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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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 steering problems

steering problem

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 252004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

NHTSA recall 02V286000 concerning power steering assembly. After having the lower pinion bearing replaced consumer was unable to turn left. Vehicle was taken back to the dealer, and the mechanic could not duplicate the problem.

- Williamson, WV, USA

problem #7

Apr 232003

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
While trying to make a left turn the steering wheel locked and the vehicle crashed into a guard rail. The consumer received a recall notice campaign # 02V28600 with the subject power steering assembly. The consumer contacted the manufacturer Chevrolet. The representative stated that the vehicle was under that recall and a GM representative would make contact and test the vehicle. The GM representative called the consumer and stated that the recall part would be fixed but no other assistance would be provided.

- Winchester, TN, USA

problem #6

Jul 011999

Cavalier

  • miles
Loss of power assist three times, have not driven since 7/1/99. We are taking in for service 7/7/99.

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #5

May 171999

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

A valve inside the power steering mechanism is stuck, causing the steering to be inoperative and allowing it to jerk from side to side, causing a safety hazard.

- Owings, MD, USA

problem #4

Mar 241998

Cavalier

  • miles
While driving straight, dry road condition, vehicle changed lanes and vehicle went out of control, resulting in a crash and injuries. Also vehicle was totaled.

- Tarzana, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 241998

Cavalier

  • miles
While driving the power steering shut down, causing the vehicle to spin out of control. Vehicle is at dealership.

- St Pettersburg, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 151997

Cavalier

  • miles
While driving 60 mph the vehicle ran over a possum, lost control of vehicle, had a frontal impact on an embankment which caused the vehicle to rollover several times, in which both driver's and passenger's airbags did not deploy. Did not protect the occupant in this accident. Also the passenger's seat broke in half.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #1

Jan 011997

Cavalier

  • miles
Noisy ABS brakes, also replaced noisy power steering valve.

- Alpena, MI, USA

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