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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
1,667 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Chevrolet Cavalier brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

May 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


Power steering has slowly gone I took it to mechanic who could not read but says there seems to be a leak but he can't figure out where. It's caused the entire car to act up and I don't even want it anymore.!!

- Garden Grove, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 011998


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
Consumer stated when brakes were applied there was a delay in braking. Cause was unknown. When the road is wet, the braking distance is the length of two telephone poles. Vehicle was taken to the dealership five times but they weren't able to duplicate the problem. Consumer was told bring the vehicle back when its raining. Consumer did so and each time they stated they were busy. Mechanic wrote one repair order. Consumer installed new rotors and pads which helped a little bit. Consumer believed the problem is the anti lock.

- S. Deerfield, MS, USA

problem #1

Aug 142002


  • miles
Consumer states that the brake rotors are wearing and when applying the brakes the vehicle will have a heavy vibration and extended stopping distance. Dealer notified.

- Elizabeth Town, PA, USA

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