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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
29,280 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 engine problems

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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 012002


  • miles


Car radiator fan won't kick on cause car to get very dangerously hot causing car to become a bomb

- Laurel, MD, USA

problem #3

Dec 242014

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
The safety device light came on. It won't go off, can't start my car.

- St. Augustine, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 122009


  • miles
I was driving around 30 mph to a stop sign and my car died while in drive, approaching a stop sign. The incident happened again in May 2010 when I was driving home and had to coast down a bridge, which prompted me to sell the car because I felt it was unsafe to drive anymore.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 142009

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 119 miles
As I was going to turn the switch on to turn on my car it didn't want to start. I had some one fix it but could not find a way to fix it. They had to add a button under the steering wheel to start the car as I turn the switch on. There was couple a of times where the car would go on passlock by itself and wouldn't start until a long period of waiting. The external headlights burn constantly and I would buy new bulbs for the back lights. One time our neighbor said he heard noise like fireworks on our property and he said that he seen our car was sparking light out of the steering wheel. That morning of that day he told us and as we were checking the car I could smell something burned. As a result of that the car didn't want to start. The auto repair people had to come to our house to figure out what was wrong with it. They had told me that some wires inside the steering wheel had burned but mostly I have been fixing more of electrical switches and burned wires. I appreciate for taking your time to read this and I'm looking forward to hear from you.

- Highland, CA, USA

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