This was my first car, I got it used. I like it a lot, but the interior is made of cheap plastic and is extremely flimsy and the springs in the seats popped out of the back of the seat. Driving the car is comfortable, but riding in it is EXTREMELY uncomfortable. There is virtually no legroom in the back, and the passenger seat in the front is weird, it feel like your being squeezed. As for the exterior, the design was dated way before it came out. It basically looks like a crappy four door version of a 90s mustang. Performance is good, no complaints there, so the only thing is the interior and exterior.
Acceleration is good, handles very well, gas mileage. It will get you from point A to B, but it really looks like crap...
Bought 2004 cavalier in 2005 from courier company I drove it for. After 13 months it had 108,000 miles, all highway driving 160 miles each way. Outstanding service records and maintenance. Paid 2250 for it with 60% tires, can you say stole it. Wife drives daily at 30 plus per mile. Have taken on several 800 to 1000 mile trips mileage as high as 38.5
Just a great little car the 2.2 is awesome
Could be a bit bigger interior tight fit for big guy 6' 3" 290 but seat back sits like sports car and fun to drive
I love my cavalier it amazes me how i can drive around town all day and use almost no gas. I am amazed by all the power I am getting out of the little ecotech 4 banger. my cavalier is mostly stock (no engine mods) I have a AEM cold air intake and a GReddy evo 2 exhaust and i can lay rubber in first shift to second and lay some more and get 30+mpg on the ride home, hard to do without switching cars. I don't know how well the car handles stock because mine was dropped probably 3 in before i got it but it handles like a race car i can turn a corner doing 30 in town:) i bought it and drove it back to KS from MO couple hours and was comfortable the whole way
5 speed that shifts smooth as butter with aftermarket exhaust it doesn't sound like a civic or other ricer it has very deep and menacing sound reliable and cheap to drive its not a ford:) its a beast in snow mines droped and has less than 1/2 tread and can still get down snowy gravel roads
the stupid pull straps to drop down the back seat are in the trunk. on my dads 99 sunfire (basically the same car) the pull straps inside (but his seat isnt a 60/40 split) needs gauges not idiot lights but most cars don't have gauges anymore
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
I researched this car to death before purchasing a 2004 model in 2005. I read all sorts of positive notes on it, kind of like here. Let me tell you it was the biggest piece of junk I've ever owned! Everytime I turned around there was something wrong with it. Engine light always came on, had problems with the brakes, trunk wouldn't open anymore, headlight quit working, just to name a few. I only put 26,000 miles on it, so it's not like it had a lot on it.
You already made improvements—you stopped making them!
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
This is my second Cavalier and am loving this car! I currently have a 98 coupe with 214000 miles on it and can expect the same from this one. These cars have always been reliable and inexpensive to repair. I really like the eye-catching exterior of the sport sedan, ie. wheels, spoiler and front end. Its a shame that GM discontinued the Cavalier and began producing the lemon named Cobalt! I will enjoy.