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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,600 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 152004


  • 40,000 miles


3 timing chains and tensioners in 4 years on a 2001 Cavalier 2,2 seem to be a problem in design.

- Belleville, MN, USA

problem #2

Nov 262003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,800 miles
Vehicle making a whining noise when accelerating. Temperature gauge raising to 200. Occasionally, the thermostat light comes on and stays on for about 5 to 10 minutes then goes out. Checked water in overflow, level was only slightly low. Added some anti-freeze & then noticed water on the ground after driving. Engine was replaced in Feb 2003. Then the problem was it overheated & ran out of water. At that time there was no indication of there even being a problem.

- Glen Mills, PA, USA

problem #1

May 152001


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer is hearing a clicking noise coming from left front wheel. Vehicle was overheating, cooling system motor was making the noise. Consumer states engine light was also illuminating along with the clicking noise, dealer first stated it was the cooling system motor, and then the bearing and hub assembly, consumer states the noise is still present. Dealer stated a fuse shorted and was the cause of the engine light to illuminate. Consumer stated vehicle was shifting rough, dealer could not find any problems. Air conditioner was making a grinding noise.

- Great Lake, IL, USA

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