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Chevrolet Cavalier

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  • gmoudygmoudy Posts: 67
    If you or someone else is looking for power door locks, look to JC Whitney. They have a set for around $79.00 for 2 doors and $99.00 for 4 doors.
  • isseyvooisseyvoo Posts: 120
    The time has finally come. Just got the word that my '92 Cavalier (which was my first new car purchase) is leaking from the head gasket (again - replaced once at 50K). Got a quote of $1,200 to repair. It only has 107K miles on it, but the body is starting to rust, so there's no way I'm going to put good money after bad with another head gasket change. (Replaced exhaust, alternator and 4 tires this past year.) I kinda feel like I'm putting a pet down. Gotta remind myself it's just a piece of metal. Was hoping to have it awhile longer though. Guess my Olds is going to have to get used to life as a real car instead of a garage queen that only comes out for trips and weekend saunters in good weather!
  • joe_kjoe_k Posts: 3
    is the 2.2l plagued by head gasket problems? Or is it not as common as I've been hearing? (I have a 1997 Cavalier with the 2.2l)
  • My five previous 4-cyl Cavaliers (1984, 1987, 1989, 1992, and 1996 models) averaged about 65,000 miles each when I sold them. I never had a head gasket problem. On several of them, I had some minor oil seepage at the valve cover, but not enough to warrant gasket replacement.
  • joe_kjoe_k Posts: 3
    Cool, thanks for the info. Working on the cooling fan right now. Have replaced the relay/fuse/motor, still no fan....
  • chevygirlchevygirl Posts: 18
    After being in two car wrecks in two months, I found myself in the market for a used car. I found my 2004 Summit White Cavvy at a Pontiac dealer for around $7,500, with 24,000 miles. It is a pretty basic model, no power anything, but that is OK with me. I drive it at least 50 miles a day, and it has been both reliable and fun to drive! The CD player is great, and so are the speakers. I too am mourning the passing of this fun, reliable little car.
    If you are in the market for an inexpensive car that looks cute and drives well, this is for you. If you have caviar dreams and champagne wishes, you best look elswhere!
    Peace!
  • alternatoralternator Posts: 545
    Bought in Jan. Small changes made since my last Cav (1996) have made the Cav a more comfortable, better car, one that I am enjoying immensely.

    And the 140 HP Ecotec engine is essentially what is in the new Cobalt.

    I had keyless entry, including trunk pop, added last week for $275 (by an outfit called Sound Connection.

    Unlike after-market car radios (I always favored Alpines and installed them myself), the Up-grade Cav radio (with 6 speakers, CD but not MP3) has a display of time and station large enough and bright enough that I can easily read same without resort to bi-focals.

    I believe the last of the Cavs is the best buy in compact cars I've ever come across.
  • tina6tina6 Posts: 1
    DEAR SIR IN REGAURDS TO YOUR QUESTION TO ACCESS THE OIL FILTER YOU'LL NEED A 1IN SOCKET AND A CANISTER OIL FILTER TO REPLACE IT THE CANISTER IS LOCATED TOP SIDE FRONT DRIVERSIDE OF THE MOTOR JUST A LITTLE BIT UNDER THE THE EXHAUST MANIFOLD EASY ACCESS 2MIN SWAP I PROMISE BE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A VERY SHORT SOCKET THE LID SCREWS OFF OUT IT COMES 2 1/2-- 3 IN FILTER IS ATTACHED TO LID IT JUST POPS OFF POP ON NEW ONE
  • alternatoralternator Posts: 545
    Thanks tina6, but I should point out that the socket needed is 1 1/4 inch. Wow, what a tiny filter!

    With Rhino Ramps, Fram SureDrain oil drain device and an Ecotec engine, why anyone would not change their own oil is beyond me (besides physical impairment). You save a lot of money and you know the job has actually been done.
  • cavownscavowns Posts: 1
    So far so good I guess:
    -Driver's side seat cover(in the back) actually fell partially off
    -Drivers front tire needed replacement
    -Passenger window control button literally cracked and fell through in the middle (it still works just looks bad)
    -Engine runs smooth
    -No other problems

    I commute to school and I put about 12k miles in 6 months, due to freeway driving. I also drive down the lodge, which is a horrible road, almost everyday. Hope this helps someone :D
  • I am glad you are enjoying your Cavalier. I too have a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier LS, and it now has 5800 miles. I am enjoying it, and absolutely nothing has gone wrong, although there are a few rattles in the dash. Soon, the car will be taking a 250 mile trip, which will be enjoyable.

