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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Problems and Repair Histories

27 TrueDelta members own a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. 7 of these members (25.9%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 26 repairs to 2002 Chevrolet Cavaliers--an average of 1 per vehicle--have been reported.

See our lemon odds and nada odds page for more details. To see how frequently 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

Want to read about specific problems behind these stats? Jump to the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier problem descriptions below.

Don't infer 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier repairs by problem area

42% of the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier repairs were to the engine, 4% to the transmission, 12% to the brakes, 8% to the suspension, and 35% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems.

Chart based on 26 repairs.

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier repair cost distribution

Of the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 82% cost between $100 and $499, and 18% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 11 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
Non-members can see only ten 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier problems and repair histories. Log in or join us to see them all.
Repair costs are in local units.

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier

Engine not specified

Chevrolet Cavalier in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2012 165000    
166000 250 Rusted radiator pipe had a hole in it. Two sensors went bad (crank shaft, evap) 
 

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chevrolet Cavalier in New York, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
200 Replaced Clutch 

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan

115-horsepower 2.2L I4 4-speed automatic FWD

Chevrolet Cavalier in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2011 90000    
104000 15 Charged the AC to make it cold again. System wasn't completely empty and is still 100% factory. 
106000 15 Replaced rear light socket and bulb. Old socket had deformed due to heat, which resulted in poor electrical contact. 
112000 120 Old AC compressor clutch started dragging on AC pulley when the clutch was disengaged, making a horrible sound. Replaced AC compressor clutch and pulley. Entire system is OE (ie 10 years, 110k miles old), so it has held up pretty well. 
121000 60 Had to replace the connector on the inline pressure sensor 
127000 20 Replaced muffler strap. Still have OE muffler 
131000  
Chevrolet Cavalier in Quebec, Canada
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2012 143840    
144460 150 Upper mount of rear left suspension was broken. Upon replacing, it was found that the absorber was worn out and has also been replaced. 
145360 493 Front left coil spring was broken, replaced both left and right followed by an alignment. Changed pads and rotors. Replaced the front calipers. Slide pin was completely seized. 
146320  
Chevrolet Cavalier in New Jersey, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2011 142000    
146500 300 Blower not working on low & medium but OK on high; also blower noise. Dealer replaced resistor, works OK now. Replaced the same resistor 2 years ago.  
149000 0 3rd time coolant light came on. Dealer identified loose connection, fixed & topped up coolant.  
150000 1832 AC not working, saw puff of smoke, drove to dealer. Took 4 days to diagnose. I was told a coolant system problem resulted in compressor burnout, so associated parts had to be replaced. Seems OK now. Not sure if related to earlier problems.  Without warning, car would not turn over or start. Towed. Ignition switch failed, replaced, OK. Ignition system was replaced last year, adviser said the switch should have been replaced at that time, replaced system at no charge. 
157300 0 Blower motor making noise, replaced under repair warranty. 
160700 359 Car made loud squealing noise, dealer diagnosed as alternator bearing and replaced alternator with aftermarket part 
163300 0 replace wheel cylinders w. spring hardware replace radiator hoses Replaced valve cover gasket; I did not notice oil leak, don't know if that is preventive or symptom 
177000  
Chevrolet Cavalier in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
178 cooling sensor, coolant flush 
101000 1720 Thermostat replaced,  head gasket replaced, head repaired water pump replaced 
101000 350 starter motor replaced 
 

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