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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,448 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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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier engine problems

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 282006

Cavalier

  • 115,000 miles

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

In December, 2006 I had a new alternator and a new fuel pump put in (895.00). 1/10/07 my ignition module and the fuel pressure regulator went out (695.45). 5/14/07 my ignition coil needed replacing (252.18). November 8, 2007 I needed to replace the ignition switch and valve cover gasket ($500) I'm am tired of repairing. It's got an electrical problem that's causing my ignition stuff to burn out.

- Sioux Falls, SD, USA

problem #11

Sep 042008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier. One day after purchasing the vehicle, it would no longer start. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic and an injector, push rod, and spark plug were installed. Approximately two days after retrieving the vehicle, it would not start again. The current and failure mileages were 91,000. Updated 10/16/08. Updated 10/17/08.

- Fredricksburg, VA, USA

problem #10

May 152007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles
In weeks prior, a clunk was heard upon low speed manuvering, later a rattle @ 2000-3300 RPM. I have not driven it since, save to get $3,000 estimate and several opinions, that a connecting rod is defective, making the engine valuless, which all concur this is common for this engine, and GM may have known of this problem for years, and done nothing.

- Tinley Park, IL, USA

problem #9

Oct 022002

Cavalier

  • miles

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

2001 Chevrolet Cavalier makes a click noise in front end when turning hard right. The vehicle stalled. The next day, the consumer had the vehicle towed and the dealer replaced the fuel pump. The steering gear was replaced. The valve cover gasket, control arm bushings and struts were replaced.

- Montrose, MN, USA

problem #8

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 #7

Apr 072004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
While driving, the vehicle stalled. The cause was not determined. The vehicle was taken in four times. The spark plug wires were replaced. The vehicle stalled while in motion then would restart. The problem could not be duplicated on one occasion. The passenger window was clicking, and the regulator in the front door window was replaced.

- Moundsville, WV, 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

Feb 082001

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Oil falls onto exhaust heat shield when changing the filter, the heat shield is like a metal mesh covering the exhaust pipe. Always being told to let it burn off. Not good for people with breathing difficulties.

- Spfld, MA, USA

problem #3

Oct 222002

Cavalier

  • miles
Consumer states that while driving the vehicle will heavily vibrate if the vehicle go over 60mph causing it to be hard to control. Dealer notified.

- Rocky Gap, VA, USA

problem #2

Dec 272001

Cavalier

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving 65 mph, there was a very loud noise from engine, then smoke was coming from under the hood, then the engine stalled. Vehicle towed to dealer, who determined that engine threw a rod and had to be replaced. Not done under warranty. Two other Cavaliers with the same make, model and year owned had the same problem in February 2001 with 18000 miles, has since been turned back in.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

problem #1

Jan 072001

Cavalier

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving 55 mph, there was a very loud noise from the engine. Smoke started to come from under the hood. Shortly after that, the engine stalled. Dealer determined engine threw a rod and had to be replaced.

- Overland Park, KS, USA

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