The 2.3-liter Quad 4 is replaced after just one year by a 2.4-liter twin-cam engine. Four-speed automatic transmission includes traction control. Daytime running lights debut, remote keyless entry is optional on LS and Z24 and base models get new interior fabrics and an Appearance Package.
For more than a decade, the Cavalier has been a staple sales leader for Chevy dealers. Understandably so, because the Cavalier offered reasonable value and was priced low enough to compete with many smaller, but more modern, automobiles. The undeniable fact of the matter, however, was that the Cavalier had been around for 14 years with only minor styling changes and few modifications.
Last year, an all-new Cavalier debuted, and we are duly impressed. The only shortcomings with the new car are the sluggish and loud base engine, the low seating positions, and the odd distortions evident in the lower corners of the windshield.
GM's venerable 2.2-liter four cylinder, whose droning exhaust note you are no doubt familiar with, is standard in the Cavalier. Equipped with this powerplant, the Cavalier lags behind its primary competition, the Dodge Neon, in power and acceleration. Optional in sedans and convertibles is a new 2.4-liter twin cam hooked to a four-speed automatic transmission that features traction control. The Cavalier is a much more livable car with this engine, and we wish that Chevrolet offered this powertrain in the base coupe as well.
The sporty Z24 coupe is available with the twin-cam engine, and in this application can be equipped with either automatic or manual transmission. Five-speed models are as quick as the Neon Sport Coupe from rest to 60 mph.
At just one year of age, Chevrolet is already taking steps to improve the Cavalier. The twin-cam engine replaces last year's 2.3-liter Quad 4, and the four-speed automatic's traction control system is new. Cavalier also receives new fabrics in base models, a PASSLock security system, optional remote keyless entry and new radios. Daytime running lights have been added, and base sedans can be gussied up with an Appearance Package consisting of body-color fascias and moldings, touring tires and bolt-on wheel covers. Two new paint colors are new for 1996, and long-life 100,000-mile coolant has been installed in all engines.
Overall, we think Chevy has a winner here. The styling is attractive and contemporary. The interior is comfortable and well laid-out. Antilock brakes are standard equipment. And, best of all, the price is dead on; low enough to make the four-door Geo Metro an exercise in redundancy. We think the Cavalier will be a big hit for Chevrolet, and recommend that you check it out if a compact car fits your needs.
Read what other owners think about the Used 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier.
This car is crappy. Not only is it
ugly,it's crap!!! i hate my cavalier, i
have spent 19,600 something, repairing
it so far, yes, nearly 20 grand of
repairs for this 15 grand car. WHYdo u
ask,well i don't know, BUT CAVALIERS
ARE THE WORST CARS EVER!!!!!!!!!!
4 out of 5 stars
Wicked car - Cavalier 1996
LS 4dr Sedan
I looked at a number of cars before buying my Cavalier 1996. Its price was great and condition pretty good. It drives very well. I had to replace the gas tank (got a used one for a good price and free labor). Overall a very good car.
1 out of 5 stars
LS 4dr Sedan
Bought this car still under factory warrenty. Immediately the lifters started knocking, interior rattled, muffler began making an obnoxious rattle. Right after Chevy sent a notice that the head gaskets were defective the engine blew up. Next engine has had nothing but problems - emissions and drivability. 2 dealers and 1 independant shop cannot figure it out.
1.13 out of 5 stars
I, like so many other Cavalier owners,
have had too many problems with the
car to find it enjoyable. To start
with: the muffler rattles, the a/c
only works on high, the glove box has
traped my cd's inside of it, the
driver's side mirror refuses to stay
upright, it will not start if there is
less than 1/4 tank of gas, the thing
just eats oil like there is no
tomorrow, and sometimes the car will
turn off as I am backing up.
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Used 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Overview
The Used 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier is offered in the following submodels: Cavalier Sedan, Cavalier Coupe, Cavalier Convertible. Available styles include 2dr Coupe, 4dr Sedan, Z24 2dr Coupe, LS 2dr Convertible, and LS 4dr Sedan.
Pre-owned Chevrolet Cavalier models are available with a 2.2 L-liter gas engine or a 2.4 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 150 hp, depending on engine type.
The Used 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier comes with front wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual.
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