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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,390 miles

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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier brakes problems

brakes problem

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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 042011

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 65,300 miles


Sold my 1997 chev. Cavalier to a 17 year old girl. Her dad took car for test drive before cash purchase. He went 200 feet down the street then backed up into my driveway. He said brake warning lite came on and brake pedal went to floor. We saw brake fluid pouring from under car. The brake line was rusted and blew out. I took the car to tuffy auto center and they spliced new brake lines to fix. I was shocked to see that plain steel lines were routed underneath the car and exposed to all kinds of corrosive elements. We were all thankful that the girl did not buy the car then get into a terrible accident that day. How many other Cavaliers are out there in dangerous condition? I can not see how GM got away with brake and gas lines installed in such a cheap and potentially dangerous location. All the previous description is accounted for by the purchaser and tuffy auto center. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #4

Jan 062005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles
Head gasket replaced @27000 miles, fuel pump @ 30000 and again at 96000 miles. Brakes replaced 2X a year for 5 years. Driver's side door doesn't seal properly. Fan only works on speed 3 or 4.

- Dover, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 112003


  • 15,648 miles
Consumer received a bill for charges for repairs that was not authorized for vehicle. (nar)

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #2

Feb 242003

(reported on)


  • miles
When the brake was applied, the vehicle experienced stopping distance. After the consumer received service for the ignition recall, the consumer heard a loud noise and the vehicle didn't start until three tries later. Scc

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #1

Feb 012003


  • miles
The brakes grabbed when they were applied...

- La Verne, CA, USA

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