Chevrolet Cavalier 2000 - Electrical system



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Chevrolet Cavalier 2000 recalls
CampaignManufacturerManufacturing dateType# of units affectedDate Owner notified MfgRecall Initiated byManufacturers of recalled vehicles/productsReport Recieved DateRecord Creation DateRegulation Part NumberFMVSS Number
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - SWITCH
04V036000GENERAL MOTORS CORP.from 02/01/1999 to 06/30/2000V (Vehicle)141523103/01/2004MFRGENERAL MOTORS CORP.01/27/200402/05/2004
Defect SummaryOn certain passenger vehicles. if the engine fails to start and the driver holds the key in the start position for an extended period, high current flows through the ignition switch, and sometimes produces enough heat to melt internal switch parts.
Consequence SummaryIf the switch is damaged, a fire could occur in the steering column, even with the engine off and the key removed. the fire could spread to the interior of the car, which could injure occupants or cause damage to adjoining structures.
Corrective SummaryDealers will install a relay kit in these vehicles to prevent high current from flowing through the ignition switch, and check that your car will start with a properly charged battery and, if necessary, replace the ignition switch. owner notification will begin on march 1, 2004. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, pontiac at 1-800-620-7668, buick at 1-866-608-8080, or oldsmobile at 1-800-630-6537. customers can also check their vehicle online by going to www.mygmlink.com and entering the vehicle's identification number.
NotesGm recall no. 04002.customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
Chevrolet Cavalier 2000 bulletins
BulletinBulletin dateReplacement BulletinItem no.SummaryAdded
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
09090309/09/200310005059The body control module (bcm) may set a false code of b3785. gm voicemail log. *tt2004-01-28
0141111/18/200310004215False code b3785. service vme. *tt2003-11-21
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION
0223200402/23/200410013000If the engine fails to start and the driver holds the key in the start position for an extended period, high current flows through the ignition switch and sometimes produces enough heat to melt internal switch parts. *tt2005-04-05
0412200404/12/200410009214Ignition circuit thermal events, three phase safety recall 04002. gm voicemail express. *tt2004-09-17
0400205/12/200410007858Product safety recall ignition circuit thermal events. *mj2004-07-13
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - MODULE
02060401103/01/2002634710Subject regarding revised diagnostic trouble code p0140. *tt2002-10-07
25020202/25/2002627813Information regarding calibration to prevent false setting of diagnostic trouble code p0133. *yh2002-02-25
01010201/01/2002627399Information regarding calibration to prevent false setting of dtc . *yh2002-02-07
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING
21060206/21/2002637259This service is regarding a wire routing issue that can lead to service engine soon lamp activation and various drivability concerns. *tt2002-11-22
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING - FRONT UNDERHOOD
3202/01/2001623591Some vehicles with manual transmission may experience the illumination of the abs light when the transmission is placed in 2nd or 4th gear, visual inspection of the dbc7 wiring harness, with the transmission in 2nd or 4th gear, may reveal s2001-10-29
Chevrolet Cavalier 2000 Consumer Complaints
Fail datemilesoccurencesPurchase date
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
09/03/2012520001
 First driver side rear turn signal blinked rapidly, then brake light and turn light ceased to work. when checked, the light and lens were fused (melted) together. as well driver side window ceased to work. mechanic stated its electrical and advised i check recalls.also sometimes gas pedal accelerates without pressure from me. no cruise control engaged, not able to determine when or why...just occasionally happens. *tr
09/03/201252000
 First driver side rear turn signal blinked rapidly, then break light and turn light ceased to work. when checked, the light and lense were fused (melted) together. as well driver side window ceased to work. mechanic stated its electircal and advised i check recalls.also sometimes gas pedal excelerates without pressure from me. no cruise crontrol engaged, not able to determine when or why...just occasionally happens.
09/03/201252000
 First driver side rear turn signal blinked rapidly, then break light and turn light ceased to work. when checked, the light and lense were fused (melted) together. as well driver side window ceased to work. mechanic stated its electircal and advised i check recalls.also sometimes gas pedal excelerates without pressure from me. no cruise crontrol engaged, not able to determine when or why...just occasionally happens.
09/20/2011
 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.
