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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,333 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier transmission problems

transmission problem

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 282007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles


I was driving at 40 mile ph and all of a sudden the car hesitated acted like it couldn't get into gear -the track off light was on-I was driving on flat surface no wet conditions this happened more then ten times. Had car looked at by mechanic could not explain it resets after turning off car and starting it up again it was checked on computer found no problem but on last time the car died as I was driving into the repair shop it was again check and the repair man showed me that he shouldn't get any info because it wasn't sending info to his computer. This scares me I drive my two young children to school in this is still drivable but for short distances. I I have contacted manufacturer they say they have no info on this happening to anyone else. I will be taking it back to dealer to put on their computer to see if they can find out what's wrong my repair person thinks the PCM needs replaced.

- San Bernardino, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 122002

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The powertrain control module has been in for service twice.

- Garfield Hts, OH, USA

problem #1

Jun 062001


  • miles
December 2000, the vacuum leak in the front caused the vehicle to lose power. It was taken into moody's to be fixed, they blew a fuse for the cigarette lighter. May 14, 2001 brake and ABS light went on after car stalled in parking lot. Took to dealer, they had to order parts, it took a week. Dealer fixed it on May 22, 2001, they replaced the electronic brake and traction control, replaced four wheel anti-lock.. the same problem occured a few days later. Reported to dealer, took it in for repairs, there was a wire that was frayed. They replaced the wire and then blew the cigarette fuse again. Steering wheel started making a crunching plastic sound while turning and while shut off on June 6, 2001. Reported to dealer on same day. Took it in morning of June 7, 2001, they found a bulliten on that problem that was sent out by the manufacturer. They cannot find parts in the Twin Cities area, I have to wait a week or more for parts to come in.( dot number: )

- River Falls, WI, USA

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