by _only on Apr 8, 2014 Vehicle: 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
(not a manual, BTW) I've had my 2005 Cavalier for almost 10 years and 130k miles now. I bought it used from the dealer with 30k miles in 2006, and it's been extremely reliable and dependable ever since. Besides normal obligatory replacement parts like tires and brake pads, the only things I've had to fix/replace were the instrument cluster gauges at 110k miles, and the fuel pump at 125k or so. My struts also are very weak now at over 130k miles and need replacing. Long story short, this car shouldn't give you any issues well over 100k miles, even if you have been bad at oil change maintenance, etc. The engine will be the last of your issues with this car, which is the most important note.
by beebopboo on Oct 4, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
i couldnt have asked for a better first car, the cavelier gets a crappy rap but its really a decent, reliable car. mine has just gotten over the 100,000 mile mark and it hasent given me any problems. just like any car if you treat it right and take good care of it youll get the maximum preformance. so all you people who talk down on the cavelier, maybe its not the car at all maybe its just the way you run it..
by rmoxham on Jun 2, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
I would like to warn owners of a problem with the hydraulic clutch in the 2005 Chevy Cavalier. The line from master cylinder to slave cylinder may be rubbing on the farm and is wearing through and one day you will step on the pedal and it will go right to the floor and stick there, leaving the engine engaged to the transmission. I talked with General Motors and they more or less just laughed at me. Too bad they say you are off warranty.. only in time not mileage (63, 000 KM). Hopefully no inexperienced driver has this happen to them or there could well be a serious accident even leading to death. GM doesn't want to hear about it.
by laurastett111 on Apr 14, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this car with 30k miles and within the first few months, I had to take it to the shop.
Interior is cheap, and wears very easily.
with in a two years of having it, the seats started to wear through.
I have had to replace the power windows engines twice,
and know at 100k miles, it is starting to make noises.
My fincee is 5'9 and he can barely fit in the car.
hard to hold more than two people.
by rockstartravis on Jan 7, 2011 Vehicle: 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
Purchased this with only 11,000 miles on it. Had it for about 3 years. Piece of crap and waste of money.
Internally is sucks.
Horrible electrical issues with interior lights, seat broke and had to hold it up with a old milk can.
Seat belt strap holder attached to neck of headrest busted like a cheap piece of plastic. Had blinker issue where one blinker worked and the other did not.
Timing chain snapped and ruined engine valves before GM recommended tune up or check. Horrible reliability.
Good vehicle for a teenager to beat up. Thats about it.
by Love my Cavy on Dec 4, 2010 Vehicle: 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
I bought my manual 2005 LS cavalier in 2006 with only 10k miles on it. I now have almost 96k on it and its still running great! I love this car. Over the 4 years that i have owned my car, i have only had 1 major problem and that is the clutch cable went out 2 times. Other than that, this is the most reliable vehicle that i have owned. Nothing wrong with the engine after all of the long trips and miles this car has went through. No complaints here. The cavalier is still mechanically wonderful, easy on gas with avg of 32mpg for me, reasonably comfortable, the AC/Heat are great,keyless entry, sunroof, and great factory sound system! I love this car and would recommend it to anyone.
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