09/20/2011
 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.
09/20/2011
 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.
09/20/2011
 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.
09/20/2011
 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.
04/15/200650000
 Purchased used 2000 cavalier in 2006. first problem (which has continued for 5 years) is that the service light will come on when the car is cranked unless the headlights are first turned on. if you turn the headlights off while driving, the service light comes on. it will not go off unless you turn the car off and restart it (with headlights on). second problem is that fuel hand does not reflect accurate amount of gasoline in tank. it goes up and down while driving (with the check gauges light on). or sometimes it is stuck on e or stuck on f regardless of how much fuel is actually present. third problem is that car intermittantly overheats and is always losing coolant. i have replaced thermostat, water pump, & radiator. three different mechanics cannot find a leak in the cooling system (despite pressure testing, compression testing, & block testing). we are baffled why it cannot retain constant coolant levels. this is a very frustrating situation as i am left without reliable transportation.
04/15/200650000
 Purchased used 2000 cavalier in 2006. first problem (which has continued for 5 years) is that the service light will come on when the car is cranked unless the headlights are first turned on. if you turn the headlights off while driving, the service light comes on. it will not go off unless you turn the car off and restart it (with headlights on). second problem is that fuel hand does not reflect accurate amount of gasoline in tank. it goes up and down while driving (with the check gauges light on). or sometimes it is stuck on e or stuck on f regardless of how much fuel is actually present. third problem is that car intermittantly overheats and is always losing coolant. i have replaced thermostat, water pump, & radiator. three different mechanics cannot find a leak in the cooling system (despite pressure testing, compression testing, & block testing). we are baffled why it cannot retain constant coolant levels. this is a very frustrating situation as i am left without reliable transportation.
04/15/200650000
 Purchased used 2000 cavalier in 2006. first problem (which has continued for 5 years) is that the service light will come on when the car is cranked unless the headlights are first turned on. if you turn the headlights off while driving, the service light comes on. it will not go off unless you turn the car off and restart it (with headlights on). second problem is that fuel hand does not reflect accurate amount of gasoline in tank. it goes up and down while driving (with the check gauges light on). or sometimes it is stuck on e or stuck on f regardless of how much fuel is actually present. third problem is that car intermittantly overheats and is always losing coolant. i have replaced thermostat, water pump, & radiator. three different mechanics cannot find a leak in the cooling system (despite pressure testing, compression testing, & block testing). we are baffled why it cannot retain constant coolant levels. this is a very frustrating situation as i am left without reliable transportation.
04/15/200650000
 Purchased used 2000 cavalier in 2006. first problem (which has continued for 5 years) is that the service light will come on when the car is cranked unless the headlights are first turned on. if you turn the headlights off while driving, the service light comes on. it will not go off unless you turn the car off and restart it (with headlights on). second problem is that fuel hand does not reflect accurate amount of gasoline in tank. it goes up and down while driving (with the check gauges light on). or sometimes it is stuck on e or stuck on f regardless of how much fuel is actually present. third problem is that car intermittantly overheats and is always losing coolant. i have replaced thermostat, water pump, & radiator. three different mechanics cannot find a leak in the cooling system (despite pressure testing, compression testing, & block testing). we are baffled why it cannot retain constant coolant levels. this is a very frustrating situation as i am left without reliable transportation.
04/15/200650000
 Purchased used 2000 cavalier in 2006. first problem (which has continued for 5 years) is that the service light will come on when the car is cranked unless the headlights are first turned on. if you turn the headlights off while driving, the service light comes on. it will not go off unless you turn the car off and restart it (with headlights on). second problem is that fuel hand does not reflect accurate amount of gasoline in tank. it goes up and down while driving (with the check gauges light on). or sometimes it is stuck on e or stuck on f regardless of how much fuel is actually present. third problem is that car intermittantly overheats and is always losing coolant. i have replaced thermostat, water pump, & radiator. three different mechanics cannot find a leak in the cooling system (despite pressure testing, compression testing, & block testing). we are baffled why it cannot retain constant coolant levels. this is a very frustrating situation as i am left without reliable transportation.
