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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,571 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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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #7

Oct 162010


  • 104,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving approximately 65 mph, the contact applied the brakes and suddenly the pedal traveled to the floor. The contact downshift and engaged the parking brake. The vehicle came to a stop and was driven to his residence with caution. The contact detected that the rear brake line had completely rusted. The brake line was replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 104,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Darlingdon, MD, USA

problem #6

Nov 202007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that his front brakes were in need of replacement after 10,000 miles. In addition, the hydraulic brakes continued to lock on the vehicle while driving in forward or reverse. There were no warning indicators that indicated that the braking system failed. It was later discovered that the warning indicator system also failed. The dealer installed an ats lighting system to ensure the warning panel would illuminate if there were any further failures. The failure mileage was less than 65,000 and current mileage was 76,500. Updated 02/10/09. The dealer replaced the ABS sensor light. Updated 02/11/09.

- Oakwood Village, OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 122008


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. Over the past two years, the brakes lock when the contact drives over a bump in the road. He would have to pump the brakes in order for them to unlock. He took the vehicle to another dealer for a diagnostic and was informed that there was a spring in the rear passenger side that caused the brakes to lock. The spring would trip a sensor on the dash and the vehicle would stop. The dealer is repairing the failure and is also installing an ABS sensor light for the brakes. The failure mileage was 76,000. Updated 02/05/09 updated 02/0909.

- Oakwood Village, OH, USA

problem #4

Dec 122004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles


Since purchasing my 2002 vehicle I have had to already put a new battery, new alternator, new tires (acceptable) two sets of brakes and the check engine light still is on and no one can find out why so therefore I can't get an inspection of the vehicle until light is off. Help.

- Spring, TX, USA

problem #3

Feb 262004


  • 46,000 miles
When applying the brakes steering became hard to control. As result, vehicle sled into a pole. Vehicle was totaled due to the damage. Also, dual airbags deployed.

- Midlothian, IL, USA

problem #2

Sep 082003

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • miles
Charged $165 for a service that should have been covered under warranty.

- Tiffin, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 102003


  • miles
When applying brakes at any speed rear brakes squeal. Dealer has been notified on several occasions, and could not duplicate or correct the problem....

- Jefferson City, MO, USA

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