Bought this car new and now have 86000 km of mixed city and highway driving. Also have a trailer hitch and frequently pull a utility trailer and a small boat trailer with no problems. Automatic transmission is reliable and smooth. This is not a race car or very flashy but good reliable transportation. Had to replace the front wheel bearings - driver side last fall and passenger side this spring.
Reliable economical transport ABS & traction control ( I had a Jeep Wrangler and other than not having as much road clearance; the Cavalier in this setup is just as good )
Unfortunately not made any more. Replaced by the Cobalt which seems to be just a smaller version of the Malibu and the mileage figures have not been improved.
This vehicle is GREAT! I got into a wreck where another driver hit me head on, and broke my windsheild and also made my airbags bust. But my engine was in GOOD shape nothing happened to it. Thank God!! This goes to show you that the engine in this car is GREATLY MADE!
I've had this car for five months and needed to replace the head gasket and coolant system. The car has run warmer than it should since I got it, and just recently finally decided to overheat. This car is only at 51,000 miles. Keep searching for other cars!
Only one repair in 45000 miles, a
brake job, and Pittsburgh has many
hills! Routine maintaince at my local
mechanic(oil change,lub and filter,
with air adjustments in tires). Tires
are still original equipment as is
battery and all other parts. Mileage
is about 22 around town and 30 on
trips. I'd recommend this car.
Staying out of the repair shop is #1.
#2 has to be steering and handling and
the tire wear.
Fuel mileage could be better. Fit and
finish could be better.
Purchased my Cavalier in February of
2001. Since then I have made it to
50,000 miles with no major problems.
(I have had to replace the tires once.)
But now I am noticing a brake problem
recently. The Chevy doesn't like to
slow down in the rain or ice. So I
have to go into the shop for a tune-up
and new brakes.
But if that is the only thing that goes
wrong for the next 50 K miles, then I
will be one happy driver.
It is a good entry-level car, if you
know what you are paying for. It is
not a Honda or Toyota, or anything
close to that! Make sure that you get
all the rebates that come with the
Price, fairly good gas mileage (30h/24c)
More power in the engine, and please
provide a "trunk opener" latch inside
Spell "gauge" correctly. (all cavalier
owners will know what I mean...)