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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,968 miles

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,871 miles


Driving down the road, motor stops running and I lost all power both steering and electrical. Got it to the side of the road. Waited 2 minutes and started it back up it was fine. Only did this 2 times within a week period. Engine idle rough since I purchased it in 1998. Took it in and they said they could not find anything. Came back several times they essentially said thay could do nothing thats just how they run. Motor surges and lags after start up. Regardless of temperature. Push pedal motor bogs down and then it will take off. Replaced almost every sensor under the hood problem is still present. Battery took a dump at almost 4 years. Engine spun #3 and #4 bearings on a cold start up. They advised me that I needed a water pump at the same time.pass power window was always slow. Replaced approx mid 2002 rear suspension clunks and sounds like it has lumber in the trunk. Wheel studs snap easily as I have replace approximately 10. Rear brakes drag and grab even after replacement. Front brakes wear excessively. Rubber muffler hanger wears out. Replaced 2 times.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #3

Nov 301998


  • miles
Rear seat belt guide detached from the seat.

- Vallejo, CA, USA

problem #2

Feb 171999

(reported on)


  • miles
This is in regard to the placement of the seat belts in the back seat of the Cavalier. When used in conjuction with infant car seats. All the infant seat manufacturers have issued warnings against using any of their seats with cars where the seat belt is anchored forward at the crease, which is the case with the 96 cavelier. I was told to contact my vehicle manufacturer, who then told me to talk to the seat manufacturer, getting me no where at all. Indeed the only advice I could get was to tighten it as much as I could and it would probably be alright. There are no probability nor should there be when we deal with the life of a child. I find it absolutely unacceptable that there is no way to safely Transport my child due to the anchoring of the belt. I can't afford to go and buy a new car. It's bad enough that in the Cavalier infant cannot be placed in the middle of the rear seat due to the hump. But on top of this, to place the seat belts so that no seat will work as they were meant to. There is no excuse for this.

- Kennebunk, ME, USA

problem #1

Nov 011996


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Power seat belt failed.

- Niland, CA, USA

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