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Chevrolet Cavalier



  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    I put 120K mi on including 2 trips cross country.Never let me down.Major items-EGR valve,head gasket and battery.The total cost of the 3 items was $95,i do my own work.Of course i now have a 00 Cav.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    I had a 91 Cavalier RS (3.1L) from December 1990 to spring of 1998. Car was almost flawless mechanically but rust on the doors, expired shocks/struts and rusting exhaust made me decide to sell it. It had about 145K on it.
  • hoyahenryhoyahenry Posts: 399
    92 Cavalier went 125K. Major repairs: clutch, power steering, alternator, shocks, and other normal wear items. Saw the view from the top of Mt Washington in it, among many other destinations. This year, circumstances made it the 4th car for two drivers. The Salvation Army picked it up, even though it still ran extremely well and sipped fuel in the 30mpg in mixed driving.

    The 97 is running very well; the 4 speed auto is good, but kills the mpg. Poor customer service (various dealerships) will make it the last Chevy we own. These vehicles tend to require some attention under warranty to work out the wrinkles, and the service department experience is lacking, imo.
  • alternatoralternator Posts: 629
    that fit most Cavaliers (#3916) are being sold now at some K-Marts for $3 each!
  • I am a student and want to lease Chevy Cavalier Coup for 2 years with 0 downpayment. I don't know much about 1) the best price on Cavalier these days after $3000 cash back (if applicable to lease option);2)what is the residual value of the vehicle after two year lease; 3) what is appr. monthly lease payment;4)What is the lowest lease interest rate. Also, I would like to know about range of monthly collision insurance rate on Cavalier.
    Please save my student funds in bargaining with dealers.:)

    Thanks in advance. Natasha
  • aajoslinaajoslin Posts: 15
    What kind of tuning has been done to your ~97 cav.? Looking for simple, inexpensive performance tweaks (air intake rerouting, air filter, etc.) Your thoughts?
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    There are alot of mods you can do to the Cavalier, because its engine has been around since the 80s. Check with your local auto parts store. Also be careful what you change, as not to void your warranty (if you still have one).
  • rae52rae52 Posts: 103
    If anyone cares to read my post, I bought a 2002 LS coupe w/ auto, sunroof, 6 speaker amplified sound and rear spoiler. I have driven it app. 1500 miles (took delivery April 28, 2002. So far, not ONE problem!; AND my dealer gives me 6 free oil&filter changes!

    My car cost-get this $12,990 out-the-door(with theGM rebate, my GM card rebate and dealer discount).
  • alantpoolalantpool Posts: 12
    My wife drives a 2000 (original owner) Cav base sedan. I was wondering if anyone else has had an experience with the car stalling when traveling at low speed (i. e. backing out of a parking space). This recently happened and a co-worker said that his old Pontiac had to have the fuel injector cleaned every 30,000 miles or so. I am a Ford man and I haven't had to deal with the GM problems, I have had enough of my own to deal with.

    Also, she has the same nagging sound coming from the dash area on her car that I saw mentioned in a prior post, any fixes, the dealer didn't hear it when they drove it (it is a squeaky noise).

    Thanks in advance
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    There was an issue with the fuel pump screen being too fine and plugging.When they did my wifes fuel sender recall they replaced it.Call your dealer and ask them about TSB # 00-06-04-044 fuel module screen replace due to stalling.
  • fooshefooshe Posts: 1
    My 2002 Cavalier is great fun to drive. I just got it on December 31, 2001. However, my air conditioner kind of growls when it's on, especially when running through the 1st through 3rd gears. It makes me crazy! It cools great, just sounds really bad. It almost sounds like something is rattling around in there.

    As well, the engine is pretty loud inside the cabin. Are these typical of Cavaliers? Anything to worry about? It only has 8,000 miles on it and I'm starting to worry a little bit.

    Any comments?

  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Our 99 Cavalier had a loud A/C, it's probably normal. The insulation between the engine and the cabin in those cars isn't great. A/C units are always noisy, but to differing degrees. If you are really worried, have the car looked at. It's under warrantee.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    Yes another TSB# 02-06-01-001A belt replace,call your dealer.
  • I just got a 99' Cavalier. It has 36,000 miles on it. I was just wondering if it is supposed to be so noisy when braking/slowing down for a traffic light ect. I have never been in a Cavalier before so I don't know what the norm is. It seems to be just a loud engine or loud tranny & drive system. It isn't as bad when cruising or when accelerating. I have the base engine.
    I got it for $6995.00 plus $950 for a 3 year/36,000 mile powertrain warranty from Chrysler which is good at any Chrysler dealer. It seems like a good deal.

