1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 2 of 15

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier RS 2.2L from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.2L Don't Know
Distance when acquired200000 miles
Most recent distance206000 miles
Previous carGMC High Sierra

Summary:

It won't DIE!

Faults:

Starter freezes solid.

Moon roof hinge breaks easy.

General Comments:

This car will not die!

I'm trying to run it into the ground, but I can't.

It was great for $250.

It looks good in orange tractor paint, black Super Sport stripes, and black spoiler.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th March, 2010

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Baseline Wagon 2.0 Litre OHV inline four from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.0 Litre OHV inline four Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2987814 kilometres
Most recent distance2987815 kilometres

Summary:

A truly phenomenal car; cheap too!

Faults:

Water pump - Hard to replace because of inaccessibility.

Brake rotors - worn out considerably.

Transmission - still slipping - not corrected.

Brain box - replaced before I got the car.

Engine - previous owner didn't check any fluids.

Locks - rear hatch and passenger door locks seized. Ignition lock and driver's door locks worn. (don't need a key)

Starter solenoid - wore out and corroded when it sat for a few months.

Bodywork - badly rusted - repairs underway.

Bodywork - Dents, dings, scrapes.

Bodywork - the previous owner had an accident.

Interior - moldy - needs to be re-installed.

Front axles - wore out.

Handbrake - out of adjustment and therefore does not work.

Nothing else besides routine maintenance.

General Comments:

The car is a family heirloom. My grandmother bought the car in 1993, and it has therefore been in the family as long as I have. The car was then owned by my Grandfather, then my aunt (the one who seized the engine and crashed the car) and then my parents, who kept the old girl running before it was parked at a farm for a few months before it was recovered and repaired by me.

When I received the car, it looked like it belonged in a scrap pile. It actually looked like it had been in one; Covered in algae and dirt and moss and tree sap, the car was barely recognizable. There were dents and dings, rust that made the car look as though it wasn't worth fixing.

But it has been. The bodywork is nearly finished, the upholstery only requires a new carpet and it shall be installed along with the rest of the interior. The outside only requires a new corner light, and the car has even received new pinstripes and more.

If you read the mileage, then it told you that I have only traveled 0.1 of a kilometer in the car. I know how the car works and how it drives because my family has had it for fourteen years, and it's 19.

The car runs very smoothly, even the first time after sitting for months. The throttle is actually easy to push, and is light. The brakes work very well too. The steering is also very smooth and predictable, as the wheel only turns twice lock to lock.

The inside is blue. Blue and bluer. Kind of dark, but it reduces glare. I have no headliner, only roof painted blue. The car is reasonably light on fuel, despite being a station wagon.

The car is mild mannered and quiet until you put your foot down, and it gets very loud very fast. No wonder, because it's basically the same as a Z24 or RS underneath, apart from the Fuel injected Over-head valve in-line four. So, it handles like a sports car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2008

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Z-24 2.8 V6 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.7 / 10
Distance when acquired26 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Geat car!

Faults:

I bought the car new (convertible / black / gray interior) and other than the A/C, I have only had minor issues over the years like an alternator, fuel pump, water pump, but I consider all of it maitenance.

My only real problem is that I started noticing that the electric cooling fan would not come at the same temperature as before and was causing the car to run hot. I replaced the thermostat but that did not make a difference; I took it to a shop twice because it smelled of coolant and was told there was nothing wrong with it. Finally, I started it and let it sit in the driveway to check for myself and it ran for about 10 minutes before the fan came on. By that time some cooland had leaked out; I figured that there has to be some sensor that activates the fan. The problem is that I bought it but don't have a clue where it goes. Any suggestions?

General Comments:

I love the sound of the V-6 with the sport-tuned muffler and the induction sound when it is floored. May not be the fastest by today's stanadrds but a lot of fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2008

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