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everywhere and back
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By mycars201
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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i was giving this car as a present from my parents in high school in 2006 it had 40k miles on it, and it was a good little first car, drove me everywhere i needed to go, im 6" ft so its not the biggest and i couldn't fit more then 3 people in my car. i went to college in Oregon and did very well in the rain, considering im from arizona and that's where the car had lived most of its life, i drove 3 hrs every weekend from the coast to portland back never let me down. the longest trip this car has taken was a 16 drive to san fran and was perfect, sold it 96k miles and only did routine maintenance, brakes oil change, never had to replace clutch, did have to replace soarks at 90k


Best Features

how big the trunk was


Worst Features

they don't make them anymore but a sturdy car


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The Cavalier That Could
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By roo93
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my cavalier on 4/28/10 w/ 85,xxx miles on it. Was prior salvage. I bought it for $4k. Initially, I was very concerned it would break down or something, or if it was just going to die on my way back home. But I fell in love with this car. Not one problem out of it, and I drove it till it had 100,000miles on it. Had two things go bad: A ratchet thing on my muffler that had fallen off from going down my gf's bumpy driveway($25) & tires. Now, it was in a wreck 4 days ago from me hitting a deer. Just want to say, the seatbelt and airbags saved my life. It's a very well built car. And I went to the salvage yard to look at my car, as soon as I put the key in, it started right up. Reliable


Best Features

Very reliable, never a problem with it starting up, or the AC working, or anything mechanical or electrical. The gas mileage was amazing, I got around 32mpg on the highway, around 21 in town. I loved the stereo! It was very loud and very clear, the bass was absolutely awesome for being a stock stereo. This is a very safe car, I hit a huge 8-point buck head on with it, I came out of the car without a scratch, and the car took it pretty well, with only damaging the front end and windshield. I started the motor up at the salvage yard where it was towed, and it started right up with absolutely no problem. That really speaks a lot about Chevy and the cavalier.


Worst Features

I would make the headlights tilt up towards the road, and not tilted down. And more leg room while driving. I am 6 feet tall, and driving for 3 hours in the little red car starts to hurt. But that could be any little car.


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Reliable, excellent gas milage!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By travelsalot
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought my car in 2004 with 24k miles for about $8500. When purchased, my car would get 30-32 miles per gallon highway and 28-30 mpg town. I have had my car for 7 years and now have 165k miles racked up. On average, I get 29.5-31 mpg highway and 28 mpg town. Over the years I have replaced a few things: Carpet (warranty) Ignition switch x3 (warranty) Fuel pump x1 (around 90k miles) Brakes x2 (one set front and back with rotors- have lifetime warranty on parts) Tires (set of 4) x2 Fan motor (very inexpensive through private mechanic) and belt x1 0verall, very few inexpensive mechanic bills. I am starting to burn oil, but the car exhaust does not stink.


Best Features

Economical efficiency. Little maintenance cost. Low price if car Faithful, reliable, and zippy. Still looks good.


Worst Features

Is not comfortable for long rides/drives. Arms get tired and butt goes numb in the seats. Suggest real bucket seats.


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okay car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By yaris4
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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This car is average at best. bought brand new in 2003 has 180K on odometer. Automatic Z24 in canada model. Car drives well, with smooth automatic transmission. Gas mileage is average. Have had to replace driver side auto window motor 3 times. Other than that regular maintenance.


Best Features

Outside styling and fantastic stereo system.


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Love My Yellow Cav
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By kimmy03cav
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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I love my little Cavalier. It has gotten me from A to B everyday since day one in 2003 when I drove it off the lot. When I first brought her home, I had numerous little problems, bad wiring harnesses that blew my blinkers out weekly, rusty roters that caused a pulsation, blew my speakers too but, In 8 years the only major problem was a fuel pump after owning it for 7 years and 110k. It's peppy for a 4 cly. 2.2 automatic. Best car ever! I lover it and I don't want to sell her but I need room for little ones.


Best Features

I love it's gas mileage and it's maneuverability. It's nice to look at too. She till turns heads after 8 years.


Worst Features

More leg room for passenger. My husband is 6'4'' and his knees press on the dash. The metal must be poor quality too. I washed weekly and waxed every 6 months and still she's rusting out on me. Must be a common problem because there is a yellow one just like mine at the gym I go to and it's rusting in the same spots.


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