1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 12 of 15

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier 2 door coupe from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired73000 miles
Most recent distance250000 miles

Summary:

Excellent Value!

Faults:

Brakes have been replaced several times.

Head gasket blew at 180,000 miles.

The heating core needed to be replaced.

The module needed to be replaced.

Rotors needed to be replaced.

The material on the ceiling of the car has completely caved.

The directional needed to be repaired.

There is a lot of rotting taking place on the frame of the car.

Emergency brake needed to be repaired.

Several other problems as well.

General Comments:

This was a great car for a first time driver!

It was not until I reached 100,000 miles that I started running into mechanical difficulties with this car.

Chevy makes a very good product. There are very few 13 year old, economy cars that can reach 250,000 miles and still run strong.

I've decided to retire my old 89' cavalier though. It doesn't have the spunk that it once had and I would go so far as to say that it is almost dangerous to drive.

Even though I highly recommend this model. I think it would be a wiser decision to buy a newer version rather than a 1989. Basically because as a car gets older it will obviously have more mechanical problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2002

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Z-24 2.8L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.8L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance185000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

This is an awesome car that has lasted for a VERY long time with relatively no problems

Faults:

Torque converter switch had to be replaced by the dealer when I first bought the vehicle.

Alternator died after pushing it quite.

Hard with a powerful stereo system.

Heater core went simply due to age.

Air conditioner no longer works, but I think it's just a matter of recharging the system.

General Comments:

The look of this car is what caught my eye initially on the dealer's lot.

One test drive and I was sold on it's speed and handling abilities.

I was looking for a decent car that would reliable drive my back and forth about 100 miles to college 2-3 times a week. This task was accomplished easily for 3 years. It even made it to Florida (2000+ miles) several times.

Because of my work, I have been required to buy a more practical vehicle for carrying equipment, but I have kept the Z24 as a "summer vehicle".

With a custom paint job, and not much else, this vehicle still turns heads everywhere it goes.

Although I must admit that the car is getting a bit old and more parts are likely to need replacing, this is still a fun car to drive and would buy another just like it if they were still making them.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th May, 2002

4th Jul 2002, 11:24

Hey

I just recently bought a 1988 Chevy Cavalier Z24, but I have had some problems with it running. I just put a new fuel pump, filter, and all of that, but it seems not to be getting any gas in the engine, any suggestions. I recently put a new transmission in too.

IT IS A VERY FAST CAR!!

David

E-mail @ Dav_2003_420@yahoo.com.

13th Sep 2002, 00:11

I have a 1989 Chevy Cavalier Z24...God Bless Her...She's been a great car... Months ago I had a problem when all of a sudden she wouldn't start...well..we thought she was out of gas... fuel pump gone... fuel filter bad... was already to have her towed... but guess what... it was none other than vapor lock... put some octane booster and high grade gas..of course first released the pressure that had built up inside the gas tank by releasing the gas cap... it solved the problem... mine has 126,000 miles on it and it runs like a new car... Thank you Chevrolet..

28th Mar 2009, 14:23

Own a 1989 Z27 with 26000 miles. Cannot be told from new. Summer only. Love it, thank you Chevrolet!!!

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier 4 Door Sport 2.0 Sports Edition from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 Sports Edition Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance73000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

A road warrior

Faults:

The water pump went out and warped the valves.

Seats are torn in places.

Headliner came off.

General Comments:

The car is very quick at accelerating and the body style looks sharp.

Rims still in good shape.

Needs a new paint job because of sun damage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2002

3rd Mar 2007, 03:47

What no twmp gauge??? must have gotten hot.

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