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7.8

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,714 miles

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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #14

Apr 012008

Cavalier 2-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This car has been in the family for most of its life. When my sister bought it. She would have trouble with it starting up. She would have to try several times before it would finally start up. Im not sure of the problem. I was told it could be the ignition switch. But this has been replaced twice. This gets expensive when you do this? I was wondering if there was any other complaints with this.

- Saint Clair , MO, USA

problem #13

May 012004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
When the weather began to warm up last summer my car started to have problems starting. I would turn the key and my engine would turn and turn but not fire correctly. After a few tries, it would finally start up. I didn't think any thing of this problem at first, but after a while it started misfiring like this quite freqently after the weather began to get really warm and humid outside and I had previously driven my vehicle that day. I have had all the recalls fixed on my car, including the recall for the ignition switch, but this problem with starting my car still persisted. One day I went out to my car and it didn't start at all and it ended up my battery had died and I don't know if this had anything to do with the above stated problem, but I'm sure the rough starts were not good on my battery either. I finally made an appointment with the local Chevrolet dealer after I had them install a new battery and they kept it for a couple days and couldn't find anything wrong with it. Not suprisingly, the day after I got my car back, it started rough again. I bought one of those manuals that helps you identify and correct automobile problems yourself, so I have replaced coolant sensors, spark plugs, spark plug wires, and fluids, but the problem still persisted. It is now February 2005 and the weather is cooler outside and I haven't had any problems thus far. I'm afraid when it starts to get warmer outside, though, that I'll begin to have this problem again. Is there any help that I can get with this problem" are there any recalls or has anybody else had the same problem" thank you for any help.

- Findlay, OH, USA

problem #12

Jun 052004

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While turning right consumer was unable to steer. This caused the vehicle to stall. Consumer restarted the vehicle, and took it to the dealer for inspection. The cause of the problem had not been determined.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #11

Sep 032002

Cavalier

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On September 3, 2002, I tried starting the car in the morning around 11:15 am. The car did not start after multiple attempts. The car was left in the apartment parking lot. The car door was opened around 2:00 pm and black smoke came out all over from inside the car. There was a fire flame on the dash-board from the hole inside the steering. The car caught on fire as it received oxygen from the wind blowing. Immediately 911 was called. Fire department came down within 5 minutes and blew out the fire. A police complaint was filed. Also we contacted General Motors and they inspected the car after the fire. Finally GM accepted full responsibility for the failure after 14 business days. GM reimbursed our insurance company all the expenses incurred.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #10

Feb 142002

Cavalier

  • miles
My car statred to run rough about 3 months after buying it. Towed it to the dealer, they replaced the ignition coil at 42,008 on Oct 29 2001.on Feb.14 2002 they same prblem occured at 48,000 miles.ignition coils needed to be replaced again.there has to be a prblem somewhere as I was told that you might have to replace the coil only once in a cars life and this is the second time in only 6,000 miles!could someone please look into this.

- Interlaken, NY, USA

problem #9

Sep 202001

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
When vehicle is first started it would stall out. Rpms would rev up from zero, and vehicle stalled. Had taken to dealer first time, and mechanic changed spark plugs. Problem reoccurred twice since then, 2 months later.

- Mastic, NY, USA

problem #8

Apr 212001

Cavalier

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Ever since we've bought this vehicle there's been nothing but problems. While backing out of the driveway it will stall out and shut off. In Feb of 2000 the spark plugs needed to be replaced. The gas gauge flucuates. It will show 1/4 tank of gas left and ten minutes later the check gas light comes on and the gauge drops. Some kind of electrical wire on the front drivers side went bad. The driver's side door won't shut any more, the latch needs to be replaced. It's like every 3 ot 4 months something wither minor or significant goes wrong with it and persoanlly I am sick of it. I believe that my car is a lemon and I want to do something about it.

- Gwinn, MI, USA

problem #7

Apr 252001

Cavalier

  • miles
Car is a complete lemon made with poor quality. It is unrealible and a constant headache. No safety defect listed.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #6

Nov 081999

Cavalier

  • miles
My vehicle has trouble doing everything a new car should do. This vehicle has jeopordized my families safety on numerous occasions. Having the horn not work when another vehicle pulls out on me is a serious matter which should be looked into. Everytime the oil is changed on the car they come back and tell me the transmission is leaking again. Obviously replacing the shaft seal is not fixing the problem especially when it leaks again 3000 miles in between dealership visits. Having a constant gasoline and sulfer odor emitting from the vehicle worries me especially considering I have two very young children.when brought up to the dealership they will not look into the matter anymore unless a engine light is on. This vehicle will shortly run out of warranty and I believe General Motors has blown off my letters, phonecalls and E-mails knowing this. Thank you for your time in this matter, sincerely clifton cole.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #5

Oct 181999

Cavalier

  • miles
Spark plug wires shorted.

- Cloquet, MN, USA

problem #4

Oct 181999

Cavalier

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Spark plug wires shorted.

- Cloquet, MN, USA

problem #3

Apr 051999

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The ignition cylinder lock failed.

- Saint Pete, MO, USA

problem #2

Feb 081998

Cavalier

  • miles
Check engine light came on while the vehicle was running rough. When the driver pulled off the road to check the oil, the vehicle shut off. Dealer noticed that the problem was due to two bad spark plugs.

- Apo Miami, FL, USA

problem #1

Mar 051998

Cavalier

  • miles
Both front struts started to leak and failed to function properly causing temporary loss of control on wet or rough roads.

- Apo Miami, FL, USA

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