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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
23,332 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.

1996 Chevrolet Cavalier brakes problems

brakes problem

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 152005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,995 miles


The consumer stated he bought a car on 6-29-05 from klick lewis Inc. On his way home when he applied the brakes, suddenly the car felt like it was coming apart. He called the dealer where he bought the car and they told him the vehicle needed front rotors. On Friday 7-15-05; before he had taken it in to have the rotors put on, he noticed the car was full of smoke. He called the fire dept. And they came out and diffused the fire and told him that it was an electrical problem and the car could have caught on fire. He then called the salesperson that sold him the car and they said they would have someone get back to him. He has made 5 telephone calls to them and no one has returned his calls.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

problem #2

Apr 291998

(reported on)


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

- Tacoma, WA, USA

problem #1

Apr 101998

(reported on)


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

- Sarah Ann, WV, USA

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