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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
7,667 miles

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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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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 012003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 23,000 miles


Consumer states that when vehicle is cold it takes several attempts to start. When vehicle does finally start it will continuously stall. If started successfully vehicle has an excessively rough idle. Ph the vehicle did not start in cold weather, the lights on the dash board didn't light. The vehicle was diagnosed as cold start followed by a hard restarting and high oil pressure related to the oil pressure pump in the engine. Tsb#7761-09B. Scc

- Franklin Lakes, NJ, USA

problem #2

Jul 122002

(reported on)

Cavalier 4WD

  • miles
About 1-2 months ago my wife tried to start the car and she said that all of the systems(I.e. windshield wiper blades, interior warning lights, etc.) started going off all at once, the brake pedal would't push in, there was a loud buxxing noise, and the car would not start. Ever since we have had to try several times before the vehicle would start and there have been multiple occasions when we are driving along (speed doesn't seem to play a role) and the car will react in a similar manner and stop running. After this happens, it can take us up to 10-15 minutes to get it started again. Just this morning it happened again and if the truck behind us had not swerved as it did, it would have totalled our car. We then spent almost 20 minutes in the middle of traffic trying to start our car.(this was submitted by brian quinney - husband of said owner).

- Salt Lake City, UT, USA

problem #1

Jan 212001


  • miles
Car was parked for about 10 hours. When started and put in drive, "ets off" light flashed and then remained on steady. Along with this, the check engine light also stayed on. Both lights remained on for duration of drive home from work, approximately 25 minutes. Engine sounds fine, no strange noises, but warning lights still remain on. Taking it to a mechanic to be checked out.

- N Huntingdon, PA, USA

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