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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,523 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 lights problems

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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 012005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


Daytime running lights on my daughter's 2000 Chevy Cavalier have failed. As a result she has no low beam headlights. Per local dealer the lights are "wired into the computer and day time running lights cannot be bypassed so that the low beam headlights work." Per the dealer the solution is the replacement of a computer module at a cost of $500. As headlights are a safety requirement I feel that whatever steps are necessary to make the low beam headlights operable is the responsibility of General Motors, especially since the day time running lights are not a mandatory item in the usa.

- Panama City, FL, USA

problem #4

Aug 192005


  • miles
2 car vehicle collision-see police report. On the above date and time, the bethel fire department was dispatched to the intersection of reservoir St and grassy plain street for a motor vehicle accident. Upon arrival a two car mva was discovered with a small vehicle fire extinguished by the bethel pd. Bethel car one, pete holmberg, requested this fire marshal due to the fire damage to the vehicle. Upon my examination of the vehicle, I observed the front end of the involved vehicle with moderate front-end damage. The right front headlamp assembly area did sustain some melting and burning to the rear of the unit. The left front headlamp assembly was found on the ground away from the vehicle. The bulbs for each unit were connected to the wiring/socket area. The impact of the collision caused the plastic housing around the bulb to break and dislodge the bulb from the headlamp assembly. The bulbs were part of the daytime running light system; therefore they were on at the time of the accident. The heat from the bulb ignited the plastic wiring harness on the left side of the vehicle (see photo #7). The heat from the bulb on the right side of the vehicle ignited the plastic wire harness as well as the plastic headlamp assembly (see photo #5). The fire caused minimal damage to the vehicle and the fire was extinguished with a dry chemical fire extinguisher. The cause of this fire has been ruled accidental caused by a break in the plastic retention clip for the headlamp assembly loosening the bulb from its proper placement and then touching combustible materials and igniting.

- Bethel, CT, USA

problem #3

Nov 012000


  • 2,917 miles
The vehicle only had 2917 miles on it when the steering rack had to be replaced. At 6237 miles the dealer had to replace a strut mount and a bearing plate. The engine light illuminated and the O2 sensor and starter was replaced. The intermediate shaft was replaced twice and the headlamp was replaced.

- Mount Vernon, MO, USA

problem #2

Jun 082004


  • 60,000 miles
When turning right or left steering column produced a popping sound. As a result, turn signals failed, and headlights blinked on and off.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #1

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

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