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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,460 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.

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #8

May 012006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


At approximately 30000 miles my car would shake or bounce, sometimes violently, when the brakes were applied. The brake pads and rotors were checked and it was determined that the rotors were warped, though the pads were ok. The rotors were turned and everything seemed fine for a couple of months until the problem returned. Again the rotors were turned, and this time the pads replaced. But a few months later the problem returned yet again. Now the rotors have to be replaced, as well as the pads. A co-worker said he had the same problem on his 2002 Cavalier. He was told at a Chevy dealership that the rotors were too small on the car and warped easily due to this defect. This seems to me to be a major safety issue since rotors that are too small may cause a brake failure.

- Pikeville, KY, USA

problem #7

Jun 012002

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
The brake rotors had to be replaced five times in the last three years due to defect.

- Athens, GA, USA

problem #6

Feb 262005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,350 miles
Since purchasing my 2002 Cavalier I have had to have my rotors turned (2) times and they are in need of it again (third time). I have only put 39450 miles on my car and after the second time I began to be very careful about braking for any length of time. I have been downshifting when going down hills instead of applying my brakes. I would like to know why this is occurring so frequently. I have only had to replace my disc brakes one time. I have never had a vehicle in which I had to have the rotors turned so frequently. Especially since approx 10000 miles are highway miles where very little braking occurs.

- Union City, CA, USA

problem #5

Nov 062003


  • 18,329 miles


Consumer was told by the dealership that the vehicle has a rotor problem due to his driving habit.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #4

Mar 012003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
Front rotors warped prematurely, about every 10000 miles. Grinding noise heard at low speeds, whether in gear or coasting & not brake related. Premature fuel pump failure, causing engine to shut off.

- Lusby, MD, USA

problem #3

Jul 082003


  • miles
My rotors were first checked approximately March 2003 when I complained of them car shaking when I applied the brakes. The car had approximately30,000 miles at the time. The dealer where I bought the car stated that they needed to be turned which I agreed but said it was only a temporary fix and I would probably be back. So in July 2003, at approximately 35,000 miles, I returned complaining about the same thing. At this time, they were two thin to be "turned" and I need new ones. Which I had to complain in order to get new ones because they were going to charge me for them. (September 2003) a friend of mine bought a 2003 Cavalier which they have had approximately 5 months with 20,000 miles and they had to have their rotors turned already. They complained to the dealer because they didn't get them fixed at the dealer and the same dealer as mine said they couldn't do nothing about it because she took it to another place but they would have replaced them. She told them that as soon as they were shaking again that they would bring it in for new rotors. Plus I have heard other complaints about rotors on Cavaliers after I bought mine concerning brakes. They need to do something about this - recall!!!

- Montoursville, PA, USA

problem #2

Aug 282003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
Car shakes when applying brakes, took the car to repair shop to have the brakes checked out. He stated that he rotors used are too thin, and there is nothing that he can do to fix this problem. Rotating them will be only a temporay solution. His advise was that I should take it to the dealer and complain.

- Cary , NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 132002

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 13,000 miles
At 13,000 miles my car would shake violently when applying the brakes. The dealer said the rotors were warped, the dealer turned them and the shaking stopped. The dealer said this component was only warranted for 12,000 miles, but repaired the car at no cost. At about 26,000 miles the car began to shake again when the brakes were applied. An independent mechanic said the rotors were again warped, but they could not be turned because this would make them too thin. He recommended replacing the rotors with an after market set due to the fact the GM rotors seem to warp prematurely.

- King George, VA, USA

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