1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 6 of 15

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2.8 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.8 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired109000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles

Summary:

Runs like a dream machine

Faults:

I had to replace the engine because the oil pan was wiped out.

Replaced the alternator recently.

Put new muffler on because the hanger rusted off and rusted a hole in the muffler.

Put another transmission solenoid on to get better gas mileage.

Replaced brakes every inspection.

General Comments:

I love this car.

It is my first car and I have had it for 2-3 years already and it has been good to me. It runs great now and I am in the process of selling it to get a new car.

I get second looks also when I am riding in my car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2004

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Z-24 2.8 V6 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired198000 miles
Most recent distance203500 miles
Previous carFord Crown Victoria

Summary:

This car is seriously quick and corners like it's on rails

Faults:

Both front C.V. Shafts need to be replaced, but are still functional.

Both front ball joints need to be replaced.

Sunroof leaks and has ruined the headliner, but I fixed it with Orange Engine Caulk.

Floorboard leaks on the driver side.

Power window switch is ruined from sunroof leaking on it.

Blinker switch broke.

Cruise control no longer works.

Needs new clutch.

Catalytic converter is making funny sounds.

Horn no longer works.

Passenger window screeches when you roll it down.

There is some body rust, but that is to be expected after 15 winters in South Dakota and Minnesota.

General Comments:

This car waxed a 1999 Ford Mustang GT the other day.

Seats are extremely comfortable.

The body rattles a lot with a bumping system in the back.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th September, 2004

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2.8 V6 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired307000 miles
Most recent distance314000 miles
Previous carSaturn SC

Summary:

I love my Z24

Faults:

Since owning the car since July2004 I've had to replace the upper radiator hose.

The front brakes and rotors only for wear and tear.

I noticed the fan was turning on so I had to run some wires and put it on a switch next to my steering wheel.

The muffler had to be replaced due to the fact it had a hole in it.

General Comments:

I bought this car from a guy who had a 305 underneath the hood, for racing, but went and put the 2.6L back in it after he blew the 305 up. He said it didn't have enough power for him.

Car now has over 313000 miles on it, but new engine only has about 6000 miles on it.

Car still looks great with no rusted out sections of the paint and can still turn heads with the factory paint job.

I put a V-Force muffler on it after finding out the stock muffler had a whole in it and now the car sounds like I have a V-8 in it.

I no longer get harassed by any of the angry bumblebee imports and now even the American muscle cars are starting to get scared.

I love the feel and the sound of the car and would never get rid of this magnificent Z24.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th September, 2004

17th Oct 2004, 16:39

Typo, you stated it now has a 2.6, however you meant to say 2.8. I have one of those cars with 178k and the engine will probably outlast the car. It gets 28 mpg overall.

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier Base 2.8 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1989
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.8 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired13 kilometres
Most recent distance186000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Phoenix

Summary:

A station wagon sports car, perfect for the family man!

Faults:

My intake manifold gasket had to be replaced at 90,000 kilometers.

The alternator was replaced at 145,000 kilometers.

The speedometer was replaced at 69,000 kilometers.

Tires went at 50,000 kilometers and I replaced with Michelin XHC4 tires which were tremendous as far as grip and durability.

General Comments:

My Cavalier was a base model station wagon ordered from the factory with the 2.8 liter V6 engine, automatic transmission, air conditioning and heavy duty/performance suspension which included 195/70-14 B.F. Goodrich TA tires, anti roll bars and heavy duty gas shocks.

The car was a quick, agile car that surprised many a sports car with both it's handling ability and acceleration.

When you hit the gas the car would lunge forward. Cornering was excellent, although the ride was hard.

We kept it for 14 years and it was still running fine. The reason we got rid of it was because the body was badly rusted.

The car was maintained well, suffered hard, family use and was one of the best cars I've ever had.

Very reliable, capable and cheap. A little over $12,000 (Can.) dollars when I bought it new. One of the best car bargains I ever had.

It was not perfect though, we had the base interior and the front seats were very uncomfortable for my 6 foot 3 inch frame. I bought a fairly expensive ($60), portable seat cushion that made a big difference.

I should of ordered the optional Rally Sport interior which offered much better seats and a gauge package.

Other than that a great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2004

14th Sep 2005, 03:29

Just saying that I agree with that. I have a base model 91 cavalier with the performance package, but base interior... I have sat in more comfortable seats, but 4 years and a purchase price of $400 had done me well!! I have spend about $1000 in those years and I love my cavalier. I am upgrading to an 89 z24. Wish me luck!!

29th Jun 2008, 14:52

Remember: everybody has an opinion that is different from the next person. My dad had three of those, a Pontiac, a Buick (which essentially was a sports coupe) and the Cavalier. The Cavalier and the Sunbird were both wagons. However, all three handled very well, took the corners brilliantly, and could go kind of fast (once they got going) It's easy to spin the tires even with the weedy little four cylinder engines.

They were built like tanks, but rust does like to creep from the bottom up.

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