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7.6

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,357 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 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #16

Jul 152003

Cavalier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,710 miles

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

Excessive coolant leakage from under car. Car heats up, causing to pullover constantly to get the car to cool down. Seems to be a head gasket problem.

- San Juan Bautista, CA, USA

problem #15

Jun 052003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Car suddenly leaked coolant, engine temp was reading hot on dash. Thought problem was related to a stuck thermostat, replaced thermostat and coolant. Belt starts slipping a couple weeks later, and engine light comes on. In the process of replacing radiator, water pump, and belt.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #14

Sep 052001

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
8/28/98 recall airbags--7/20/01 water pump replaced--9/5/01 stabilizer link replaced--horn works sometimes

- Indpls, IN, USA

problem #13

Jan 222002

Cavalier

  • miles

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

Customer requested to have the the water pump, serpentine belt and coolant replaced, dealer found the water pump to be leaking.

- Lansdown, PA, USA

problem #12

Apr 292002

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
Vehicle is overheating. While driving to keep vehicle from overheating has to turn fan on for air conditioning. Dealer contacted.

- Alachua, FL, USA

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problem #11

Oct 171996

Cavalier

  • miles
After listening to a squeek noise from trunk area proceed to a clunking noise, I took vehicle in for service. Was advised by dealer that rear strut and it's mount had failed requiring both to be replaced at a cost of over $800. I feel the failure of this assembly to be a manufacturers defect. Muffler failed prematurely. Water pump failed prematurley. Starting to think 1996 Cavalier was not engineered very well.

- Williamston, MI, USA

problem #10

Jul 042001

Cavalier

  • miles

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

Cylinder head gasket blew while driving. Dealer said this was covered under a recall, but water pump failed because of gasket, but wouldn't cover the pump.

- Delafield, WI, USA

problem #9

Jul 011999

Cavalier

  • miles
The water keeps leaking from the weep hole and there was no fault of mine or preventive maintenance that I could of done. Due to the location of the water pump (under the exhaust manifold) the repair is very expensive (approximately $800).

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #8

Nov 021998

Cavalier

  • miles
Upper radiator hose failed, coolant pipe failed and leaked.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 022000

Cavalier

  • miles
Contacted dealership on recall #C00010, dealer agreed to pay part of repairs and not all. Would not pay for dealership charges on pressure testing cooling system even though dealership required it....

- Warner Robins, GA, USA

problem #6

Jan 012000

Cavalier

  • miles

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

I first noticed the coolant light on at low speeds and when I turned corners. The light never stayed on for more than a few seconds, then I took the vehicle into the dealer to get some recall work completed and they told me that a gasket connecting to my water pump has a slow leak. My brother has a 1997 Cavalier Z24 and has the same exact problem. I hope you can get something done so others dont have the same problem. Thank you.

- Dearborn, MI, USA

problem #5

May 042000

Cavalier

  • miles
Feb 2000 I replaced a faulty water pump continued to have slow coolant leak...May 2000 head gasket was found to be bad.no recall and extended warranty was.....not purchased buy the extended warranty is what I recommend.

- Rosedale, MD, USA

problem #4

Dec 161999

Cavalier

  • miles
Knocking noise near trunk area, burning smell constantly, panel lights always show something wrong, ets off light blinking, tilt sticks, horn defective, don't start in warm weather, popping noise in rear side, coolant leaks, power steering hoses had to be replaced because they burned up and leaked fluid onto exhaust system, window rattles when coming down, window not aligned right air comes through on both sides, alarm doesn't work 85% of the time even with new batteries, nothing but problems since June 1, 1999.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Mar 231999

Cavalier

  • miles
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 #2

Mar 231999

Cavalier

  • miles
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 #1

Sep 011998

Cavalier

  • miles
Coolant loss, low coolant light, coolant leak odor. Dealership mechanic verifed that it is leaking and damaging the head gasket. He also told me that the 95 Cavalier have this problem on recall. My car was manufactured 11/95, has the same head gasket as the 95, but Chevrolet will not pay to fix it.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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