    As for the car, I like it coming from a saturn SL2. The A/C works very well, the seats are good. Cd stereo is great. I like the speed sensitive volume. It has a power sunroof. A first for me and I always wanted one. The steering is as good as my saturn and the ABS brakes are strong. Engine power is fine for commuting 50 miles round trip each day.

    It has power locks but not windows which I thought was odd though.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    If it makes noise braking its probaly the brakes,front pads could be worn to the metal.
  • isseyvooisseyvoo Posts: 121
    I have a '92 that has basically served me well since new. It now has 93K miles on the clock. Last week I began hearing a loud "rattle" from down low in the left front - very intermittent - usually over bumps or sometimes changing to a hard metallic "snap" sound after making a right turn and releasing. I don't notice any change in driving dynamics. I took it to the shop and they said it was pads and rotors that needed replacing ($725!!!) but that the suspension was fine. (I replaced all 4 struts about 10K ago). Well guess what. The brakes are now tighter and I'm $725 poorer, but the rattle and snap remain. Guesses anyone?
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    would be sway bar bushings?
  • in my Cavalier now. I am sure the noises are normal now. It isn't brake squeal. I have a base model with the 2.2 engine and 3 speed auto. At idle it is very quiet but when slowing down I hear the transmission gears whine and the engine noise when coasting/braking to a stop. I guess this is what Edmunds and other auto critics complain about with the J body GM cars. I know I'm not in a Caddy so I don't mind.

    I like the fairly high seating position. The "heavy" substantial feel of a compact class car is a pleasent surprise. I like the 3 speed auto because there is less gear hunting and kickdown than a four speed. I drive in heavy traffic. The CD stereo has alot of features. The steering wheel has alot of fingergrips althogh it doesn't tilt. The seats are excellent. Sopportive and wide.

    I have a 99' mediem blue metallic coupe. The ride is very smooth. It feels more like a mid size car. I have 15" touring tires. The powertrain may not be as refined as some japanese brand name cars but overall I am impressed with my first Cavalier. It's a better car than I thought after all the crapalier comments ect.
    I have read.
    It's also afforadable to insure and New Jersey has the highest rates in the nation and we are on the cusp of a auto insurance crisis with major insurance companies giving up on doing buisness in this state. It's better than insuring a Honda Civic coupe that is on the top ten stolen car list anyway!

    So far I'm happy with my first Chevy.
  • Has any one seen the new body style for the cavalier?
    When I first saw it I though it was very different and maybe almost ugly but the more you see it the more you like it. I might have to make room in my garage for one, especially the turbo model thats coming out.
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    turbo? when is that available?

    what HP we talking about?
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    auto in a 2.2 Cavalier I found to be a dog,drove one 100K.Now have a 4 sp 2.2 and what a difference,like they say its not engine its the gearing.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    They don't make 3-speeds anymore do they? We had a 4-spd in out 99.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    I think the 3-speed is a dog too. A friend of mine has a 1996 Cavalier with about 130K on it now. At about 100,500 miles, the car dropped the entire tranny out the bottom! It cost like $1300 for a new one for him. I was shocked, I thought it would have been cheaper, considering it's only a 3-speed anyway.
  • Thats what is said. I hope GM keeps its promise. I heard between 2003 to 2005. GM needs something to battle the dodge neon project coming out. If they make it people will buy it, at least I will.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    Three is perfectly reliable usually, but it's not great for acceleration or highway mileage.
  • isseyvooisseyvoo Posts: 121
    Joe 3891 -- who correctly guessed that the metallic rattle/snap combination in the front driver side wheel well area was a problem with the sway bar connections. Broken on one side, corroded on the other. Both now replaced for $120 and she's running right again... Thanks Joe.
  • vocusvocus Posts: 7,777
    Very nice looking car, except for those hideous chrome wheels.
  • dindakdindak Posts: 6,632
    I agree. Apparently a lot of improvements including a standard 140 hp Ecotec in all models. I'm sure you will see higher prices also.
  • joe3891joe3891 Posts: 759
    Thanks for taking the trouble to report back.
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