I ordered this car in late 90. I had problems with hub bearing, starter and heater core much later in life. Changed oil every 3K with 0W-30 year round. Engine never leaked or burned any oil. Motor ran strong up to 120,000 miles when I sold it to friend. Last I heard it was still running and owner was impressed with performance. The car was driven hard at times but just kept on going. If you can find one that has been well maintained I would say it is a good bet. It was the first new car I ever owned so I felt the fluid changes were important. With high miles the motor ran like new and didn't miss a beat. Original muffler and cat converter replaced at 112K. Check oil change records!
CD player, 3.1 Engine
4 wheel disc ABS, a few more horsepower and torque.
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.
This was my 1st new car purchase and the
best $10,400 I ever spent! After 13+
years and 129,000 miles I've gone
through 2 exhaust systems, 2 starters, a
head gasket, 3 brake jobs, and one water
pump. But STILL a VERY dependable car
year 'round. Still handles good, good
mileage. Not the fastest or shiniest car
on the block - but I own it. NO car
payment, low taxes and STILL dependable
transportation to work. "Trade in
value"?...who needs it! Chevrolet made a
Dependability, surprisingly BIG trunk,
love that 5 speed manual!
Could sacrifice some of the trunk space
for the back seat(too small). Raise the
nose off of the raod - front paint
susceptible to rocks/dirt flying up.
My car has given me very little
trouble in 8.5 yrs. It's easy to
maintain with very little mechanical
experience. I have done most of it
myself with a pretty basic tool set.
Ex.:Ignition switch and light switch in
the steering column, batteries, fan
motor, hoses, radiator, cooling tank,
thermostat, plugs, wires, light
replacement, water pump, oil, air, and
fuel filter changes. (Keep in mind, I'm
a girl...)I paid $3000.00 for the car
and have put another 115,000 miles on
it since I bought it. Mine has over
230,000 miles on it! My car has towed
more than it's share of vehicles. (I
never said I pampered it.)
It is a simple car with very little to
break down. I have the 5 sp. manual
transmission. I get around 28 MPG. A
fill up is only 11.5-12 gal. It is
quick and handles well even at 70mph on
the highway(legal here). It gets great
gas mileage and is easily maintained.
Not much to improve. The headliner fell
down (so I tacked it up) and the carpet
on the rear package shelf has come
apart. But, I live in Florida and my
car isn't kept in a garage. So it gets
the full affect of the sun. Paint is
dull, but I don't wash/wax it, either.