I've done all the preventative maintenance to date on my Cavalier. The brakes chatter most, but not all the time. Often cannot get out of 1st or 2nd gear without pumping the clutch. Dealer tried fixing that by overfilling transaxle; a dumb idea. Electric windows are unreliable: sometimes they roll up, sometimes they don't. Power steering groans. Seats offer poor back support and have only two controls. No inside trunk release. Intermittent wipers often don't work. No outside air shut-off. No separate vent shut-offs. Cheap carpet. Engine stumbles, especially when cold, but good power. No passenger window or door controls on driver side. Dash warped; squeaks. Cigarette lighter fell off into unreachable area of dash interior. Minimal instrument panel.
Beautiful body styling. Air conditioner very cold, even after 96,000 miles without a freon flush, and even here in the hot Sacramento Valley. 150-hp Quad-4 engine moves car to freeway speeds quickly. Paint shows no evidence of oxidation or wear. CV joints still fully functional.
Hire someone from Toyota to replace everything but the body. We will not buy another GM car anyway.
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