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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,501 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier engine problems

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 172010


  • 72,000 miles


Timing chain broke on 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier ls causing catastrophic engine failure. Automobile only has 70,000 miles on a well maintained motor. GM installed faulty oil nozzle as well as timing chain tensioner in motor originally but refuses responsibility even though checked at GM certified service center 4 months prior complaining of timing symptoms. No repair has been done at this time. After much research it seems that this is a common problem in all vehicles from 2002 and 2003 that have 2.2L ecotec motors.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #4

Jan 112006

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,507 miles
: the contact stated without warning, the vehicle looses power while driving. After a few minutes, the vehicle restarts. The vehicle is driven a short distance and it looses power again. This continues until the vehicle reaches the dealership. The dealership has replaced the fuel pump on three separate occasions. No other repairs have been attempted. Updated 02/21/06.

- Centerville, OH, USA

problem #3

Sep 142004

Cavalier 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The driver was driving vehicle stalled. The driver tried to restart, but was unable to. The consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the driver that the problem can not be duplicated. Please fill in additional information.

- East Palatka, FL, USA

problem #2

Apr 222004


  • miles
Consumer purchased a vehicle for daughter, and vehicle exhibited several major problems. Vehicle overheated, and had a new thermostat and fuel filter replaced. When trying to start the vehicle it acted as if did not want to start. Vehicle was just not firing correctly because it was very difficult to start. Consumer wanted to know if there were any recalls on this vehicle. The vehicle became even more difficult to start and the coolant and temperature gauges were illuminated. When the coolant was checked it was at a normal level but looked like something other than coolant was in the tank. The oil was checked and looked like brown merky liquid.

- Sardis, OH, USA

problem #1

Jan 282004


  • miles
While driving consumer heard a knocking noise coming from underneath the vehicle. Consumer was able to drive the vehicle to sears mechanic shop, and mechanic determined that motor mount broke and cracked in half, causing the engine to drop down half shaft. Consumer contacted manufacturer about the problem, and manufacturer insisted that consumer was responsible to pay for parts and labor because warranty expired.

- Leland, IA, USA

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