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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Can't wait to get rid of it!
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By Jon
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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe


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I bought this car with 68,000 miles on it, and it was in OK condition. 4 years later I'm at 92,000 miles and I can't wait to get rid of it. I have massive oil leaks from several spots on the engine, my radiator hoses blew a few months ago and I too have headlight issues due to faulty wiring. Road/wind noise is unbearable, more so then the constant chatter of the plastic interior and rattling of the suspension. On cold and rainy days the engine tends to flood itself. ALL the seals leak in this car leading the interior and trunk to get wet. The entire electrical system in this car is horrible. Apart from the headlight problems, the electrical system tends to give out at high speeds.


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It gets me from point A to point B in a loud, bouncy and uncomfortable manner. Chicago potholes are bad enough, especially in a car that gets thrown around by running over a quarter.


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Happens all at once
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By Jeff
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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe


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My car has been fine no big problems. I had to have brakes and the air went out. I keep smelling gas so if everything starts to happen then the car is falling apart. Before the gas smell the car was great.


Best Features

Gas and easy to drive


Worst Features

Cruise and rear defrost


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I love my car
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By mandy
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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2dr Coupe


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I love this car! Purchased for $800 from a family member who needed $$, who can beat that?! Was wrecked before,don't know anything about the prior history, but it's been my baby. 28-33 mpg still! Replaced alternator & fixed break fluid leak shortly after purchase. Replaced motor at a little over 170K, 2 yrs ago, $900, cheaper than a new car. At 217K now & still rolling. Oil send unit went out a few months ago,replaced. Having a bit of off-and-on trouble w/the low beam lights(a wiring prob.) Having trouble locating the problem bc of course it doesn't happen when my mechanic has it! LOL No big since I don't drive at night much & if I do I just drive my other vehicle.


Best Features

excellent MPG, small car, sporty look


Worst Features

dipstick for tranny


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One of Chevy's best
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By khoist
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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe


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I have the five speed model, and it's a blast to drive. Repairs are somewhat inexpensive, and It's dependable. Switching from my 1997 Taurus this car is more upgradeable


Best Features

The manual transmission, the availability for a non-stock head unit, and seating comfort


Worst Features

Lower it further to the ground for better handling


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Good Car
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By 1996 Chevy Cavalier
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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe


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I really love my Chevy Cavalier. I have had it since 2000 and I am the third owner. I bought it at 56000 miles and it now has 219000 on it. I have only had regular maintance on it except for around 70000 I had to replace the head gasket which is normal for these cars.


Best Features

Sunroof


Worst Features

A little bigger inside


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