1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2.8L from North America
If gas prices weren't so high, I would not sell this car ever
The fuel pump was giving problems at the beginning. When I had to start after the engine was hot, it was very hard to keep it running, near impossible. Replaced the pump and since just the usual things with a car that old - Starter, Battery and Alternator. The headliner also started peeling off, but I think that was due to a water leak in the floor.
This is the best car car I have or possibly ever will own. It's powerful, Handles like a racer, Looks beautiful, doesn't rust, can drive it through anything, soft and comfortable interior, roomy, folding seats make it carry almost anything - I could go on for a long time about my Love for this car. My air/fuel ratio was perfect, but for some reason it ate more gas then it should have, only reason I have to sell it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th January, 2006
20th Dec 2006, 17:42
Is our Z24 automatic supposed to be a three speed with no overdrive? Mine is, I think that is why the fuel economy is not so good.
30th Mar 2007, 03:07
The 3 speed auto tranny is the exact reason for the poor gas mileage.. its what I have in mine... my last cav was a 94 with a standard tranny... much better fuel mileage..
30th Sep 2010, 09:02
I have an 89; came factory with a 3.1 v6 MULTI PORT FI. I must agree that the fuel economy isn't that pleasant. 3 speed automatic transaxle (transmission). I cannot put in regular or mid-grade fuel because the car will be sluggish. I can only put high-octane with octane booster now and then; I don't know what the deal is with the car only running with high-octane.
30th Sep 2010, 14:27
First, the '89 was the 2.8 engine. They started the 3.1 in 1990. I got great mileage with my '90 5-speed Z24. I did put splitfire sparkplugs in it back when they were the new thing. I started getting about 80 more miles per tank with them. You may want to try something better for spark plugs. I also ran 87 in mine with no issues.