2003 Chevrolet Cavalier VLX
A highly reliable, affordable car
Alternator strap came off at 140k (was supposed to be changed at 125k).
Muffler strap came off next week.
Rear headlight went out at 148k.
This car is very reliable.
Changing parts is very easy and affordable.
With proper oil changes, the engine doesn't drink gas.
The comfort is acceptable.
I dislike the windshield; it has a tendency to fog up too easily, and it's not as clear as I'd like it to be. It's cheaper glass, but for the price of the car, I guess it's to be expected.
I also find that this car is terrible once the temperature in the winter drops to about -40C. Windows lock up, interior lights stop working and the radio does not automatically shut off. When the temperature gets back to normal, everything works properly.
Keep in mind these cars are NOT built for performance! Racing and pushing the engine on these cars will kill it! This is a car for getting to work and general commuting.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th January, 2013
Just wondering what a rear headlight is?
My bad, tail-light. :)
My 03 Cavalier 2.2 176000km 5 speed gets up to running temperature within 10 minutes at minus 40, puts out great heat, and the reason your radio doesn't shut off is because the switch in the driver's door is frozen, so it's not releasing when you open the door. Your fingers should be enough to thaw it out; always worked for me!