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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,564 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Jul 132009

Cavalier

  • 188,000 miles

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

I have just got a 1996 Chevy Cavalier and the anti theft light came on and shut down going down the hwy 50 miles per hour no brakes or steering. The ignition switck it has a code silinder now it want run or nuthing it turns over but want start.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #21

Jul 012004

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles
The consumer turned on the engine and noticed smoke coming through the ignition switch, two minutes later, the steering wheel was on fire. Dealer notified. Consumer indicated there was a NHTSA recall on this issue.

- Little Neck, NY, USA

problem #20

Jan 052004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,204 miles
Having problems with stalling, placed other complaints recently. Steering locking up and fixed more part in vechile, now might be relating to the ignition switch recall, which my mechanic has found was inproperlly placed in car. Called the dealership and since it has been over 1 year and 12,000 miles, they will charge me a labor fee and also the part fee. Could this become any worse GM"????"

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #19

Feb 272003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • miles

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

I am wondering if the proper recall work was done to my vehicle at koon's Chevrolet. I asked what was required for the campaign # 02V070000 (the ignition switch recall) the mechanic that explained it to me did not use the words relay kit. He described a cable harness to hold wires back.

- Rosedale, MD, USA

problem #18

Apr 102003

Cavalier

  • miles
The recall which was performed on the vehicle failed. Recall # 02 V0 70 000.

- Lancaster, SC, USA

problem #17

Sep 092002

Cavalier

  • miles
Prior to recall notification, consumers vehicle stalled out on the street. Consumers vehicle was towed to the dealer for the recall repair. Safety recall 02002-S.

- Brooklyn, NY, USA

problem #16

Aug 232002

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Ignition switch recall was performed on 16 August 2002. On 23 August 2002 after being parked for 10 minutes vehicle ignited key was not in ignition. Please add damage to vehicle.

- Bronx, NY, USA

problem #15

Oct 011999

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 38,207 miles
Prior to recall notification (02V070000) consumers vehicle experienced the same failure, consumer was informed by the dealership that a refund would be in order, however consumer still had not received any compensation, consumer was then informed that the reimbusement was denied stating that the recall was not covered.

- Greenwood Village, CO, USA

problem #14

May 212002

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
Vehicle began having problems prior to recall 02V07, engine light illuminated, vehicle experienced hard starts after sitting overnight, would stall and had no power, dealer replaced several components to correct this and consumer is requesting reimbursement for the unnecessary replacement parts.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #13

Aug 132002

Cavalier

  • miles
Consumer states while wating on an appointment to have recall for the ignition switch done, consumer feels the dealership is giving her the run around.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #12

Aug 172002

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles

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

In April 2002 I received a letter from teh recall information processing center, royal oak, mi in regards to a defect with the ignition switch. When I checked the internet "NHTSA" I found out that in fact this was not the only recall on my car. The is also an airbag, check engine light and mud flip kit recall. I contacted the dealer and brought my car in to repair all these defects. The next day the check engine light came on again and the car was running rough again. I contacted the dealership and reported the problem. I was told that this has nothing to do with the recall and that the recall for the "check engine light" was fixed the day before and I have to pay if I want to find out what is causing that light to come on. I am not satisfied at all. First of all, I was never contacted in regards to all these other recalls. I have problems with my car everysince around the middle of 2002. When I drive and take my foot of the gas pedal the car keeps going the same speed without slowing down, sometimes it even speeds up. The engine check light keeps coming on and the engine runs real rough. Also when driving the car keeps jerking, like somebody is hitting the brakes and then speeds ups right afterwards. All these problems occur at no particular speed. Please be so kind and assist me in this matter or advise me who I have to contact. Thank you so much. Best regards, manuela M. leno.

- Pompano Beach, FL, USA

problem #11

Jan 192002

Cavalier

  • miles
Vehicle will crank but not start, dealer found bad starter and replaced. Consumer is requesting full reimbursement from manufacturer. There was a recall for the ignition switch. Updated

- Lansdown, PA, USA

problem #10

Jun 272002

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
The consumer received a recall notice (024070000) on defective ignition. Consumer is asking the dealer to give her an earlier date to fix the vehicle.

- Wantagh, NY, USA

problem #9

May 012002

Cavalier

  • miles
Consumer states after recall repairs were completed for NHTSA campaign 02V070000, regarding a relay kit for ignition, the service manager informed consumer the starter was dragging and vehicle was making a loud noise. Consumer was informed that the wiring harness was not good, they would have to put on another one.

- Glasgow, KY, USA

problem #8

Jul 012002

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
Consumer received a recall 02V070000 regarding ignition switch. Had vehicle serviced at dealer ship. However, after vehicle was serviced it caught on fire. Dealer was notified, but refused to service vehicle.

- Denwoody, GA, USA

problem #7

Jun 072002

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
Consumer was not satisfied with work done on vehicle. After recall 02V070000 repairs were done, , vehicle stalled again. Almost lost his live twice.

- Washington, IL, USA

problem #6

May 202002

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Consumer spoke with manufacturer regarding NHTSA recall notice O2V070000, manufacturer's recall 14779. However, vecihle was inoperable, consumer requested that Chevrolet have vehicle towed, Chevrolet refused.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #5

Apr 012001

Cavalier

  • miles
No parts avaliable for recall repairs on ignition switch. Kit won't be avaliable until July. Lee mitsubushi, consumer, will fill in further information.

- Hope Mills, NC, USA

problem #4

May 072002

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
Upon receiving NHTSA recall letter 02V070000/ manufacturer's recalll 14779. Consumer took vehicle in for repairs. Consumer called to pick vehicle up from dealer, but dealer stated that vehicle would not start. Upon taking vehicle in for repairs vehicle was smoking very badly. Dealer stated that they were not responsible.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 232002

Cavalier

  • miles
NHTSA recall 02-V-070-000/ manufacturer recall 02008 on ignition switch. Recall could not be serviced due to parts not available at the dandy brothers Chevrolet: 276-386-3111 until June of 2002 consumer being concern if problem occurs before part is available manufacture was notified.

- Nicholsville, VA, USA

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