10/27/2008172000
 Tl*the contact owns a 2000 chevrolet cavalier. the contact stated that the vehicle failed to start when the key was inserted into the ignition. she took the vehicle to a local repair shop and had the starter replaced. immediately after the repair, the failure recurred. she took the vehicle back to the repair shop and was advised that an add on starter relay needed to be installed in her vehicle. the dealer stated that her vin was excluded from nhtsa campaign id number 04v036000 (electrical system:ignition:switch); therefore, they would not assume responsibility for the repair. the vehicle has not been repaired. the failure and current mileages were 172,000.
10/28/20071150002010/19/2007
 I was driven home from work (100 miles both ways) 65mph then it stopped accelerating pulled over 2 min. later back on the road 1 mile later it happened again. forced it to make it to town 1am. left it at a gas station. came back in the morning to take it back to dealer (45 min drive) it broke down 6 times!!! i've had it 9 days!!! dealer said it wasn't his problem but because my 7 month old baby was w/me he changed the fuel filter and sent me away. 45 min later i was broken down on a highway 1 hour it still wouldn't start. a man pulled up called the dealer and told him to tow it back to the shop. next day he works on it end of day says it must be electrical. i gave him $4800 cash!!!! i don't even want the car back!!! he needs to give me my money cause it is a lemon. *tr
01/01/200620
 Interior light of a 2000 chevy cavalier, comes on and flickers off, at different times, very distracting at night time. it could cause an accident. *nm
01/01/19011
 Consumer 2000 cavalier stall when turning or stopping at a red light. *ts after the recall work was done for the ignition the vehicle began to stall. the vehicle's transmission had to be overhauled. two sensors have been replaced. the catalytic converter has been replaced. the fuel pump has been replaced. *nm
10/20/2003955631
 Low track light came on when the vehicle was accelerated or when the gear was placed in reverse. *bf in order for the light to go out, the consumer had to take his foot off the accelerator, sometimes the engine shut off by itself. the consumer stated the dealer fixed the problem in the beginining, however the problem returned. the valve cover gasket leaked.
09/06/2004731008
 While driving on highway, the engine suddenly stalls and will not start for sometime. track light comes on. happens randomly. currently happens 3-5 times a week. afraid to drive the car anymore. if it stalls where there is no shoulder can cause a severe accident. 2000 chevy cavalier, started happenning after ignition recall but dealer denies and link.*ak
06/15/2004744005
 Track off light comes on and than the car will just stop/stall. this has happened 4 to 5 times in dangerous driving situations; in the middle of a left turn. the dealer has had the car twice and are unable to make the problem reoccur. they can see on the computer that it stopped but that is all. the service dept at the dealership has been wonderful they just can't find the problem. i am very afraid to drive the car.
10/12/200354000207/02/2003
 While drive on the city roads the 2000 cavalier tends to stall when slowing to a complete stop, slowing to turn, and when low speeds. the engine will completely shut down while electrical components such the radio are in tact. also include loss of power steering and power brakes making it difficult to steer out of harms way with many accident near misses. happends mostly when car has not been in use for a period of time then is started up for use. (e.g. morning commutes). *ak
797341
 Simultaneously while driving, check engine light will flash on. headlights flashed on/off 4 times or ther was a clicking noise in the front end. dealership indicated the this might be caused by electrical system failure. *ak
04/20/200342156304/18/2003
 We bought a used chevrolet cavalier from the year 2000 with an extended warranty (gm certified) for 3 months or 3,000 miles. since the beginning there were 4 problems not yet fixed. 1 - there is a popping noise under the back of the car. dealer (koons chevrolet - withe marsch, md) said he couldn't duplicate. after bringing the car for the 3rd time, he said the brakes were dirty and he cleaned them, but this noise is still here, when starting at a red traffic light for example, or when riding on a rough road. 2 - there is a grinding noise in front when driving. it's stopping when pushing the brake pedal. it's linked with the brakes for sure. the pads are new and the dealer said the rotor makes his noise, but he refused to change it (whereas it's under warranty). he said it's not unsafe. but this noise is coming louder and i feel like a loss of control. 3 - the abs light come on every single day while driving and not braking. the 1st time, the dealer changed the bulb. the 2nd time problem was not solve) he changed the alternator, because my car broke down the day before (no more power at all). he said the alternator putted a low voltage to the abs causing the light to turn on. the problem is not solve. and i need to go back to the dealer. all of these problems have not been solved, and this is the 5th time i am going to the dealer. i think he's playing with me, so that my car won't be under warranty any more, and i would pay to change stuffs in the future. please provide information and support. thank you. *nlm
11/18/20005300020
 My car begun cutting off when i was driving on or about this date. i took it to the chevy dealer on 11/27/02 and they changed the fuel line. on 12/02/02 it was still cutting of so i took it back. this time they changed the wires, plugs, and 02 sensers. to make a long story short it is now 01/25/03 and my car is still cutting off. i have been to this dealership (sir walter chevrolet - raleigh nc) seventeen times. they have changed several major parts.( crank shaft sensor, 2 catylic converters, modules, and other parts. i do not understand why it is necessary to go to the a gmc mechanic 17 times for the same problem. i am at my wits end, the next place i am going is to the newspaper and a lawyer.
