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Chevrolet Cavalier



  • vocus,

    I forget to mention. I get that noise sometimes even when i start the car, i.e. when i turn the ignition key and the engine is fired up. Is that because of the broken strut too, did u get that noise while starting the car? Please let me know. Thanks
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I got this gargling-type noise when I started it all the time, but never when the car was running. They told me it was the computer cycling through its check. I would take it to the dealer and have it checked out though, before the warranty goes.
  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    My 99 2.2 Cavalier also makes a knocking noise sometimes when I make a sharp turn and hit a bump. I've looked everywhere for the source of the noise. I think I've found it though. From the master brake cylinder the steel brake pipe goes downward and across to the passenger side front wheel. Where it crosses the firewall it should be firmly fastened by clips. If you reach down to the oil filter you'll notice the steel pipe going to the front wheel. Check that it's firmly fixed. By fixing that I got rid of one less rattle.
  • akanglakangl Posts: 3,650
    My mom has a 1996 2-door Cavalier with the 2.2L. This little car has over 118,000 miles on it and has never been a problem. She bought it in 1997 with 12,500 miles on it. She drives 400 miles a week, sometimes more and the car is always reliable. Living in Alaska the car hasn't had the easiest life, it will start down to -20 without the engine heaters plugged in and will still go at -50 as long as its been plugged in. She has replaced a fuel pump and a starter in this car. I think Cavaliers are great little cars.
  • I had a 98 Cavalier until last year when we traded it in for my wifes Impala (great car) now I am thinking of getting a Z24. My question is... in my 98 when the abs would engage the front wheels would vibrate and make a loud rattle noise. Is this normal never owning a car w/ abs before I thought it was but the Impala comes to a smooth stop every time. Any thoughts would be great.
  • sunfgtsunfgt Posts: 40
    I too have had those types of noises in about the 5-10 times that I've activated ABS on my Sunfire GT. I don't know about the vibration of the front wheels, but I did hear rattle noises. I talked to the service manager about it, and he said that it's normal. I suppose that I expected the ABS to sound smoother and if there were any sounds, they would be less delay between them. As for the Impala, the difference may be that Cavaliers and Impalas use different ABS systems. Cavaliers use cheap ABS, while the Impala probably has a more sophisticated ABS
  • I have a '97 Cavalier. I have the rattling noises also. I also have another problem. For about the last two years, the car will die for no reason about a hundred yards after I start driving. It always starts back up though, until recently. The check engine light comes on and it shakes. It is still under warranty, so I took it in. Of course they couldn't find anything wrong. They said I got some bad gas, suggested changing the fuel filter and putting octane boost in. Well, it started doing it again. I have taken it two places, and they can't find anything. I did get stranded once. I can't wait to get rid of the thing!
  • Get an Impala LS great car
  • boaz47boaz47 Posts: 2,751
    I learned to drive before ABS was even an option. I can remember my first abs can and how I felt about abs after the first time I tried to push the brake pedal through the floor. The can as fast as the car is going to stop and there is nothing more you can do about it. And while it is working it makes noise, lots of noise as all the valves are working on all the wheels. I am only saying what the noise is because that is what all the auto mags say it is. We have to be retrained to use this new braking system. The object is not to pump the brakes like we used to but to smash the pedal to the floor and thy to maneuver around what we think we are about to hit. Yes Virginia ABS lets you steer the car. What bothered me was that there is no real feel in the brake pedal. My last two cars have ABS and I am almost used to it. But sometimes I forget and, like I was taught, I have been known to pump the brakes. Not good because it defeats how the brakes work. If you have ABS get used to the panic stop noise. It's a new fact of life.
  • I have a 2000 Cavalier Sedan that uses 4-5 qts. of oil between oil changes and am going to Arbitration with GM after they have failed to fix whatever this is and while they said four months ago they would give me a 100,000 warranty, they have since reniged and are now making it an ultimatum... either a new engine or the 100,000 warranty. I want what I paid for --- a new car.

