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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,995 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 232004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,968 miles


I have had my 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier for almost 5 years now; in Feb. 2003 I had to pay $321.25 to have an ignition switch replaced in my car (which was an recall issue); I asked martin burks Chevrolet on forest park parkway in forest park, ga if the ignition problem was a recall issue and bob allen, the auto part service manager lied to me and stated that it was not a recall issue, so I paid $321.25 for repair service to find out a year later that the ignition system problem was a recall issue. So I want to inform you that Chevrolet has auto repair service centers with workers that lies to consumers just to take their money. At this present time, my 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier will not start because something is blocking the fuel from reach the motor/engine (which is another recall problem) but not according to the Chevrolet manufacturer; my wheels feels as if they are wobbling sometimes; and my steering column is making a squeaking sound when I turn it left or right. By putting in the VIN number, I found out that there has been four recalls on this vehicle, but the manufacturer states that there has been only one recall, someone is again lying and I don't believe it is the carfax report. I feel that GM should extend the warranties on their vehicles longer than they do because their vehicles are learned to be defective before a lifetime of 5 years is up (pre years lifespan) for any vehicle and the consumer should not be made to purchase the warranties, but gmpp (General Motors protection plan) should reissue an extended warranty when someone have had as many problems with their vehicles as I have within these last two years. I feel that these headaches and expenses could have been avoided if martin burks had fixed my car the first time; I also feels that martin burks Chevrolet is an untrustworthy service center. I will also be contacting the better business bureau to inform them of the unsatisfied service I have had with martin burks Chevrolet service center.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #6

Oct 282002


  • miles
Consumer states that a fire started in the trunk of the vehicle. Also states that the fire dept. Said it started from the tail lights.

- Coon Rapids, MN, USA

problem #5

Jun 251998


  • miles
Headlights fail intermittently during normal operation at any speed. Dealership examined vehicle four times, and determined that wiring harness has corroded, and has to be replaced. Please provide any additional information / documentation.

- Edgerton, WI, USA

problem #4

Jun 132000


  • miles


This paticular vehicle has been a problem since I drove it off the lot. Nosafety defect mentioned in summary.

- Jackson, TN, USA

problem #3

Aug 111999


  • miles
A fire started in the trunk area and spread underneath the vehicle while driving / parking the vehicle. Maufacturer's engineer inspected the vehicle and determined the fire started by a faulty tail light assembly in the trunk. Can NHTSA help in this matter or provide additional information.

- Flat Rock, NC, USA

problem #2

Jun 021998


  • miles
Due to a short within a fuse, brake lights and tail lights keep going out. Dealer is aware of the problem.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 061999


  • miles
Potential safty 55 M/P/H my car engine cut out, fortunately I was able to coast to side of road because I was entering an exit ramp. The car was towed to the dealership I purchased it at they detected a short in the system because after 3 attempts of changing the fuel fuse, unfortunately they could not detect the reason for these fuses blowing after 3 days of keeping my car and running it. They said they removed gas tank to try to find the problem but to no avail. Unfortunately I am not satisfied that this will not reoccur and am uncomfortable in driving the car because at any speed it can cut out and I loose my brakes steering and all control of the car. This has left me in a very unsure condition and I do not trust the car. The dealership said it could happen again and gave me 3 fuses to compensate me, I feel a more radical measure is warranted for the potential safty hazard of this car is a death trap! thank you gp bell

- Towaco, NJ, USA

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