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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,833 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 172012

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 72,049 miles


Engine cradle subframe has rusted through on right side. Low mileage, car is parked in a garage, so it does not sit outside all day and night. My mechanic tells me he has seen this a lot with Chevy. He says it is especially true with GM cars driven in the North because of the much for being imported from detroit; isn't that in the North" he says he can order a used replacement from the southern us. I know a Cavalier is not a top-of-the-line car, but isn't the frame supposed to be the strogest part? come on GM, fix this issue before somebody dies! I was going to let my 16 year old kid drive the car, now I have to tell him that he can't because an affordable car made by the biggest us automaker is cheaply made and unsafe!"

- North Royalton, OH, USA

problem #4

Feb 272010


  • 77,115 miles
I bought this car a 2002 Chevy Cavalier in 2005, and at the time there was 25K original miles so I was told. Since then I have found out there has been 5 recalls on this car for various safety hazards, none of which I was ever told about prior or during my purchase of this vehicle. The signals have failed, I had to pay for them to be replaced, the bearings on the tires caused dry rot and I had to pay to replace those, both were on the recall list. The engine would over heat in the idle position, and they replaced an air filter sitting that as the problem and it wasn't. the pedal sticks when I accelerate and sometimes gets stuck, the rockerarms have started to go bad and it has caused the valve stems to bend, thus causing the oilpump to seize up and now my cars engine has a blown gasket, this is under the engine component system recall, which was reported in 2007. I was never notified. And now im paying 350 per month for a car that is not running.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #3

Oct 012004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Defect in 2002 Cavalier enhanced traction system [ets}.

- Vineland, NJ, USA

problem #2

Apr 152003


  • miles
While drving at any speed over bumps or potholes vehicle would make a cracking noise, and would move left and right, causing driver to lose control.

- Norway, ME, USA

problem #1

Aug 212002

(reported on)


  • miles
With only 13000 miles on the vehicle, the Goodyear tires that came with the vehicle blewout when the inside of the tires wore to such a degree that the steel threads from the belts punctured a hole in the tire. Consumer also states that the vehicle came from the factory without aligning the wheels.

- Arnett, WV, USA

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