1991 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 5 of 8

1991 Chevrolet Cavalier RS 3.1 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.1 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance76541 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

Nice Car

Faults:

I've had to replace the alternator 3 times and the starter twice.

The cruise control switch died this winter so I had to replace that.

2 new mufflers.

The trip meter quit the 4th year I owned it.

General Comments:

This is a very nice little car.

Nothing too major has gone wrong with it and it looks brand new yet today (12 years later.)

It is a while Cavalier with blue stripe all the way around the car. I added a spoiler after I purchased it and also put two black trim strips on the bottom.

There is no rust on this car.

I purchased this car in the fall of '90 but it is a '91 model.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2003

1991 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 3.1L multi port from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.1L multi port Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired215000 miles
Most recent distance217000 miles

Summary:

Great looking and performing car!

Faults:

Door latch freezes in the winter.

Tiny rust spots.

Vent on passenger side is warped.

Transmission is rough, you can feel it changing gears.

Good enough stock sound system for the year.

General Comments:

This car is freaking awesome, I get temperatures down to -25 and it starts on the first shot without being plugged overnight.

Handles really well in corners, exceptionally well.

Good takeoff, doesn't feel lazy when I'm drinving it.

Good enough stock sound system for the year.

Doesn't have a killer top speed, but what good is 300mph top speed if it takes you an hour to get to it. It goes real fast right away.

I like the old J-Body better than the new cavaliers, it seems today that all cars look alike.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2003

24th Mar 2004, 08:05

"Doesn't have a killer top speed, but what good is 300mph top speed if it takes you an hour to get to it. It goes real fast right away."

Maybe I didn't understand you well, but how can Chevrolet Cavalier make a 300MPH??? I think it's impossible

22nd Aug 2004, 03:17

He's saying that even IF it had a top speed of 300MPH (clearly impossible) there is no point since it would take so long to get there.

1991 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 3.1 from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 3.1 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired142000 kilometres
Most recent distance169000 kilometres
Previous carChevrolet Beretta

Summary:

Properly maintained, this has the best bang for the buck.

Faults:

Alternator, typical for Delco (did the same thing in the Beretta.

Starter, bought a replacement from the wreckers.

Replaced the EGR valve the day I bought it. Used from the wreckers.

Passenger side defroster vent warped.

Minor Rust. What can you expect for a car in Ontario that has seen over 10 salty winters.

General Comments:

Responsive. Moderately comfortable. Room for 4. Other than the typical wear items (THAT FAIL IN EVERY CAR EVENTUALLY), I have no complaints with this car. With the addition of the strut tower brace (unsure if this was a factory option or not), corners at 40-45 kph are sweet. I've owned, over the past 15 years, 10 cars both import and domestic. I've loved them all for different reasons. All around performance and reliability has been above average with the Z24.

Just because the person that owned YOUR vehicle abused the living hell out of it before you bought it, doesn't mean you can fault the maker.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th October, 2002

1991 Chevrolet Cavalier VL Coupe 2.2L 4 Cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.2L 4 Cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired58500 miles
Most recent distance90400 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

A Mechanical Nightmare for under 3 grand

Faults:

Brakes went out at 60,000 miles. This was 400 dollars to fix.

Entire Cooling/Vent/Air/Heat System went out at 65,000 miles. This was 1500 dollars to fix.

Radiator blew at 85,000 miles. This could not be fixed.

Transmission and Timing belt went at 90,000 miles. This could not be fixed for less than 2000 dollars.

Windshield wiper motor died at 70,000 miles after only 1 year of use. This little gadget costs 500 dollars to replace.

Interior wears easily.

Dashboard has warped beyond repair.

Trunk and Passenger floor are not waterproof. My last estimate was 1950 to re-line the inside of the trunk and passenger floor.

General Comments:

After owning a 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier, I cannot believe these cars were made by the same company!

The 1994 was a wonderful car, but to anyone shopping on a limited budget, please DO NOT buy a 1991 Cavalier. You will more than likely regret it.

I paid 3000 for it 18 months ago. My dealer gave me only 300 for trade.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th October, 2002

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 34 reviews