1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Consumer Review: OUCH!

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier - Consumer Review

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95 Total Reviews

LS Sedan (2.2L 4-cyl. 4-speed Automatic)

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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 4dr Sedan


Ignition failed to start the car 4 times in warranty, recall did not fix.

36042 miles, water pump ($1000).

37K miles, oil pump ($1000)
Cost $1000.

39K Motor mounts $300.

48K miles, main bearings went out. Oil changed every 3k miles. No one would rebuild the engine. All said the engine (2.4L) does not last more than 2K miles after being rebuilt. Had to get a USED replacement engine.
Cost $2000.

Total $4300 within 12K miles of 36K mile warranty expiring.
Never buy another Chevrolet.

Best Features

The sound system was pretty good. Had good acceleration. Ride was pretty good for a small car.

Worst Features

Redisign it. Sure seems like it was designed so that major parts would go out just after the warranty. Embed the water pump in the engine so that it will expensive to replace, you ignorant jerks. I have a better place in mind that you can put that water pump.
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