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Chevrolet Cavalier

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  • ramonramon Posts: 825
    Hmm.... Reason I ask u this is to make sure that I don't want to step on someone else's toes. I too like many others find the I4 in the Cavalier to make alot of noise. It's like it's having some sort of asthma attack. Have you redline it? That's all I have to say. No it's not the exhaust. Cars these days are made to have quiet sound emission. So I'm pretty sure it's that Inline 4 heaving away. Other than that it's a great car and perhaps the best among the J cars.
  • andy61andy61 Posts: 4
    I love my 98 chevy 2.2 engine with 4 spd automatic for many reasons as well I had quite a few problems considering it is only 20 mo old with only 25K. Not to waste time speaking again about rattles in dashboard and other common problems to Cavalier I need help on problems briefly touched in postings #26 & #50. Yes, I admit, Cavalier is rough on low gears specially first 5-10K shifting from the 1st to 2nd gear or running at about 30-50 km/hr. The only solution I found is higher octane gas - use 92 octane only in the city or 94 on the long highway trips. But next problem, seems kind of an extension to the first one, is a very stiff gas pedal I have noticed after about 10K, car may even refuse to accelerate sometimes. What is funny, this problem is coming & going hourly or daily with no really any pattern. When pedal is nice & smooth I feel like I am in the plane, it's just a fly not a ride & engine is very responsive. Dealer does not want to admit the problem on his test drive, however tried to fix it twice: lubricating accel cable first & replacing it a few month later but it was no help. As time goes by the pedal is more often stiff then not. Does anyone has the same problem or knows the solution? To me it feels like there is problem with the way gas flows from the tank to the engine, it feels like engine does not want to accept gas & I feel great resistance of a squeezed air or liquid. For those who question whether to buy a Cavalier: I am leasing my car with a 3 year lease & I am happy to know that above problems will end with the lease.
  • srzsrz Posts: 4
    Ramon, are we talking about the same engine? The only problem I have with the 150 HP motor is that it seems to be a little octane sensitive during the summer months.
  • js22js22 Posts: 1
    MY 97 CAVALIER COUPE, 2.2 AUTO, AND AIR, HAS HAD ITS SHARE OF RATTLES, NOTHING TO ANNOYING(considering it is a compact). PROBLEMS I HAVE CAME ACROSS SO FAR HAVE BEEN: THE PASSENGER SEAT GETTING STUCK WHEN THE SEAT IS SLID FORWARD OR BACK. (37K MI) THE ACCELERATOR CABLE CAME LOOSE WHILE DRIVING DOWN THE HIGHWAY,SIMPLE RECONNECTION AT THE SHOP FIXED THE PROB.(THE MILE WALK ON THE DAY I FORGOT MY CELL WAS THE WORST PART) (41K MI) HAD A BOLT HEAD ON THE A/C UNIT RUB A HOLE IN THE LOWER RADIATOR HOSE, THE GM SHOP RELUCTANTLY REPLACED IT IN GOOD FAITH EVEN THOUGH HAD A 4YR 75000 MI EXT WARNTY.
  • trayctrayc Posts: 2
    I'm getting ready to buy a new car
    and I would like to find another one
    as inexpensive and dependable as my
    1990 Chevy Cavalier has been.
    I bought it new and hate to part with it,
    but it's getting up there (it has 229,124 or so
    miles on it right now) and I know it won't last forever.
    Any recommendations?
  • I had an 83, 87, 89, and 92 Cavalier and now I have a 2000. I really liked the 92 and hated to give it up. I thought buying the 2000 was a no-brainer but I'm not happy with it. If I had it to do over, I would buy a Malibu. Since I didn't buy the Malibu, I don't really know how that would have worked out, but my test drives and rentals prove it to be in a class with the larger, quieter, better handling cars like my other car--a 97 Lumina. There are some complaints about the early version of the Malibu like tire and brake problems, but it looks like they may have those worked out.
  • trayctrayc Posts: 2
    mjcandal,
    What is it that you don't like about the
    2000 Cavalier?
  • I jsut purchased a 200 Cav LS - with some options - most important I upgraded to the 2.4L engine.

