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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,333 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 012002

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The consumer replaced the battery twice in two years before receiving recall O4V036000 notice concerning the ignition switch in March 2004. The owner made an appointment to have the repair work done. The dealer installed a relay kit and recharged the battery. The vehicle was taken home and worked fine for three or four weeks. The owner continued to have problems with the battery draining, and having to jump start the vehicle. The battery was replaced at least one other time in November 2004. The owner talked with the dealer but was unsuccessful in getting the vehicle repaired under recall. The dealer actually wanted to charge for checking as to why the battery was draining instead of replacing the ignition switch as stated in the recall notice. Owner has talked with ronald berkan at General Motors, who contacted the dealer and was told that the kit was placed in the vehicle as required by the recall. Mr. Berkan also stated that the ignition switch was not involved. There was nothing else that GM would do under this recall. Consumer is afraid that if recall work is not performed the ignition switch could cause a fire. Still having problems and now has to jump start vehicle every 24 hours.

- Salem, MO, USA

problem #2

Nov 052003

(reported on)


  • 55,000 miles
Request of restitution for repairs made to a 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier. The consumer was not informed that a pinion bearing was also replaced because of a recall. The consumer also had problems with the rack and pinion locking up. The consumer also stated the battery was replaced.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #1

Jul 012001


  • miles
Approxiamately 2 months into owning the vehicle the problems started. First the seat belt covers snapped off, I've had to have the steering stabilizers replaced 3 times already, the air conditioner which is rarely used failed at about 55-60,000 miles, the battery busted and leaked on the entire right side under hood, the jack was warped, the gas guage reads incorrectly, the sunroof stopped working after 30000 miles, dash rattles, glove box will not stay closed, pass seat gets stuck when you move it forward, the gas pedal gets stuck and you have to apply more force than usual to get it moving, drivers door does not close all the way, more air than normal comes into vehicle, thermostat failed at 30000 miles, installed sidewinder 6500 car alarm which failed to operate after the battery busted, plus numerous other problems not mentioned here.

- Dallas, TX, USA

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