1984 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews

1984 Chevrolet Cavalier Hatchback 2.0 from North America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10

Summary:

A very modest, reliable car, it will never leave you stranded!

Faults:

The only major thing that I ever had to replace in this car were shocks and struts.

Someone backed into my car when I first got it, and it took forever to find a new header panel for the car due to its age.

Normal maintenance was done such as windshield wipers, tires, oil changes, etc.

General Comments:

One thing I like about this car is that it has NEVER left me stranded.

This car loves to run, and will start up each and every time.

The front seats are very comfortable, but the back seats are cramped and not so comfortable.

This car handles like a dream, and is very easy to drive.

One complaint I have is that the 4-cylinder engine doesn't have too much power.

This car also had a problem with idling, it idled very roughly, but shifting into neutral solved the problem.

The car has a very good heater, but when I got it, the air conditioning did not work.

The radio also did not work very well, and one of the speakers did not work either.

If anyone is considering this car, I would encourage them to go with it. It truly is a great car.

It would also be an excellent first car, as it was my first car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th June, 2010

1984 Chevrolet Cavalier Sedan 2.0 TBI from North America

Model year1984
Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 TBI Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired116000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carNissan 300ZX

Summary:

Sentimental value

Faults:

Power steering occasionally locks.

Exhaust rusted through.

Engine rebuild @ 118,000 miles.

Started died.

Floorboards rusted through.

Alternator burned out.

Fuel line rusted through.

Engine rebuild @ 145,000 miles.

General Comments:

My parents bought this car when I was only two years old, and I've had an infatuation with it ever since.

By the time I was able to get the car, it had sat in our backyard for over twelve years. I was told there was no way it would run anymore, but I persisted. We charged the battery and it still cranked over. There was a problem with the fuel system, so we sprayed carb cleaner passed the injector (throttle body) and it still ran.

I would say my biggest problem with the car is the motor rebuilds. The dash installed on mine is nothing, but idiot lights, a fuel gauge, odometer, and speedometer. I am pretty confident that the idiot lights no longer work. With this rebuild, I'm installing a new full-blown dash and upgrading to a 5-speed transmission.

Never biggest problem were the floorboards. I hit a puddle one day and a hole acted as a scoop and ended up ripping out a large piece of the underbody. I patched it temporarily, but only recently did I installed permanent, undercoated steel plates.

The car itself has the actual irony, despite its problems, of never leaving me stranded. My sentimental value in the car makes me consider sending my car to the shop when it has a knock in the motor instead of when it dies. I have a long time insistence that they must rebuild *that* motor, and that replacements are not an option.

Speed... could be better. The car winds up at 70mph (freeway speed in Houston) and it puts a lot of strain on the motor. I've found the brakes to be barely sufficient, but the car handles extremely well until my power steering decides to lock up on me.

I'd recommend this car really only to those that want a throwaway car. It doesn't fill that role for me, but the only way mine stays on the road is with a lot of love, precaution, and a wallet full of cash.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2007

1984 Chevrolet Cavalier Type 10 Cl 2.0 TPI from North America

Year of manufacture1984
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 TPI Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired175000 miles
Most recent distance189623 miles
Previous carEagle Vision

Summary:

For the price, its better then almost anything.

Faults:

The Bushing that holds the alternator bracket tight was half gone, replaced it with a metal pole piece.

The catalytic converter was extremely clogged. Removed it and upgraded to a performance exhaust.

I replaced the idle air control valve, but that was my fault for breaking it.

Replaced the water temp sensor.

Other than that, it still sputters slightly. But that's just because of the 189,000+ miles on it.

General Comments:

If your looking for comfort and room, your looking the wrong way. As for performance, it is better then most cars I've driven. It beat my 1995 Eagle fairly easily.

The outside is decent, no collisions so far, minor bumps and dents, left passage side break makes some squeal, and the flip open roof leaks.

Great car. When it finally dies, it's getting a new engine, paint job, and a list of parts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2007

18th Aug 2009, 13:44

I was given a 1984 type 10 coupe notch back with 202,802 miles and the only things I replaced in 3 yrs was the muffler, altenator, and had to hard wire the fan. When I traded it in August 2009 they gave me $500.00 for it. this car was not pretty but it ran great and never failed me. I bought another Cavalier, 2000 4 door. if you change the oil every 3000 miles they last a long time.

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 7 reviews