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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier brakes problems

brakes problem

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #36

Aug 012000

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

While driving at highway speeds or for extended periods of time four-speed overdrive transmission will automatically shift down to a lower gear, and "ets off" and "check engine" lights come on simultaneously. Vehicle remains in low gears until lights go off or until vehicle cools down. Also, that when this problem occurs vehicle jerks and vibrates as if the ABS is kicking in at speeds in excess of 40 mph. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Scotia, NY, USA

problem #35

May 022001

Cavalier

  • miles
Two times in the last year, the anti-lock brakes on our 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier have malfunctioned and caused us to rearend other vehicles. Both times after slamming down on the brakes, the car would almost come to a complete stop and then would jut forward 2-3 times and hit the car in front of us. After the first accident, we took the car to a mechanic, and he told us he could not find anything wrong with the anti-lock brakes. We thought that possibly it was just a one time occurrence and maybe there would not be continuing problems with the brakes, but then in the latest accident, our car behaved in the same manner. This time we sustained severe damage and the car was totaled. Luckily, no one was injured in either accident, probably because both times the accidents occured at very low speeds. We would like to know if other owners of 1996 Chevrolet Cavaliers have had similar problems with their anti-lock brakes. Thank you.

- Portland, OR, USA

problem #34

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 #33

Jun 151999

Cavalier

  • miles

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

Rear brake system shakes and lurches...wheels lock up and release...car skids for short periods of time causing car to attempt to run off roadway...this happens most often in wet conditions. Car was returned to dealer who "cleaned rear brake drums" and told us the problem was fixed. Last night the car was almost involved in two accidents when daughter was driving in wet conditions at speeds in 35 to 45 mph range when braking system locked up twice causing car to skid. Father can cause brakes to lock up in dry conditions duplicating brake lock up in wet conditions.

- Greenville, NC, USA

problem #32

Aug 031999

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
Brake pedal went all the way to the floor, resulting in extended stopping distance.

- Denton, WA, USA

problem #31

Feb 011999

Cavalier

  • miles
While driving gradually on wet pavement ABS brakes malfunctioned, causing the wheels to lock up and skid which may result in a crash. Dealer cannot determine the reason, and won't look at the vehicle. Please provide further information and VIN#.

- Auburn, WA, USA

problem #30

Mar 231999

Cavalier

  • miles

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

Vehicle bought w/bad water pump which was leaking badly. Brakes in rear were making metal to metal noise & were slushy. When vehicle was driven any great distance & then stoppped, it would overheat & then stall out. Hard to restart. Odometer numbers not even & out of sync. Water hose is leaking.

- Salem, OH, USA

problem #29

Oct 281998

Cavalier

  • miles
ABS brake light comes on when the car is in idle. Turn the car off and it will go off. Problem could not be duplicated, . dealer states the harness wires are defective, hazardous to drive vehicle.

- Costa Masa, CA, USA

problem #28

Aug 111998

Cavalier

  • miles
Replaced the automatic transmission with a remanufactured one.also the hood release/ABS brakes and air conditioner failed.

- Wiggins, MS, USA

problem #27

Jan 261999

Cavalier

  • miles
While driving about 15 mph applied brakes to stobut vehicle did not stop until a few feet away.

- Hamburg, WI, USA

problem #26

Jan 181998

Cavalier

  • miles

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

Vehicle spun 360 degrees, crashing into guardrail, when brakes locked up when applied in an emergency.

- Lorton, VA, USA

problem #25

Oct 161997

Cavalier

  • miles
ABS failed because of a electrical short and caused a crash.

- Kansas Cit, MO, USA

problem #24

Nov 161998

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
When appyling the ABS brakes on dry pavement they intermittently pulsate. Also extended stopping distance to occurs cause unknown.

- Eden Prairie, MN, USA

problem #23

May 271998

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Anti lock brakes failed resulting in a vehicle collision.

- Vega Alta, PR, USA

problem #22

Apr 301998

Cavalier

  • miles
While driving about any mph had been having problems with the ABS. When stepping on the brake pedal the vehicle won't stop on time. Dealer told consumer that many Chevrolet Cavaliers had been having the same problem with the ABS brakes.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #21

Apr 291998

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
ABS brakes failed. Also warped rotors, causing brakes to pulsate.

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #20

Jan 181998

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Anti lock brakes lock, up causing loss of control a collision on two separate occasions.

- Lorton, VA, USA

problem #19

Feb 231998

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
Brakes made noise and there was severe brake fading, like a pulsing when stopping.

- Fairfield, CA, USA

problem #18

Feb 171998

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
When applying the brakes the ABS catches and vehicle won't stop. Dealer says its suppose to.

- Lee's Summit, MO, USA

problem #17

Dec 041997

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
When the brakes are applied the pedal goes top the floor, resulting in extended stopping distance. The dealer has replaced the caliper on the vehicle.

- Battn Rudge, LA, USA

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