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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
45,200 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier electrical problems

electrical problem

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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 162005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles


The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier. In March of 2005, the contact took the vehicle to the dealer for routine service and they stated that she needed a relay switch and a new wiring harness. There were no failures at that time. While driving 45 mph, the contact noticed smoke and the key in the ignition was getting hot. The dealer stated that she needed another new ignition switch and wiring harness at the cost of $403.23. The failure mileage was 17,000 and current mileage was 32,000.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #4

Dec 012006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 65 mph in cold weather, the engine stalled without warning. The vehicle coasted to the side of the road and restarted after five minutes. In warm weather, the vehicle would take 30 minutes to restart. The wire harness that connects to the fuel pump shorted out and caused the failure. The wire harness was replaced; however, the failure recurred 4,000 miles later. The failure mileage was 90,000 and current mileage was 118,000.

- St Johnsbury , VT, USA

problem #3

Nov 262005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,000 miles
A fire in my 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier began in the center console apparently the result of electrical problems with the power window control wirings. No one was in the parked and locked car at the time of occurrence. The damage resulted in my insurance company totaling the vehicle.

- Florissant, MO, USA

problem #2

Aug 162004


  • 60,000 miles
While at a stop, a fire started from the steering column and pedal area. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Rossford, OH, 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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