I was driving our SUV to work everyday and got the Cavalier to save on gas. I love this car. It's cute, reliable and definitely performs in the mileage-saving area. On the open road I've gotten 40-mpg! I've driven this car solo across the country a number of times and have had no problems. It has about 80,000 miles on it but the interior and exterior still look new after a wash & wax. Had a clogged fuel line that caused problems last year but that has been fixed. A strut bearing needs attention, apparently that's a typical problem, annoying but not critical.
Sporty appearance, large trunk and split back seat that lowers to haul long items, fun to drive, reliable, handles well even in snow.
The only thing that annoys me is that I should have gotten power windows. The factory floor mats tend to curl and I'd like larger sun visors.
I love this car so much. It's got a little power to it (110 hp base model). It's not so good when accelerating with the AC on it puts a drag on the engine. I took it back to a Chevy dealership twice. The first time I took it back because I got tired of the base engine and ordered a LS sport engine which was much needed for power (140 hp engine). Well my engine light came after I had the car for about 2 or 3 weeks. Turns out someone put some of the parts in wrong. Well that's it. It's a great car.
The new engine. The aerodynamics and the lower ride height(about 4 inches off the ground)
Standard horsepower. Hubcaps they are really squeaky when you hit bumps or even just drive the car. Better radio deck and CD player. It is only a one disk CD player which stinks. And a better spolier it seems to be just sheet metal and really weak.
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5M)
My car was great for the first couple years but all has gone down hill from there. ABS light continues to come on even after maintenance, all 4 power windows had to be replaced, pick-up is terrible, transmission is close to going, engine misfired after 45k miles, the a/c and heat does not work unless you put it on full blast, and now surprise surprise there is an electrical problem which doesn't allow me to use my left turn signal (real safe) - I'm getting rid of this car as soon as next week, never buying a GM again
Sporty look, can't really say many other pluses
Build a car that will last more then 3- 4 years - my car is literally falling apart on the inside and out
I absolutley love my Cavalier. I've had it for over 5 years now and I have not had a problem yet. It was previously a rental car before I bought it so I thought it would have major problems. I was completely wong. I replaced my brakes at 53,000 miles. Other than regular maintenance, it hasn't had any problems. I couldn't have asked for a better car. I get about 35 MPG on the freeway and about 30 in the city. I don't know why I get such good gas mieage (I live in Southern California for goodness sakes, I am always in traffic!). I plan on driving it until it will not run anymore because it of the gas mileage.
Mine didn't come with powered windows which kind of stinks. It did come with a keyless remote and alarm, which is nice!
I don't think I would improve anything on it. I have no complaints at all. I feel very blessed for my car not having any problems and getting excellent gas mileage.