1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Consumer Review: Not what it's cracked up to be

1996 Chevrolet Cavalier - Consumer Review

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Base Sedan (2.2L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
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Not what it's cracked up to be
By Scrubb on


1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan


I purchased this car new. Immediately the interior trim started to rattle, which I can't stand. Soon after, the interior trim started to fall apart including the center armrest lid, seat trim and finally the seat itself. I found that the paint job chipped and scratched very easily. It didn't seem thick enough. The muffler began a strange and bothersome rattling at only 25k. The head gasket failed at about 50k and the water pump failed at about 55k.

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Needs better paint job and interior built quality.
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