Ok I've read enough about the negatives of this car. 5/2010 mine is 15 yrs old has 162K miles & other than mostly normal wear/tear/maintenance like oil, tires, anti-freeze, battery, brakes, belts, hoses, trans flush, plugs/wires, fuel filter, light bulbs its a great value for what it cost. I get mpg around 20 city/30 highway. A few "Out of the norm repairs", AC compressor, Rack-n-Pinion steering, power window motors, one wheel bearing, broken side mirror. Honestly other than a few cracks in the plastic trim, worn seat belts & a little hesitation in acceleration from age this has been a joy to own.
Very good MPG for a '95 car. Great reliability. Low cost of ownership. Above average styling in & out. 4Dr allows easy passenger access. Between a harsh truck/rough and sporty ride. Well laid out controls. Nice standard features.
Back seat foot room definitely cramped, should have sacrificed some trunk room. Squeeze out a few more MPG. Needs a little better acceleration. Thicker/sturdier plastic trim. Improve front seat comfort.
This car went trough its first set of head gaskets under 12,000 miles, then again in the 20,000's. These first two times it was under warrenty. But it went again, this time I had to pay. It is not cheap. You think Chevy would have recalled or taken care of this problem. I was not the only one. So can you guess what this car needs now again for the 4th time? Yes, head gaskets again... So you know that this time I will not buy a Chevy again. They just don't take care of their customers. Time to buy a Honda Civic.
It was great in winter snow, handled fine and started in the cold. Had great gas mileage for an inexpensive auto.
Head gasket, brakes, crash test results, and owner loyality reviews.
I bought this car new. I have put a
LOT of miles on it(158 000). I like
the way it looks, inside and out. We
have changed the head gasket twice,
replaced gas tank/lines and had many!
brake jobs. It's also had a really bad
problem with rust around the bottom of
the doors and on the hood (rusted
right through).It is near the end of
it's useful life now and I will
replace it soon. I'm not sure if I
will buy another Cavalier though.
Upkeep has been expensive, but it has
always started (even in the coldest
weather) and never left me stranded.
Air conditioning(really cold. Great
pick-up. Great in snow great. Decent
Stereo. Block heater
Front and rear windows are really
slanted and the sun just beats down on
you. Seat placement-too low. Poor
visibility, huge blindspots.
I took this car over from my mother
when i moved to the area in 1999. i
drive it hard because i live 50 miles
from work, plus regular driving from
place to place. this car has been
reliable and beautiful! it looks brand
new when washed, 7 yrs later, what a
nice finish! as an ARCHITECTURAL
interior designer, i would make
improvements to the interior, but as a
vehicle it's been great and efficient.
my mother bought the car used and
someone had switched radios. it works
but is a pain to figure out and there's
no documentation on it. the clock is
none to speak of - just functional
i've wanted more around he driver while
i'm on these long drives to work
(change boxes, more places for things -
the roof?) more efficient console?
OK, my Cavalier and I have been through
alot of events. My kids becoming
teenagers, three 1500 miles trips out
of state, one marriage, some repairs,
and my twenty-some-things. Anyway, I
have drove my Cavalier for about 8
years. She has at times cost me money
but, never more than $500.00.
Transmission still runs, you will fix
breaks alot, has started up mornings
for years (except for those repair
times), and BEST FEATURE.....MY BABY
has 184,000 miles and still running. In
early 2004, I will retire her but, not
to get rid of her. In two years, my son
will be at the age to drive....and
guess what he will be driving!!!
Thanks, for reading.
Oh many, the car as a long life, as
long as you change the oil regularly.
Nice sounds, plenty of places for small
items, good trunk room (for a ecomony
HERE ARE THE ISSUES....Windshield wiper
motor, brakes, brakes, and more brakes
(they will go out every 40K or so),
rust makes a appearance (year 7),
otherwise, good first car for teens.