by Guano2 on Nov 20, 2003 Vehicle: 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier VL 2dr Coupe
With 129,600 miles on the clock my
little Cavy bit the dust. For 9 years
it was reliable and never stranded me
until the end. Valve spring broke in 3
places and bent and dropped the valve
into the #2cyl.-wrecking the piston.
The sound it made was about as horrific
as my desciption. $2500 new engine on
an $1100 car? Nope. I will miss it.
If only I had a garage & a junk car
engine, I would keep it.
by CeaCea on Jun 25, 2003 Vehicle: 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier VL 2dr Coupe
Got mine new 10yrs ago. Until recently,
w/ 57000 miles onm it I have never had
any problems. Like others, my
alternator just recently had to be
replaced, but besides that it has been
minimal maintence problems. It's a true
value for the money.
Only now do I realize what GREAT gas
mileage I've been getting, esp compared
to cars now! (What happened!?) The '94
has a great, cute style, love my bright
blue color and is roomy, compared to
the newer Cavs.
The downside if you work on your cars
or have others do,gen maintenance (oil
changes...) is difficult to do on your
own w/ the way they have things
by Guano on Nov 5, 2002 Vehicle: 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier VL 2dr Coupe
I purchased this car new 8 years ago.
It is very reliable and when minor
things have broken
are very cheap. Knock on wood, it has
never stranded me in 116,000 miles.
Take care of these cars and they take
care of you. No leaks and doesn't burn
oil. My wife's New Beetle has cost
more to fix and burns oil w/only 40,000
miles. Very easy to work on. Done all
work myself except for Struts. Gaps in
body panels are off, structural
integrity is wobbley, dash bounces on
semi rough roads since day one.
If you want a good, cheap to buy and
mantain car that will last a long, long
time, buy this one!
by Bob Oh on Jul 10, 2002 Vehicle: 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier VL 2dr Coupe
Bought new, it has served me well. 5
speed manual coupe.
Replaced 2 alternators, 1 water pump, 1
set of brakes, i wiper motor, 1 battery.
Normal stuff (except alternator..Grrr)
Good looking, easy to maintain. 77000
miles. Enjoyed all of them. Excellent
value for the bux.
by 2nd car on Mar 31, 2002 Vehicle: 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier VL 2dr Coupe
I have had this car for about 8 years. IT is nothing fancy but can be considered basic transportation. The ride is kinda noisy. It has over 140,000 miles and my mechanic told me it should last much longer than that (I attribute part of this to the care I place in the car). Auto service is difficult - hard for me to reach the oil filter, etc. I have had an alternator and water pump replaced. The biggest issue is an electrical short has wiped out most of my interior lighting systems. Body rust started about 20K miles ago. I am happy with the vehicle but would like to upgrade to something else. I will probably keep this one as a commuter car, though.
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