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Chevrolet Cavalier



  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Never thought about the Cavalier waiting for the ION. The ION looks pretty promising. I have a "drive appointment" for the ION on October 7 at 6PM. They sent me a card in the mail about it, read the details on the ION discussion.

    I am curious to check out Saturn's new car. I know the S Series is wayyy over the hill, worse than the Cavalier is.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    the rear end is wall to wall red plastic very tacky,I like the front though is has a sporty look,just got back from the dealer.I hope LUTZ had nothing to do with rear end,its a disappointment.
  • crkeehncrkeehn Posts: 513
    I just saw what I now suspect is a 2003 Cavalier. I saw it from behind. I was not amused.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Is not very attractive. They screwed it up there, too bad.

    I would go for an ION at this point. They should hit the street in a month or two.
  • Just bought a 97 Cav 2.2, 4 sp auto. The abs light comes on when the key is first turned on, like it should then goes out. no problems indicated. I took it out in the rain yesterday & the ABS system doesn't seem to be working. The car stopped pretty well but I got the front tires to lock up for a just before it stopped. I didn't feel the pulsating I was expecting from antilock brakes. Should the ABS light come on when the system is working then go out when it stopped or is the light just to indicate system problems?
    Is there a common problem that anyone knows about or anything I can check for?
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    The ABS light will not come on unless there is a problem,the brakes will lock up when you are almost to a stop,thats normal.
    I have driven 200K with ABS & think its the best thing since popped corn.
  • After thinking about it, it may just have been that I never lost traction to activate the ABS. the car has new tires, & althogh the road was wet & I hit the breaks pretty hard from about 40 mph, the car stopped in a very short distance. basically what I'm getting at is that the cavs brake system is "undersized" for the car from what I've read here & the new tires gripped well enough to keep the undersized brakes from locking up the wheels. Guess I'll have to wait til winter & check them in the snow.

    Anyone here know where I can locate detailed info on the ABS system used in the cavaliers. I got a Chiltons on it & it tells how to change the components but not how to check the system. I didn't even see anything in the wiring diagrams showing a schematic of the system. I also bought the Haynes manual which I'm going to return because it's USELESS. SO DON"T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THE HAYNES, go for the Chiltons, I found it to be a bit more indepth on most things.
  • Using the factory incentives along with the GM Mastercard points makes it a better deal than most other makes. I found that out on Just keep it for fifty thousand miles right before the wear and tear appears and dump it. By then, the points will have built up again. Might as well,all cars nowadays are made like disposible cigarette lighters.
  • I bought my new 2001 Cavalier 14 months ago with seventeen miles. It currently has 12,000 miles with no problems whatsoever. It's hard to believe some of you are having so many problem with a new car. New cars in this day and age have enough quality control to avoid many major mishaps. Just look at the rental companies, they have to choose a reliable car to stay in business. It is only after a car has over fifty thousand miles the wear and tear haunt us all at once.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    My 2000 Cavalier LS 25,000 miles still no problems.Next report at 30,000.
  • Thank You, joe3891, for reporting on your Cavalier with no problems. This confirms American cars do have alot of merits.
  • rae52rae52 Posts: 99
    I've had my '02 Cav since April 1st of this year, and even though I've only put 4300 miles on it (including one LOF change) the car has been PERFECT!
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I have known alot of people who have had Cavaliers, and everyone has had trouble with them. From having to replace an engine at 50K miles, to a transmission at 100K miles, to blown head gaskets and leaking oil, to bad fuel pumps. The car seems to be a nightmare for everyone whom I have known that has had one, including myself.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Absolutely no problems for the 3 year lease. Not a great car, but perfectly reliable.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I have known at least 5 different people with Cavaliers. The latest, a co-worker, is at 93K and her engine is messed up again (the one who replaced the motor at 50K). That's just poor quality. And also, the recalls on the ignition and the head gaskets as well.
  • malibu99malibu99 Posts: 305
    We have a Cavalier at my house ( next to my new Trailblazer ) and it has been trouble free. It will be 3 yrs old in January. Count us in as Happy cavalier owners.
    Vocus..we all know you had a bad Cavalier and so has everyone you have known, good, now let those who haven't had an issue post their experiences without having you come back and paste the same information you have pasted on this board everytime someone with a good experience comes by.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I didn't paste it actually, I retyped it. I am just saying from my experience and others that I know, they have had alot of trouble from their Cavs. I am sure there are some good ones out there though. But more good than bad is never good.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    you really like the Cavalier or you wouldn't keep coming back to this site.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    I don't know one unhappy Cavalier owner. Nobody get's terribly excited about the car, but it's basic transportation that works well at a bargain price. We have had 2 in the past and they were no better worse than the Civic we had.

    That said, if I was to buy a new GM compact now, I would likely wait for the ION due out next month. It looks to be excellent and as good as anything out there.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I do like the Cavalier, it's basic and cheap transportation. But it's not reliable though (in my experience, anyway), one of the major qualities for cheap transportation.

    I had always wanted a Cavalier when I started driving, because they were pretty cheap. It wasn't until later that all the little niggling problems starting happening to them.
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