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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,143 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 242003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,714 miles


Head gasket on my 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier. We couldn't figure out why the vehicle would continue to stall, after placing nearly $800 worth of new parts in vehicle, changing several alternators and starters, from the ingnition swith recall. I had taken to a mechanic and found out the car had a blown head gasket. Which, apparently there is a recall on other Cavaliers, although not with my VIN number. I have called GM motors and they want me to have the car diagnosised at their dealership, costing $100-$200. And now having to spend $400-$600 on another defect from these recalls, is really frustrating my family, espically my husband. We don't have the extra money to keep placing in this vechile, I'm a full time student with a 2 year old son and work only part time. I need a reliable car. I can't spend more money at the dealership and not have a guarentee that they wouldn' fix this part. I know that all the people I have spoken to in school, work and out any where else, hospital for clinicals will not purchase any GM motors vechiles, due to them not wanting to go through this themselves and how I've been unfairly treated by this manufactor. All I want is for this to be resolved. Thank you.

- Port Charlotte, FL, USA

problem #4

Jan 192002


  • 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 #3

Apr 252001


  • miles
It all began the summer of 1999, the starter broke and kept being replaced because the car would chew it up and spit it out like a bad organ. My attempts to fix it were with Firestone and shell. Then I took it to the dealer where they discovered there was a chipped flywheel. The car was fine up until recently it wouldn't start on 3/10/01 so the dealer replaced the ignition. On 3/15/2001 it had poor acceleration so the dealer replaced the ignition wires. On 4/25/01 car wouldn't start again so the dealer replaced the ignition module. I've paid over $4000 in repairs since 1999 for the issue of the car not starting.I have been using jerrys Chevrolet and heritage Chevrolet.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 112000

(reported on)


  • 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 #1

Mar 241996


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Purchased car in March 96, the strut was replaced about four times. Consumer also experienced a tire blow out, dealer advisded her there was nothing they could do, because tire blow out was due to some type of object that punctured tire, also air condition went out twice, starter was replaced, torque convertor replaced, and a recall on piston pin, consumer feels that manufacturer should take some type of responsbiilty since this a brand new vehicle.

- Valliant, OK, USA

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