Runs good and always starts on cold days, constantly has electrical problems. A great car to start out with, relatively hardy car. Had a power window motor go up in smoke (no damage). I would recommend looking over the wiring before buying. Other than that a great car with everything a student would need to get around.
This is my third Cavalier: I've had an '87 Z-24 (BEST CAR EVER!), '88 wagon, and now a '91 RS Sedan. I have never had any major problems with any of them. These cars are reliable - never afraid to take them anywhere! The radios are awesome with kickin' bass! The mileage has been superb and the comfort and styling of the Cavalier is the best!
I love the Z-24 styling! I am looking for a late 80's Z-24 to have as a collector's vehicle.
Since I don't have a newer Cavalier, it's hard to give "improvements". With the '91 I would have liked to have seen better cup holders and more of them. Standard cruise control and more than an AM/FM stereo - maybe and tape or CD player.
Got mine in 1995 at 52,000 miles and
have since put 40,000 miles on it. AC
worked great in TX. Starts on even the
coldest days in MI. Control dome for
wipers and alternator need changing in
first 60K. Interior panels cheap and
rattle like hell, keep coming off. But
engine is reliable and has lot of low
end torque. Steering fairly
responsive, but lots of body roll.
Excessive road and wind noise -
especially on highway. Body of car
still free of rust after 90K. Repairs
to date: $3000 - changed alternator
once, all brakes twice, shocks &
struts once, battery twice and other
small repairs. Radio quite powerful
and has lot of bass.
It still runs after 13 years!!
Better sound insulation, interior
components, and handling with less