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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
40,588 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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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier body / paint problems

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 192009

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that the dashboard was fractured in six places. He also noticed that the drivers side of the dashboard was caved in. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who offered no assistance. The manufacturer was contacted as well and they advised him that the vehicle was over 10 years old and the failure was just wear and tear. The failure mileage was approximately 70,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 09/08/2011

- Kensington, CT, USA

problem #7

Nov 152010


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that the dashboard had three cracks in it which allowed cold air to enter the vehicle. The failure also caused the windshield to become foggy making visibility poor. There was a crack located on the passenger side vent on the dashboard and the other two cracks were located in the middle of the dashboard by the defrost vent which failed to minimize the fog. The manufacturer stated that the repair cost would be covered but later notified the contact that since the case was closed, the cost would not be covered. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Polk City, IA, USA

problem #6

Jul 102007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
Dash has small crack on passenger side.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #5

Oct 052005

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,700 miles


The contact stated that there were two cracks running side by side from the windshield to the passenger side on the dashboard. The contact discovered the problem on October 5, 2005. He was concerned about it because there was an air bag on the passenger's side. The cracked area was where the air bag was located. When he took vehicle to dealer to be looked at they said that everything in the dash area was connected to the dashboard. The cracked part of the dashboard was loosening from the rest of the dashboard.

- Burkburnett, TX, USA

problem #4

Jul 092004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The laminate has come apart from the windshield. This happened several times. The consumer had taken the vehicle to the dealer, however, the problem had not been resolved.

- Bridgeport, CT, USA

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problem #3

Aug 082003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The strip of plastic that runs behind the dashboard, closest to the windshield cracked right down the middle. Took it to the dealership and they stated it was probably because of temperature. In order to fix the crack the entire dash would have to be replaced. I use a protectant on my interior and a windsheild shade as well when I leave my car parked. The crack is very unsightly on such a new car and I cannot afford to replace my entire dashboard.

- Bowling Green, OH, USA

problem #2

Mar 042003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Odometer inaccurate reading.

- Fremont, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The vehicle's brake drums and rotors wore excessively causing the vehicle to vibrate when the brakes were applied. The trunk light remained on although the trunk was shut. The instrument cluster was drawing too much power and caused the battery to become drained.

- Dover Point, NH, USA

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