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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
135,250 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (6 reports)
  2. find the blue plug on the front of the tranny. unplug it (2 reports)
  3. torque converter lock up solenoid (1 reports)
1995 Chevrolet Cavalier engine problems

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1995 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 012010

Cavalier 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,000 miles


i changed the heat switch the thermostat twice. it only does it when its heated up it doesn't overheat it just plainly shuts down the fan works the head gasket is like brand new.

- Gerald Z., Battle Creek, MI, US

problem #8

May 102008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 188,000 miles

I was driving with no problem from downtown going home at regular speed about 85 kms when i came to slow down at beginning of traffic in highway, when suddenly it happens my car just switch off like a light switch off. What the hell happen? anyways i just stop in the middle of traffic blocking both way to the public so they can pass away but had no choice to wait a few minutes and then restart the engine after 5 minutes. Then no problem when i got home. Sunday 26 of may again the battery light when on and oil pressure on and then stall again. i was freaking out what the hell again. So reviewing your comments its all making since. I'll try the blue plug thing and try to drive little distance. what a bummer!!

Luis many thankx for the feedback

- ulysse, Verdun, Quebec, Canada

problem #7

Jan 012008

Cavalier 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

I've had the exact same problems as the rest of you. Chevy stalling after it warms up 30 or so mins, starting back no prob, throw it into gear and it stalls again (this almost got me killed on a hill....twice...)

Look for the BLUE PLUG on the front of the tranny, near the bottom, unplug it. It helped me, and it's been over a month since I've done this, and so far I haven't had a problem out of it anymore. Unplugging this, (it's the OverDrive) will not hurt the car. My papaw has worked on more cars than you can imagine, so I'm 98% of this. It worked for me, hopefully it'll work for you.

P.s....Anyone can do this, just push in the little clip thing on the bottom of the plug and pull it loose, just leave it hanging there afterwards...won't hurt anything.

- Ryan T., Evarts, KY, US

problem #6

May 132007

(reported on)

Cavalier LS 2.2L 4cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,000 miles


when trans warms up and the torque converter solenoid engages they tend to stick when they get old. a simple test to determine if this is the cause of your problem, once you experience this (usually after a significant drive)put gear selector in neutral and stop then with brake applied move gear selector to drive. if engine stalls and after letting it sit for a few min (usually no later than 30 min)the car is fine you should have this solenoid replaced. transmission disassembly required so this repair should only be attempted by qualified repair technician.

- Justin G., Vernon, NY, US

problem #5

May 012007

(reported on)

Cavalier 2.2 L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,000 miles

I have a 1995 Chevy Cavalier(2.2L) with 97,000 miles of which most are freeway miles. Recently, I have noticed after driving long distances of 30 min or longer the car tries to stall at a stop. The engine seems to make some small noises sound like exhaust but not., I donít have this problem when driving short distances, I only notice this problem when the car seems to be relatively warmed up.. So if anyone knows what could be causing this problem, please let me know I have been to 2 mechanics now and seems not to have a answer. I have looked up this problem surfing the internet and it seem to be common n this year the only problem is how do you fix it or what is it ?? please help me you can e-mail me at

- Polly A., Lynnwood, WA, US

problem #4

Nov 012006

(reported on)

Cavalier 3.2

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles

The car is in great shape otherwise. I have taken it to two mechanics who can't figure out what the problem was.

- ferrer, Ronkonkoma, NY, US

problem #3

Jan 112007

(reported on)

Cavalier 2.2L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles


my car stalls and about driving 45 min when i come to a stop with it in drive, when i put it into neutral the engine idles perfect, but when i put it into drive without giving it a lot of fuel it will stall, but let it coast though the light, then put into drive it will carry on, but the transmission so not shift right.

any solutions? contact me using the send comment link below

- Shawn V., St John's, NL, Canada

problem #2

Apr 182006

(reported on)

Cavalier LS

  • 108,000 miles

very frustrating!!

- Erick B., Andover, MN, US

problem #1

Mar 242002

(reported on)


  • 100,000 miles

I have a 1995 Chevy Cavalier with 104,000 miles of which ~85% are freeway miles. So, the car is still in relatively good shape, runs good, no history of problems. Recently, I have noticed after driving long distances of 1.5 hr or longer the car stalls when I stop at the first traffic light when I exit the freeway. The engine seems to make some small revving noises prior to coming to a stop. After the car stalls I need to wait a few minutes before I can get it to run again without stalling. I can start the engine right away, but when I put the car in gear it stalls. The car doesnít stall if I coast through the traffic light when the light is green, only happens when I need to stop completely. Also, I donít have this problem when driving short distances, I only notice this problem when the car seems to be relatively warmed up. The car has had regular tune-ups. So if anyone knows what could be causing this problem, please let me know.

- banachda, Cincinnati, OH, US

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