1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 10 of 15

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired10 kilometres
Most recent distance72255 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Best Chevy GM ever built!

Faults:

Power steering pump went twice.

Alternator went once.

Transmission solenoid replaced once.

O2 sensor replaced once.

General Comments:

This car is quick and handles snow really well (if you put tires other than GT+4's on it).

Extremely reliable - each time it quit on me, it was in the garage.

Good on gas, and you can park it in small places!

However, not roomy enough if you have 2 or more kids!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th December, 2002

17th Sep 2003, 18:58

Should have got a standard..

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2.8L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired145687 kilometres
Most recent distance145992 kilometres
Previous carPontiac 6000

Summary:

A rich piece of crap/ yet a cheap hunk of gold

Faults:

I bought my Z for $400 bucks. It needed new heads due to a blown gasket, which in turn leaked antifreeze into the oil, turning it into peanut butter. The heads cost me $450 to get rebuilt.

I finally got to hear the car run when it was all put together.

...For about five minutes!

Found out the battery and the starter were both pooched. I was not happy!

There goes another $200 dollars.

Once it was all back together again, the engine had run for a while when I noticed that the fan was not engaging.

I pulled out the diagnostics tester and found that it was just the computer. Just! Yeah right, there goes more money out the window.

O.K. Finally the moment of truth. I had my car. It ran. It ran great! I drove around for a little bit to see how she ran. Beautiful. I went to the car-wash to shine her up. Looked sweet. I went to the gas station to fill it up. Paid the $35 bucks (frigging Canada), hopped in my ride, turned the key, nothing.

...The fuel pump went and crapped out on me. Now I had to change the pump. With a full tank!

At last. My car worked. I Drove it around for two weeks.

Wouldn't you know it, piston blew. That big waste of money has been sitting in my garage for two months now. I would like to put in a 3.1L, But I'm having trouble finding a cheap used engine with half decent mileage on it.

General Comments:

That thing. That hunk of scrap metal. That piece of junk... is still my favorite car. I hate to love it. I love to hate it. But I still cherish my Z, and I'll never let her go.

I love my Z24

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Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2002

27th Jul 2004, 22:40

I own an '88. These cars are ready for war when properly motivated. Sorry to hear about all the problems you had, but it seems like the guys before us ride these horses hard and put 'em away wet. That leaves us to do all of the crap upkeep. I tend to add the newest performance parts to mine to get the longevity/speed that I desire oh, so much.

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Coupe 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance275000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Van

Summary:

Awsome

Faults:

Threw the original timing belt at 200,0000 miles. replaced it and a head gasket at the same time.

General Comments:

Bought the car new for my wife she has kept up with the routine maintenance religiously.

After we "retired the trusty steed"I turned it into a race car and have been whipping some butt. all with the same engine!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd October, 2002

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Z-24 2.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired113000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carNissan Sentra

Summary:

Biggest bang for your buck, a blast to drive!!!

Faults:

-Had to replace the water pump after 200 miles.

-Replaced the clutch because it was worn (Not bad for 113000mi on the origional though!)

-Replaced O2 sensor.

-Replaced headliner.

General Comments:

I love this car, So far I have had no problems roasting any class car below a Camaro Z-28.

I plan to up the HP by adding the 3.4l Lumina engine with a GM supercharger, a performance clutch, forged heads, etc.

Just watch out for the stock looking Cavalier.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th October, 2002

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8 Automatic
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance126000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

The 1989 Chevy Cavalier Z24 is the best car I have ever owned, by far..

Faults:

I lost the headliner because of a water leak in the sun roof... no big deal... I fixed the leak with some black marine caulking...it's fine... no problem.

I have a problem with the power windows.. one motor is gone... on the passenger side.. window is in the up position... the driver's side window works, but needs new tracks and rubber..

Replaced one tire... normal wear..

Had trouble with Vaporlock... solved it by changing the Fuel Filter... adding some Octane Booster... using high grade gas..

My Z is incredible... I can't believe it has given me such good service.

I bought it from a neighbor for 900.00...just because it sounded good... ran good in a test drive... and I've been completely satisfied with it.

I wouldn't part with my Z... it has great take off... I leave 'em all sitting at red lights!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2002

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 54 reviews