    I am very happy with it. Through all my own test driving - it is alot more comfortable that other cars to sit in. I am 6'1 say a 51 chest - and I sit in it fine - unlike Saturns. The trunk space is no bigger or smaller than other similarly classed cars. The only thing I wish was changed - was the front dash - instead of making it sloping, they could have maybe put a recess in it for soem papers or what not, and I only noticed that after I already bought it - so the other classed cars could be just the same way - when I test drove - I didn't pay attention to dash board shapes.
  • Someone I work with has a 92-94 Cavalier - and he is hitting 180,000 miles on it.
  • If you get a 2000 Cavalier - upgrade to the 2.4L engine - you get a bigger engine with more power, and get a dual overhead cam for the engine instead of a single. It is the same engine in the sport/convertible versions as standard. The engine in the past supposedly had problems - but I have talked to numerous owners of Cavaliers from 94 up to 99 who have the 2.4L engine - or thought they had the 2.4L engine and they haven;t had any problems. Most of the reviews I have read - if the reviewer was half intelligent and did talk about the engine, will recommend the 2.4L.
  • Email me at beej@desupernet.net if you want to talk avbout the cavalier I just bought.
  • malibu99malibu99 Posts: 305
    My girlfriend wants to buy a new Cavalier. What is a reasonable price to pay for a 99 or 2000 base with auto tranny?
  • These numbers are from memory - I was lookigna t a LS which I think was 13,800, the LS is an extra 1400, - and I think that leaves you with a manual 2.2L engine. Auto is an extra $300 about. That was with th a 1500 rebate. Very rough figures. I ended up with a LS with an upgraded engine for only 405 and the sound system for 230. (I took the LS for the tilt and cruise, so I was not looking at base models)
  • malibu99malibu99 Posts: 305
    Thank you for the info. I'm helping 2 people car shop, girlfriend and roommate. going nuts here.
  • ramonramon Posts: 825
    I love helping someone car shop! Helped my ex gilfriend car shop not too long ago too. But her dad went out and bought her a Corolla without her approval. I was quite pissed as he paid alot for an econobox! With all the options it crept right to a Base Camry price!
  • cavokcavok Posts: 1
    Just a little feedback on the the new Y2K Cavalier. I have read many pros and cons, and would like to give my 2 cents worth. I purchased mine preyear late November, and can't be happier. I own the LS Sedan, and for the extras received along with a reasonable price you can't beat it. 4W antilock brakes, electronic tracking control, anti theft system, a/c, etc, the standard options in the car's competition class would put their price well above chevy's pricing. I have already put 5000 miles on the car without problem one. Engine noise did not seem bad for the size of the car, during quick acceleration it is noticable, but quiets down at cruising speed. I have not noticed any dash noise (still pretty new though) and wind noise is about the same as you would find in the Focus, Corrola, etc. Smoothness of the ride has improved with this model, and quick turns are not like riding a rail, but adequate responsivness. I am in Maine, and experiencing sub 0 temps these days (brrrrrr) and lots of snow driving, and the little car has not missed a beat. The new computer controlled traction control is great in the snow, adjusting the spin of the tires relative to the road conditions. Dash is layed out ok, except if you have a cup in the front holders, access to the heater controls is a bit of a pain withour removing the cup. Still that is a minor irritant overall. I am 6 ft tall, and have plenty of head room.

    Too many people are gaging the car against the old one which did have it's downfalls. Maybe I am the lucky one, but so far so good. For the extras you get in the LS model compared with the prices of others in it's class, its not a bad little car!! BTW, I am getting 32 road, and 25 mpg city on a consistant basis, matching what is boasted on the sticker.

    Happy Shopping!! :)
  • I love my husky Cavalier in city driving. It takes the bumps really well and feels solid. The 2.4L with automatic is a screamer -- incredible torque, very responsive. The interior materials LS are just fine. Can't beat it for the money.
  • 216591216591 Posts: 5
    I recently sold my '95 cavalier to a friend. The car is in the shop having the engine taken apart upon suspicion of a defective head gasket. We had this replaced once at about 20K. I recall receiving a letter before I sold it (6 months ago) stating the head gasket would have an extended warranty on it - not a recall- because of so many defectives. I am not sure where the letter is. The dealer is acting like he never heard of it. Anyone remember the letter or know where I could find such info? She tried calling GM customer service and they were no help.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I saw information about extended warranties in an issue of Consumer Reports Magazine. I cannot remember what issue it was in (has the words "Luxury For Less" in yellow on the front page along with a silver car). Try to get a copy of it www.consumerreports.org. Also, tell the dealer to check the Service Bulletins on the Cavalier for you. I think it would serve you better to go to another dealer because the present one sounds like a real piece of work (or something!). Good luck.
  • 216591216591 Posts: 5
    Thanks for the help. I did find the service bulletin on the web for the defective head gasket. The dealer still said they didn't have it. When she mentioned talking to GM about it they 'found' it and did the work free of charge. They were trying to charge her $1400. The dealer said they were going to have to do alot of paperwork to get reimbursed from gm. Do you think they would not inform someone of the Service Bulletin to avoid paperwork?
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