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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 262001

(reported on)


  • miles


While traveling and without any indication consumer lost control of vehicle as a result of an accident. Technician stated front brake disc had failed.

- Plymouth, MI, USA

problem #4

Mar 011997


  • miles
This is an ongoing problem with the front rotors becoming warped after about 15,000 to 20,000 miles of use. I went to the dealer twice under warrenty and both times they turned the roters. I have since replaced the roters and brake pads three times. I think this is highly unusual. I fear someday the braking system will completly fail.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

problem #3

Oct 251999

(reported on)


  • miles
Have had many problems with car - at 20,000 - the dealer replaced the front brakes and machined rotors, after I requested they be checked due to squeaking. Service covered under warranty. At 30,000 - the battery failed on car while parked. Had car towed to dealership and replaced battery. Dealer stated that there was a faulty battery cell. Service covered under warranty. At 40,000 miles, horn has failed. Currently negotiating with dealer to replace without cost. Have always had ABS problems - car will buck and jerk under certain wet pavement conditions when ABS should not activate. Concerned about this - but cannot afford cost of replacing ABS. Dealer has looked at brakes and said nothing about ABS problems. Have banging/clanging noise from right rear of car when car is cold. Unsure what causes this. After reading the consumer complaints and defects on this website, believe that my car has these same defects. Frightened that my car is now incredibly unreliable and may catch fire like other cars listed. Suggestions?

- Groton, CT, USA

problem #2

May 011998


  • miles
Front brake pads/rotor wore out, causing vibration when brakes are applied. Also dealer replaced engine mounts/ignition switch. Brake line was found rubbing against axle shaft and was fixed. In addition, front end shakes/vibrates.

- Franklin, TN, USA

problem #1

Mar 131997


  • miles
The front brakes were misaligned.

- Green Bay, WI, USA

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