05/31/2001204/02/2001
 When turning steering wheel sharply there was a popping sound at all times. dealer replaced power steering shaft.*ak consumer states engine light comes on while driving, squealing noise from passengers side of engine especially on cold starts, and engine is slow to crank up-intermittent, battery was replaced, also vehicle would not start, dealer found fuel pump was inoperative and replaced fuel pump. *yd
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 Vehicle's interior lights go on & off, also the transmission leaks badly. failed to tighten front end bolts & problem with airbag light.
03/27/2001105/05/2000
 On occasions, consumer smells something like burning wire. *slc
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - BATTERY
10/06/200510160206/26/2000
 2000 chevrolet cavalier battery acid leaked. *ts the acid damaged other components on the vehicle. the second incident occurred on oct 6, 2005 *jb the acid leak damaged the battery tray, transmission coolant lines, inner fender and frame (delco battery). *nm
09/28/20042
 After ignition switch recall 04v036000 repairs were performed the engine service light came on, and the daytime running light flickered. vehicle was taken back to the dealership, who indicated that the battery needed to be replaced. the battery was replaced, but didn't correct the problem.*ak
04/08/200420000309/05/1999
 After purchase of my vehicle - battery was dead dealer replaced new battery lost coolant - engine was smoking then found out vehicle was on recall had to replace rotors and pads with less than 20,000 miles on vehicle something needs to be done to improve the brake system on the chevy cavaliers they do not last. i commute to work by train and hardly drive so i was surprised with all the problems with this vehicle with not alot of miles. *nm
10/14/200359700103/26/2001
 High beams & drl's stopped working, checked fuses, none blown. took to dealer and found that battery that had been previously replaced for leaking, was again leaking. the acid damaged headlight wire harness making drl's and high beams non-functional. dealer says battery has no warranty even though battery states 5 year warranty. *la
10/27/2002105/01/2000
 Battery leaked acid from positive post down into battery box which drained into engine compartment and on to the electrical harness junction which is routed under the battery box. there is no drain tube to drain any acid overflow down under the car. the acid burned through the junction and shorted out the main harness to all the lighting on the front of the car. if this had been at night i would have lost my headlights and turn signals. there is minor damage to torque converter housing and motor mount. i'm waiting now to hear from the dealer as to when the car will be returned to me after the repairs are done, and see if chevrolet will take care of the repairs. it is my belief they need to install a drain tube in the battery box and reroute this harness away from this area. i fear as to what would happen if this had been at night and i was driving down the road at highway speeds. this battery was the one that came with the car. *****dims 11 ivoq entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis*****769324. *ak *jb
11/15/2002
 Light comes on, on dash consumer has taken vehicle to the dealer, and they told him that it was nothing wrong with vehicle.when he was on vacation,radiator hose busted. when he returned home , he went to the dealer, and was reimbursed some of his money back by the dealer. also, was told by dealer when dash light indicator that something was wrong with battery. *ak
08/13/2002
 Daytime running lights are inoperative. acid from battery post leaking out and dripping onto harness connector, melting plastic, and plastic corroding the connector, which can cause an under hood fire.*ak
05/31/2001204/02/2001
 When turning steering wheel sharply there was a popping sound at all times. dealer replaced power steering shaft.*ak consumer states engine light comes on while driving, squealing noise from passengers side of engine especially on cold starts, and engine is slow to crank up-intermittent, battery was replaced, also vehicle would not start, dealer found fuel pump was inoperative and replaced fuel pump. *yd
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - FUSES AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS
10/14/2001500
 Tl*the contact owns a 2000 chevrolet cavalier. the contact stated that the fuse that controls the instrument control panel has consistently failed. each month he is required to replace the fuse. he also cleans the fuses regularly. the dealer will be notified to diagnose the failure. the failure has occurred since the vehicle was purchased in 2001. the vin was not available. the failure mileage was 500.
