, etc. Brought it in and they told me it wasn't the starter it was a wire that goes into the starter that they replaced. Anyway, about one week later I had an issue that sounded as though it was the transmission. I heard strange noises going from 0 - 10 mph, on one attempt it didn't want to go in reverse. One the way home when approaching stop signs/lights it sounded as though it wanted to die. After getting it home the car did in fact go in reverse after a couple of clunks. Brought it into the transmission shop and of course they tell me that it needs an overhaul. Decided at that point not to do it (the car has almost 110,000 miles). The car has been running actually just fine since then only driving to work. I've been real gentle to it and only hear a slight almost what I want to call grind/like moving grind when going from 0-10. After I get past 10 mph and on the freeway it is fine. By the way, it has not had any further problems going in reverse at all.

    HELP! I really like my car and want to keep it, but not sure about overhauling a transmission.

    By the way, I looked at a Cobalt yesterday, they are much smaller than my 1998 Cavalier, pretty compact, almost reminded me of a smaller Focus. I was quite surprised on how small it was.
  • My 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier LS was purchased in July of 2004 and it had only 6 miles on it at the time. Now it has over 2500 miles, and I enjoy it thoroughly and have had absolutely no problems. I like the good amount of features.
  • gmoudygmoudy Posts: 67
    I also own a 1998 Cavalier. It's the Z24 model. I have owned it from day one. In your case, you bought it used. You do not know how the past owner took care of the vehicle. If the Chevy dealer is reliable for you, I would take their suggestion and have the transmission overhauled.
       My car has been very reliable and has never left me stranded even when the on board computer dropped all it's programming. The car still drove great. I have over 71,000 miles on it and hope to keep it for a very long time.
  • konekone Posts: 19
    I currently have an older Nissan Pathfinder as a third vehicle used almost exclusively by my kids. It's starting to take a lot of $ (plus low mpg, safety, etc) and before I dump anymore into it I was thinking I could trade it in on a new Cavalier. With the current discounts by GM, it looks like the trade and a few grand could get me a new car.

     

    Aby thoughts?
  • As mentioned above, I have a 2004 Cavalier LS with gigantic discounts. So far, I am loving it! Nothing is wrong with the car, great power, features (with LS package), etc. The only annoyance is a few squeaks in the dash- that's it.

     

    I would recommend this car for you, as long as you aren't too nit-picky.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    If safety is a concern of yours, the Cavalier doesnt seem like a very logical choice.

     

    ~alpha
  • Well, I'm glad this is a place to post such info. Not so glad about other....

     

    I have a 1997 Chevy Cavalier, am a mother turtle speed to normal driver(don't drive the car hard).

    My car had a fire hazard recall for the ignition start up; it has a current ongoing gas smell (fire hazard) the smell comes in through the vents or A/C or heater when in use, the Chevy dealerships have not been able to diagnose the problem from 2000 to 12/2004 current date, a safety hazard recall for the front wheel assembly steering hazard; it used to have a dome light with an automatic shut off which had to be completely disconnected or remain on only to drain the battery and now has no dome light when the doors are opened. The reading lights both achieved a short circuit and remained on which I disconnected at this time instead of having to pay someone to fix it without solving the dome light problem first.

     

    I am thoroughly disgusted with a car that is a worry because of the gas smell and fumes being emitted, no dealership of the car maker in town can fix it. No consumer resolve on the issue.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    The most probable cause of fuel smell is external leakage of the fuel injectors, they need to be replaced there is no way to repair them. Leaking injectors are a common problem around that year. Of course a mechanic should check them for external leakage,they are too costly to replace on a guess.
  • I have a 01 cavalier and it seems to me that the ABS is not working??? Any one have this problem with the ABS failing???
  • i bought a new 05 and it is perfect, i love the design and im sad that such a reliable car is no longer going to be made.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,842
    Cavalier is still available as a Pontiac Sunfire. Sunfire is scheduled to be built at least into the 2006 model year.
  • venus537venus537 Posts: 1,443
    "perfect" doesn't come to mind when describing the cavalier.

     

    the sunfire won't be available as a 4 door though.
  • I feel fortunate in picking up one of the last 2005 Cavaliers (2-dr coupe)-- at dealer invoice price less $4,500 in rebates (I have had very good service from five prior year Cavaliers).

     

    The car I chose does not have "power door locks", something I would like to have. Has anyone had this option added aftermarket to a Cavalier, and at what cost?

