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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,250 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 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 212007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


Bought a 2002 Chevy Cavalier Oct.2007, have had the car in for repairs to the transmission a total of 7 weeks. The problem seems to be electrical and cannot be fixed. Each time I get it back it works for some time then fails and is taken back. It is currently at the henna Chevy olds dealership in aiken, SC.

- Graniteville, SC, USA

problem #5

Sep 012003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
Shifter cable to transmission broke in half

- College Park, GA, USA

problem #4

Sep 092003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Vehicle currently has 37,000 well maintained miles on it. At about 25,000 miles a faint noise began to come from the transmission. It was only noticed at low speeds while decelerating. Now it is faint at highway speeds and very noisy at low speeds. It sounds like a turbo-charger spinning up and down. Mr. Goodwrench has never heard it before and GM powertrain engineers say it is normal. I say it isn't. if it were normal, it should have been there when I bought the car new with 200 miles on it. This is the 4th J-body car I have owned and the second with this transmission and I have never heard this noise. This is a well documented complaint and no one is listening. I have been a very loyal GM owner who may well have just purchased his last GM.

- Palmer, AK, USA

problem #3

Sep 102003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles


We bought this Cavalier in July of 2002, at about 3500 miles we started having transmission problems. It has been in the shop 5 times for the same problem. In the meantime the computer crashed on it twice. They had to fix it twice. They finally got the transmission fixed and then at the end of April 2003 the transmission started leaking fluid. I took it in and they got it fix. Makes 6 times this car has been in for transmission problems.

- Mayfield, KY, USA

problem #2

Jan 022002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle would not engage into drive when consumer was driving or at a complete stop. Contacted dealer.

- Morvia, CA, USA

problem #1

May 062002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer's husband just brought a brand new automobile, and while driving it home transmission suddenly went into neutral, which caused it to come to an abrupt stop. Driver stopped on highway, and waited for it to shift itself. Then drove it to the dealer for repairs.

- Grass Valley, CA, USA

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