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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier - Consumer Reviews

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier

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


Review

Cd player doesn't work. The stick is hard to move and sometimes doesn't go into park and has to be shoved. Dashboard rattles. Mileage does not show up half of the time. Passenger side window does not go up, therefore it never goes down. Air conditioner wires cracked. I'm sure I'm forgetting things but I just can't remember everything wrong with this car. This is the worst car known to mankind, probably getting rid of it during the summer.


Best Features

favorite features? not on this car.


Worst Features

I don't know where to begin, but the car is not longer in production, Wonder why?


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Poor Car
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By Dave
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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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Bought this car for my wife against my better judgment. (cars reputation) I was told that they had improved build quality. They have not!! The car only has 55000 km on it and something breaks every week. All new brakes at 40k, fan speed switch, lower control arm bushings, broken rear defrost switch that required a complete heater control unit because you can't just change switch!! etc, etc! Everything squeaks! Not even close to being is the same league as my last Toyota or current Subaru. Can't wait to get rid of this car. I will never buy another GM!!!!


Best Features

Gets OK gas mileage. Still looks OK.


Worst Features

Build quality! Better engineering. Should be able to change out a button without having to put in a whole new unit. 2.2 ecotec very buzzy.


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Good little road rocket
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By bert
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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Bought as a short commute vehicle, never a major problem. Taken on a few long road trips. Always faithfully maintained due to low mileage/time ratio. One window motor failed, replaced via warranty. Brakes at 25000, good mileage considering short city daily drive, and multiple stops per mile driven. Never any problems, mileage decent, wasnt bought as an economy car. This little vehicle with the dual overhead cams will perform, and looks nice too. The traction control/anti-locks work very well in a Chicago area winter. I have found no faults with it.


Best Features

No problem running at higher speed interstate traffic in a quiet, comfortable way. It will also surprise cars costing triple the price on a twisting country two lane.


Worst Features

Not required. The car isn't made anymore


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Fantastic little car. GM girl for life
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By Amy
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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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After having a baby in 2001, I was beginning to feel way too momish. I missed having a small sporty car and purchased this car new in March 2002. Loved the car from the very start, very comfortable and roomy interior ( rear-facing car seat fits easily in and out of the back seat), great handling, and quick/zippy performance from the 2.2L Ecotec engine. Unfortunately, I have a tendancy to drive my cars extremely hard and often forget about routine preventative maintenance (like oil). Oil was changed maybe 5 times. My engine siezed in April 2007 at 83K miles. I have since replaced the engine with a 2005 2.2L Ecotectand now running great. Even at 5 yrs old the interior looks almost like new.


Best Features

Chrome alloy wheels, trunk lid spoiler, ground effects, and fog lights give this car a great sporty appearance.


Worst Features

Quicker power windows. GMs are notorious for having painfully slow power windows (when rolling up).


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A good city driver
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By cav_rider666
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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


Review

The Cavalier may not be the most exiting compact sedan out there but its definitely worth taking a closer look at this value filled sedan. The 2.2L OHV engine design offers acceptable power, great fuel economy and offers one of the best automatic transmissions in its class. The Cavalier's timeless yet elegant lines make it pleasant to look at and its poor resell value makes it a great used buy. The interior is roomy, somewhat comfortable on long trips and offers ample cargo and storage space while still being able to comfortably accomodate 5 adults.


Best Features

Equiped with 4 wheel ABS brakes, advanced traction control, A/C, power door locks with remote entry and a factory CD player the Cavalier offers a great deal of equipment for the price. However the factory CD player is cheaply built and costs a fortune to replace.


Worst Features

Overall the Cavalier is a litle like a C+ student; all the base elements are there to make it great however GM chose not to invest much into there "J" Cars; the interior fit in finish is terrible; the plastics are verry cheap and the seating materials are terrible Reliability is not its finest point


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