08/13/2002
 Daytime running lights are inoperative. acid from battery post leaking out and dripping onto harness connector, melting plastic, and plastic corroding the connector, which can cause an under hood fire.*ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION
11/23/200556221805/24/2000
 I am the original owner of the 2000 chevrolet cavalier starting in november 2005 we had the ignition lock cylinder changed due to being unable to start the car. this lasted for about a year when problems started more frequent. we brought the car back to the dealer and he was unable to duplicate the problem. he stated that this is an intermittent problem and they could only find the problem when the car fails to start. it would start for them while it was at the dealership. i contacted gmac and explained the problem. i could not get anyone to technically fine the problem. in essence, this car has an on going problem and it is useless to me because i have gotten stuck with the car at least eight times and had to have the car towed to the dealer at my expense. we would like to resolve this problem as we cannot even sell the car with this problem. *jb
08/13/2004570003011/01/2003
 Interior dashboard lights flashed while driving. vehicle failed to restart, and the interior lights didn't function when this occurred. vehicle had to sit for about an hour before restarted. in addition, there was a burning odor in the vehicle. four mechanics have serviced this vehicle,but could not duplicate the problem. *ak
07/07/200475000605/28/2000
 The first time this happened i was driving to work and the fuel injectors were replaced to fix the problem. the next 4 times (all in the same day) i was driving to and from pensacola, florida on interstate 110 and highway 98 and the gas filter and spark plugs were changed. these incidents were in the spring 2003. the dealer informed me in april 2003 that the spark plugs were the problem and they fixed it and said we should be fine. the most recent episode was on highway 20 in niceville, florida. i was driving with my wife and newborn when the car stopped accelerating again and thankfully i was able to pull to the side of the road without getting hit. car stopped accelerating with no warning and was stranded on the interstate and busy highway. most recently the problem cannot be fixed. this car is only 4 years old and i bought it new with keeping the maintence up. as of now the car cannot be started and they have no clue as to what the problem is. i am concerned as this could have happened while on the interstate where i could not get to the shoulder or on the local mile long bridge where there is no place to pull over to. i am just glad my wife and child were not injured this time. *la
03/01/2004630001
 Ignition locked. *ak a month later the consumer received a recall. *nm
01/01/200302/20/2001
 Vehicle stalled upon start of engine, then turned off suddenly after being on. tried to restart and did not turn on. vehicle was towed to shop, the next morning turned on with no problem. stalls upon start up often. and turns off after being on for a couple of minutes. chevy dealer said it might be electrical, they want the car to be taken in when stalling. if its stalling the only way to be taken in is by towing the vehicle there. they're not even sure if its covered under warranty or not. one person said it was if it was electrical but her manager said it wasn't.
05/31/2002
 A loud noise was coming from under right side of the vehicle. contacted dealer, problem due to strut mount and isolator going out.*ak
08/01/2000
 Engine stalls at slow speed-while turning into parking space or while waiting at stop sign. no check engine light comes on -no service light come on -dealer says no failure codes in computer. problem usaully occurs after car has been run and then sits but does not cool down all the way and then is driven. *ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - MODULE
03/21/2001201/01/2000
 First failure was at 24,197 miles. the car began to lose power and would stall during driving. dealer had the car for 21 days, and replaced the switch clusters, ignition switch, reprogrammed body control module, replaced pcm and found burnt 3-4 clutch. at 40,613 miles the engine lost power and stalled again (while on the freeway). this time the engine warning light did not activate, and we had no idea there was another engine problem. the dealer again replaced defective coil and iginition wires. the car is once again beginnig to idle differently, which is a precursor to it stalling. at each failure, we also smelled a burning odor just before the vehicle stalling.*ak
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - IGNITION - SWITCH
03/16/200517000103/14/2000
 Tl*the contact owns a 2000 chevrolet cavalier. in march of 2005, the contact took the vehicle to the dealer for routine service and they stated that she needed a relay switch and a new wiring harness. there were no failures at that time. while driving 45 mph, the contact noticed smoke and the key in the ignition was getting hot. the dealer stated that she needed another new ignition switch and wiring harness at the cost of $403.23. the failure mileage was 17,000 and current mileage was 32,000.
