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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,653 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier electrical problems

electrical problem

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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #8

Apr 012014


  • 90,000 miles


The contact owns 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated when removing the key from ignition switch, the vehicle failed to shut off. The contact stated that the relays and the inside dome light constantly stay illuminated. The failure was contantly draining the battery. The vehicle was not diagnosed. The dealer was made aware of the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 90,000.

- Manning , SC, USA

problem #7

Nov 232005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,221 miles
I am the original owner of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier starting in November 2005 we had the ignition lock cylinder changed due to being unable to start the car. This lasted for about a year when problems started more frequent. We brought the car back to the dealer and he was unable to duplicate the problem. He stated that this is an intermittent problem and they could only find the problem when the car fails to start. It would start for them while it was at the dealership. I contacted gmac and explained the problem. I could not get anyone to technically fine the problem. In essence, this car has an on going problem and it is useless to me because I have gotten stuck with the car at least eight times and had to have the car towed to the dealer at my expense. We would like to resolve this problem as we cannot even sell the car with this problem.

- Lindenhurst, NY, USA

problem #6

Aug 132004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
Interior dashboard lights flashed while driving. Vehicle failed to restart, and the interior lights didn't function when this occurred. Vehicle had to sit for about an hour before restarted. In addition, there was a burning odor in the vehicle. Four mechanics have serviced this vehicle, but could not duplicate the problem.

- Lomita, CA, USA

problem #5

Jul 072004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles


The first time this happened I was driving to work and the fuel injectors were replaced to fix the problem. The next 4 times (all in the same day) I was driving to and from pensacola, Florida on interstate 110 and highway 98 and the gas filter and spark plugs were changed. These incidents were in the spring 2003. The dealer informed me in April 2003 that the spark plugs were the problem and they fixed it and said we should be fine. The most recent episode was on highway 20 in niceville, Florida. I was driving with my wife and newborn when the car stopped accelerating again and thankfully I was able to pull to the side of the road without getting hit. Car stopped accelerating with no warning and was stranded on the interstate and busy highway. Most recently the problem cannot be fixed. This car is only 4 years old and I bought it new with keeping the maintence up. As of now the car cannot be started and they have no clue as to what the problem is. I am concerned as this could have happened while on the interstate where I could not get to the shoulder or on the local mile long bridge where there is no place to pull over to. I am just glad my wife and child were not injured this time.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Mar 012004


  • 63,000 miles
Ignition locked. A month later the consumer received a recall.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #3

Jan 012003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle stalled upon start of engine, then turned off suddenly after being on. Tried to restart and did not turn on. Vehicle was towed to shop, the next morning turned on with no problem. Stalls upon start up often. And turns off after being on for a couple of minutes. Chevy dealer said it might be electrical, they want the car to be taken in when stalling. If its stalling the only way to be taken in is by towing the vehicle there. They're not even sure if its covered under warranty or not. One person said it was if it was electrical but her manager said it wasn't.

- Channelview, TX, USA

problem #2

May 312002


  • miles
A loud noise was coming from under right side of the vehicle. Contacted dealer, problem due to strut mount and isolator going out.

- Slidell, LA, USA

problem #1

Sep 012001

(reported on)


  • miles
Engine stalls at slow speed-while turning into parking space or while waiting at stop sign. No check engine light comes on -no service light come on -dealer says no failure codes in computer. Problem usaully occurs after car has been run and then sits but does not cool down all the way and then is driven.

- West Chester, PA, USA

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