1992 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 4 of 9

1992 Chevrolet Cavalier RS Coupe 2DR 2.2L L4 BPI from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2L L4 BPI Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance161000 miles
Previous carDodge Mirada

Summary:

An incredible value for someone who needs a good reliable car

Faults:

Leaking fuel injector

Transmission gasket failed

Transmission slipped between 2nd and 3rd

Rear brakes seized

Torque converter failed to engage

Front right control arm sheared off

A/C needed service, filled with R12.

General Comments:

I bought this car after the torsion bar on my 83 Dodge Mirada went out - I needed a car and this was it. For $1000, you can't beat it, but I had to put $1100 worth of work into it to repair what the previous owner had done to it in the course of its 160,000 miles.

However, the engine has been replaced sometime in its lifetime - the VIN designation says it's a throttle-body engine, but what is in place is an L4 BPI engine - strange. It threw me for a pretty hard loop when I found that out, and the previous owner failed to tell me that the original TBI engine blew out about 40,000 miles ago, and they had not bothered to note it on the title, nor on the odometer reading, which is false.

The interior of the car is beautiful, and it's comfortable. After having my Mirada, without tilt seats (but it has tilt steering), it's a sinful luxury to have tilt-back seats.

Also, having power steering and air conditioning in the Texas heat is wonderful - my Mirada had neither, due to several mechanical faults. :)

Overall, I'm in love with this car, and I refuse to buy anything else, but another Cavalier or Chevrolet.

Fuel economy is incredible, I average about 28 miles to the gallon with it, and I drive a LOT on the highway, so it's gentle mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th October, 2003

22nd Sep 2005, 23:41

I've had my cavalier for ten years, it now has 169,000 miles. It has been a great car, down side of the cavaliers is head gasket leaking, which mine has that problem, but has never gotten hot, just check anti-freeze level monthly and keep on driving.

1992 Chevrolet Cavalier Station Wagon 2.2 liter from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 liter Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired170000 kilometres
Most recent distance301500 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Faithful long distance performance

Faults:

I had to replace the water pump, radiator and gas tank. The alternator went out on the 12th day of my last trip (17 000km). Keep in mind that I had a cooler plugged in the cigarette lighter @ 4 amps, and my JBL amp can pull up to 50.

General Comments:

This is the first GM I bought and have been very impressed. The 2.2 has a nice amount of pep. I have driven from southern Quebec to Los Angeles three times in the past 8 months, without a problem, the gas costing me about 500$ per trip (always driving on the speed limit).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2003

1992 Chevrolet Cavalier from North America

Year of manufacture1992
Most recent year of ownership1995
Engine and transmission Automatic
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.7 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance146400 miles

Summary:

An amazing car for the love and money

Faults:

Nothing has ever gone wrong with my car. The only time its ever been to a mechanic is for tire rotation and oil change.

General Comments:

Car rides lovely and I plan to buy a newer cavalier when my 92 quits, IF it ever does.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2003

26th Jan 2005, 10:42

I'm 18 years old and I just got my 1992 cavalier Z24 this is my first car ever. I was kind of shock when I first saw it because I though that it wouldn't look that good.

1992 Chevrolet Cavalier from North America

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired6500 miles
Most recent distance8000 miles

Summary:

A cute, stalling car

Faults:

This car has stalled on me many times. I would be stopped at a stop light and the car would shut off. I would have to sit there through about three light rotations for it to start again. It has been very embarrassing.

Well, I guess it's not rare for a car to stall if it is eleven years old and only has eight thousand miles on it.

General Comments:

This is a very cute car for a girl.

I don't like how the license plate is on the right side of the car instead of the middle. (it looks funny!)

I would recommend this car for first time drivers. It's simple and gets you where you need to go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th June, 2003

15th Jun 2003, 15:26

I also had a stalling problem when stopping at traffic lights. I took the car to my mechanic, and he reached down into the engine and unplugged something that's related to the transmission, and the stalling went away! I THINK it's a sensor that prevents the automatic transmission from slamming into 1st gear when you're driving over a certain speed. When that part (whose name escapes me... "shift-down sensor", maybe?) goes bad, the transmission has a difficult-to-impossible time shifting back down into first gear when you come to a stop...so, the car stalls. Run that by your mechanic... he/she should know what I'm referring to.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 32 reviews