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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
117,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 152010

Cavalier 2 Door Sedan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


Most days the car runs okay. Periodically when it's very cold (below 25 degrees) the car won't start. New battery, everything works well as to lights, radio, etc. No starter problems that I've noticed. It's so strange. I turn the key, listen for the fuel pump, and begin to start the car. The motor turns, but it won't start. I do smell a little fuel from time to time, that's constant but it dissipates after the car starts (if it starts).

Is it flooding somehow? Can an O2 sensor stop a car from starting? Is that the problem? I don't step on the gas pedal. This always happens in cold weather. I can let the car sit for a day or so after not starting, and if the temp outside is a little higher, it will chug to a full start. Aggravating!!! Is Car MD any good? Help, and thanks.

- , Lansing, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 112006

(reported on)


  • 160,000 miles

The car will turn over but not start, like there is no fuel getting to the engine.

- , East Butler, PA, USA

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