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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 252000

(reported on)


  • miles


When starting vehicle a strong odor enters passenger's compartment, following extreme vibration in the front end, cause unknown. Dealer can not identify the problem.

- Oxon Hill, MD, USA

problem #2

Jun 011998


  • miles
We have had problems with this car from the date that it was purchased. The brake rotor problems have been worked on several times, and it will stop for a while, but will continue to worsen with time. The ABS light and low coolant light have been on and off for over and year and we were told that we would have to pay to have them fixed, the sound from the exhaust, possibly the catalytic converter, has been going on for over a year and again, we were told we needed to replace it, that it was not covered under warranty. Then engine is sounding more awful as time goes on...lots of noise under the hood especially at crusing speed, and then again when slowing to a stop, and more recently even when idling. Not only was this car not serviced properly when I would bring it in with a complaint, but I feel as if the dealers were purposely putting me off just so the warranty would run out and I would have to fix these problems myself. Obviously I am not the only on that has had similiar problems. And also, the car has been leaking antifreeze for a number of months, but cant seem to find the leak. Definitely can smell the burning antifreeze, especially after an extended trip.

- Ketchum, OK, USA

problem #1

Aug 191998

(reported on)


  • miles
When accelerating from a braked position, there is a vibration noise that comes from the rear exhaust, axle or strut area.

- Philadelph, PA, USA

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