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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,833 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier steering problems

steering problem

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #8

Feb 242007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles


- the contact stated that while driving the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier with 47000 failure mileage at 25 mph he made a left turn and the vehicle began to vibrate. The contact pulled the vehicle onto the side of the road, looked under the vehicle and noticed that there was a puddle of power steering fluid on the ground. The vehicle was towed home, and the contact took the wheel off, filled the vehicle with power steering fluid, and noticed it was leaking from the rack and pinion. The dealer had not been contacted, and the vehicle had not been repaired.

- Springfield, MO, USA

problem #7

Mar 032005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving approximately 50 mph, the consumer lost control of the steering. Upon inspection, the consumer was told the rack and pinion had failed.

- Deltona, FL, USA

problem #6

Jun 192001

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,345 miles
Whenever the steering wheel is moved there will be a clanking sound in the steering column. Consumer claims that steering is some times loose at any speed. Dealer examined the vehicle, and claimed that a rack and pinion steering column was needed.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #5

Jan 162003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,317 miles


Accident occurred possible result of loss of power steering when making left hand turns. The consumer was knocked unconscious due to the impact of the accident. The only thing the consumer could remember was making a left had turn into a shopping center. Witnesses stated that the vehicle was moving slow when the incident occurred. The consumer suggested that this accident may be related to recall#02V286000. The seat belts failed as well.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 162004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,000 miles
This complaint is similar to GM's recent recall. When making mostly left turns at low speeds I get clicks on the steering wheel. It now is starting on right turns. I purchased the 2001 Cavalier with under 36,000 mi. It now has a little over 37,000 mi.

- Sewell, NJ, USA

problem #3

Sep 152002

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 35,500 miles front steering started making a popping noise while turning corners. A few days later, the ABS light came on and would not reset. Car was taken to dealership where the ABS master computer was replaced. And steering was lubed. At 37,000 miles popping came back, dealership said that since it was no longer under warranty, they were not responsible for it. Also, at 45,000 miles the brakes were shaking, after investigation, mechanic stated that rotors were warped and needed to be replaced. I have had this car for 18 months and am looking at having to replace the rack and pinion system and I only have 55,000 miles on the car now. Then today, my airbag warning light has begun to stay on. Am going to have to go, once again, to the dealership for fear that airbags won't inflate in collision.

- Kennesaw, GA, USA

problem #2

Sep 302002

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
Rack and pinion unit makes a clunking noise when I turn the steering wheel. Cavaliers in general seem to have a problem with steering units and should be looked into why the problems have been on-going for years. Technical service bulletins from 1992 to today list a history of steering unit problems with this model.

- Weedsport, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 062001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brand new car, 2 rack and pinion steering put in it within a years time, popping sound coming from front end, maybe coming from transmission.

- Bonnyman, KY, USA

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