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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
63,482 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.

2005 Chevrolet Cavalier brakes problems

brakes problem

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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #6

Oct 022011


  • 153,000 miles


Rear shoes only 50% worn after 153,000. Hand brake starting grabbing uneven so had to have rear drums torched off. Drums would not remove through normal means. Condition of hardware was found to be reusable. Drums warped/failed before shoes wore out.

- Warwick, NY, USA

problem #5

Aug 142010


  • 100,000 miles
Horn contact behind airbag was recently crazy glued, to restore horn, and speedo & cluster requires replacement of entire cluster by Chevy, or removal & rebuild of gauge stepper motors through ebay motors. Use and enter"repair Cavalier speedometer" to search. My speedo only on my cluster erratic for 20K miles. I use my tachometer to guestimate highway speeds,2,500 RPM is 55. I have 120K now on the car, otherwise bulletproof. Just tossing out brake rotors now, that's it. I used synthetic oil from the start, very smooth car, @ normal speeds.needs intake and wheels for speeding, over 65. Engine has plenty of go over that, but base brakes, wheels and intake aren't speedworthy, but it is a base model so ok. Keep the tie rods greased, air filters changed after winter as they are easily serviceable unlike most that aren't.

- Warwick, NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 152008


  • 47,000 miles
Faulty gauges cluster. The gas, temperature, speedometer, and RPM gauges stop working in a weekly basis for several days.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #3

Dec 212008


  • Manual transmission
  • 58,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact attempted to stop the vehicle, but it failed to stop. He noticed that the hydraulic brake hose between the master cylinder failed. The risk of serious injury and crashed was increased. The contact is in the process of notifying the dealer. The failure and current mileages were 58,000. Updated 05/06/09 the consumer stated there was no clutch tubing and it rubbed in two places. The consumer wife had no clutch and the pedal went to the floor. Updated 05/08/09.

- Rogers, AR, USA

problem #2

May 132008


  • miles
I was sold a Chevy Cavalier with bad brakes and bad rotors and it makes a big noise when you go to turn to the right no accidents yet.

- Lenoir City, TN, USA

problem #1

Sep 292004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,889 miles
: the contact stated the front brakes vibrated and pulsated when the brake pedal was depressed. The vehicle was taken to a certified dealership for inspection and they resurfaced the brakes. The contact still heard a grinding noise when the brakes were applied but has not returned vehicle to the dealer for additional service. Updated 1/25/2006 -

- Waupaca, WI, USA

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