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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 152000


  • miles


I previously reported this and received ODI number: 724108 - my vehicle was totalled in this accident. The brakes failed 4 times and in an attempt to avoid hitting a vehicle stopped in front, had to steer off the road onto a bank. This resulted in hitting a boulder and subsequently the vehicle flipped over onto the driver's side. The only reason there were no injuries or fatalities was due to the seatbelt being worn, and the airbags deploying. I had at least 25 if not more incidences where the brakes failed and was told by the dealer upon having them checked out previously was that there was nothing wrong. I notified Chevrolet after the accident, and was told I have no recourse because I didn't have the vehicle back to the dealer 3 times. I could have had it back 100 times and would have gotten nowhere. In the time of owning this vehicle, had to replace the brake pads twice and the rotors once. There is something wrong when an anti-lock brake system causes the brakes to fail. The only thing good about this mess is that my son, who was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident, wasn't hurt or killed. I have not as yet notified GM as they don't care if they are producing vehicles which can cause serious injury or death. I previously owned a GM jimmy with exactly the same problems with the braking system and was involved in a class action suit against GM. I don't know what happened with it - I sold the jimmy and purchased this Cavalier which ultimately resulted in permanently losing my car. Why doesn't someone do something to stop GM before someone is seriously injured or killed" the consumer is made to feel like they are at fault and don't know how to use anti-lock brakes. It's not our fault, it is the fault of the manufacturer. Will you please have someone contact me with regard to this complaint" thank you.

- Ashford, CT, USA

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