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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,000 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

Jun 232003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

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

While driving on a back road between 25-30 mph vehicle started pulling to left. This resulted in the vehicle crashing into an embankment. Upon impact, the vehicle turned around and went backwards 15 yards. The vehicle was totaled. The driver had to climb out of the window to exist the vehicle. The police officer indicated that this occurred due to an equipment failure. The axle broke on the rear passenger wheel.

- Buena Vista, VA, USA

problem #1

Aug 251997

Cavalier

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
While driving 60 mph the rear axle fell off, causing driver to have a major crash. The vehicle was totalled. This happened without warning.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

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