2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Problems and Repair Histories

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier repairs by problem area

Engine (43%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (5%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (14%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (30%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (0%)

Other (0%)

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (19%)

$500 - $999 (6%)

$100 - $499 (75%)

< $100 (0%)

Chart based on 16 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier

Engine not specified

Chevrolet Cavalier in Michigan, United States
Dec 2012 - Dec 2013
Jan 2013

166000 mi

US $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

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chevrolet Cavalier in Michigan, United States
Jan 2015 - Sep 2015
Apr 2015

131000 mi

US $400
Clunking front right strut, replaced all struts and mounts. Front springs replaced. Tie rod boot torn, replaced. Transmission mounts showing cracks, replaced. 
Aug 2015

132700 mi

US $60
Wheel bearing noise noticed, checked all bearings and found noticeable play in FL bearing. After removal, found that it had been replaced before but previous technician neglected to reinstall an inner seal or outer o-ring. 

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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
- Dec 2010
Dec 2010

120000 mi

US $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
Dec 2011 - Sep 2015
Jun 2012

104000 mi

US $15
Charged the AC to make it cold again. System wasn't completely empty and is still 100% factory. 
Sep 2012

106000 mi

US $15
Replaced rear light socket and bulb. Old socket had deformed due to heat, which resulted in poor electrical contact. 
Jan 2013

112000 mi

US $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. 
Aug 2013

121000 mi

US $60
Had to replace the connector on the inline pressure sensor 
Jan 2014

127000 mi

US $20
Replaced muffler strap. Still have OE muffler 
Chevrolet Cavalier in Quebec, Canada
Mar 2012 - Jun 2012
Apr 2012

144460 mi

C $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. 
May 2012

145360 mi

C $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. 
Chevrolet Cavalier in Virginia, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2011
Jan 2011

98000 mi

US $178
cooling sensor, coolant flush 
Mar 2011

101000 mi

US $1720
Thermostat replaced,  head gasket replaced, head repaired water pump replaced 
Apr 2011

101000 mi

US $350
starter motor replaced 
Chevrolet Cavalier in New Jersey, United States
Feb 2011 - Jun 2015
Apr 2011

144000 mi

US $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.  
Jun 2011

149000 mi
3rd time coolant light came on. Dealer identified loose connection, fixed & topped up coolant.  
Aug 2011

150000 mi

US $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. 
Jan 2012

157300 mi
Blower motor making noise, replaced under repair warranty. 
Oct 2012

160700 mi

US $359
Car made loud squealing noise, dealer diagnosed as alternator bearing and replaced alternator with aftermarket part 
Feb 2013

163300 mi
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 
Nov 2014

175700 mi

US $1988
Replaced 2 broken motor mounts. Dealer had quoted $3,000 for these and the exhaust, so had an independent shop do the work. Exhaust system had multiple cracks and breaks. Entire system required replacement. No symptoms! Rough ride, I questioned shocks/struts. Dealer said they need replacement. Because of cost and other problems with car, I decided to live with the bumpy ride. 
Dec 2014

176000 mi

US $150
Car would not start, just click. No prior indication of bad battery. Dealer didn't notice at latest check-up; battery 5 years old. Road service diagnosed dead battery and replaced it (sent the battery truck--replaced on the spot so no tow). 
Mar 2015

178000 mi

US $844
Smelled burning wires. Low-speed blower motor stopped working. Motor and resistor were replaced. Previously only resistor was replaced (2x in 5 years) Ignition system wires replaced. 

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe

140-horsepower 2.2L I4 5-speed manual FWD

Chevrolet Cavalier in Wisconsin, United States
Nov 2012 - Jul 2014
Jun 2014

130000 mi

US $362
Wheel bearings, cv boots. 
Jul 2014

130000 mi

US $370
Ignition switch froze. Needed replacement. 

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Repair Histories

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