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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 0
Average Mileage:
50,000 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 engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 312007

Cavalier 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving 17 mph, the accelerator pedal extended to the floor when it was depressed. She depressed the brake pedal, but the vehicle failed to stop. The contact drove into a ditch to avoid being hit by a tractor trailer that was traveling 95 mph. The entire passenger side of the vehicle was destroyed from the rear to the front end. The air bags failed to deploy. Five passengers sustained injuries. A police report was filed. The current mileage was 129,000 and failure mileage was 100,000.

- Winona, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 292003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While reversing accelerator became stuck and the rear end of the vehicle hit a light pole. The plastic cover at the anchorage point of the seat belt struck the front passenger in the back of the head. The passenger had to get 14 stitches.

- Marion, OH, USA

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