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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
5 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,000 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier accessories - interior problems

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 212005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


(1) my cousin was driving her 1998 Cavalier when she was struck head on by an oncoming vehicle (2) her driver's side chair broke lose and her seat belt came out of its fastener and the metal "hook" striking her body resulting in a laceration. Her body was then throw forward with such great force that she hit the windshield with her head twice resulting in a concussion, black eye, swollen forehead and other cuts and bruises. Additionally, at the point of impact, despite the force with which she was struck, her airbag failed to deploy which could have further prevented her striking the windshield. Every safety device in this vehicle failed miserably resulting in serious injury.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #4

Jul 252001

(reported on)


  • miles
This is the third Cavalier I have owned, and the last. Thought it was a great car, guess I was wrong. The radio has been replaced 3 times, the brakes 3 times (they wear funny), the seat broke and I fell into my 3 year old in the back seat. And Chevrolet has once again stood by their word, I am the second owner of this car, so they will do nothing. What a company.

- Nashville, IL, USA

problem #3

Dec 202000


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While stopping at an intersection consumer's vehicle was rearended and pushed into vehicle in front, airbags deployed, passenger's seat reclined all the way, driver's seat 3/4 of the way.

- Milford, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 041999


  • miles
My 13 yr old daughter and 12 yr old niece tried to hide from me after a ride in the trunk of the car. They thought they could leave a seatbelt between the back seat and the trunk to prevent it closing. It locked. They were trapped for 20-30 minutes before I happened to walk by the car (it was 90 degrees) and heard them. Luckily they were okay but a few more minutes and they may have passed out - then who knows? please have all cars with similar back seats (open from passenger area to the trunk, but not vice versa) have safety latches placed in the trunk by the manufacturer. It will save lives!

- Cinti., OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 121999


  • miles
#1, the front brake rotors warped and the pads were worn. Dealer refused to replace under warranty so I paid out of pocket. Now second set of rotors and pads is in need of replacement. #2 trunk lid latch could not be opened with key, dealer refused to repair/replace under warranty, so I paid out of pocket. #3 reverse light switch failed, again dealer refused to replace under warranty, I paid out of pocket. Switch has gone bad again and I paid to have it replace a second time. #4 driver's door hinges were bent and door did not always close tightly, dealer repaired at no charge. #5 driver's side side had a metal bar sticking through the upholstery into my back. Dealer repaired at no charge.

- Vergennes, VT, USA

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