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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,944 miles

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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier fuel system problems

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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #8

Jan 042008

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 87,555 miles


Fuel gauge does not work correctly. Only ever goes down to half when it should really be reading "empty." Never know how much gas is really in the tank.

- Bloomsburg, PA, USA

problem #7

Nov 192004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,500 miles
I was driving to working on November 19 2004 at approximately 8:30am when my car stalled at a stop light on a major street. I tried to give it gas but it would not accerate. I tried to start it a couple of times but it would not start. The car was on a 1/4 of gas when this happened so I thought it wasn't the fuel. I had to call my boss, who came out to try to help but had no luck in getting it to start or figuring out what the problem was so we had to call aaa and have them tow my car to an automotive shop. After 2 days of having my car in the shop, I was told by my mechanic that my fuel pump was completely shot due to my fuel guage readings not reading correctly. When my fuel reading was at 1/4 it was actually of empty. My mechanic then informed me that this has been a known defect for my year, make and model car. I was then informed by my mechanic that it would cost $675 which included parts and labor to fix this problem. At that time, I called the GM dealer because I thought that since this was a known defect that they should have it covered under some kind of warranty. I spoke with the service manager of the santa clarita, California dealer, who informed me that it has been a known problem, but that its not under any kind of extended warranty. When I heard that, I was very angry because I felt that if this is a known complaint/defect that these certain cars may have, why should I, the customer of Chevrolet, have to pay for their defective parts? since I am in need of my "reliable" transportation, I paid for a new fuel pump (all $675 worth of it).

- Laplace, LA, USA

problem #6

Feb 082004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Inaccurate or erratic fuel gauge readings.

- Sierra Vista, AZ, USA

problem #5

Dec 222003

(reported on)


  • miles


Fuel gauge is not reading the correct amount of fuel in the tank, causing the vehicle to shut down while driving on the highway.

- Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,500 miles
Over the past several months the fuel gauge on my 2000 Cavalier has failed to show the proper amoun of fuel remaining in the tank. I have had the car run out of fuel while the gauge shows 1/2 tank remaining. Also, after refueling I have had the gauge show an empty tank, or the needle will varie between full and empty while I am driving.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

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problem #3

Feb 282002

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • miles
Gas gauge has started to register more gas than actually in tank and check gauge light does not come on, causing highway break down while gauge registering ample supply of gas. Filled tank up again this week, have traveled approximately 160 miles and gauge still registering over 3/4 tank full. My car averages 30 miles to a gallon. For 15 gallon tank gauge should be registering under quarter tank when five gallons of gas consumed.

- Sanford, NC, USA

problem #2

Oct 302002


  • miles
Fuel sending unit fail while driving cause the vehicle stop operating dealer notified.

- Anger, NC, USA

problem #1

Jan 082001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Going uphill vehicle stalled, after 10 minutes. Started again, and a while later, on uphill vehicle stalled. Had vehicle towed to dealer, mechanic took vehicle on test drive, and it stalled uphill. Dealer replaced fuel sending unit. In November 2000, head gasket had to be replaced.

- Locust Gap, PA, USA

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