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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 212001


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Ever since we've bought this vehicle there's been nothing but problems. While backing out of the driveway it will stall out and shut off. In Feb of 2000 the spark plugs needed to be replaced. The gas gauge flucuates. It will show 1/4 tank of gas left and ten minutes later the check gas light comes on and the gauge drops. Some kind of electrical wire on the front drivers side went bad. The driver's side door won't shut any more, the latch needs to be replaced. It's like every 3 ot 4 months something wither minor or significant goes wrong with it and persoanlly I am sick of it. I believe that my car is a lemon and I want to do something about it.

- Gwinn, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 102000


  • miles
The wiring on my 1998 cavlier wore thrugh and shorted out ignition and other accessories. I paid dealer to make repairs the same problem has now happened to my daughter's 1998 Cavalier at about the same mileage the dealer she is talking to says the problem was caused by the clip that retains the wiring harness and they state the defect is not covered by the extended warranty, Chevrolet customer service refuses to talk because she has an extended warranty it seems to me that there is a problem with the way Chevrolet supports the wiring harness under the dash if in one family the same defect develops at about the same mileage, on the make, and model of vehicle. Others must be having similar problems.

- St. Peters, MO, USA

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