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Lemon
By Jared on 03/24/15 14:36 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Bought this car used with 147k miles, 2 dr, auto, 2.2L I4. Test drove it and all was good. Maybe it was neglect, or maybe it was the dealership, but soon after buying it, things went south. The seats are AWFUL on long trips and has no power. GM also had the bright idea to not put a tranny dipstick in this model, so you can't check the fluid. The tranny cooler lines were leaking, so no idea if it needs fluid without taking it to the shop. Also had rusted brake lines and fuel lines leak. I have an 89 olds 88 and its not even as rusty as this Cavalier. Oil filter is also IMPOSSIBLE to get to. Have to take the front passenger wheel off and it's still difficult then.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Not that great of a car
By christinafeb7 on 10/08/14 05:39 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I got a 2002 cavalier coupe (auto) as my first car. When I got it, it had around 140k miles. Didn't own the car for 2 months and i already had to replace the fuel pump which was about $500. Couple months later my serpentine belt broke and burned in my engine, horrible smell! The belt was about $20. a couple months after this, the bracket that holds the muffler rusted and broke and the muffler was almost falling off. then my car got super loud and i found out there was something wrong with the catalac converter(bad speller) well, then someone pulled out in front of me and i wasn't going over 30 and my car got totaled. Not reliable or safe if you get in an accident.
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This Car Will Not Die
By smk92 on 07/25/14 17:14 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I bought this car 14 months ago for 1500 dollars. It had 273,000 km on it and the only major thing that had been replaced by that point was the water pump (I know cuz it was my sisters). It now has 312,000 km on it and still running like a charm. I am now replacing the fuel pump because it just went but for a car with 312,000 I can't complain. I love this car to death and I will drive it until it dies. In the last 14 months I have spent maybe 300 dollars on it for minor repairs (sensors etc.)
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318,000 with 2 repairs
By roadwarrior13 on 06/23/14 07:15 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Finally totalled on NJTPK in multi-vehicle pile-up with 318,000+ miles, only 2 real repairs ever = water pump, alternator. Other = 1 wheel bearing & exhaust. Change oil regularly & do very little else... looking for another one :)
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Best car!
By kad44664127 on 06/17/13 12:07 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I bought this car in 2012 for $1500 with 83000 miles on it and crank windows. started every single day without a problem. during a snowstorm i slid on some ice and hit another vehicle. got it fixed with parts from the junkyard and worked like new again. then i got bundle with an acura mdx hit a telephone pole and it got totalled. when i saw it for the first time after i expected it to look worse by the size of the car that hit me but it didnt look as bad as i would expect it to. was great on gas and cheap to fix. i loved that car as my first car and never really had to do any major mechanical work other than the accident. had 97000 miles when it did. i would buy it again no question.
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The best $5500 I ever spent
By joebloe1 on 05/23/13 12:54 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Bought a 2002 4 speed auto with 60K on the clock in 2007. It now has 147K. It has been absolutely reliable with routine maintenance. With a set of Pirelli tires it handles great on our curvy roads. We average about 30MPG. Minor problems with outside mirror, sun visor and cracked dash. Apparently due to poor choice of materials, workmanship or design. The odometer works intermittently. There is apparently a bad connection. When you bang on the instrument cluster it works. The seats are really uncomfortable after a couple of hours. This is an inexpensive car that is very reliable. I expect to get well over 200K miles. If they still made them I would buy another.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Average at best
By cav_rider666 on 06/04/12 10:27 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I have owned my Cavalier for six years now and the car has treated me well. The interior is roomy and comfortable, however the build quality is terrible and I have a nice crack that formed on top of the dash. The handling is ok if you drive sensibly, but the Cavalier isn't a blast to drive. It will do the trick to get you from A to B but you won't have much fun in the process. The 2.2L OHV engine is reliable and relatively cheap on gas, but don't expect the same level of performance or sophistication as the japanese brands. Overal the Cavalier was a good car for the price paid but there are far better cars out there.
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1 of 3 people found this review helpful
Never trust this car!
By lenoram on 02/05/11 02:38 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I own a 2002 cavalier. I bought this car with 5k miles. Within 6 months of ownership my starter went out. Thank God for warranty. After my starter was fixed more problems arised. I want to say I bought a used car. Electrical problems, broken trunk, broken sunviser, problems with my headlights, seat belt broken, and other problems under the hood. I HATE this car.
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Super Great Car
By Gracie on 11/28/10 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I have loved this car. Although it isn't fancy, it has done me well. I haven't any major issues with it. I did have to replace two of the power window motors, the starter and the water pump, but all together less than 500.00 in almost 5 years. Never had any sign of trouble, and it always gets me to where I need to go. I have taken it on several 1000+ miles trips with no problems.
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Amazing Automobile, 9 years later...
By michael on 10/15/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I bought this brand new off the lot in 2001 and every mile on it is mine. 156,000 miles later, and I am thinking I will keep it for two more years and hope Chevy puts a gutsy engine in a Cruze SS. 150 HP and 150 lb/ft of torque make it fun to drive. Mileage is amazing - 32 mpg still! Bottom of doors and some other rust had to be treated, but such a reliable performer I am happy to do it. I am sold on Chevy for creating such an amazing car and engine. Does so much so well, and only cost me $16,000 new and fully loaded. Does go through wheel bearings, replaced window motors like everyone else, but again, is so good it's worth it.
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