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#376 of 2171 Just Purchased a 1998 Chevrolet Cavailer Base Coupe and I did not buy a Neon
Dec 24, 2000 (8:10 am)
I just purchased a 1998 Cavalier 2 door 5 speed with AC , I like this car it has enough pep, good safety features , I did not buy a Neon though very peppy like all Chrysler products they lack quality .
Chrysler's depreciate fast for example were I purchase my car here in Toronto Ontario Canada there is a 1999 300M I that is going of
24 000 candain you figure that new it was 40000 canadain that is a 16000 lost in just two years -neons goe for 21000 with taxes and in the first year they lose at least 7000 dollars.
The Cavalier is a well made car and I paid 9888 for it with 53000 KMS , so stay away from a company that will fold very soon. So I will keep you posted on my little chevy.
#377 of 2171 99 Cav Transmission Problem
Dec 27, 2000 (12:11 pm)
Hi. I, up until last week, have loved my 99 Cavalier... it is my first brand new car and I have taken great pains to keep it in good condition. Needless to say, last Friday (yes, three days before Christmas), my transmission gave out... that is to say the car would not go into gear in the middle of the city. I had it towed first to a transmission place wherein I was told that the whole transmission would likely need to be replaced. The mechanic also informed me that this sort of problem SHOULD NOT happen in a car that is a year and a half old. Now, herein lies my problem: my car, though only a year and a half old, has 37,500 miles on it, 1500 over warranty. Obviously, a new transmission in such a young car is indicative of a problem. The car is at the dealership being "diagnosed" now. My question for you all is this: has anyone else had a problem with the transmission in 99 Caves? I will be asking for cost assistance and am leaning towards asking for the whole thing to be covered. 1500 over warranty is bunk.... that's about a month of driving for me.
Any comparable stories, ideas comments? Thanks!!!!!
Dec 28, 2000 (6:25 am)
I would not worry about it. If you are only 1500 out of warranty chances are very good thqat they will either cover the whole thing or assist you with the cost so I wouldn't worry too much. I can honestly tell you that tranny issues for the Cavalier are very uncommon, they make great trannies and are very smooth but as with any mass produced item you have a chance of getting a bad one. Don't despair solutions will come and I'm sure they will treat you good ( car's only 1 year old afterall). Good luck!
#379 of 2171 99 Cav transmission problems
Dec 28, 2000 (6:27 pm)
Colemar, you didn't say what transmission you had - 3 sad auto, 4sp auto or 5 sad stick? You say that the car would not go into gear. Were you driving it or were you starting up? On the automatics there is mechanical interlock between the ignition key and the sifter. If the cable linkage between them should fail you might get the symptom you described. Always look for the simple things first and get a second opinion before you change the entire transmission.
As far as I know the Cavalier automatic has a very reliable transmission. I'm very happy with my 99 model.
#380 of 2171 Oops - sorry.
Dec 28, 2000 (6:40 pm)
Look what the spelling check did to my posting! Changed spd to sad! Sorry, that should read auto 3spd or 4spd and 5 spd stick shift. And sifter is supposed to be shifter. Seems like Edmunds new spelling check automatically corrects spelling now.
#381 of 2171 99 Cav Transmission Problem
Dec 29, 2000 (10:59 am)
First, things are much better concerning the transmission situation. Malibu99, thank you in particular for your message as I at least felt better that this problem is not common in Chevy transmissions. Essentially, the mechanic at the dealership decided it was a "serious" defective problem and the entire thing is being replaced. So far, I will have to pay for labor though probably not even that, despite being over warranty. I am happy... because I do love this car, and its my first new one, so having had used/old cars all my life, I am paranoid about repairs and automobile reliability in general. But, Chevrolet, I am proud to say, has treated me very well so far. Thanks for the insight, Malibu99 and 7937. I appreciate it.
#382 of 2171 99 Cavalier
Dec 29, 2000 (4:22 pm)
Colemar;glad to hear things arebeing resolved.My 99 is a 2.2 w/4spd. auto.I've never had any more than 3 speeds [manual on the column-63 Valiant or auto.]and it's smoooooth. It is my first new car as well and I love it. The ABS was different and makes odd noises when it comes on, but the brakes are great. BUT: I live in L.A.have 15,600 miles on my car and the dealer at it's 15,000 mile tire rotation told me the front brakes have only 25% of their pads left!!! A third of my mileage has been freeway, including a 2000 mile round trip to Oregon. Anyone have an idea what the average life of the factory brakes is? I'm not a "boy racer",just an average slob doing ordinary things. I love the car,just curious. THX in advance everyone. Dave
#383 of 2171 Cavalier transmission & ABS noise
Dec 29, 2000 (6:18 pm)
Colemar, I'm also glad to hear your problems are being resolved. Keep us posted.
Dweezil, a thumping type noise when the ABS kicks in is normal. Just keep your foot on the brake all the time when it's in operation. My ABS works great on my 99 Cavalier. Why you should be having so much brake pad wear is a puzzle though. Just see when they are replaced that premium pads are fitted.
Jan 02, 2001 (12:44 pm)
Glad to hear the issue is being resolved in a great fasion. Don't expect anymore tranny issues though, they are excellent tranies and you probably got a bad one. Good Luck and enjoy your car!
Jan 03, 2001 (10:19 am)
You never did say what model transmission you have.