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About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Chevrolet Cavalier AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 012001


  • miles


Approxiamately 2 months into owning the vehicle the problems started. First the seat belt covers snapped off, I've had to have the steering stabilizers replaced 3 times already, the air conditioner which is rarely used failed at about 55-60,000 miles, the battery busted and leaked on the entire right side under hood, the jack was warped, the gas guage reads incorrectly, the sunroof stopped working after 30000 miles, dash rattles, glove box will not stay closed, pass seat gets stuck when you move it forward, the gas pedal gets stuck and you have to apply more force than usual to get it moving, drivers door does not close all the way, more air than normal comes into vehicle, thermostat failed at 30000 miles, installed sidewinder 6500 car alarm which failed to operate after the battery busted, plus numerous other problems not mentioned here.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 272001


  • miles
Dealer replaced air conditioner compressor clutch plate because it was warped. We hardly ever use the air conditioner and the car only had 27,012 miles on it. When it was finally fixed w were past the 36 months for the warranty by 4 months and the car still only had 30,437 miles on it. How convenient for GM.

- Sterling Heights, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 102000


  • miles
Air bag stays on, 3 modules replaced, problem still present. Horn would not work with steering wheel straight, replaced cancelling cam. Ok. car would not drive straight, replaced steering gear box, ok. A/C rumbles at idle when hot, replaced belt and tensioner, problem still present but not as loud. Dome light stays on, replaced alarm module, ok.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #1

Jun 011999


  • miles
My air conditioner had a smell of urine about 6 T0 8 months after I purchsed it, I took it back in the service dept, they said that the ac need flushing, they fixed it by flushing the ac, but the smell has returned again, I believe there is a defect in the cooling system, I plan to take it back in asap, but I know this time I will have to pay to get it fixed this time, and I don't think that this would be fair, because I don't think that I am the only one who has had this problem.

- Kansas City, KS, USA

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