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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,953 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,906 miles


2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. The consumer stated there was a constant problem with the timing chain gear, tensioner, and chain itself. It was replaced on February 22, 2005, and needed to replaced again. The dealership spotted the problem, but since the vehicle was out of warranty it was taken to a Firestone service station. The engine sounded like it about to fall out. There was a lot of popping and cracking noise, that was how this was noticed.

- Clevealand Heights, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 092004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Timing chain broke at about 45 mph, causing engine to fail. Results determined by the dealer showed that timing chain shattered, tearing up the engine.

- Mclean, VA, USA

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