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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
65,012 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 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 012009


  • miles


I have a Z24 and my car stalls out and turns off while driving I have contacted a Chevy dealer who stated that the Cavalier's do, but my type of vehicle(Z24) isn't affected. Explained it is and they should see about this. And I would have to pay to get this fixed. Also, when researching this information on the internet I have found many other customers who have had the same problem as I with my type of vehicle. Why would 1 type of car of the same year have the problem and not all of them? it has the same components just designed a little different.

- Mansfield, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles
The vehicle is not drivable, it stopped on the freeway close to 100,000 miles. Complains of engine not working.

- Grove City, OH, USA

problem #2

May 272005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,049 miles
Pattern of overheating and vehicle failures in 98 Cavaliers. A second car with the same problems is now being reviewed right next to mine at fox Chevrolet timonium. 410-667-6666. Car with 100,049 miles overheated for first time after ordinary flush and fill 2 days prior. (the serpentine belt and an oil change were also performed following a complaint of smelling antifreeze no other evidence of any cooling problems) following the overheating, the car was promptly pulled over within 2 miles and flatbedded back to the service station. After replacing the thermostat and water pump (signs of low coolant flow - temperature differential in the upper and lower hoses) car continued to overheat. The car was flatbedded to the dealer: No leaks or damage were found in the heater core, radiator, head gasket, or cylinder head. Dealer conclusion is that there are micro cracks inside the engine because engine gases are mixing with the antifreeze, although oil is not entering the cooling system. Dealer insists only possible repair is an entire engine replacement.

- Timonium, MD, USA

problem #1

May 132004


  • 60,000 miles
While driving the consumer saw smoke coming from under the hood. The consumer stated that problem was pertaining to the antifreeze leaking. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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