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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier accessories - interior problems

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 172003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles


I purchased a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier ls from advanced care care Inc in orlando Florida 9-23-03 this car is a lemon. List of problems with it (was sold to me telling me nothing was wrong with it ). problems ive paid to fix so far engine replaced head job (blown head gasket) 02 sensor twice ECM computer twice coil pack- 3 times icm 5 times engine strut transmount front engine mount brakes rotors main rod bearings catalytic convertor they are now saying it needs another engine that the crankshaft is bad, it is pouring out oil, I cant go past 3 rpms it has sudden acceleration that has almost caused multiple accidents the car has a stalling problem as well which has almost costed me and my son our life. Advanced car care Inc (silverstar road) in orlando Florida sold me this car notifying me nothing was wrong with it. I have already paid 7,000 dollars in repairs and the car is even more messed up than what it was. Everytime I pay for something to be fixed something else wrong shows up... I took it to the Chevrolet dealership and the mechanics were all shocked at this car. They sd the have never seen a car built this messed up before. The computer was shooting out 13 different codes. This is a lemon car. I need it fixed or replaced also S & S automotive in apopka Florida charged me 1,515 in repairs which they never gave me a written quote or even on the phone. They lied to me about parts being new when they were used. They installed my catalytic convertor wrong as well. They did work and labor to the car and charged me for it without my concent.. when I went to pick up the car and I test drove it I was shocked that now the crank shaft is all of a sudden bad and it will cost me 2,000 there or 5,000 at the dealership. I am a single mom and I dont even have a dollar to my name right now. Couldnt buy my son any gifts for christmas after paying all of these car bills and now im stuck with this lemon of a car.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 152003

(reported on)


  • miles
There are two warning labels on child seat regarding weight requirements that are contradicting each other. One label stated " 20 lbs for rear facing." The other stated " rear facing 5-30 lbs." When a parent contacted envenflo and tried to obtain an owner's manual, they were told all pertinent information was on the child seat stickers. Evenflo didn't respond to parent emails.

- Wyoming, MN, USA

problem #2

Jun 112003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cosco eddie bauer model# 02870ebg. Right arm broke on the shield child seat. Consumer contacted the manufacturer who stated it wasn't a defect. They stated they would send the consumer the appropriate parts to repair the child seat.

- Elkton, MD, USA

problem #1

Feb 171999

(reported on)


  • miles
This is in regard to the placement of the seat belts in the back seat of the Cavalier. When used in conjuction with infant car seats. All the infant seat manufacturers have issued warnings against using any of their seats with cars where the seat belt is anchored forward at the crease, which is the case with the 96 cavelier. I was told to contact my vehicle manufacturer, who then told me to talk to the seat manufacturer, getting me no where at all. Indeed the only advice I could get was to tighten it as much as I could and it would probably be alright. There are no probability nor should there be when we deal with the life of a child. I find it absolutely unacceptable that there is no way to safely Transport my child due to the anchoring of the belt. I can't afford to go and buy a new car. It's bad enough that in the Cavalier infant cannot be placed in the middle of the rear seat due to the hump. But on top of this, to place the seat belts so that no seat will work as they were meant to. There is no excuse for this.

- Kennebunk, ME, USA

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