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Chevrolet Cavalier



  • dweezildweezil Posts: 271
    Thanksgiving Day. Need tire rotation, It's going in tomorrow. No problems so far.
  • dweezildweezil Posts: 271
    started eating oil at 30,000 miles.And no one knows the quality of this Eco-Tech engine till it's been on the road in the US a few years.It was the Saturn engine I was referring to, NOT the 2.2 Cavalier engine.But that's sort of the attitude one gets about these cars, people are so eager to trash them,they don't even bother to actually read the posts.
  • need to read these posts to know someone with a Cavalier that's had problems.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    Success is always knocked,j-body 20 yrs and still here.
  • dweezildweezil Posts: 271
    so you know most people, eh? Common "wisdom" and all that? Folk lore,urban legend, collective thought processes.Why,"Most people" have a friend of a friend of a friend who was actually THERE at the hospital when Rod Stewart had his stomach pumped.[Or fill in the celeb./scandal/location to suit]
    It proves my point: people just drop into a topic to dump.Why;everyone KNOWS the 220,000 to 300,000 Cavaliers that have been sold every year since the 95s came out are ALL bad!!Everyone KNOWS that a clapped out 10 year old 600 dollar car is a reliable gauge of a brand new model of the same line. GET REAL."Why, my friend bought a 94 with only 98,000 miles on it and the radio didn't work. It was real junk!"
    "Most people" and "everyone knows": not useful or constructive.
  • dweezildweezil Posts: 271
    That says it all. No one is trying to hide anything or make up stories about how much like a Rolls these cars are. Just like in high school with it's cliques and snobbery.'Ewwww, your parents bought you a CAVALIER??? They suck.'And on and on.
    It doesn't improve the level of discussion nor does it provide any help or enlightenment on the topic.
    People love Corollas, but Chevy Prisms "aren't as well made". "Most people" will tell you THAT too.
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    seems to be as well made as the toyotas. Not one problem so far in almost three years.....yet because its a "chevy"...oooooo it must be junk.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Saw a Z24 sedan this weekend at a lot out of town. Looked very nice, but the sticker was taken off so I'm not sure if it had the Ecotec or the old 2.4L in it. It was bright red with a 5-speed and appeared fully loaded with a moon roof.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    is more likely viewed as junk (which I don't think it is) because of its very high rate of depreciation compared to the Corolla which sells second hand quite easily. not true the Prizm.
    I don't think that "being a Chevy" damns a vehicle... after all... the Corvette is Chevy, is't it. I think the fact that the Cav chassis design is older than I am has more to do with its negative, or apathetic, reception.
    Hell, the current Corolla is coming under fire for being a design that dates back to 93, nevermind 82.
    just my opinion,
  • tazerelitazereli Posts: 241
    maybe the fact that your prizm is a toyota corolla in sheeps clothing is why you've had no problems.
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    possibly.....I'm not a huge GM fan, however, I used a GM card to help buy it AND IRONICALLY my final choice came down between the Cavalier and Prizm. Chose the Prizm really because it felt tighter and better engineered.

    I'm not really gonna diss the Cavalier though. Had the Cavalier been equipped back in 99 with the Ecotec that is now available may have swayed me to buy the Cav as the Cav was a bit cheaper and little bit more roomy. But I really prefer free revving DOHC motors and that was a big factor with the base Cavalier only having the OHV. I have driven the Ecotec in the Saturn L and its a sweetie and I can surmise it would change the driving experience of the Cavalier greatly.

    A friend had a Sunfire to 80k miles and it served him quite well so I don't think the Cavalier is lemon or anything like that.

    Ultimately, another big factor in my choosing the Prizm over the Cavalier was that I felt the Prizm interior was less cheap looking and had better seats and controls. The Cavalier is no Kia, but the Prizm seemed nicer....that and its steering and ride were better.

    But I'm totally ok with the car having a chevy badge vs. a Toyota. I don't really get hung up on that. Let the idiots waste their time worrying about whether they have the Toyota vs. Chevy. I'll just smile cause I got a solid car for a decent price.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    There is a 1997 Cavalier sedan on EBay for sale, and the bid is currently $305. I was thinking of buying it as a commuter car, but not sure if I want to or not. It's got 127K miles on it, and the left front fender is damaged so the door kinda sticks, the ad says. What do you all think?
  • dweezildweezil Posts: 271
    Wouldn't be bad if none of the running gear is affected.For that kind of money you could afford to make a few repairs if it needed them.
    Would make a great commuter hack for a couple of years, you probably wouldn't get cheaper cost per mile numbers.
  • Cavalier folks, Dont get too riled up by Vocus. I have seen his post all over this website preaching the virtues of his Protege. He single handedly ruined the Neon site. Dont let this happen to you.

    I am a 2000 Neon owner being tempted by the current Cavelier deals and 2.2 engine. I thought I would read some current posts by owners and imagine my surprise when I saw his name here too.

    Just remind Vocus that there are constant rumers that Masda's parent company, Ford, is seriously considering cancelling the currently slow selling Protege platform in favor of the award winning Focus platform.

    Imagine, rebadged Focus's being sold as Proteges!
  • ehaaseehaase Posts: 328
    The next generation Protege, around 2004, will share the same platform as the next generation Focus. They will share the same engines. Protege sales are up about 20 percent for the year, since Mazda made some major improvements to the car.

    However, I know several people who have gotten good service out of their Cavaliers and are very pleased with them.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I knew some people who had good luck with Cavaliers too, that's why I got one. I probably just got a lemon, and that's cool (not for me though). It just was my first "newer" car, and I was very disappointed of all the problems with it, especially since it was 3 years old at the time and only had 31K miles on it. Maybe I just got a bad one, but it still didn't make me feel any better. :(

    Edswords: You can believe I have had all these cars or not (a total of 5 in 4 years, along with the borrowed Neon which was my roommate's). I don't really care. This forum is to tell one's opinion of something, and that's what I did. Those who do not like it don't have to read it.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    My only complaint with the 2.2L is lack of refinement. Low end power is good and the 4-speed transmission is excellent. If you can swing the extra $$, get the 2.2L Ecotec upgrade. It's smoother, has more power and gets the same mileage.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    The 2.2 is just like the Corvette engine pushrods.
  • homerkchomerkc Posts: 113
    What have you heard about the next generation Cavalier? I assume it will use the Ecotech engine family. Is it due in 2004? Hatchback bodies as well as sedan? I just read that the Opel and Cavalier may be on a different platform than the Saturn S series replacement... I have GM card rebate money and am very interested in learning about the next Cavalier.
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