1985 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1985 Chevrolet Cavalier from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 kilometres
Most recent distance290000 kilometres

Summary:

A ugly, great running car

Faults:

Tires are always going flat, but that could be because their second hand.

Rusts like a dream, ugly even with my custom paint job with Tremclad (not recommended)

Bad gas mileage.

Heater went due to old age.

General Comments:

If you don't mind a ugly, slow car that is bad on gas this is a great deal for you, over the 5 years I have owned the car it has never broken down, started right up in -25 C weather on the ski mountain last year when no one thought it would start, great in the snow/rain, and off roading.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 2002

4th Nov 2002, 08:54

Ummmm, yea. OK. The gas mileage is anything, but poor at about 25 mpg. Oh and just about any car will rust if you leave outside all the time and don't drive it.

1985 Chevrolet Cavalier 4-door wagon 2.5 Liter 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 2.5 Liter 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired81000 miles
Most recent distance86880 miles

Summary:

My first, worst car

Faults:

Alternator/starter. New muffler needed after losing mine to a road bump. Engine finally lost oil one day while driving and overheated, causing the engine to seize and spit parts on the street.

General Comments:

This was the first car I ever owned, and it still haunts me to this day. I purchased the vehicle of an older guy for 500$ to drive back and forth to work/school when I was 17. My dad recommended this one, and I curse him to this day for this one!

This car was a continuous nightmare and an eyesore. Its pumpkin orange color repelled all girls within a 50 mile radius, and it acted as a nasty two-tone compliment to all the rust that was festering. The performance was terrible, I could have lost to a 16HP lawn tractor.

The car liked to die at the most inopportune times. I didn't want to sink a lot of money into the thing, but if I kept it, I knew it would have been a money pit. The transmission shifted poorly and leaked oil/transmission fluid all over the driveway. Overall, it was a good bargain and it more or less served me well for 7 months. But in those 6 months, I spent a lot of time pulling out my hair and calling tow trucks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2002

13th Feb 2003, 10:15

I know what you mean. I also have had the same problems you have. When I read your story I thought someone was writing about my car. Keep your head up.

Average review marks: 5.6 / 10, based on 5 reviews