     

    Since this is my lady's car and must sit outside in our currently frigid weather, I have not been able to comfortably search for the oil filter housing (which on the Ecotec 2.2L engine has, I believe, a removable end cap - the filter cartridge being inside the housing?). Would someone please tell me how to access this housing? From above or below? How difficult is it to change the filter cartridge?
  • It has warmed up locally so I was able to locate the oil filter housing on my new 2005 Cavalier with 2.2L Ecotec engine. Viewed while standing at front of vehicle, the filter housing is just to the right of the valve cover, just behind the air intake tubing. Looks fairly easy to reach down there and remove cover, but very tight for removing cover with filter cartridge attached. Yes or no someone?
  • cc732cc732 Posts: 6
    I have a '99 coupe with over 78,000 miles (127,000 kms) on it. I've never changed the oil myself in the last 6 yrs. since it was much more convienient to have a local lube/tire shop do it for a few bucks. I don't think there is "aftermarket" power door locks for the Cavalier. I love my little blue coupe and will keep driving it as long as I can. It hasn't given me any problems outside of a power steering return hose. Good Luck with your new purchase, alternator
  • gmoudygmoudy Posts: 67
    If you or someone else is looking for power door locks, look to JC Whitney. They have a set for around $79.00 for 2 doors and $99.00 for 4 doors.
  • isseyvooisseyvoo Posts: 121
    The time has finally come. Just got the word that my '92 Cavalier (which was my first new car purchase) is leaking from the head gasket (again - replaced once at 50K). Got a quote of $1,200 to repair. It only has 107K miles on it, but the body is starting to rust, so there's no way I'm going to put good money after bad with another head gasket change. (Replaced exhaust, alternator and 4 tires this past year.) I kinda feel like I'm putting a pet down. Gotta remind myself it's just a piece of metal. Was hoping to have it awhile longer though. Guess my Olds is going to have to get used to life as a real car instead of a garage queen that only comes out for trips and weekend saunters in good weather!
  • joe_kjoe_k Posts: 3
    is the 2.2l plagued by head gasket problems? Or is it not as common as I've been hearing? (I have a 1997 Cavalier with the 2.2l)
  • My five previous 4-cyl Cavaliers (1984, 1987, 1989, 1992, and 1996 models) averaged about 65,000 miles each when I sold them. I never had a head gasket problem. On several of them, I had some minor oil seepage at the valve cover, but not enough to warrant gasket replacement.
  • joe_kjoe_k Posts: 3
    Cool, thanks for the info. Working on the cooling fan right now. Have replaced the relay/fuse/motor, still no fan....
  • chevygirlchevygirl Posts: 18
    After being in two car wrecks in two months, I found myself in the market for a used car. I found my 2004 Summit White Cavvy at a Pontiac dealer for around $7,500, with 24,000 miles. It is a pretty basic model, no power anything, but that is OK with me. I drive it at least 50 miles a day, and it has been both reliable and fun to drive! The CD player is great, and so are the speakers. I too am mourning the passing of this fun, reliable little car.
    If you are in the market for an inexpensive car that looks cute and drives well, this is for you. If you have caviar dreams and champagne wishes, you best look elswhere!
    Peace!
  • alternatoralternator Posts: 567
    Bought in Jan. Small changes made since my last Cav (1996) have made the Cav a more comfortable, better car, one that I am enjoying immensely.

    And the 140 HP Ecotec engine is essentially what is in the new Cobalt.

    I had keyless entry, including trunk pop, added last week for $275 (by an outfit called Sound Connection.

    Unlike after-market car radios (I always favored Alpines and installed them myself), the Up-grade Cav radio (with 6 speakers, CD but not MP3) has a display of time and station large enough and bright enough that I can easily read same without resort to bi-focals.

    I believe the last of the Cavs is the best buy in compact cars I've ever come across.
  • tina6tina6 Posts: 1
    DEAR SIR IN REGAURDS TO YOUR QUESTION TO ACCESS THE OIL FILTER YOU'LL NEED A 1IN SOCKET AND A CANISTER OIL FILTER TO REPLACE IT THE CANISTER IS LOCATED TOP SIDE FRONT DRIVERSIDE OF THE MOTOR JUST A LITTLE BIT UNDER THE THE EXHAUST MANIFOLD EASY ACCESS 2MIN SWAP I PROMISE BE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A VERY SHORT SOCKET THE LID SCREWS OFF OUT IT COMES 2 1/2-- 3 IN FILTER IS ATTACHED TO LID IT JUST POPS OFF POP ON NEW ONE
  • alternatoralternator Posts: 567
    Thanks tina6, but I should point out that the socket needed is 1 1/4 inch. Wow, what a tiny filter!

    With Rhino Ramps, Fram SureDrain oil drain device and an Ecotec engine, why anyone would not change their own oil is beyond me (besides physical impairment). You save a lot of money and you know the job has actually been done.
  • cavownscavowns Posts: 1
    So far so good I guess:
    -Driver's side seat cover(in the back) actually fell partially off
    -Drivers front tire needed replacement
    -Passenger window control button literally cracked and fell through in the middle (it still works just looks bad)
    -Engine runs smooth
    -No other problems

    I commute to school and I put about 12k miles in 6 months, due to freeway driving. I also drive down the lodge, which is a horrible road, almost everyday. Hope this helps someone :D
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