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Automatic Transmission Problems of Chevrolet Cavalier



Chevrolet Cavalier owners have reported 36 problems related to automatic transmission (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier 1
Failure Date: 04/12/2008

The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier. While driving approximately 45 mph, the contact heard a popping sound and felt something drop from the vehicle. The vehicle stopped and would not move; therefore, it had to be towed. The current mileage was 47,675 and failure mileage was 47,525.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 2
Failure Date: 11/04/2006

1997 chevy Cavalier was moved and park next to another car. It was brought to a complete stop with the brakes and then the transmission was shifted into park. As the driver was getting out of the car, the car start moving forward, rolled down a hill a crashed into trees, totaling the car. The car's transmission level was still in park. The driver was slight injured on the arm as the car hit him while getting out of the car.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier 3
Failure Date: 10/23/2003

No 3rd and 4th gear in 4 speed automatic transmission. 31,000 miles on car.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 4
Failure Date: 09/01/2003

Shifter cable to transmission broke in half.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier 5
Failure Date: 08/17/2003

On the date mentioned below, my daughter was driving to work when the car wouldn't go into 3rd geer. The rpm's wouldn't go over 3 and the car wouldn't go over 30 mph. No previous problems with the car at all. We took it to the chevy dealer and they wanted $400 just to drop the pan and look at the car. Since my daughter needed the vehicle for work, I took the car to a reputable company in the local area (they also service my company trucks) and they told me the transmission was shot, 3rd and 4th geer were gone. They agreed to work with me on the payments since I didn't have $1300 to cover a used transmission and the labor. I purchased the car in Aug 2002 with only 16k miles, when the transmission went out it had only 27k. I've never heard of this and can get no assistance from chevy. . . . Very upset at their lack of understanding and cooperation at assisting in the financial aid.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier 6
Failure Date: 07/16/2003

Engine light has come on for the 10th time in 2 months. The dealership resets the computer and sometimes does repairs. The service dept. Manager has asked me to take it somewhere else to see what they can do. All repairs have been related to either gas or powertrain. The engine light always comes on after acceleration going up a hill.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 7
Failure Date: 03/16/2003

On moderate inclines the automatic transmission rolls backwards and continues, even accelerates until you brake. Dealer and manufacturer both say this is a design feature and is not a defect. The computer module has already been replaced for other reasons but this unsafe defect continues.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 8
Failure Date: 01/03/2003

1996 Chevrolet Cavalier: check engine light and ets off light came on during highway driving, off again by the time we got to he dealer. Happened again during highway driving a week later. Dealer found that computer code indicated failure of a pump seal in the automatic transmission (4-spd overdrive transmission). Cost to repair will be at least $1,305. Other similar complaints found on the NHTSA site show problems with pumps installed in transmissions prior to June, 1996. Car has only 37,000 miles.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 9
Failure Date: 12/14/2002

The key was out of the ignition but the engine continued to run.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier 10
Failure Date: 06/11/2002

When starting vehicle there is a very bad gas smell coming from it. Need to drive with windows down because of the smell. When turning on heat or air conditioningthere is a burning smell. When stepping on gas it hesitates, as if it is going to stall out.


 
car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 11
Failure Date: 05/06/2002

Consumer's husband just brought a brand new automobile, and while driving it home transmission suddenly went into neutral, which caused it to come to an abrupt stop. Driver stopped on highway, and waited for it to shift itself. Then drove it to the dealer for repairs.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier 12
Failure Date: 04/19/2002

I drive my car for canada post ,so I do lots of mileage,but after owning my car for around 5 months I went to come to a stop and realized I had very little brakes,I had to pump them repeatedly to stop at a intersection,I continued to the next block where I opened the door and pressed the brakes to notice brake fluid pouring out of the wheel . I took the tire off and seen that the brake line had been rubbing on my cv boot ,the line on the passenger side was grooved from rubbing on my cv joint and in turn broke the cv boot and broke the brake line ,I went to gm and asked if there was a recall on this and they said no so I replaced the line myself with a little modification to stop it from rubbing but now I got a cv joint that is about to brake due to this brake line can you please check to see if this is just my car or others all so ,I have all so had more brake problems from the day I bought this car such as abs locking up on meat intersections I think due to traction control I have gone to take off and had to change the automatic transmission to 1 st gear in order to cross a road safely I reported this to my dealer I bought the car from and they did nothing ,even when all the abs lights came on and traction light came on 4 days after I bought this car ,they reset the computer and gave it back ,in turn I brought it to another garage and they told me the abs computer is blown ,I figure I will tell the whole store due to all the braking problems I have maybe that is why my hose broke .

