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Great little car
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By Murdoc
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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this car in November 2003 with 56,000 miles on it, it now has 148,000. The car has been very reliable, needing only a couple of brake changes I did myself. I put in an aftermarket air intake that made a huge difference in performance. I would describe the 2.4 as being very eager. I get about 29 mpg every time i fill, but have seen as much as 38 mpg on road trips. Lost of squeaks rattles and engine noises, but I drive with the radio turned up.


Best Features

With the aftermarket intake the car is very quick. Front seats are very comfortable and supportive. I also love the speed sensetive volume on the stereo.


Worst Features

Too many noises. Seat belts dont retract right, you have to make sure you dont shut the doors on them. Rear facing child seat only fits in center, but can fit front facing seats in all 3 spots.


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Poor Quality all-round
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By jeff
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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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Had this car for 6 months now. The problems have snowballed. Had 110k km on it when I bought it. Since then the transmission seals have leaked horribly and the back struts rattle continuously when in motion. Definitely a decent looking car, yet the automatic is certainly very slow shifting. The repairs have added up in a few months and I've had enough of Chevy for a lifetime.


Best Features

Looks, fuel miser.


Worst Features

The transmission is sub-par in the automatic, and should have been improved before the Cobalt came out.


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2Dr STD 5-speed Cavy
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By cavalier
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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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Had the car about 2 years now, recently replaced the head gasket ($700) and waterpump ($300), both typical of the 2.2L engine. Extremely fun to drive (5 speed only), ice cold AC, good stock sound system, sporty styling, has never overheated, decent gas mileage, good value for what you pay. Acceleration is great with the 5- sp! Cig lighter is in a bad place, as are temp controls, rattles terribly under 1500 rpm, hesitant idle, shaky at much above 70 mph, cracked dash (of course), "clunky" steering, dash/glove box rattle.


Best Features

5 speed transmission, acceleration, sporty look, 15 inch alloys, ice cold AC!


Worst Features

Fix dashboard rattles and dash cracking problem. Move cig lighter. Fix the hesitation and rattling at idle and <1500 rpm.


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Great First Car
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By Bella
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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought his car brand new and I have had this car about six years now. The glove box has rattled since day one and the dash board cracked at about forty thousand miles. I will say that is a very reliable car. Always started up no matter how cold or how hot. Inexpensive to fix and because of the price had a nicer car than most of my friends. I would recommend this car to anyone looking for a reliable, inexpensive, decent looking car.


Best Features

Reliable and inexpensive


Worst Features

Not applicable considering GM not longer make this model car.


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Cheap Sports Coupe
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By Matt
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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought this car 3 weeks ago and so far the only problems have been a burned out fog light and a CD player that doesn't work. The engine on this car is strong and reminds me of my V6 Cavalier in that it's strong and responsive. Gas mileage isn't bad for a small car but could be better: 25 MPG. It rides a little harsh but that's what you get when you get the Z24. Exterior styling with the 16-inch wheels and black paint is attractive. The interior, while functional, is full of cheap plastics and rattles. I also don't like the location of the power window switches. I love the stereo and speakers though. Rear seat room is better than you'd think and the seats are much nicer than in the base model.


Best Features

Engine! Power, handling. Stereo (bass, RDS, Auto volume) too bad the CD doesn't work. Exterior styling. Keyless entry. Power features (except window switch location). 4-cyl fuel mileage but V6 power, stealthy black paint.


Worst Features

Smoother tranny with a dipstick. A completely redesigned interior with better quality and window switch placement. Tail light operation with the keyless entry. More reliable CD player. Easier way to replace fog lights and add aftermarket stereo (needs special wiring).


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