Chevrolet Cavalier owners have reported 27 problems related to starter (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Chevrolet Cavalier based on all problems reported for the Cavalier.
This car will not start. And when it does start it back fires. I have replaced the starter, the flex plate the sensors, and the muffler, and nothing seems to work and no mechanic can tell me whats wrong with. I even went out and bought a car code reader and it says emissions but still no luck.
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My Cavalier has over 97,000 miles on it. Last winter the speedometer started sticking at 0 randomly. During the warmer months, it seemed to work fine. Now that it is cold that speedometer is sticking again and doing it more often than last winter. I was sitting still at a traffic light the other day and it jumped to 110 mph and stayed there. I had no idea how fast I was going and what if something had happened. I can not afford the $300 to $800 that I have been told it would take to fix this. Also, I highly suspect that this might be connected, the car would refuse to start last winter also. All of the lights would come on along with the heater and fan. The starter wouldn't even act like it was trying. . . No clicking or any other noises typically associated with that. Please investigate these problems and issue a recall. I really like Chevrolet but, these problems are scary.
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The contact owns a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact experienced issues starting the vehicle. The dealer could not identify the failure; however, a muffler shop repaired the starter on the vehicle. After the repair, the starter began to overheat and burned the interior of the vehicle. The current mileage was 91,812 and failure mileage was 91,600. Updated 03-30-09 the consumer stated an unnecessary relay switch was added to the starter which caused the starter to malfunction. Updated 03/31/09.
All I have to say about this car is it is a piece of junk. I have had mine for almost two years now and in this two years I have had to put about 7,000 dollars of work into it. As of right now my car is sitting 200 hundred miles away on the side of the highway because the wiring to my starter keeps blowing my starters up. And as far as im concerned the car can stay there. I'm not even going to bother going to get it. Someone else can bar the burden that comes with that car! im done!.
See all problems of the 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier.
The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. The mechanic stated that the starter caused the failure and they made the replacement; however the vehicle still would not start. In addition, the instrument panel and exterior lights would not illuminate. As of December 21, 2007, the dealer had not inspected or repaired the vehicle. There are two recalls: electrical system: ignition: switch (NHTSA campaign id number 04v036000) and exterior lighting (NHTSA campaign id number 06e026000); however, the manufacturer stated that her VIN was not included. The powertrain was unknown. The failure and current mileages were 56,000.
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Nhtsa recall 04v036000 on the ignition switch . After having the relay kit replaced,the consumer was unable to start the vehicle. The consumer had a remote starter installed and was told it was the ignition switch that was faulty.
While driving, the vehicle hesitated stalled and at times it would not restart. The consumer stated this has happened three times and each time the vehicle has to be towed to the mechanic to get it restarted. She also says this has happened 3 times since Nov. 03. She said one mechanic said it was an electrical problem. Then another said it was the starter switch , which was then replaced. Then she said one mechanic said he could not find anything wrong with the vehicle. Vehicle continues to stall, 3 times in approximately 5 days.
Recall notice received regarding ignition switch failure. The consumer requested reimbursement. Recall# 04v036000. The consumers vehicle required a new ignition switch, starter and battery. The starter was replaced under warranty. It appeared that the electrical components had a short service span in this make/model. The consumers bill totaled over seven hundred dollars, but was sent a check for 136. 62 for the part which pertained to the recall.
Problems with vehicle's ignition switch. The consumer started to experience problems with the starter. The consumer would turn the key and nothing would happen. The service dealer told the consumer that nothing could be done unless it would not start for them. The problem recurred then the consumer received recall #04v036000. The dealer placed a kit in the vehicle but the problem continued.
Consumer attempted to start vehicle but it failed to do so. Consumer lifted up the hood and noticed that main wire to starter caught on fire. The driver was able extinguish the fire. Consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic replaced the ignition switch due to a worn out relay switch.
See all problems of the 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier.
When starting the vehicle, every month or so it will turn over once and the power will shut off and when I let off the key it will come back on. Then try to start again and it will. Maybe a problem with the ignition or starter.
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Chevrolet Cavalier 2003, problem exist with the passenger side blinker/brake light continues to operate incorrectly. The starter cylinder was replaced. The dealer replaced the brake light bulb and blinker bulb on several occasions.
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Consumer states after recall repairs were completed for NHTSA campaign 02v070000, regarding a relay kit for ignition, the service manager informed consumer the starter was dragging and vehicle was making a loud noise. Consumer was informed that the wiring harness was not good, they would have to put on another one.
See all problems of the 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier.
Vehicle will crank but not start, dealer found bad starter and replaced. Consumer is requesting full reimbursement from manufacturer. There was a recall for the ignition switch. Updated.
