1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Consumer Review: A Cheap car in many ways

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier - Consumer Review

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RS Coupe (2.2L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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A Cheap car in many ways
By KidsCar on


1997 Chevrolet Cavalier RS 2dr Coupe


Although it didn't cost much to buy as a used car, it has cost relatively a lot since I bought it. Head gasket $1000, rear shocks $300, alternator $300, not including tires and brakes (normal wear items). Although it looked great when I bought it for my daughter, I wish I'd spent more on a Civic or Corolla and would have ended up with a better car. It has annoying issues like a leaky trunk seal, poor paint on bumpers, slipping door seals, etc. I had not purchased an "American car" in several years - this product reaffirms why.

Best Features

It handles pretty well, and feels "heavy" or "solid", so seems safer it it were to be in a crash.

Worst Features

Engineering - apply some to almost every feature of this car. The Cobalt that replaces it is better than this, but that's the wrong benchmark to work from. Need to truly target the best in class - Honda and Toyota.
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