07/01/2006400002006/01/2001
 Tl*the contact owns a 2000 chevrolet cavalier. when inserting the key into the ignition the vehicle failed to start. the contact stated that the failure occurred intermittently. recall #04v036000 repairs were performed on july 5, 2004. two years later the failure reoccurred. the dealer was unable to duplicate the failure. the failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 49,200.
02/25/2005929171
 While turning into a parking lot steering column locked up when making a left turn. owner stated that a recall notice 04v036000/ignition switch was received for ignition switch on february 4, 2005. it was february 25, 2005 when the steering column problem developed. *ak dealership claims no responsibility, consumer paid $85.00 towing and $465 for repairs. *bf *nm
09/28/20042
 After ignition switch recall 04v036000 repairs were performed the engine service light came on, and the daytime running light flickered. vehicle was taken back to the dealership, who indicated that the battery needed to be replaced. the battery was replaced, but didn't correct the problem.*ak
08/01/20041
 The consumer requested reimbursement but the claim was denied by the manufacturer. *nm the ignition would not start. *recall# 04v036000. *sc
09/29/2004990002
 Consumer received recall 04v036000 concerning ignition switch. consumer took vehicle to the dealer for recall repairs. when consumer went back to pick up the vehicle none of the gauges worked on the instrument panel. service technician told consumer that the instrument cluster cracked, and consumer would need to buy a panel for the instrument cluster at a fee of $240.00 for the panel and $24.50 for labor. consumer felt that because she was a female and came in alone she was taken advantage off . *ak
08/01/2004307/01/2000
 Problems with steering column smoking. *mr recall# 04v036000. the ignition and steering wheel was smoking. after several attempts of repair, the problem still existed. *sc *jb *tc
08/01/2004207/01/2000
 Dealership will honor recall repair notice for steering column. *mr recall# 04v036000. the ignition and steering wheel was smoking. after several attempts of repair, the problem still existed. *sc *jb
08/09/20042
 Recall 04v036000 concerning ignition switch. a few hours after having recall repairs performed vehicle failed to start. consumer informed the mechanic that vehicle would not start. mechanic advised consumer that the problem had nothing to do with the recall. in addition, mechanic informed consumer that they would charge $90.00 for a diagnostic test. *ak
05/03/200470000502/02/2001
 Key could be removed from the ignition switch while the vehicle was started. dealer was notified. *ak
06/11/20041
 Ignition switch recall 04036000 repairs were not performed on correct vehicle because the incorrect vehicle year was printed on the recall notification. dealership installed the recall part on the wrong vehicle. then, dealership removed the recalled part when it realized that vin didn't match the vin number printed on the recall letter. currently, the manufacturer's system was showing that recall repairs were completed although it was done on the wrong vehicle. *ak
06/01/2004202/01/2000
 Problems with vehicle's ignition switch. *mr 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. *sc *jb
06/01/20042
 2000 chevrolet cavalier ignition switch recall.*mr the consumer a recall letter in the mail regarding the ignition switch, prior to receiving the letter the consumer was already having problems cranking the vehicle. the same week the vehicle was due to have the recall performed, smoke began emitting from the steering column. the vehicle was taken to the dealer to have the recall fixed, however nine days later smoke emitted from the steering column again. the consumer continued to get the run around as to whether or not problem was recall related. *jb
05/04/2004108/04/2000
 Brakes vibrate when stopping from any speed. was told by dealer that was common with abs. brakes wear poorly, have had to replace brakes 2x since purchase. engine stutters when car first started or while standing. key hot out of ignition, was told recent recall affecting ignition relay would fix, did not. check engine service and abs lights coming on and staying on. car has only 32,000 miles. *jb
05/20/20041
 While placing the key inside of the ignition vehicle failed to start.consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the ignition switch needed to be replaced due to solenoid sensor failure. *ak
