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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier transmission problems

transmission problem

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1998 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 162003


  • 31 miles


Vehicle did not have a dip stick for the transmission fluid. Dealer insisted that the vehicle must be brought to them in order for the transmission fluid to be checked. Consumer claimed that the transmission was slipping while the dealer was servicing the vehicle.

- South Fallsburg, NY, USA

problem #5

Nov 282000

(reported on)


  • miles
The transmission failed prematurely, consumer is requesting warranty reimbursement from the dealership.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 011999


  • miles
High pitch hum usually after 45 mph but occurs also when motor is stressed related not shifting. Motor shifts at 10mph, 20mph, and sounds stressed / labored from 45 to 55mph before it shifts again if it shifts again. Car is automatic 3 speed. When shifting it jerks forward and then suddenly pulls backward hard. When sitting still shifting from park to drive car jerks hard. Whensitting still and shifting from rear to drive, car shifts hard. All gears shift hard. Using transmission oil. Often have to restart engine 4 times before it remains running. Count to 10 before restarting does not help. When driving down the road, often feels a hard pulling like it is really working hard to pull itself. Accelerates and decelerates as if it has its own mind. Chevy tried to reprogram twice but would not take so replaced computer about 8 months ago. But it is doing it again.

- Fairmount, IL, USA

problem #3

Nov 041999


  • miles


Transmisson slips sometimes and no one can till me what is wrong. The motor mounts broke and there is only 29,917 miles on it. The car vibrates really bad when you are just setting in it with the car running like when you are at a red light or a stop sign. You just start the car up and it clunks you turn the car off and it clunks.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #2

Nov 271998


  • miles
This car has been taken to the dealer and the dealer recognizes the problem but consistantly refuses to take any rsponsibilities for the junk that they sold me. This car has been to the body shop for repairs on the manufacturer ground effects package the transmission that doesn't work properly the brake system the I have had to have rotors turned and within four months have brand new rotors but on. The sunroof doesn't open properly, the trunk lid hits the bumper when you close it, the engine makes a weird rattle noise when you go over a bump, the doors do not close all the way, ther is tons of rust on the inside walls of my trunk, I was also notified of a recall on the oil consumption valve two weeks after all the oil in my car had leaked out causing my engine to knock on my way home from work (had to put four quarts of oil in it three days from having an oil change, I never received the airbag recall for my vehicle. To wrap this up in a nutshell I will never buy a Chevrolet product again I will result to a foriegn car maker (Honda) to purchase my next vehicle.

- Pulaski, TN, USA

problem #1

May 251998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The automatic transmission malfunctioned, causing the vehicle to hesiate while driving which may cause an accident. Been to dealer numerous time, but dealer cannot determine the problem.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

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