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3.0

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,287 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier engine problems

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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #15

Jun 072013

Cavalier

  • 111,090 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This car has been lovingly cared for since it was new. The underbody is perfect but the subframe (engine cradle) is badly rusted, with pitting, scaling and a rusted through hole. I am heartbroken! this car is very nice but now I can't drive it.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #14

Jan 092011

Cavalier

  • 208,000 miles
The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle began to jerk abnormally and the vehicle stalled. The battery warning light was illuminated when the failure occurred. The contact attempted to start the vehicle yet it exhibited an abnormal knocking before stalling again. After several attempts, the contact was able to restart the vehicle yet it stalled a third time. The vehicle was then towed to the contacts place of residence. The vehicle was neither inspected nor repaired for the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 208,000.

- Highpoint , NC, USA

problem #13

Dec 202004

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles
The vehicle overheated within 3 minutes to start up. The consumer stated that there was no coolant getting into the engine. The thermostat was replaced 4 weeks ago. The consumer had to use dexcoolant, but, the vehicle started to overheated again. The heater could not be turned on or the vehicle would overheat. The headgasket needed to be replaced.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #12

Nov 122004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Check engine light appeared on the dashboard and remained. While driving at any speed vehicle stalled. Consumer restarted vehicle and drove it to the dealer for inspection.

- Ceres, CA, USA

problem #11

Sep 012004

Cavalier

  • miles
Vehicle has problems starting and when it starts a few blocks down the road it shuts off.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #10

May 072004

Cavalier

  • miles
Consumer stated that while driving on the freeway vehicle stalled. Highway state patrol had to give consumer a ride because vehicle did not restart. Consumer had the vehicle towed to a garage, and mechanic told her that the problem related to the part that was put on by the Ford dealer for recall repair. Mechanic took the part off and the vehicle started. He put it back on and the vehicle would not start. Consumer indicated the part that Ford was using for recall repair was faulty.

- Seneca, SC, USA

problem #9

Apr 072004

Cavalier

  • 106,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving 55 mph vehicle stalled. Consumer had the vehicle towed. Dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem.

- Seneca, SC, USA

problem #8

Apr 222004

Cavalier

  • miles
While driving 55 mph check engine light appeared on the dashboard and remained on. A loud noise was heard coming from the rear. Consumer was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that wheel bearing, caliper. And both frontal rotors needed to be replaced. Dealer informed the driver that this was the twelfth set of wheel bearings that had been replaced this year.

- Malone, NY, USA

problem #7

Jun 152003

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
My cooling system failed causing my car to overheat and kill my 2.2L engine. Also at 36000 my timing chain broke. My extended warranty company is refusing to pay.

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #6

Jun 152003

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
My cooling system failed causing my car to overheat and kill my 2.2L engine. Also at 36000 my timing chain broke. My extended warranty company is refusing to pay.

- Beckley, WV, USA

problem #5

Mar 302004

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving 30 mph vehicle stalled. This caused loss of steering power and brake power.

- Luckey, OH, USA

problem #4

Apr 262003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • miles
1st car would act like it wasn't getting gas while driving down the road even though the motor was till running and it had power. Then it started just stalling completely (dying) while going down the road. Now car won't crank at all because they've been trying to find the problem. Was found out that car had been wrecked but carfax report reported only minor front fender damage.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #3

Oct 052001

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,900 miles
I have a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier. The first problem I experienced was in Oct 2001, while driving the temperature gauge went to the maximum reading without warning, I pulled off the highway and turned off vehicle. Waited a while started back went approximately 1/4 mi and same problem, after stopping 3-4 times I started back on the highway and continued to drive with temp gauge in the red for a approx 1 mile and all gauges returned to normal. Chevrolet garage could not find any problems with cooling system..my second problem I keep hearing a clanging/rattling sound from the front area of vehicle while sitting still if you turn steering wheel you can hear a thump from the front left area where strut is located..my third problem is my check engine/service engine light keeps coming on at various times. My fourth problem I have had to replace my front rotors three times now due to them warping, the first time I had less then 10,000 miles.......

- Grafton, WV, USA

problem #2

Feb 272003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,320 miles
Head gasket blew at only 50320 miles, allowing antifreeze to enter the engine block and flood cylinder heads and spark plugs, warping them to the point where they had to be rebuilt, in addition due to lack of antifreeze, car overheated almost to the point of catching fire, seizing the engine. This came with no warning, and no sign of leakage as antifreeze leaked into engine rather than onto ground. Car broke down in the middle lane of a busy intersection while stopped at a light causing a traffic obstacle during morning rush hour.

- Sturbridge, MA, USA

problem #1

Feb 032003

Cavalier

  • miles
While making a turn vehicle would shut off. Dealer notified.

- Hillsboro, OR, USA

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