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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,732 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.

2001 Chevrolet Cavalier brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #12

Aug 162008

Cavalier

  • 0 miles

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

The rear brakes on the Chevrolet Cavalier can become unadjusted and when you have to brake quickly, the brakes can lockup and send you into a skid. This happened to me and caused me to have an accident, but I was not aware of the type braking system the car is equipped with so I didn't understand why the car went into a skid until much later, after I almost rear ended someone. Personnel at the repair shop explained the braking system to me.

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #11

Jul 142003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
When the weather is bad my brakes do not work correctly until I have driven the car for a while. Last month I could not come to a stop at all and damaged the front end I asked around and found another person with the same model car that has had this problem also.

- Hinton, WV, USA

problem #10

Jun 222005

Cavalier

  • 96,376 miles
2001 Chevrolet Cavalier developed problems with the brakes and the engine.** answer required***. while turning the steering wheel the consumer heard grinding/rubbing noises intermittently. The fog lamp went out. The brakes were noisy and would stick when applied. Water leaking into the trunk. The vehicle wouldn't start and the vehicle check engine light illuminated. The keyless entry system and alarm stopped working. The transmission not shift into low gear. The daytime running light would not shut off. The HVAC blower would not work in the first and second speed. The dealer foun air in the brake line and determined that hte lower control arm bushing was falling out

- Athens, NY, USA

problem #9

Sep 162002

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles

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

Horn did not blow unless caller hit the right spot. Caller said there was a dead spot in the horn pad. Dealer and manufacturer have not been contacted. Also, torque converter light did not come on.. coil packs were defective. Caller stated there were no warning lights for this problem, and caller was concerned that the problem could not be detected until it was too late. Dealer replaced the coil packs. Manufacturer said warranty expired, and they could not help. Also, seat belts come out of the guide and hit the people in the eye. Caller said the front brakes were defective. When hitting the brakes they did not slow down vehicle. Caller down shifted the get the vehicle to slow down. Also, had to replaced the front rotors three times. In addition, the trunk latch had a gap in it, the lid did not close tightly.

- Wakefield, NH, USA

problem #8

Feb 172001

Cavalier

  • miles
When stepping on the breaks of my 2001 Cavalier a vibration is caused and makes it difficult to stop. I know someone else who owns a 2001 Cavalier and the same thing is happening to her car. I have been lucky enough not to have hit anyone yet but it gets really close especially when stopping fast.

- Warwick, RI, USA

problem #7

Feb 192004

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • 11,910 miles
Brakes malfunctioned, resulting in extended stopping distance. The dealer informed the consumer the brakes were sensitive. The dashboard was replaced, because the air bag light was on. The dash board lights came on and went off at least twenty two times.

- Itasca, IL, USA

problem #6

Nov 212003

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

My car since I bought it(2001 Z24 Cavalier) has given me problem after problem. Piston rods failing, fuel pump leaking, crankshaft failure, gear box bent causing me to only start car in neutral and can't park on hills. Also... valves have broken numerous times, engine accelerates on its own, fuel gauge was broken, power steering pump leaking, sunroof shattered on me... everything has broken on this brand new car I bought. The dealership will not help me even under warranty... I got a lemon and they want me to keep it. So many problems I cant list them all... most recently I was driving with my 11 month old son and we just got the car out of the shop after 14 days repair on a valve, and the next day we were driving and the engine seized up on me and brakes, and I had to use the emergency brake to stop us from crashing. I had the car towed in and the connected some hose they "forgot" to connect and told me to leave. After we almost could of died, I will not get into the vehicle that I am still have to pay for too. I wish someone could help me! (incident date is most recent occurrence)

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #5

Jan 012000

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Air/heat fan, steering column, brakes, engine.

- Council Bluffs, IA, USA

problem #4

Jul 202001

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,500 miles
When attempting to apply the brakes, the vehicle jerked when trying to come to a complete stop.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #3

Jun 262003

(reported on)

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
With applied pressure to the brake pedal, the vehicle jerked. The gas gauge did not give the correct reading and was fixed three times.

- Lakewood, CO, USA

problem #2

Dec 012002

Cavalier

  • miles
While applying the brakes there was squeaking and grinding noise coming from the rear wheel. Please provide additional information dealer is aware of the problem.

- Sandwich, IL, USA

problem #1

Oct 222002

Cavalier

  • miles
Consumer states that when apply the anti lock brakes they can hear a loud noise and the brake pedal will go to the floor causing the vehicle to have extended stopping distance. Dealer notified

- Rocky Gap, VA, USA

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