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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,379 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 #17

Jun 032005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • miles

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

Consumer experienced problems while having the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier recall repairs performed. Recall campaign#02V286000. There were problems with the steering mechanism, the ignition and the air bag. The consumer believed that none of the recall repairs were ever made on the vehicle.

- Hopewell, VA, USA

problem #16

Jan 122005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • miles
Recall campaign: Power steering gear recall. The consumer had difficulty keeping the steering from wandering after the recall repair was done, the consumer had no problems with the vehicle prior. Recall# 02V286000. After having the vehicle in the dealer 3 times the rack and pinion was finally replaced in which the consumer stated should have been included in the recall. The consumer is requesting reimbursement.

- Lords Valley, PA, USA

problem #15

Nov 162004

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 111,447 miles
NHTSA recall 02V286000, after having the vehicle serviced on a recall for rack and pinion the power steering was still defective.

- Olstead Township, OH, USA

problem #14

Jun 232000

Cavalier

  • 100,000 miles

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

Power steering failed on 2 separate occasions. Had problem fixed first time dealer wants to total vehicle second time. GM did not own up to the problem. Said car did not fall under the recall period, even though problems have been occurring frequently. **dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12-12-02 cut over to artemis**770164

- Gainesville, VA, USA

problem #13

Oct 162002

Cavalier

  • 50,000 miles
When the consumer attempted to the vehicle, the steering wheel froze up, which almost caused the consumer to lose control, the mechanic informed consumer a new rack and pinion was needed.mr

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #12

Apr 012003

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
The steering rack & pinion had to be replaced.

- Hayneville, AL, USA

problem #11

Feb 192003

Cavalier

  • miles

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

Consumer was informed there was no parts available regarding the rack and pinion, recall # 02 V 286 000.

- Buchanan, VA, USA

problem #10

Nov 212002

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
Consumer state while traveling without any indication steering wheel locked up causing consumer to have a vehicle crash. Manufacture has been contacted

- Lancing, NY, USA

problem #9

Aug 122002

Cavalier

  • miles
Noticed a leak coming from vehicle.took vehicle to dealer to have it analized. Leak was coming from rack and pinion steering, which totally damaged vehicle. Contacted dealer. This should not happen at this mileage.

- Belvidere, IL, USA

problem #8

Aug 012002

Cavalier

  • miles
Rack and pinion steering failed while driving and caused steering to lock up at 10 mph. Manufaucturer was notified. Feel free to provide any further information.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #7

Jun 172001

Cavalier

  • miles

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

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #6

Jan 272001

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
In cold weather steering becomes hard and unmanageable. Chevrolet was contacted numerous times and 4 attempts were made to correct the problem, all with no avail. My vehicle has been in the garage for 4 months not in use due to this problem. I am very concerned that a part will fail and cost me an accident or even my life. Thanks steve lehst.

- Lake In The Hills, IL, USA

problem #5

Nov 052000

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering wheel locked up. Took vehicle to dealer, and dealer said it was rack and pinion steering that needed to be replaced.

- Holly Hill, SC, USA

problem #4

Mar 012000

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
Believe this to be manu. Defect. GM doesn't want to cover cost of repair - km. No safety defect listed within the summary.

- Bristol, CT, USA

problem #3

Aug 121999

Cavalier

  • miles
This is a second report of the power steerig failure. The first was loss of power assist only. The second failure was total lock up of the steering system. The rack and pinnion assembly has been replaced, it would be available for your inspection until 8/25/99. The failure occured after backing out of a parking space which required a complete turn T

- Toledo, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 161998

Cavalier

  • miles
Fuel pump went out/oil pressure valve blew up and oil is all over/computer system shut down, and rack and pinion steering went out. Dealer contacted and is aware of the problem. Problems not yet remedied. Provide further information.

- Portsmouth, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 061997

(reported on)

Cavalier

  • miles
Rack and pinion broke causing fluid to leak.

- Shade, OH, USA

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