 While driving theft light and engine light illuminated on dashboard. dealer was notified. mechanic stated ignition switch malfunctioned. mechanic advised consumer to replace component.*ak
03/21/2001201/01/2000
 First failure was at 24,197 miles. the car began to lose power and would stall during driving. dealer had the car for 21 days, and replaced the switch clusters, ignition switch, reprogrammed body control module, replaced pcm and found burnt 3-4 clutch. at 40,613 miles the engine lost power and stalled again (while on the freeway). this time the engine warning light did not activate, and we had no idea there was another engine problem. the dealer again replaced defective coil and iginition wires. the car is once again beginnig to idle differently, which is a precursor to it stalling. at each failure, we also smelled a burning odor just before the vehicle stalling.*ak
09/18/2000901/18/2000
 Vehicle is not able to start anytime of the day. contacted dealer ,and dealer is not willing to do anything. *ak when the vehicle stall first time the dealer replaced ignition control module. when it stall again, the fuel pump was replaced. however, the vehicle continued stalling. *yh
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - STARTER ASSEMBLY
09/30/200891600112/30/2006
 Tl*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 *bf the consumer stated an unnecessary relay switch was added to the starter which caused the starter to malfunction. updated 03/31/09.*jb
11/01/20002917108/01/2000
 The vehicle only had 2917 miles on it when the steering rack had to be replaced. *nm 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. *jb
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING
03/16/200517000103/14/2000
 Tl*the contact owns a 2000 chevrolet cavalier. in march of 2005, the contact took the vehicle to the dealer for routine service and they stated that she needed a relay switch and a new wiring harness. there were no failures at that time. while driving 45 mph, the contact noticed smoke and the key in the ignition was getting hot. the dealer stated that she needed another new ignition switch and wiring harness at the cost of $403.23. the failure mileage was 17,000 and current mileage was 32,000.
12/01/200690000402/18/2005
 Tl*the contact owns a 2000 chevrolet cavalier. while driving 65 mph in cold weather, the engine stalled without warning. the vehicle coasted to the side of the road and restarted after five minutes. in warm weather, the vehicle would take 30 minutes to restart. the wire harness that connects to the fuel pump shorted out and caused the failure. the wire harness was replaced; however, the failure recurred 4,000 miles later. the failure mileage was 90,000 and current mileage was 118,000.
01/01/20051
 I can't tell you the exact date of incident. it was about 2 yrs. ago. the head lights would not stay on. they would go off and on when driving at night. it was only the dim lights. we got a switch and had mechanic put it in. plus a relay. it didn't do any good. i took it to the chevy garage recently. they told me it is the wiring harness. they said a lot of people are having this problem with these cars. it will be expensive to fix. i was wondering if you are aware of this at all. the consequences are driving at night with no lights. please respond. thank you. *jb
11/26/200527000102/28/2000
 A fire in my 2000 chevrolet cavalier began in the center console apparently the result of electrical problems with the power window control wirings. no one was in the parked and locked car at the time of occurrence. the damage resulted in my insurance company totaling the vehicle. *jb
08/16/2004600001
 While at a stop, a fire started from the steering column and pedal area. dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. *ak
01/18/20033200008/18/2000
 Nov.7,2002 car won't start. dec.11,2002 won't start. took car to potamkin chevorlet dec.19,2002. i was told there's was nothing wrong with the car and they would not replace battery. jan.13,2003 car won't start. car was towed to liberty chevorlet. was told car needed battery and starter. also told if proper test was done, potamkin should have picked up the problem. currently having problems with car. car stops while driving. liberty unable to find problem. also since i purchased the car,new, my interior lights flash on and off when i brake hard or go over bumps in road. either dealer unable to find out why.
