1988 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews

1988 Chevrolet Cavalier 4 door V6 5 Speed from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission V6 5 Speed Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired140209 miles
Most recent distance140250 miles
Previous carChevrolet 3104 Pickup

Summary:

I love this car!

Faults:

Seats have started to wear badly.

Rust is starting on the top of the car.

General Comments:

This car is fast, it's good gas, it has the power, and it's a very reliable car. It's just a good car for young people.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2008

1988 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired145548 miles
Most recent distance145612 miles

Summary:

My Grandfather's 1988 Z24 is still running, after 20 yrs. Great car, but expensive to keep running!

Faults:

Facts/Faults:

-NEEDS NEW ENGINE November 2009

- Replaced oil intake hose in engine, which was blown!

- Needs a window alignment on left side rear, near door.

-When it rains hard, rain slips in through the side windows, at the top.

- Broken signal light in front, on right center side (Was replaced as of 8-27-2007.)

- Cruise control/signal stick, is broken. (Replacement part $300.00, wasn't replaced)

- Air conditioner doesn't work, because at the time, the air conditioner for this car, used freon (which is banned today, for environmental reasons). So I can't put anything else in it!

- Heater works very well

- Water leaks from the driver side if it rains hard, and there is linking in the trunk (also if it rains hard)!

- Needed a new convertible top cover on the outside. (tearing at the sides on top) Replaced August 2008

- Just replaced the power steering pump as of 3-10-2008

- Needs a new driver side mirror (cracked by ice, from a snow plow) Winter 2008!

- Replaced Engine (2.8 V6) in July 2009

-Needed a new Transmission and Alternator (as of 9/10/2009) Have been replaced.

-Car has three new tires (front 2, and rear right).

General Comments:

General Comments:

- This car belong to my grandfather, after he passed away, my mom got it. And had owned the car since 2006.

(Overall)

-Overall total miles on speedometer

- 13 miles to the gallon (about 247 to 257 miles on one full tank).

- Convertible top still works, no problems.

- Bumper, side mirrors signal lights are in good shape.

-needs new brakes (Nov. 2009)

- Still great looking, original paint job still in tacked, no rust stains, except under the side doors.

- Car eats gas a little fast after the half way point!

-Oil gauge indicator don't work until oil is low, it starts to move back and forth.

-gas indicator moves slow until half way point, then the need moves faster towards empty.

- Runs smooth on the highway.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2007

1988 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2.8L from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.8L Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Most recent distance214000 miles
Previous carPlymouth Belvedere

Summary:

Make one hell of a patrol car

Faults:

Tire blew finally. It had a busted belt from Gatlinburg TN all the way to Tifton GA, and still had 32 lbs in it after travelling I-75 at 80 the whole way.

Windshield wiper motor sporatically turned on for a stroke or two, but gave out 4 months after the anomaly began due to a gear stripping on my way to Panama City Beach. only 55 bucks to replace.

Gas gauge is off. Runs out at a quarter of a tank. Bobber must be stuck.

Custom sunroof leaks due to no fault of manufacturer.

Steering wheel covering ripping and head liner sagging. Not surprising after all the long road trips I have taken it on.

Exhaust clamps rusted through.

Clutch link going out in reverse. Simple fix.

General Comments:

I played around with vettes on I-69 north of Fort Wayne IN. Fast. Almost too fast. First and second gear a bit slow, but third takes off and it hits 90 in fourth without redlining the tachometer. Hits 120 at 4000 RPM in fifth. Lower gear ratios and this car would take off the ground.

We bought the car in Fort Wayne and it has made it all over the country with no major repairs. Used less than 200 dollars going from northern IN to Florida, and then over to Tulsa Oklahoma. Still purrs like a kitten. I wouldn't trade this car for the world.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2006

4th Oct 2006, 13:53

You shouldn't brag about racing chevettes...

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 24 reviews