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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
14,727 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.

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier engine problems

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #11

Nov 112013

Cavalier

  • 125,000 miles

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

The engine started having problems where it didn't want to move and the gas pump kept messing up and the gas needle doesn, T show correct it will say you have a half a tank when you really have a quarter tank, and the throttle sensor is messed up I was on I-4 which is a major highway in orlando in the middle of traffic the was on but loss power and stalled out.

- Casselberry, FL, USA

problem #10

Apr 011998

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have had several episodes over the past 6 years of my car accelerating without me stepping on the gas. In fact, it usually happens when I have first started the car, and am stepping on the brakes when pulling out of driveway, or coming to a stop at traffic lights, etc. My brakes can barely stop the car, and the only way I can get the car to go back to normal is to put it in park once I have stopped. Immediately I hear the engine stop revving, and then when I put the car in drive it's working normally.

- Newport, NH, USA

problem #9

Feb 042004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Accelerator stuck to the floor while merging on to freeway. Vehicle kept going faster. Tried pumping accelerator, nothing happened. Tried braking, but car would not slow down. Put left foot on brake pedal and used right foot to try to loosen the accelerator by stomping on it. No luck. By then, I was approaching vehicles ahead of me at very high speed (I would guess at least 70 mph.). both lanes were full, so there was no way to switch lanes. In desperation, I shifted to reverse to try to stop the car. The engine shut off. I steered the vehicle to the shoulder as the vehicle coasted. I was able to brake as the vehicle coasted. When the car stopped, the battery light was on. The accelerator pedal was still stuck to the floor. I stomped on it a few times, and it broke loose. I had the car towed to a Chevrolet dealer.

- Minnetonka, MN, USA

problem #8

Apr 212003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles

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

While driving on the turnpike at approx 55-60 mph my accelerator became stuck. When I depressed the brakes the car did not go below 40 mph. I called 9-1-1 for assistance. This went on for approx 8 miles, I eventually shut the ignition off and the car rolled to a stop on the shoulder. The car is at the dealership and they can not find anything wrong with it and expect me to pay for the replacement of the brakes that were ruined as a result of the cars defective accelerator. The problem needs to be identified and fixed before the vehicle is released or someone may become seriously injured or killed.

- Willow Grove, PA, USA

problem #7

Dec 082000

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittently when brakes are applied vehicle will surge forward. Pedal goes partially to floor, resulting in extended stopping distance. Dealer has inspected vehicle.

- Southbend, IN, USA

problem #6

Apr 012000

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer stops at traffic light and vehicle suddenly accelerates even though foot is constantly on brake pedal and vehicle was put in to park.

- Boynton Beach, FL, USA

problem #5

Sep 252000

Cavalier

  • miles

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

Intermittently vehicle stalls at various speeds when accelerating and decelerating without warning. Dealer has not been able to duplicate or correct the problem.

- Mason, MI, USA

problem #4

Apr 012000

Cavalier

  • miles
Upon exiting grocery store parking lot, the vehicle accelerated at a great rate of speed. Unable to get control of the vehicle as this happened within a matter of seconds, vehicle jumped cement parking blocks and vehicle landed on parking blocks. Insurance company declared vehicle total loss. Collision repair shop stated neither manufacturer nor insurance company will go through vehicle to determine what went wrong due to "time is money." Needless to say I am out of a vehicle, balance remaining was only approximately $3,700. Looked up recalled vehicles, similar to id numbers 95V201000 and 87V011000. As stated, this all happened so abruptly very hard to pinpoint exactly what went wrong. I am reporting this in the hope that this does not happen to another Cavalier owner who may not be as fortunate as we were.

- Alsip, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 291999

Cavalier

  • miles
When the brakes were applied engine raced and the front end started to vibrate. The dealer has been contacted.

- Oakdale, LA, USA

problem #2

Dec 261998

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer was driving at approximately 60 mph when the vehicle suddenly started to accelerate to over 100 mph. Vehicle would not stop even by applying brakes. Had to pull emergency brakes and put it in park.

- La Verne, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 211998

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
Sudden acceleration on several occasions.(attorney for consumer).

- Kingsport, TN, USA

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