What's Wrong with the Chevrolet Cavalier?

Cavalier owners have made 1164 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the interior (26%), followed by the engine (18%) and the electrical (9%).

Want more information about these problems? Clicking on the link will bring you over to CarComplaints.com for additional details. While you're there, add your own complaints about the Cavalier.

Comparing Cavalier Generations

Watch out for the 3rd generation's (1995–2005) 13.92 PainRank™, which is the worst of 3 generations. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
3rd Gen Cavalier 1995–2005
1074 13.92
2nd Gen Cavalier 1988–1994
82 1.83
1st Gen Cavalier 1984–1987
8 0.36

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The Worst Cavalier Years

This bar chart shows the seven years with the highest complaint volume. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on CarComplaints.com.

But wait, there's more ... outside of the top seven, there's the 1999 (43), 1998 (43), 1996 (29), 1992 (18), 1993 (16), 1995 (16), 1991 (15), 1994 (10), 1988 (9), 1990 (8), 1989 (6), 1984 (3), 1986 (2), 1987 (2), and 1985 (1).