1993 Chevrolet Cavalier RS Wagon 3.1 V6 from North America


Thirteen years old and this 'heartbeat' is still a beating strong


My power steering pressure line began to leak at around 195,000 km. It was cheap to fix thought.

Gas and break lines had to be replaced at 197,000, luckily cheap it was to get fixed.

Had lower doors, rockers and rear quarters repainted because of rust.

Brakes replaced twice since 1993.

General Comments:

This wagon is my first car and she has never let me down.

The 3.1 makes her a sleeper and I have more they once buried her speedometer. I have also blown many newer imports on off the line with this old battle wagon.

Back in 2004 I was rear-ended my a mini-van and it didn't even leave a crack on my rear plastic bumper. The front end of the van was all pushed in.

The stock AC Del-co speakers sound pretty good with my custom Sony CD deck.

The car also still runs great on the highway, as I sometimes take it on four hour trips from my University to my home town.

Overall Great car, long live the bow-tie.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2006

6th May 2008, 08:29

If you ask me, Chevrolet should have never dropped the Cavalier, and instead kept it like Toyota has kept the Corolla. The Cavalier was one of Chevy's winners, and smart car companies stick with their winners and make them better.

1993 Chevrolet Cavalier VL 2.2 I-4 from North America


The most reliable car out there


Alternator failed at 160000.

Head gasket blew at 100000.

Dome light fell off.

Air conditioning hasn't worked since 100000.

Heater and defrosters don't work.

Small coolant leak.

Smell of gas surrounds the car.

General Comments:

I absolutely love this car. Looks wise, it is astounding how well it has maintained its appearance. The paint still gleams at 177K miles. It'll easily do 100mph. The 2.2L with the 3 spd automatic, while seemingly sluggish, are stone reliable. All you have to do is change the fluids and it will keep going. It's no drag racer, but it'll hold its own most of the time. I've beaten an explorer, a stock 97 mustang, a jeep wrangler, and a few civics.

It handles itself very well in adverse weather conditions. I've gone through snow that some pickups cannot negotiate safely, without hesitation or danger from the car. Wet weeather is not an issue either. THe braking setup is a jewel. Very effective. All in all, this car is a total package.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2006

1993 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 3.1L V6 Multi-Port FI from North America


Reliable if taken care of properly


When I first got the car I had to put a Torque Converter Solenoid in it. The rear main seal has gone bad so it leaks oil pretty bad. The Idle Air Control Valve has gone bad, so now I get to rich of a fuel mixture and it runs like crap. The left front strut tower has rotter out so, the suspension pushed up inside.

General Comments:

This car had good handling before the suspension gave out. Straight line performance was good from the 140hp V6. I'm guessing 0-100kph in 7.5 sec.

I bought this car because I was used to driving a 93 Cavalier Wagon which was very reliable. I'm thinking the Z24 was just not taken car of by the previous owners, so now I got stuck with all the crap.

As a general rule: Don't get a Cavalier unless you know where it came from and how it was treated.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2005

1993 Chevrolet Cavalier from North America


As years went by it showed its age


Head gasket had to be replaced twice.

Transmission - torque converter failed, did not replace due to cost, ran without it.

Wiper fluid pump replaced, wiper motor.

Alternator, radiator, hoses all had to be replaced.

Cassette deck failed.

Heater blower motor worked on high only and only from center dash vents. No air through windshield defroster.

Seatbelt buckle broke, center console came loose.

Rust on front of hood, bottom door skins all rusted. Trunk interior rusted, holes in floor.

General Comments:

Car ran well until warranty ran out then the repair costs began to build. Every few months something else went wrong with the car.

Car power and ride was sufficient for basic needs of point A to B driving.

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

Review Date: 13th March, 2005

14th Mar 2005, 14:21

Umm, an automatic transmission will not function without a torque converter, just so you know..

5th Nov 2005, 13:31

You want to know what I think? I own the z24 93 3.1 auto. I bought it about a month ago and dumped 2grand into repairs.. this car looks good, but @#%@#%... Problem after problem.. it is now shutting off at every light I stop at.. As soon as it is in drive it will stall.. I have had it with this car and am a very disappointed. With age, the problems start to swirl. a nice flashy car, but not what I expected maintenance wise. :- (