    Any suggestions.....
  • I am looking for INDIGLO GAUGES for my 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier. I been searching online and I haven't come across anything for my make and model. Could anyone assist me. Any suggestions would be grateful. :)) thanks
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    The only place I have seen these (and only for Dodge Neons I think) is on EBay motors. The address is Best of luck. :)
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    I would work closely with your dealership on this. They have an interest in keeping you as a client and should help you get what you want.
  • Have a 1990 3.1 cavalier RS. Lately I have found that their is little heat coming from the heater even though I have changed the thermostat. When I come to a stop the heater blows cool air instead of hot. When I start driving again it blows only warm air.
    Also have a clicking sound coming from a area close to the battery. When clicking starts I find that the Battery indicator in the card drops below half , lights dim, wipers slow, and fan drops low. Have changed battery, checked charging system and tuned up car. But has not solved problems. Any suggestions?
  • Have a 1990 3.1 cavalier RS. Lately I have found that their is little heat coming from the heater even though I have changed the thermostat. When I come to a stop the heater blows cool air instead of hot. When I start driving again it blows only warm air.
    Also have a clicking sound coming from a area close to the battery. When clicking starts I find that the Battery indicator in the card drops below half , lights dim, wipers slow, and fan drops low. Have changed battery, checked charging system and tuned up car. But has not solved problems. Any suggestions?
  • I just purchased a 1998 Cavalier 2 door 5 speed with AC , I like this car it has enough pep, good safety features , I did not buy a Neon though very peppy like all Chrysler products they lack quality .
    Chrysler's depreciate fast for example were I purchase my car here in Toronto Ontario Canada there is a 1999 300M I that is going of
    24 000 candain you figure that new it was 40000 canadain that is a 16000 lost in just two years -neons goe for 21000 with taxes and in the first year they lose at least 7000 dollars.
    The Cavalier is a well made car and I paid 9888 for it with 53000 KMS , so stay away from a company that will fold very soon. So I will keep you posted on my little chevy.
  • Hi. I, up until last week, have loved my 99 Cavalier... it is my first brand new car and I have taken great pains to keep it in good condition. Needless to say, last Friday (yes, three days before Christmas), my transmission gave out... that is to say the car would not go into gear in the middle of the city. I had it towed first to a transmission place wherein I was told that the whole transmission would likely need to be replaced. The mechanic also informed me that this sort of problem SHOULD NOT happen in a car that is a year and a half old. Now, herein lies my problem: my car, though only a year and a half old, has 37,500 miles on it, 1500 over warranty. Obviously, a new transmission in such a young car is indicative of a problem. The car is at the dealership being "diagnosed" now. My question for you all is this: has anyone else had a problem with the transmission in 99 Caves? I will be asking for cost assistance and am leaning towards asking for the whole thing to be covered. 1500 over warranty is bunk.... that's about a month of driving for me.

    Any comparable stories, ideas comments? Thanks!!!!!
  • malibu99malibu99 Posts: 305
    I would not worry about it. If you are only 1500 out of warranty chances are very good thqat they will either cover the whole thing or assist you with the cost so I wouldn't worry too much. I can honestly tell you that tranny issues for the Cavalier are very uncommon, they make great trannies and are very smooth but as with any mass produced item you have a chance of getting a bad one. Don't despair solutions will come and I'm sure they will treat you good ( car's only 1 year old afterall). Good luck!
  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    Colemar, you didn't say what transmission you had - 3 sad auto, 4sp auto or 5 sad stick? You say that the car would not go into gear. Were you driving it or were you starting up? On the automatics there is mechanical interlock between the ignition key and the sifter. If the cable linkage between them should fail you might get the symptom you described. Always look for the simple things first and get a second opinion before you change the entire transmission.

    As far as I know the Cavalier automatic has a very reliable transmission. I'm very happy with my 99 model.
  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    Look what the spelling check did to my posting! Changed spd to sad! Sorry, that should read auto 3spd or 4spd and 5 spd stick shift. And sifter is supposed to be shifter. Seems like Edmunds new spelling check automatically corrects spelling now.
  • First, things are much better concerning the transmission situation. Malibu99, thank you in particular for your message as I at least felt better that this problem is not common in Chevy transmissions. Essentially, the mechanic at the dealership decided it was a "serious" defective problem and the entire thing is being replaced. So far, I will have to pay for labor though probably not even that, despite being over warranty. I am happy... because I do love this car, and its my first new one, so having had used/old cars all my life, I am paranoid about repairs and automobile reliability in general. But, Chevrolet, I am proud to say, has treated me very well so far. Thanks for the insight, Malibu99 and 7937. I appreciate it.
  • dweezildweezil Posts: 271
    Colemar;glad to hear things arebeing resolved.My 99 is a 2.2 w/4spd. auto.I've never had any more than 3 speeds [manual on the column-63 Valiant or auto.]and it's smoooooth. It is my first new car as well and I love it. The ABS was different and makes odd noises when it comes on, but the brakes are great. BUT: I live in L.A.have 15,600 miles on my car and the dealer at it's 15,000 mile tire rotation told me the front brakes have only 25% of their pads left!!! A third of my mileage has been freeway, including a 2000 mile round trip to Oregon. Anyone have an idea what the average life of the factory brakes is? I'm not a "boy racer",just an average slob doing ordinary things. I love the car,just curious. THX in advance everyone. Dave
  • 79377937 Posts: 390
    Colemar, I'm also glad to hear your problems are being resolved. Keep us posted.