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING - FRONT UNDERHOOD
11/29/200478171110/31/2004
 1.) leaking battery (acid) caused the electrical harness at the conector under the battery to become deteriated (corroded). 2.) this affected the headlights by cutting off the electrical current and shutting off the headlight. a night time failure could have been very dangerous. 3.)i took the vehicle to a repair station and paid $300.00 to have the problem fixed. the harness was not replaced, only patched because a harness replacement would have been too costly for me. *ak
02/05/200341000
 Battery terminal leaked, and since a lot of wiring is located under the battery, the acid ate the wires that go to the headlights, turn signals, and running lights. my highbeams work, and my drivers side turn signal work. warranty wont cover, they said it was the battery. why have wiring under the battery?
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - WIRING - INTERIOR/UNDER DASH
09/29/2004990002
 Consumer received recall 04v036000 concerning ignition switch. consumer took vehicle to the dealer for recall repairs. when consumer went back to pick up the vehicle none of the gauges worked on the instrument panel. service technician told consumer that the instrument cluster cracked, and consumer would need to buy a panel for the instrument cluster at a fee of $240.00 for the panel and $24.50 for labor. consumer felt that because she was a female and came in alone she was taken advantage off . *ak
08/24/2004311/01/2003
 I took my 2000 chevy cavalier to steve's auto care in the city of hawthorne, ca. the symptoms i had were my lights in my dashboard would flash erratically and eventually my car would not start and the check theft system light would come on. steve claimed he fixed the problem and told me i might need a new computer if the problem persisted. when i took my car home, the next day the same symptoms occured again. i took the car back to him the next day and he told me his diagnostic machine was not working and he was waiting for a cd to get the machine started again. hew informed me that when he had my car, all he did was put it on a scanner. he charged me $185.00. a week later the problem persisted again and i took mky car to power chevrolet. they had my car for 3 days and said my car wouldn't start at times and couldn't find the problem. they charged me $95.00. then i took my car to martin chevrolet in torrance, ca and they had my car for 1 1/2 days. they said that my battery terminal as well as 3 ground wires were corroded and they said they fixed the problem. they charged me 122.87. when i took my car home the same day the problem still persisted and i took it back the next day to martin chevrolet. they had my car 2 days and i received a call that nothing was wrong with my car and that they drove the car 10 miles and nothing happened when they had it. they told me that if my car stalls again to not have it started but to bring it to them so they can see what the problem is. no one can find the problem and i know there is a problem because now when the lights in my dash flash.. i smell a little smoke. what in god's name can i do to get this poroblemn resolved!!!???? *ak
01/24/200320008/30/2001
 Cracks in dash board plastic. gas guage stop working, trac light goes on and off and makes the car pull side to side in the snow and rain. dealership will not return any of my phone calls (marine chevrolet in jacksonville nc), lights on dash board go on and off on thier own. guages on dash work sometimes then stop working.
04/01/2002
 Vehicle was purchased used with a cracked dashboard. dashboard was replaced, but wires were not connected properly, or pinch which results in no inside dash lights. consumer was concerned that vehicle may be put in wrong gear. please provide any further information.*ak
03/21/2001201/01/2000
 First failure was at 24,197 miles. the car began to lose power and would stall during driving. dealer had the car for 21 days, and replaced the switch clusters, ignition switch, reprogrammed body control module, replaced pcm and found burnt 3-4 clutch. at 40,613 miles the engine lost power and stalled again (while on the freeway). this time the engine warning light did not activate, and we had no idea there was another engine problem. the dealer again replaced defective coil and iginition wires. the car is once again beginnig to idle differently, which is a precursor to it stalling. at each failure, we also smelled a burning odor just before the vehicle stalling.*ak
06/01/2000
 After buying the car had to return to have the door fixed after door was fixed the keyless entry quit working had the car back to get keyless entry fixed 4 times, had to have front rotors replaced at 28000 miles along with the brakes ,still having problems with the braking system grinding and clicking bad vibration in the front end when driving in straight stretches also vibration when going around turns at times it feels like the tires are comming off car is in the shop at present time with the brake problems and dimming of the lights and fuel gage reads empty after filling the tank up and check gages lights come on and remain on for 50 - 100 miles.thats all at this time. *ak
04/01/2000
 I received a recall notice but as i have taken the car overseas i do not know where to get the work done. i have written several letters without response. no safety defect mentioned.