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Average Mileage:
130,900 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier engine problems

engine problem

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #4

May 092003

(reported on)

Cavalier Z24

  • 187,465 miles


I'm just having problems and I can't explain it in enough details to a mechanic so they can fix it. My car is fairly old, but b4 the problem it was doing just fine. It appears to stall or sputter when I'm going up hill at 60 mph and sputter violently when I press the gas even more to maintain that speed. If I'm in 4 gear and I switch back to a 2 or 3 when I make a turn it was sputter then also. I was just wonderin if you could make a suggestion on what it could be that's wrong. I also want to add, that I don't know if this has anything to do with it, but my car didn't start acting up until I had some new spark plugs put in...My car uses AC Delco, but I had an associate of mine to put some Champion spark plugs in..Could that be the problem as well?

- dksac, GAstonia, NC, US

problem #3

May 232006

(reported on)


  • 134,000 miles

well i was driving along listening to my radio and my car just died i still have no idea whats wrong with it

- Chris C., Fairborn, OH, US

problem #2

Dec 282005

(reported on)


  • 152,000 miles

well when i first bought the car off my brothers girlfriend it ran ok i put a tune up on it and things like that then out of nowear the car had no power it shook like it was gonna stall (stalls somtimes) i have replaced every part of the fuel system still hasent helped anyone have sugestions and sometimes it starts runs for about 10 sec then stalls and wont restart unless you spray starting fluid into the intake plez help im desperate

- Brad K., Flat Rock, MI, US

problem #1

Jul 162003

(reported on)


  • 50,000 miles

After running for 1/2 to 3 hours, the car stalls, stops; hard to restart. I've taken the car twice to my garage [nice folks and good for General Motors cars and have done well before this]. This time though, they take the car out for a 30 mile run and can't find anything. It may run for several weeks BUT THEN it happens again. I find it scary!!

- phurshell, Seattle, WA, US

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