Toyota Cavalier Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1999 Toyota Cavalier 2.0

Model year2001
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

Very good, and totally satisfied

Faults:

Dashboard light failed at 120,000 km.

General Comments:

Trouble free.

Extremely reliable.

Cozy and comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th October, 2011

1998 Toyota Cavalier S 2.4 petrol EFI

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.4 petrol EFI Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carHolden Barina

Summary:

Should not be overlooked

Faults:

Electronic cooling fan failed after 6 years.

Component in alternator failed in 2008, but was expensive as exhaust flanges had to be removed for access.

Rear indicator light bulb failed twice in 8 years.

Front brake pad replaced 2005.

General Comments:

This car is quick and comfortable, it cruises smoothly and has been absolutely trouble free other than as described (minimal) over the 8 years of ownership of the ex Japanese Import.

This vehicle is all American bodied with only engine and drive train from Toyota. There are literally hundreds of thousands of these in the USA where they are a very popular ladies car. My wife loves it. It seems it has been badly misaligned, hence the low values today.

Service support locally is less than desirable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 8th February, 2009

1997 Toyota Cavalier Z 2.4

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
2.2 / 10
Distance when acquired84000 kilometres
Most recent distance85000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Eterna

Summary:

This car is making me wish I didn't need a car EVER

Faults:

Engine light been on ONLY since I bought the car.

Car runs rough, sounds like a tractor.

Is an automatic, but when it changes gear, it kicks back.

Smells terrible!

The gas tank meter is faulty, shows petrol in it when there isn't!

$10 gas gets me about 1 hour driving.

General Comments:

Would be an O.K. car if wasn't so bad on petrol.

Labor for this vehicle costs a lot because this model of Toyota is harder to fix than other Toyota (simply because it's a Chevy).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 6th January, 2009

1998 Toyota Cavalier 2.4G 2.4 litre

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4 litre Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired17000 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

A very good car

Faults:

I had to replace the window winder motor at 20000km.

General Comments:

Overall, this car has been very reliable and hasn't cost me much at all.

It is very economical for the size of the motor, and also the performance is amazing. It can keep up with Subaru WRX's, yet it cuts out at 175km/h, which is the downside.

I travel over 1000km a week sometimes, and for the amount of k's I have clocked up, even I'm surprised nothing major has popped up. Even after what I have heard.

The only thing that I don't like about it, is that there is some serious body roll when you try to take a corner too fast.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2007

1996 Toyota Cavalier 2.4L

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired157000 kilometres
Most recent distance157200 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Excel

Summary:

Not A Bad Car

Faults:

I Bought this car a couple of weeks ago for only $3800 (AUS). The horn didn't work so I fitted a new wiring from the horn to the centre console (near the handbrake) with a button its completely legal.

The Drivers side power window only has enough power to go half way up, but I sprayed on some window lube and it goes all the way up sometimes (better than before).

The Drivers side central locking button on the door doesn't unlock when you press it. (havn't fixed this not really a big deal)

General Comments:

Apart from all that, everything else works fine.

It's pretty powerful for a 2.4L is what all my mates say.

I've only dragged a old skool done-up Commodore at the moment and burnt him 5 times at 5 set of lights.

The brakes have to be pressed hard to brake for small obstacles.

I think I might need new suspension because it drives hard.

Went up to 160kms easily over hills and easily avoided a crash, so it's a pretty good car.

But this car won't be able to handle hard cornering, that's why I want to lower it heaps.

It's a great car for driving around at night because it looks better the way the lights a positioned etc. It sort of looks like a Nissan 200SX from the front.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th April, 2007

29th Aug 2011, 04:57

The Toyota Cavalier reminds me of a starving dog. So narrow in the haunches. It's as if the rear axle came from another vehicle. Quite a revolting car. Overall I would rather walk thanks.

2nd Sep 2011, 03:17

I concur. A veritable pile of fecal matter.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 11 reviews