    Also, it gets great gas mileage compared with my Ford Expedition.
  • Need help with this problem. Have had an intermittent miss problem on 2.2 1994 cavalier.
    Replaced plugs, wires and one coil [ for #2 and 3] b/c my timing light test showed that missing
    is on #2 and sometimes #3. Replaced coil last night and runs well but can detect miss on #2.
    After each replacement, 1st plugs, then wires and now we'll see about coil, the car ran well for a few weeks or in the case of wires, days, and then developed a horrible miss which sometimes disappears by itself. Any suggestions?

    thanks
  • Alright, I know I am a girl- but Just wondering if you checked the fuel injectors??? Because currently I have a rough idle and it is caused by 1 bad fuel injector. =)
  • My 2004 Cavalier LS has 5,950 miles on it, and I have been thoroughly enjoying every mile. Recently (yesterday as a matter of fact), the "Service Engine" light came on. I don't think it is very major, and I am having the tires rotated on Monday, so I will get the dealership to have a look. But I was just wondering if anyone has any idea what could be triggering this?
    Thanks

    PS- In the manual it says something about the emmisions system..
  • lexielexie Posts: 45
    I own a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier and it is worst investment I have ever made. If you are thinking about buying a car for a reasonable price, read this because it happened to me. Do not let those rebates lure you in as was exactly what happened to me.

    I had just gotten out of college and was looking for a reliable car to get from point A to B. I did not care about anything else except that it was new because the warrant WAS important to me. I was looking at the Madza, Honda Civic and Toyota Echo but the Cavalier won my heart because of the $2000 rebate. I felt that I was getting a good deal.

    Car required a new transmission around 17,000 miles in July 2003. The overdrive was completely torn. Car spent 17 days in the shop. Repair was covered under warranty. Took it in two times previously and they could not find out the problem until I insisted that there was a problem.

    The radiator cracked at around 23,300 miles. Service advisor told me it happens to 1 in a million. The coolant leaked inside of the transmission causing it not able to build pressure. Almost required a second transmission replacement. Fought GM to reimbursement on the repair of $1162. They reimbursed me for $1062 even though it was out of warranty but because of the low mileage. Three months later, in late Feb 05, body valve and shift solenoid needed repair and it was $698. The car had less than 24,000 miles. It is a chain of events happening w/ the transmission. My car spent 30 days in the shop since I purchased it. I lost faith in it and filed a complaint w/ the BBB to request a buy back. Got a call from GMC and I was told that they went far and beyond to help me and that they cannot keep paying for the repairs. They are man made and things like this are going to happen. They indeed did me a BIG favor -constanting sending me back to the shop, not to mention the setbacks that I sustained! So basically the message I got was, 'tough sh&t, deal with it'. The issue here is not about the faulty car, but whether GMC stand behind their products or not and in this case, they did not. Spend the extra several grands and get something reliable and with good resale value. If you cannot afford a reliable car, lease one. I never thought it would happen to me but it did. I drive 120 miles a week and took good care of it w/ the intention of making good use of it.
  • I suppose you mean "GM" when you say GMC? GMC does not make the Cavalier, but makes SUVs. It is another subsidiary of GM as is Chevrolet, Pontiac, Saturn, etc.
  • lexielexie Posts: 45
    I did not know that General Motors Corporations only makes SUVS. The last time I checked they make coupes, 4 door sedans, SUVs, pick-up trucks and sport/cargo vans.
  • Well, MOST people would become confused with your way of putting it, as here in the US (are you from Canada or something?), GMC is a subsidiary of GM which is General Motors. I guess some people refer to it(General Motors) as GMC, but it is confusing because GMC is a subsidiary of GM..
  • cavrebelcavrebel Posts: 1
    I was wondering if anyone can tell me how to remove my center console in my 2002 cavalier coupe! Cuz I bought a short throw shifter for it and I want to switch it with the factory sifter! so if anyone knows... please help me out!
  • lexielexie Posts: 45
    Thank you for clarifying. I always thought that General Motors Corporation is registered as GMC.
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