    Dweezil, a thumping type noise when the ABS kicks in is normal. Just keep your foot on the brake all the time when it's in operation. My ABS works great on my 99 Cavalier. Why you should be having so much brake pad wear is a puzzle though. Just see when they are replaced that premium pads are fitted.
  • malibu99malibu99 Posts: 305
    Glad to hear the issue is being resolved in a great fasion. Don't expect anymore tranny issues though, they are excellent tranies and you probably got a bad one. Good Luck and enjoy your car!
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    You never did say what model transmission you have.
  • First, you all seem keen that I keep forgetting to mention what type of transmission... sorry! :) Its a 3-Speed Automatic.

    So here's the latest. We are going on two weeks tomorrow (Friday) that my car has been at the dealership. Not ONCE has anyone there called me... I have to continually call them. "How's my car?" "What's going on?" Not ONCE had I been able to speak with the Service Manager... I was only getting relayed messages that cost assistance would be granted but no specifics as to what was exactly wrong or when it would get fixed. At the end of last week, I wrote a lengthy letter to Chevrolet, MAC, and the dealership explaining the whole situation and a little about me and how I do not expect to have to pay anything for this problem (or at least, pay very little). So today, two weeks after the incident, the Service Manager calls me... he explains that at the dealership, they are in the middle of waiting on a part for this one car they already had which is slowing my repair up and all this kind of stuff. I basically told him that if he had bothered to call me last week and explain the problem with my car in full as well as the surrounding problems of why this is taking so long, I probably wouldn't have had to contact MAC or Chevy. Essentially, the service is carp, the service manager is carp and I am two weeks without a car. UGHH!

    So, although I know in the end that Chevy will do right by me, the intervening factor of the Dealership is seriously ticking me off... and its one of those situations that is unfortunately beyond my control. The Service Manager promised to call tomorrow with definite answers and a definite time as to when I can get my car back.

    And so, everyone, things are good with Chevy, not so good for their dealership. I am afraid I will be raising bloody hell over this with those Service kept. people. :) thanks again for all the input and I'll let you know how the soap opera ends up.
  • malibu99malibu99 Posts: 305
    Sounds like it's time to find a new dealership. Like finding a new car is important so is finding a great dealership. Did tehy give you a loaner car? They have to give you one, and no not one of those little Metros with 10 HP. Once this is over just stay away from them, Chevy will cover any warranty issues at any GM dealership. Good LUck!
  • hey, the dealership lost my car key so they can't start the car or get the steering wheel unlocked... and apparently, cutting a new key isn't working so i have to drive an hour to them now and give them a spare. this is fun.
  • maaleamaalea Posts: 4
    Hey all I have a 98 rally sport, and in the last few months i have noticed a horrendous squeaking noise coming from the front where the dash meets the window. Has anyone else had this problem and/or does anyone know how to fix it?? Any help is greatly appreciated on this one!
  • arebeearebee Posts: 3
    Has anyone experienced excessive oil consumption with the 2.2L in the 2000 Cavalier? I have 12,000 miles and it has used 1 QT every 2000 Miles from day one. GM considers 1 Qt. every 2000 miles normal oil consumption. My 94 Beretta with the 2.2L had 142,000 miles and never used that amount of oil except when the PCV valve was stuck. The 2.2L in my 2000 Cavalier does not have a PCV valve. My question is, Does anyone know why the PCV Valve was eliminated and the specifics behind the redesign?
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