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#2 of 48 2001 Z24 Problems
Apr 11, 2005 (1:47 pm)
Hi i I bought a 2001 z24 in august and i'm already having some problems with it. First my passenger side window no longer works and its stuck at half way down position. I'd assume this is the motor for the power windows? For a while it would let you put it up a little or down a little at a time but now it doesn't work at all. Secondly whenever I got to stop rapidly I get a knocking noise and the car lurches forward on occasions. I also hear the same knocking noise when I make some of my turns. What could be causing this and how expensive will it be to fix?
#3 of 48 2005 CAVALIER ISSUE....VERY PUZZLING
Jul 13, 2006 (4:22 pm)
I bought a 2005 cavalier LS sedan back in november and the driver side power window just stopped working. i know that the car is a little over a year, but should the window do that?????? could it be a manufacturer defect??????? a girl i work with has the same exact car and had the same exact thing happen......coincidence....i think not. this doesn't sound normal, not to mention the fact that there are no known recalls or defects for that year. scary. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!
a concerned cavalier owner
#4 of 48 Re: 2005 CAVALIER ISSUE....VERY PUZZLING [finessechic]
Jul 13, 2006 (5:33 pm)
I wouldn't call it normal, just what failed the motor, or the cable used to raise and lower the window? I had the same thing happen with a Toyota Camery TWICE! In both cases it was the cable.
#5 of 48 Re: 2005 CAVALIER ISSUE....VERY PUZZLING [finessechic]
Jul 14, 2006 (9:36 am)
I will tell you the truth, I have owned 4 Cavaliers, the last one 2000. It was a disappointment, made more cheaply than my 94 I traded.
I used to visit another forum, the problems were all listed, the cool part is, if you want to call it cool, is you knew what problems you were going to have before you had them. The good part you already know the fix and cost and instructions on the repair. The window motors were a #1 failure item. The parts put in the cavalier are to put it nicely low grade, you have to move up to get better parts. The fact that GM is going down the tube has something to do with it, but through there stupidity they are making it worse, would you buy another GM product.
#6 of 48 Re: 2005 CAVALIER ISSUE....VERY PUZZLING [gonogo]
Jul 14, 2006 (2:16 pm)
my cavalier is fully loaded.....has the best of everything...except no alloy wheels or sunroof which is fine by me....would a car that has pretty much everything on it still have a crappy motor.....my car has premium stereo sound, radio that tells station and song playing (and colts score when game is on radio), traction control, cruise control, premium interior, remote with trunk release both inside and on the remote, anti theft, power locks and windows, reading lights on right and left of dome light, sunglasses compartment above the middle console, the list goes on and on....it just seems weird that a fully loaded car could have a crappy window motor or cable or whatever it is. please help
#7 of 48 Re: 2005 CAVALIER ISSUE....VERY PUZZLING [finessechic]
Jul 15, 2006 (9:33 am)
You said the magic word, Cavalier. My 1994 I went 120K and no window motor failure, but I rarely put the window down, wind noise.
Seems to me the real problems started with the new model starting 1995, complete redesign. The issues were with strut bearings, wheel bearings, blower motor resistor, head gasket leaks, not your EcoTech, window motors, CD stops working. The fix for that is pull the radio fuse for a few seconds, works on all GM radios, I found that out on the web.
Look at the bright side maybe they are making them better in 2005. From what I read the Cobalt is not much of a car either. Good Luck
#8 of 48 Re: 2005 CAVALIER ISSUE....VERY PUZZLING [finessechic]
Jul 16, 2006 (7:36 pm)
This sounds like the same problem I had last year with my '96 Pontiac Sunfire (same car, same parts). When the thermal regulator on the window motor begins to fail, the window will stop; wait a few minutes, it cools enough to go a little more, etc. But at that point, it's pretty much toast, so you need to get a new motor. I tried a remanufactured one from NAPA Auto Parts to save some $$ but it didn't last. Best to bite the bullet and get a GM-Delco reman. unit. I agree it shouldn't happen on so new a car as a 2005, but what can you do? Now, I'm concerned about my son's 2005 Cav he bought last Sept. -- hope he has better luck.
#9 of 48 Leak
Aug 25, 2006 (3:48 pm)
Just been to my dealer to have an oil pan leak checked after noticing the oil patch on the ground this morning. Had the opportunity to look at it, looks like there are some scratches underneath about 4 inches deep in 2 places. The technician said I might have hit a sharp object( I am very careful and I don't remember hearing/ feeling a bump). Also some noise coming from the front left wheel. The diagnostics say the wheel hub bearing needs replacing. the total quotation is CAN$1200 for both jobs. Is this realistic? After reading some posts here I feel I have started a similar route of money down the drain. It's a 2003 cav on a lease, with 57000km, warranty expired on 08/05/06. What's the best way forward. Please help
#10 of 48 Re: Leak [ozy]
Aug 26, 2006 (7:43 am)
Get an estimate from and independent shop, dealers are always notoriously high, lots of overhead.