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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,279 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 272010


  • 77,115 miles


I bought this car a 2002 Chevy Cavalier in 2005, and at the time there was 25K original miles so I was told. Since then I have found out there has been 5 recalls on this car for various safety hazards, none of which I was ever told about prior or during my purchase of this vehicle. The signals have failed, I had to pay for them to be replaced, the bearings on the tires caused dry rot and I had to pay to replace those, both were on the recall list. The engine would over heat in the idle position, and they replaced an air filter sitting that as the problem and it wasn't. the pedal sticks when I accelerate and sometimes gets stuck, the rockerarms have started to go bad and it has caused the valve stems to bend, thus causing the oilpump to seize up and now my cars engine has a blown gasket, this is under the engine component system recall, which was reported in 2007. I was never notified. And now im paying 350 per month for a car that is not running.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #3

Jul 092002


  • miles
Nar 9-10-03. Safety defect in 2002 Chevy Cavalier. Engine coolant leak.

- South Park, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 052004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When driving, can smell coolant and see greasy film on windshield. Which makes all occupants thirsty. (this was even before it hit more than a hundred miles) overflow compartment for coolant started overflowing and low coolant light came on. Engine temperature gauge keeps moving around, and stays above normal most of the time. Was driving and the car just died out on me, I restarted the car and moved off the busy highway. With all of these incidents, I took it to the dealer shop but was told there was nothing wrong with it. I took it to a mechanic and he told me that the heat sensor was out as well as the thermostat. The gauge continued to move up and down. I had a fuel pump replaced but it was a defective part. This was all in the course of three months.

- Shiprock, NM, USA

problem #1

Dec 212002

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • miles
Compressor never worked when the car was bought. Left rear turn signal continually shorted out, a wire needed to be replaced. Driver side front window motor had to be replaced.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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