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 13
Failure Date: 02/07/2002

I had to replace the trans, and she had just peplaced her transmission. Also my driver side window will not roll up or down because the motor is gone in the window. I know of two other people with the same problem with there windows with the same year and make. I just wanted to know if it could be a problem that should be recalled. I can't afford to pay the money for these problems. Thank you.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier 14
Failure Date: 01/01/2002

Transmission knocks and squeaks when put in drive or reverse. Dealership is aware of problem.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier 15
Failure Date: 09/06/2001

Brand new car, 2 rack and pinion steering put in it within a years time, popping sound coming from front end, maybe coming from transmission.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier 16
Failure Date: 07/20/2001

When attempting to apply the brakes, the vehicle jerked when trying to come to a complete stop.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 17
Failure Date: 02/01/2001

No transmission which has been cared for, which this one has, should fail at 78000 miles.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 18
Failure Date: 01/24/2001

The transmissions in gm cars seem to be having multiple failures at what I seem to think are unusualy low milages. This trans that went out in my car is a gm rebuilt transmission would somebody please look into the gm transmission situation.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 19
Failure Date: 01/24/2001

Transmission went out car will not move and it already has a GMC replacement transmission in the car.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 20
Failure Date: 01/13/2001

4 speed automatic transmission forward gears failed, reverse still works.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 21
Failure Date: 11/01/2000

Engine light came on while driving, took to shop was told that the computer showed a transmission problem but none was found, light came on again within 24 hours took to shop again still showing trans problem still unable to find problem was told that the only way to reset light was to put on computer but could not promise would not happen again.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 22
Failure Date: 09/01/2000

I have had to replace my transmission on my car twice within a 2 year period. I was told both times that the pump shaft has failed in each occassion. Also note, each time I have had to replace the transmission because of this part, I have had to pay at least over $1400.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier 23
Failure Date: 04/01/2000

Vehicle was parked inside of parking lot. When consumer went to start vehicle, she applied reverse gear, and vehicle wouldn't move at all. Also, it was leaking water, a defect from the manufacturer.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 24
Failure Date: 08/31/1999

I found out that this car was purchased on July 31 1996, but not by me I can't found who or whom purchased the car . I would like to find if this car was owned by someone before me because this create a problem where if someone enter the date of ownship as 7/31 /96 who was the original owner of this car. Thank you for your help. Shirley hurt.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 25
Failure Date: 03/05/1999

Part broke with no warning - results in no power at all to get out of traffic- mechanic says that he has seen several Cavaliers that have this problem.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier 26
Failure Date: 05/25/1998

The automatic transmission malfunctioned, causing the vehicle to hesiate while driving which may cause an accident. Been to dealer numerous time ,but dealer cannot determine the problem. Please provide further information.

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car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 27
Failure Date: 12/30/1996

When starting vehicle, transmission would rev up, put foot on brakes, shifted into gear, vehicle would not go anywhere. Dealership has vehicle.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 28

I have had problems with my transmission in the past and now agian I am having to have it replaced.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 29

Check engine light will not turn off after four times in shop, misfiring,several knobs have fallen off,passenger window does not work,interior problems.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 30

The car is having major transmisson problems. Please describe. Tt.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier 31

This car cuts off when in reverse or drive.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier 32

I have returned my vehicle three times for a repeat problem with the transmission. I continue to hear, after each repair is tried, grinding in the gears while shifting. The volume on the radio goes down while turning it up. Both myself and my passengers have heard creaking in the steering column of my vehicle while turning at low speeds. These are all contiual problems that the dealership can't seem to repair or even notice.

car image   Automatic Transmission problem of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 33

While traveling at 65 mph, I encountered merging traffic, so I slowed down to approximately 40 mph, I then heard a pop but did not think much of it because of the construction crews working on the side of the road, I was also listening to the radio. I noticed there was something wrong when the car kept on slowing down at a steady pace,I heard the engine idling loudly and pulled over to the side of the road. I found it kind of odd that the transmission would give out on me since the car was a 1996.


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