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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,500 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 152006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


Purchased used 2000 Cavalier in 2006. First problem (which has continued for 5 years) is that the service light will come on when the car is cranked unless the headlights are first turned on. If you turn the headlights off while driving, the service light comes on. It will not go off unless you turn the car off and restart it (with headlights on). Second problem is that fuel hand does not reflect accurate amount of gasoline in tank. It goes up and down while driving (with the check gauges light on). Or sometimes it is stuck on E or stuck on F regardless of how much fuel is actually present. Third problem is that car intermittently overheats and is always losing coolant. I have replaced thermostat, water pump, & radiator. Three different mechanics cannot find a leak in the cooling system (despite pressure testing, compression testing, & block testing). We are baffled why it cannot retain constant coolant levels. This is a very frustrating situation as I am left without reliable transportation.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

problem #3

Apr 082004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
After purchase of my vehicle - battery was dead dealer replaced new battery lost coolant - engine was smoking then found out vehicle was on recall had to replace rotors and pads with less than 20,000 miles on vehicle something needs to be done to improve the brake system on the Chevy Cavaliers they do not last. I commute to work by train and hardly drive so I was surprised with all the problems with this vehicle with not alot of miles.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

Apr 242003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • miles
When I purchased my used 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier in April 2003 about 1 month I started having problems. After putting gas in my car I would drive a little and then the gas gauge would go down to appear that the car was almost empty but it wasn't. while driving one day the car just shut off it had gas in it I had just put gas in it but the gauge dropped to appear to be almost empty. I had to get my car towed to the shop I was told my fuel injection went out. Not even a month after that my car stalled at a red light and my temperature gage went in the hot zone my car wouldn't start I had to get it towed again to the shop but they could not find the problem. Now here it is June 2003 my car is sitting in the drive way right now as I am typing this information. My son was driving home at 1:00 a.M. this morning from work when the car overheated again and started smoking. He said smoke was also coming out of the battery and he also heard noise coming from the rear of the car today is Saturday and my car has to sit in the driveway until Monday morning that when the dealer opens. I feel that something should be done. I don't think it is fair for dealers to be able to sale cars that are in this kind of condition and the car is suppose to be certified. I am making payments on the car and I am having all these problems. It is dangerous to be driving and the car decides to cut off especially at 1:00 a.M. I have to be at work at 3:45 a.M. and my son gets off work at 1:00 a.M. this is very, very dangerous for the both of us.

- Rialto, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 182003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
Nov.7,2002 car won't start. Dec.11,2002 won't start. Took car to potamkin chevorlet Dec.19,2002. I was told there's was nothing wrong with the car and they would not replace battery. Jan.13,2003 car won't start. Car was towed to Liberty chevorlet. Was told car needed battery and starter. Also told if proper test was done, potamkin should have picked up the problem. Currently having problems with car. Car stops while driving. Liberty unable to find problem. Also since I purchased the car, new, my interior lights flash on and off when I brake hard or go over bumps in road. Either dealer unable to find out why.

- Bronx, NY, USA

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