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First New Car
5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By rdaub
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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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2004 Cavalier was my first NEW car purchase {had purchased used cars prior}.
After 180,000+ miles can not really complain.
It did what it was purchased to do - used as a commuter car, averaging over 400+ miles per week.
After all of those miles, still getting 30+ mpg.

Yes road-noisy ride, cd no longer works, replaced clutch after 175,000+ miles, shifter needs replaced [hard to get into 1st or 2nd, really loose].

But for a "basic $10,000.00 car" in 2004, it has been a worthy vehicle.


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Great first time car
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By kiprsnx
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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I got my cavalier at around 40k miles, recently traded it in for a pickup at 105k miles. Was very sad to see it go. Only thing I ever needed to fix was a bad fuel pump and a leaking water pump. Got me through many drives from Washington-California, and a year of 30 mile work commutes. I also left it sitting for almost a year and had no problem starting it up. Only real complaints I have are the radio controls are blocked if you have anything in the cupholders, the piece of plastic on the dash against the windshield cracks and the road noise. Other than that, it's fun to drive, comfortable and has great gas mileage. Would definately recommend!


Best Features

ride, reliability, price, Mileage


Worst Features

road noise, placement of radio


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Great car!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By hannam
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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I drove this car for almost a year before someone ran a red light and totaled it.
Looks great for the price, easy to drive and great for a first car!
I bought it with 90k and drove it to 100k.
I did have a few issues with it.
The backseat was really difficult to access.
If you buy with the original radio, be aware that installing a new radio could put you in the $200-300 range as the system is connected to many other things in the car (like the beeps for when your car door is open).
AC went out around 94,000 miles.
The lights below around the gearshift went out, and I had to hit the gearshift to make them come back on.
All in all, I'm still happy with the purchase and sad to lose it.


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A great engine surrounded by an average car
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By happychihuahua
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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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The EcoTec 2.2 is a marvelous engine, its powerful, quiet and as reliable as an anvil, a testament to its foreign design.
The rest of the car however is General Motors, what can you say.
The steel on the car is paper thin, so even a slight bump will distort the quarter panels and your plastic bumper will never fit properly again.
The interior is typical GM, with the bizarre toilet seat flusher door handles and the cheap plastic interior.
The plastic covers by the mirrors tend to slap off and the manual mirror adjusters tend to break.
The shift level gets loose and since its plastic will begin to fall apart, requiring replacement.
The interior noise is higher than it should be.


Best Features

Great engine, decent performance, average looks


Worst Features

Some repairs are extraordinarily expensive, such as fuel pump replacement. Wheel bearing life is short, sometimes the engine computer goes haywire and all the gauges point in random directions. The digital mileage readout goes out, making it hard to read. There is no lighting on the automatic shifter base so in the dark you can't see what gear you are shifting to. The stereo system is absolutely awful, and replacing the head unit means you lose the door chime feature as well. The stereo system is confusingly integrated into the ignition system so you need a special harness for the car to work properly if you go aftermarket.


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It's doing its job.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By evanz
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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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This is my second car. I bought it, after weeks of searching for something else in my price range. I don't really like Chevy, but i got it in great shape, and condition. I bought it with 80,000 miles, and it now has about 105,000. I've driven it across states without hesitating. The only thing I've had to replace was the fuel pump at about 100. Everything else works fine, and even looks alright. The car isnt fast, but if you give enough gas it can go. I live in an area with snow, ice, rain, and hills, and this car works fine everywhere. I take good care of my cars aesthetically, and get their regular maintenance. But I drive the **** out of my cars, and this one is still holding up fine.


Best Features

The MPG is good. It was cheap. It has been reliable so far to me.


Worst Features

The interior could be designed better. They could have spent a little more money on materials and had better quality. But for a economic car, it did its job well. I can suggest tons of improvements, but if you want those you'd get an Audi instead of a cavalier.


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