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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,600 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier lights problems

lights problem

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 012005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles


The contact stated the headlights glowed an orange/yellow color. The dealership replaced the sockets and bulbs, but this has not solved the problem. The dealership stated there was no problem with the vehicle. The contact insisted this impaired his vision and he could not see three feet in front of the vehicle.

- Delevan, NY, USA

problem #4

Feb 151996


  • miles
I have had reoccurring problems with the lights and the start up light on suspension since the day I purchased the automobile. Everytime I took it in for repair, I got a "cannot duplicate" in the place of repair. I knew nothing of the recall on this items until 6/18/2000, when I was researching other items on the Cavalier. I would appreciate getting this repaired as oppossed to "cannot duplicate." I do know the suspension happens far more often than a vehicle this young age should. Thank you.

- Conway, SC, USA

problem #3

Mar 152000


  • miles
The headlamps failed. Water entered the front lighting harness located behind the front bumper facia. The water was retained in the harness and caused the corrosion of the splices for the low beam headlamps and drl circuits. The splices were broken by the corrosion, resulting in failure.

- Whitmore Lake, MI, USA

problem #2

Dec 161999


  • miles
Knocking noise near trunk area, burning smell constantly, panel lights always show something wrong, ets off light blinking, tilt sticks, horn defective, don't start in warm weather, popping noise in rear side, coolant leaks, power steering hoses had to be replaced because they burned up and leaked fluid onto exhaust system, window rattles when coming down, window not aligned right air comes through on both sides, alarm doesn't work 85% of the time even with new batteries, nothing but problems since June 1, 1999.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 251999


  • miles
Headlight wiring shorted on bracket while driving, headlights failed. Chevrolet said "too bad" charged $73.53 to fix wiring.

- Grand Blanc, MI, USA

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