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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier electrical problems

electrical problem

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 312000

Cavalier

  • miles

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

Spontaneous fire, totally destroyed inside of car.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #4

Nov 021999

Cavalier

  • miles
The computer is encased in a split aluminum housing and is not hermetically sealed. This sub assembly is located in the right front of the vehicle surrounded by loose fitting plastic parts. It is subjected to moisture, dirt and in northern climates salt corrosion

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 301997

Cavalier

  • miles
"ets off" light and "check engine light" remain on while car is in drive. Suggested corrections do not turn lights off. In September 1997 when probelm first occurred, the PCM (on-board diagnostics) was eventually replaced. Dealer alleged they could not tell if there was a problem until part was replaced. When part was replaced, diagnotics revealed no problem. The cost to the dealer was approximately $250. Now (two years later) same problem seems to be happening. Dealer says no recourse except to replace module again, at owner cost. Location of module (under wheel well) is such that it is susceptible to water. Thank you. Joan moore

- St. Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 031996

Cavalier

  • miles
Vehicle caught on fire underneath the dashboard, vehicle was totaled.

- Shawnee, KS, USA

problem #1

Sep 061996

Cavalier

  • miles
Computer failed, causing vehicle to stall; also ABS brakes grind/replaced instrument cluster.

- Plantsville, CT, USA

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