30th Apr 2001, 09:08

I have a 1995 Cavalier that was purchased new for my daughter. She now has 47,000 miles on it. A dealer in the city where she attends college said that the head gasket is leaking. The dealer where I purchased the vehicle is checking to see if the repairs will be covered by GM under a service policy. If anyone knows the service bulletin number for this repair, please let me know.

Randy Nutt

Warren, Arkansas


2nd Jan 2003, 19:34

I have a 1995 Chevy Cavalier, and several years ago I got a note from my dealership saying that if you were having trouble with the head-gasket-leaking, etc.-that you were to have it replaced, free of charge. It was on a recall notice, so no one should have to use their warranties, Chevy should be paying for the whole thing if you have a bad head-gasket. I would highly recommend checking with your local Chevy dealer on that. Ours has been awesome in keeping up with any recalls. There's also one on the ignition switch-a relay needs to be installed. So check on that one, if you haven't gotten a notice.

I love my Chevy, though. I didn't have a problem with the head-gasket. :^)

16th Feb 2003, 14:14

I have a 1993 4-Dr. Chevy Cavalier. I have had more problems with it since I got it. When I would call for service I would it one quote, but once I arrived received another -every time. Now I can't get the front doors to close. What else is new.

8th Apr 2003, 16:11

I purchased a 97 Chevy Cavalier in 97. I have 87,000 miles on it and have a faulty Head Gasket. I have also had to replace the power steering train.

Hope this helps.

10th Apr 2003, 15:57

April 10, 2003

We bought a Chevy Cavalier new in 1994 as of today we have 187,000 + miles on it. We have put brakes on it a couple of times. But we have not had any serious trouble

Also we have changed spark plugs a couple of times and it is still running great.

The only problem that I can see is that when you slow down to about 35 mph the engine has a jerking to it.

I have not figured out what to do for it. I've put ejection cleaner through it, but it doesn't seem to help.

I am very pleased with the over all performance of it.

Oh ya I had a switch replaced in the transmission also.

Robert (Bud) Weirich of Ohio.

11th Apr 2003, 06:45

You probably have a bad clutch. My Citation jerks a bit when shifting in all gears and it is an automatic transmission.

9th May 2003, 13:08

I have a 97 cavalier (with 98,000 miles) that I have had for about 2 years now. I have had to purchase a new alternator, fix my horn because some of my wires are crossing and causing me to not have a lighter, I just got finished putting in antifreeze in it, and now I'm working on getting my A/C fixed, since I have a leak somewhere.

9th May 2003, 15:31

Hi... I have a 1995 chevy cavalier 2.2 lit. I am now replacing the head gasket for the 2nd time... my car has 88,000 miles on it..hasn't even broke 100,000 I have recently written a letter to the Better Business Bureau to see about getting reimbursed for parts and labor totaling near 700.00. Also have done my research on the net and have found that I'm not the only one with this problem... GM should really do something about this... or else they will decrease there business... cause I know for sure I will never buy another Cavalier...

10th May 2003, 21:42

Listen up, ALL of you:

Cavaliers have aluminum engines. Aluminum engines can get very hot and burn up the head gasket. Also aluminum engines are VERY light so they are more fuel efficient than cast iron engines. If you keep your car maintained and do weekly check ups, (coolant level, oil, fluids, etc.) then the head gasket will last longer. ALSO (I think) you should check for any high quality coolant and use it. Well worth the time and money.

I am a huge GM fan and I love Chevys.


26th May 2003, 07:08

In response to the above post regarding secret warranties for the Cavalier. The head gasket problem is limited to the 1995-1996 models.


5th Aug 2003, 16:34

I have a 94 cavalier and I was told my head gasket has gone bad and it will cost 1500 dollars to fix what should I do.

7th Oct 2003, 06:26

I have a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire, which has been covered by the recall notice. I was doing regular maintenance when the dealer said that they should replace the head gasket since it is covered by the warranty. This occurred after the car was 4 years old. There was no signs of a problem, but they went ahead and fixed it just in case. It is now 2-3 years after I have had it replaced and the head gasket is blown again, causing it to leak coolant into the engine. The only problem now is, that GM will not stand behind the recall that they performed. The part I am trying to wrestle with, is the fact that the replacement part has lasted less than the faulty part...doesn't make sense to me. If anyone has any suggestions please email me or post here. My email is benz73@hotmail.com

I am currently trying to see if GM will come good to pay for the replacement of the "improved part". Still waiting on their phone call.

20th Oct 2003, 07:09

I have a '96 Cavalier. Ever since my local dealer installed my ignition relay, I have been having problems starting my car in cold/wet conditions. It is as if the relay was installed incorrectly. I have had it in to have it checked, but they say it's fine. When I turn it over, nothing happens. It is like a dead battery. Any ideas?

20th Oct 2003, 13:28

I am the owner of a 1996 Chevy Cavalier, and once again doing some repairs on this car. Not sure how much it will cost. The car is running hot and leaking coolant from the muffler. I hope no engine problem has been created. From talking with various friends, it seems like I have a head gasket issue as well. The heads were replaced on this car less than a year ago. If I could afford a new car, I would definitely get one.

21st Nov 2004, 20:35

I own a 1994 Chevy Cavalier and have had the same problem with it over and over. I bought this car in 1995 and a few years later had to replace the gaskets. I don't drive the car to often so there for I haven't put many miles on it since it was fixed and I'm having the same problem again. I have had oil leaks & valve gaskets go bad twice now. Is there any thing that can be done? I noticed that you stated in Canada there was a recall for this, why not here in the U.S.? Has anyone had any luck getting this fixed by the company? Also I have noticed that the window motors go out on these cars also. I have had three Cavaliers and they all have had a window motor go out on them. I love the style of these cars, the price and the over all performance is good except for these flaws. Just in the last few weeks the window went out on my 2000 Cavalier. Can anyone help me in answering these questions? Thank you for your time. Sweetness1763@hotmail.com.