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

brakes problem

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 072000


  • miles


After being driven 50 miles the car was parked on a slope of 6 inches in 24 feet. The parking brake was set and the manual transmission was in neutral. After 2 hours the car rolled backwards 75 yards, over a small tree and steel fence post and came to rest in a field of tall grass. Damage to the rear bumper was substantial. Closer investigation reveled that even tho the parking brake was set the car would roll. It appears that after the brakes cooled off for several hours they released the pressure against the rear brake drums and allowed the car to roll even tho the slope was very slight. The issue is that even tho the parking brake appears to be set it will allow the car to roll after the rear brakes cool and release the shoes from the drums.

- Martinsville, VA, USA

problem #1

Feb 121998


  • miles
When applying the brakes consumer can smell the brakes burning. Consumer had problems with the rotors/hood latch and calipers sticking. Also, had three mufflers replaced. The headlights went out while driving, and the parking brake won't work. In addition, was having problems with engine rocher arm gasket, and the brake light kept coming on. Dealer can't find the problem.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

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