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4.3

definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,953 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 012005

Cavalier

  • Automatic transmission
  • 53,906 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. The consumer stated there was a constant problem with the timing chain gear, tensioner, and chain itself. It was replaced on February 22, 2005, and needed to replaced again. The dealership spotted the problem, but since the vehicle was out of warranty it was taken to a Firestone service station. The engine sounded like it about to fall out. There was a lot of popping and cracking noise, that was how this was noticed.

- Clevealand Heights, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 092004

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Timing chain broke at about 45 mph, causing engine to fail. Results determined by the dealer showed that timing chain shattered, tearing up the engine.

- Mclean, VA, USA

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