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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,389 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.

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier accessories - interior problems

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #9

Jun 162003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,500 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Fuel pump seal disintegrated. Cost $1,081 (including 3 day car rental). Earlier this year there was a recall on the steering column and I wound up paying an additional $600 for other defects not covered by the recall. Think that this and many additional problems on this car constitute it being a lemon. More than 5 recalls in 7 years.

- St. Cloud, MN, USA

problem #8

Oct 221997

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving rails broke on front driver's seat during a crash also, when the rails broke seat was loose, and seat belt did not work properly. Crash was left frontal impact. Contacted dealer.

- Odessa, FL, USA

problem #7

Feb 112000

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine head gasket/struts/starter/transmission/ dome light/ paint/,muffler/seats and ABS brakes have all gone badly at least once, and some have been replaced twice and are bad again. Dealer was notified several times, but refused to check or replace. No longer doing business with them due to the service. I have been having to pay for all of the services.

- North Platte, NE, USA

problem #6

Dec 101999

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The driver seat broke during accident causing injuries to the driver.

- Mathtuck, NY, USA

problem #5

Mar 101999

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
The car is falling apart, interior is falling apart, example seat belts on the driver's side is not in tact, the passenger chair on the right side frame is broken, air conditioner has gone out and we needed to install a new airconditioner, the brakes have been replaced twice already, I guess every nine months the car needs a new brake change, the Chrysler credit Corp has never given us a receipt on how much more to pay and when we call them up, they would not tell us how much more to go for the payments, they also know that since we purchased this car from the very first day this vehicle has been in and out of the shop for repairs. Then they would change constantly where the payment should go. I just wished they would stop that. It is like a house loan, we have changed mortagager four times and this is getting very stressful. Can you please help us with this matter.

- Barrigada, GU, USA

problem #4

Apr 231997

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Water comes inside the vehicle through the front windows. Passenger seat cover not anchored. Leather panels coming undone.

- Bowling Green, OH, USA

problem #3

Apr 101998

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Front brake rotors/engine/muffler/converter/seat/horn/power steering hose and wheel bearings failed.

- Sarah Ann, WV, USA

problem #2

Mar 111998

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Integrated car seat broke.

- Huntington, WV, USA

problem #1

Dec 151997

Cavalier

  • miles
While driving 60 mph the vehicle ran over a possum, lost control of vehicle, had a frontal impact on an embankment which caused the vehicle to rollover several times, in which both driver's and passenger's airbags did not deploy. Did not protect the occupant in this accident. Also the passenger's seat broke in half.

- Memphis, TN, USA

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