In 1998 I saw a used 1992 Z24 for $10K w/15K miles on it. I figured it would be a deal. I got it at a dealership and an extended warranty with it. The problems started immediately with the heater core going out. When changing the oil antifreeze was present so they changed the head gasket, That didn't work so they replaced the water pump. It started blowing water through the head gasket so they took it apart, told me they determined the head was warped and placed the blame on me. I called the service manager on the carpet for than but got nowhere. The 3.1 V6 is notoriously a pig and underpowered as well as having coolant problems. 3rd gear went out in the auto trans. What a jalopy.
Color - plain white The body style with ground effects was cool Front seats were comfortable
The 3.1 motor should never have been engineered and fit into this car. The car was heavy and slow. Performance was embarrassing when compared to my 1987 Z24 w/2.8 V6.
This 1992 Cavalier Z24, has been a very fast, fun, and comfortable vehicle to have. I have had it since I was 16, and am now 21. I bought it from my dad, on my 16th Birthday. Took it out, and wrecked it, then he repaired it for me. Ever since then, I have never had any other type of accident with this car. It has always started the whole 5 years I have had it. My friends at school, always wanted to ride in it, because it looked to cool. It's been a great car.
The 3.1L V6 Engine. Its very quick, and quiet.
The center armrest, has been loose in all 5 Cavaliers I have owned. Strictly cavaliers for me. :) they are reliable
I've had this car for seven years, this
should be the last winter before I get
a new car this spring. Looking back I
think I'll probably miss it. It has
decent power, especially with the
manual trans. It can be fun to drive
too. But I've had problems too. The
motor started knocking at 100,000. (I
know it's not an uncommon problem for
all GM 3.1 in the first couple years.)
I also blew a head gasket (on the new
motor). Other than that, it's been a
Decent acceleration. Definately not
the fastest car around, but it get you
where you need to go.
My car (1992 Z24)has 220000K on it and
the engine does not miss a beat. I
have recently ran into troubles with
the water pump and belt tensioner
(while on vacation) but I feel
confident saying that the motor will
last forever. I really like the look
and feel of this car and enjoy leaving
my friends behind on the highway (In
their 2000-2003 caviliers and sunfires)
Ground Effects, Handling, Lots of
power for passing on the highway