Transmission noise/idle problem. I have two major complaints about my Cavalier
first: the 5sp manual transmission. I've complained about the transmission 5 times, and the idel 4 times. When I bought the car it had a high pitched noise in 1st and 2nd gear. I took the car back the first weekend I owned it to have it checked. Dealer couldn't diagnose. I took the car back a couple of months later. They heard the noise and said it was the exhaust. They put a new exhaust system on it. Needless to say it did not fix it. I took the car back again a few months later, they said it was synchronizers. TSB 02-07-29-001 serviced. Again, the car was not fixed. But this time chevy told me it was supposed to do that. (why on earth would they replace parts, and do the TSB if it was supposed to do that) they told me I could get a second opinion, but I would have to pay the servicing dealership out of pocket. Second: I've complained about this 4 times. When driving in bumper to bumper traffic. I have to slightly rev the gas to let the clutch out to make the car move. The idle will stick. I've had it stick anywhere from 2500rpm - 4000rpm. (the linkage/pedel dosen't stick but something within the computer, or fi is not right. Dealers diagnosis "computer controls the idle" "no codes" "no problem". Nothing further was done. This problem has caused me to almost rear end other cars on multiple occassions
now other than these problems I've also had to complain about the starter. It works 99% of the time correctly. Other times it grinds, sometimes disengages, turns off, and sounds like a dead battery. The dealer also can't find this problem either.
See all problems of the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier.
It all began the summer of 1999, the starter broke and kept being replaced because the car would chew it up and spit it out like a bad organ. My attempts to fix it were with firestone and shell. Then I took it to the dealer where they discovered there was a chipped flywheel. The car was fine up until recently it wouldn't start on 3/10/01 so the dealer replaced the ignition. On 3/15/2001 it had poor acceleration so the dealer replaced the ignition wires. On 4/25/01 car wouldn't start again so the dealer replaced the ignition module. I've paid over $4000. 00 in repairs since 1999 for the issue of the car not starting. I have been using jerrys Chevrolet and heritage Chevrolet.
Vehicle has been to the dealer 3 times for stalling and not starting. Dealer replaced sensor and starter on 2 separate occasions. Vehicle has to go back to dealer because problem hasn't been rectified. Problem started at 3500 miles.
Vehicle will not crank, no power to starter. Dealer replaced ignition switch. There is a recall 02v070000 regarding replacement of the ignition switch for previous models, however consumer's vehicle is not included in recall.
The vehicle only had 2917 miles on it when the steering rack had to be replaced. At 6237 miles the dealer had to replace a strut mount and a bearing plate. The engine light illuminated and the O2 sensor and starter was replaced. The intermediate shaft was replaced twice and the headlamp was replaced.
Purchased car in March 96, the strut was replaced about four times . Consumer also experienced a tire blow out, dealer advisded her there was nothing they could do, because tire blow out was due to some type of object that punctured tire, also air condition went out twice, starter was replaced, torque convertor replaced, and a recall on piston pin, consumer feels that manufacturer should take some type of responsbiilty since this a brand new vehicle.
Problems with dashboard lights blinking on and off. The vehicle was recalled for the starter system. The dealer replaced the harness. After the recall was done the consumer noticed that the dash light would blink on and off. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer who determined that a cluster needed to be replaced. The consumer had to pay $592. 86 for this repair. The dealer explained to the consumer that the wires behind the dash had loosened while going over bumps in the road. The consumer feels the vehicle may be too delicate if it cannot stand a few bumps in the road.
See all problems of the 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier.
I have had a total of 5 starters on my car within 2 years. I know this is just crazy because I don't know of anybody's car that has went through that many in 2 years. Now that I have that problem solved I have to deal with this recall.
I got the letter about the recall of the ignition starter switch that might cause a fire. On Saturday, that is exactly what happened. I had the car repaired, but didn't know until Monday when I got the letter from gm. I am very upset that they told me to wait until July for them to get the repair kit. In other words. . . I have to drive around for 3 months worrying about my safety and where I might break down. My wife and I were planning on driving to florida for 2 weeks and now I might have to cancell. I think they should compensate me with a rented car until they fix mine. It's like telling me that I have an oven that might go on fire if I use it for the next 3 months. I wouldn't use the oven so why would I use my car. It is unsafe. What happens if it does catch fire or cause a fire to surrounding objects. How safe can it be to drive around with a car that might catch fire???? hep me!.
Engine head gasket/struts/starter/transmission/ dome light/ paint/,muffler/seats and abs brakes have all gone badly at least once, and some have been replaced twice and are bad again. Dealer was notified several times, but refused to check or replace. No longer doing business with them due to the service. I have been having to pay for all of the services.
Problems with vehicle's ignition switch. Recall#04v036000. The vehicle required a new ignition switch, starter and battery. The consumer requested reimbursement for the ignition switch.
The starter was replaced twice.
Consumer states having problems with the vehicles starter.