1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 3.1 FI Multi Port from North America
Unreliable, but good for a few months of fun
Transmission totally blown out. Had it fixed twice at a cost of $2000.
Original 2.8 Liter engine replaced with a 3.1 Liter after two weeks of driving.
Power Locks very faulty.
Keyless entry basically useless.
Faulty alarm woke up neighbors 3 times.
Electrical System totally fried twice.
Oil gauge and Temperature gauge malfunction.
An internal wire was crushed and is connected to the body causing the battery to lose power very quickly.
On an average I needed a jump start once every week.
When this car ran it could beat anything. I raced a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse and a 2000 Camaro and they both ate my dust.
Very hot interior.
Took long for A/C to kick in.
Torque was high enough to spin tires.
Horsepower was immense. Although the exact amount is not known to me (due to the 3.1 liter engine) I can estimate it is in the mid 200's.
The trouble was just making sure it started. If it did then you had no problems until the transmission blew and had to use the 2 gear manual transmission.
Not reliable at all, but a blast to drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th May, 2002
13th May 2002, 23:25
I have a Cavalier Z24 myself, and yes they have lots of power, but mid 200's? I don't know where you got your car my friend, but there's no way it has over 200 HP or that it could take a Camaro without being worked on, someone tuned your car mad, and that's why your transmission broke couldn't handle the extra strength. You are still right about the torque, I burn out by accident all the time.