Chevrolet Cavalier: Meet the Owners
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I currently own my second Cavalier: a 2001 Z24. It has all of the factory options excpept the sunroof (the only Z24 I've seen without one). It has the power of a V6 although sadly the fuel economy too. My old 1992 got around 30MPG with the V6 while this one gets 24. The radio has RDS which is awsome. It's black and looks grat when it's clean. Sadly I had to replace the engine because the old one died at only 93K. It has been trouble free since then (knock on wood). After the engine issue I did research and some of my own experience found that the 2.2 (OHV and EcoTech) and the 3.1 are much more reliable motors. So if I get another Cavi it would have to be the Ecotech or the 3.1. The 2.2OHV is a bullet proof motor but it's too slow for my driving (my famlily had/has a 1990 wagon and 2002 sedan both with the 2.2). Overall though I would recommend a Cavalier (along with the other J-bodies) to anyone looking for a cheap reliable car that will leave the imports in the dust. Just make sure to inspect the body for rust on the early models and have a mechanic inspect the Twin Cam motors.
The current 1997 Cavalier is a 4-door dark green with 2.2 engine. It has 132K on it and is still very reliable. It drives nicely and looks good. MDH misses the "sporty" looking 2 door model but he has quieted down since I bought us a Mustang last week.
The Mustang was a sentimental purchase. It belonged to my father. My neice got it when he passed on 10 months ago and I made her an offer she couldn't refuse.
Our third car is a 1999 Ford Escort Wagon, also Dark Green, a very utilitarian car for hauling dogs and home improvement supplies. It also has over 100K on it but is very reliable.
We keep our cars a long time, and as you said, even though the Cavaliers are inexpensive they are reliable and they will keep you going from point A to point B for many miles, as long as you treat them well and do your maintenance. On the 1989, we only went over the 3,000 mile mark for an oil change ONCE in 13 years.
Hey, I wouldn't mind having a used Z24 one of these days! Maybe when the 1997 hits 200K....
but these cars are good for much more. you can make even a 4 door look pretty sporty for about 300-500 dollars, and you don't even need to get a body kit. All you need is coilovers, a small profile fyberglass spoiler, and old spoke hubcaps make it look sweet.
and its also cheap to make it a bit more sportier. With the accelaration you already get from the stock inline 4 ( a pretty spunky 115 horsepower) you can get a cold air intake, new exauhst system, voltage stabalizer, and maybe even a supercharger, and you've got a car that can leave any other compact in the dust.
over all any cavalier could fit anyones wants, and they aren't expensive and are very simple to fix.
get one. they're great
I just wanted to say hello to fellow Cavalier owners. I am only a few months into ownership of a 2004 Cavalier 2 door LS and I couldn't be happier with my wonderful little treasure. It is my upgrade to a cherished 1991 Geo Storm GSI I had for 11 years and loved to pieces. My new Cavalier is in excellent shape with only 13500 miles from one previous owner. It's orange metallic but soon to be changed to Rally Yellow. One question I have been wondering about is the difference between the LS and the LS Sport. Is there really a difference?
Anyway, I just wanted to say hello to all. I hope to glean lots of information from other Cavalier owners about their experiences.
My husband just put new 80,000 mile tires on our 1997 Cavalier sedan. He is doing a big "reconditioning" project on it before winter hits. It now has 135K on it, and we hope to get many more miles on it. Such a reliable commuter car, and comfortable to drive!
I applaud your decision to repaint your car - Metallic orange sounds boring...like a fleet car. My sympathies on your Geo Storm. Those were nicely styled cars. I don't know why they were dicontinued. :mad: Sometimes Chevy has their head in a dark spot.
One difference I see in some Cavaliers - don't know if this may feed into the trim levels - some bumpers are color-keyed and others are flat black. Maybe someone will answer that question, too!
My fuel injectors
hood hinges(who would of thought)
Blower motor resistor thingy
front wheel bearings
altenator and battery
Shift linkage cables(last month)
both power window motors.
and a bunch of other random little things
my shift cables were a fantastic experience with a transmission place that I got to yell and take my car away from them while telling them that theyre stupid. haha. fun times being a girl who has a dad and brother who race cars. So Ive picked up a few useful things throughout my life. :shades:
I just purchased a 2001 Z24. I have never owned a cavailer so I was wondering a few things.
I bought this car off the orig. owner and its in exelent condition inside and out no accidents all orig including the paint only a few rock chips on the nose. the car runs great and very strong, not what i expected with a 4 cyl. I live in Florida and the lady I bought it from said it never left the state(who knows) judging from the bottom its possable. there is a complete maint record that came with the car,I mean complete she kept every single thing, even found a reciept for an air freshener. I have put 600 miles on the car bringing the total to 120,000. there is alot of freeway driving here so i'm not to worried. Very nice dark blue.
My question is what do you veteran Cav owners think i should look out for?
Every thing works but I find the car just a little uncomfortable. has anyone ever changed the seats out? I am making a trip up north soon. how is this car in the snow and ice?
I look forward to reading your thoughts. Thanks!
First, the radio light will eventually go out except on the coldest days. I'm not sure if that's a GM or just a Pontiac thing since the only other car this seems to happen to is the G6. I haven't bothered to get my radio fixed since the car has steering wheel radio controls and is over twelve years old. Last year, my ignition coil had to be replaced when the car started bucking and stumbling. The warning there is the first two OEM replacement coils were bad! I'm currently using a 2.4L ignition coil from a junkyard and my garage is talking to AC-Delco. The power window and power door lock switches are not as reliable as they once were (Did I mention the car is over twelve years old?). I'm losing oil at a rate of roughly one quart every 3000 miles. IOW, I don't care. My cruise control has stopped operating and the passenger seat no longer moves forward and backward...but I think that's from lack of use.
All in all I can't complain since I keep getting compliments on my car.
Tell me how it goes if you swap the seats out. I've always wanted a couple more inches of leg room.
The proud owner of a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire convertible with 2.4L and manual transmission.