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
18th Jan 2013, 18:31
Just wondering what a rear headlight is?
20th Jan 2013, 11:28
My bad, tail-light. :)
6th Apr 2013, 13:40
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!
2nd Aug 2015, 21:58
Have a 2002 Coupe 2.2l OHV 5 speed. There is 220,000 km on it now and it has been driven like a race car every day. I'm pretty sure it's almost invincible; I've ran over curbs, did a jump in it, drove through the worst snowstorms, tow my ATV and small boat with it, don't even avoid potholes, and with all original suspension parts minus two front struts, the car is only on its second set of rotors and pads. The car is a tank!