1991 Chevrolet Cavalier RS 3.1 litre V6 from North America


For what I paid for it, and the fun it has given me... Great car!


I'm on my third alternator.

The cruise control died just before 100,000km.

Fuel pump has been replaced.

High beam switching unit was fried.

Suspension is badly in need of new bushings.

Clutch requires replacement.

Engine is overdue for a rebuild, and the rear main bearing seal has a small leak.

Everything else is little stuff that you would expect from a relatively cheap car, and the fact that it is 10 years old. Like the cup holder which could never stay in proper working order or the dash around the center air vent which is warping away.

General Comments:

Overall my Cavalier has been a great car. It has pep, has lasted a lot longer than I ever thought, and was a good value for my money when I bought it new.

Unfortunately the paint job has really taken a beating due to rocks and my lack of attention to repairing the chips. Which is too bad as it looked really sharp when it was new.

I have only ever been stranded by this car twice and they were both minor. One was from a dead battery and the other was from an alternator.

I have mistreated this car a lot. I am heavy footed, and don't slow down for much, yet it has kept on ticking. And still has that peppy feeling when the gas pedal goes to the floor in a hurry.

I think I have spent maybe $2000 on overall maintenance so far on this car. However with the age and kilometers piling up I am looking at probably around $3000 to do some major work on it. But that is far cheaper than a new car, and I think I can make it perform better than when it was new. It's just too much fun to drive to give up yet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2001

1991 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 3.1 from North America


Quick and sporty for the younger crowd


My alternator died at about 167,000 miles, and also the sunroof seal is starting to go bad at 179,000 miles.

General Comments:

This is a pretty quick little car. It isn't a fast top speed car, but it does have quite a kick in its pick up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th July, 2001

3rd Sep 2002, 23:28

I have a '94 Mexican z-24 and I really love it. It's a fast, good looking car, and in some aspects, economic. in the mechanic way, I just had a li'l trouble with an electric window, at 100,000 miles.

1991 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 3.1 from North America


Runs hot, but worth it!


Replaced the alternator.

That's about it.

General Comments:

It's a good car, but runs really hot. It's pretty fast. Has a 16.0sec 1/4 mile. The transmission is really rough though and I don't like it. I changed to a 160 degree thermostat and a chip and now it seems to run right. Otherwise it runs at a 197 degrees and when it warms up it loses power a little.

If you want a car with some nuts, but aren't into racing, get it, but if you are into racing then I suggest you either get a 2000 Z24 or a 91 Eagle Talon TSI. Just don't buy a HONDA, everyone and their mother has one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th April, 2001

3rd Mar 2003, 20:15

I found that my Cavalier has a lot of power (when the car has been lightened). It is a 1991 3.1 5-spd and I can race it all day long and beat cars with the names of Mustang, Camaro and other muscle cars. I feel this car has a lot of hidden potential that you just have to find out for your self.

I ran a 13.21 on the 1/4 mile, and I was happy.

17th Jul 2014, 04:49

What mods do you have that make your car run 13's??? Seems like you would need a turbo or some heavy modifications to get it that low... I could be wrong, but let me know, I'm curious.