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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,000 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #3

Feb 122004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles


Intermittently while driving consumer saw blue smoke coming through the under hood. Vehicle was taken to the dealer, and mechanic determined nothing was wrong with the vehicle.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Nov 091998


  • miles
The Cavalier was driven to work by my daughter on 11-09-98. She parked the car and locked it and went to work at the after school day care for the ymca. About 5 minutes later, a parent entered and asked who owned the Cavalier because smoke was coming from it's engine. By the time my daughter ran outside the car had burst into flames. The school custodians tried to put the fire out with fire extinguishers but they were only successful in putting out the flames that ran from my car to 2 others. The fire department was called and they determined that the fire started in the engine due to either faulty electrical or gas lines. I have contacted GM and they have had their inspector look at the car on 11-16-98. Since the inspector looked at the car, their customer service representative jenny yurenka will not return my phone calls. A receptionist informed me that it will take GM another 14 days to determine what to do with a car that bursts into flames for no apparent reasons.

- Finksburg, MD, USA

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