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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,587 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 engine problems

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #7

Dec 082008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • miles


I, was coming from walmart.onto the three lane highway, I crossed over into the lane then I saw this car, I hit my brakes, they froze and my car slid into the finder of the other car, I could not stop and it sled onto the other lane and stopped.

- Tulia, TX, USA

problem #6

May 242014


  • 85,610 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that while traveling 40 mph, a red light on the instrument panel illuminated as the vehicle decelerated to 25 mph. Also, the contact mentioned that the track light indicator illuminated and the vehicle jerked violently once the speed started to increase. The failure recurred nearly 12 times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure was 85, 610 and the current mileage 85,615.

- North Versailles, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 212010


  • 209,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 30 mph, the rpms began to increase and suddenly, the vehicle accelerated on its own. The contact applied extreme force to the brakes and shifted into neutral gear in order to slow down. The vehicle continued to lunge forward every time the vehicle came to a stop. The failure occurred three times. The dealer was not notified. The failure was not diagnoses or repaired. The failure and current mileages were 209,000.

- New Matamoras, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 232003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,500 miles


While driving all warning indicator lights illuminated. This caused vehicle to stall. Dealer replaced the body control module twice, but the problem still occurred.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Jan 012003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,000 miles
The car dies when put into reverse, the headlights go dim when putting on the brakes, the windshield wipers are not working properly and are getting stuck half way up the windshield. The car also accelerates even though you are not touching the gas.

- Nickelsville, VA, USA

problem #2

May 022002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While pulling out of a parking space, throttle stuck and consumer could not slow down the vehicle, causing a crash. Contacted dealer.

- Danville, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 082001

(reported on)


  • miles
Vehicle (engine?) will make a rattling noise around 1000-1900 RPM either when accelerating at that RPM, or decelerating at that RPM. Dealer cannot find problem after 2 visits. States it's not loud enough and should be ignored.

- Austintown, OH, USA

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