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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,232 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier electrical problems

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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #8

Oct 062005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,160 miles


2000 Chevrolet Cavalier battery acid leaked. The acid damaged other components on the vehicle. The second incident occurred on Oct 6, 2005 the acid leak damaged the battery tray, transmission coolant lines, inner fender and frame (delco battery).

- Martinsville, IN, USA

problem #7

Sep 282004


  • miles
After ignition switch recall 04V036000 repairs were performed the engine service light came on, and the daytime running light flickered. Vehicle was taken back to the dealership, who indicated that the battery needed to be replaced. The battery was replaced, but didn't correct the problem.

- Simpson, WV, USA

problem #6

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 #5

Oct 142003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,700 miles


High beams & drl's stopped working, checked fuses, none blown. Took to dealer and found that battery that had been previously replaced for leaking, was again leaking. The acid damaged headlight wire harness making drl's and high beams non-functional. Dealer says battery has no warranty even though battery states 5 year warranty.

- Ooltewah, TN, USA

problem #4

Oct 272002


  • miles
Battery leaked acid from positive post down into battery box which drained into engine compartment and on to the electrical harness junction which is routed under the battery box. There is no drain tube to drain any acid overflow down under the car. The acid burned through the junction and shorted out the main harness to all the lighting on the front of the car. If this had been at night I would have lost my headlights and turn signals. There is minor damage to torque converter housing and motor mount. I'm waiting now to hear from the dealer as to when the car will be returned to me after the repairs are done, and see if Chevrolet will take care of the repairs. It is my belief they need to install a drain tube in the battery box and reroute this harness away from this area. I fear as to what would happen if this had been at night and I was driving down the road at highway speeds. This battery was the one that came with the car. *****dims 11 IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis*****769324.

- Claremore, OK, USA

problem #3

Nov 152002


  • miles
Light comes on, on dash consumer has taken vehicle to the dealer, and they told him that it was nothing wrong with vehicle.when he was on vacation, radiator hose busted. When he returned home, he went to the dealer, and was reimbursed some of his money back by the dealer. Also, was told by dealer when dash light indicator that something was wrong with battery.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #2

Aug 132002


  • miles
Daytime running lights are inoperative. Acid from battery post leaking out and dripping onto harness connector, melting plastic, and plastic corroding the connector, which can cause an under hood fire.

- Pass Christian, MS, USA

problem #1

May 312001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When turning steering wheel sharply there was a popping sound at all times. Dealer replaced power steering shaft. Consumer states engine light comes on while driving, squealing noise from passengers side of engine especially on cold starts, and engine is slow to crank up-intermittent, battery was replaced, also vehicle would not start, dealer found fuel pump was inoperative and replaced fuel pump.

- Compten, CA, USA

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