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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,000 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 252008


  • 100,000 miles


I have a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier. The sub frame on the front has rotted and the lower control arm ripped out and the front wheel was ripped off at highway speeds. GM needs to recall all of these cars to evaluate the condition of these subframes. Repair or buy back if necessary.

- Springfield, MA, USA

problem #4

Jun 011998


  • miles
While driving experienced a knocking noise in front right side which the occupant believes may cause an accident. Been to dealer, dealer cannot determine problem.

- Rising Sun, MD, USA

problem #3

Apr 091996


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Failure of the driver's and passenger's side seats, the driver's and passenger's side seats did not lock, the consumer was involved in a rear end collision and the passenger's side seat moved forward. Also, clutch pedal clicks when depressed/front end misaligned, causing vehicle to pull to the left/dome light inoperative at times when opening left door.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #2

Apr 221996


  • miles
Vehicle drifts to right if driver removes hands from steering wheel.

- Poway, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 011996


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When turning, there is a noise in suspension. Consumer states when the steering wheel is turned, something under the floor board shifts and feels like it is grinding or catching on something, also when turning a corner there is sometimes a loud noise like a thump.

- Rockford, IL, USA

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