1993 Chevrolet Cavalier VL 2.2L from North America


Great safety/performance/value car


Blown head gasket at 100,000 miles.

Air conditioner stopped working at 110,000.

Dome light fell off at 120,000 miles.

Alternator blew at 162,500 miles.

When at 65mph the car shakes a little (probably a function of wheel balance)

General Comments:

This car has great performance. For a 3 speed automatic attached to a 2.2L four, it really hustles the car down the road. Acceleration is fairly good. This car can easily keep up with my friend who has a '97 Civic 5 speed. The stock speaker are really good. Had to replace the front ones after they wore out, but I still have the stock back ones in. With the after market stereo, they sound great. All my friends think I have a system.

Braking is strong. It is a really great car in bad weather. Its been driven into a ditch of muddy water, and a four foot deep culvert full of snow, and took it all in stride. It leaks anti-freeze, but only in minor amounts. Safety is great too. I recently got broadsided (on the driver's side) by a large car, and was kept completely safe. All power train components are intact and fully functional. All in all, it is a wonderful performance/value package.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th December, 2004

1993 Chevrolet Cavalier 2 door 2.2 from North America


A great car, even with 201,000 miles


The water pump went out at 198,000.

It burns oil.

The belt tensioner flew off.

Alternator and fuel pump went out at 197,000 (be easy dropping the gas tank; my gas gauge doesn't work any more LOL), but other than small problems, it is a very good car.

The only thing you have to do to keep it going for so long, is to keep oil in it, and coolant.

General Comments:

The 1993 Cavalier is a great car. It runs like a new car; it runs so quiet and easy, and has some power under the hood. The 2.2 is like the Z24's 3.1; believe me, I had one, a 1990, and it was junk. And the best thing is the ABS; it has saved my life many times.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2004

1993 Chevrolet Cavalier 4 doors RS 2.2 from North America


Dependable Cavalier


Alternator replaced 6 times. First one was in 1999, 2nd was in 2001. Had to replace 4 alternators in a week and found bad wiring to the alternator that caused them to go bad the next day or two. Replaced the wiring and replaced the alternator again for the last time.

Blown head gasket at 163,162 and cost $657.75. Again at 249,463 and would cost around $700 - that was the last time the car ran since we felt that it wasn't worth it to fix it since the transmission was STILL original with no problem, pretty much everything inside the hood was still original except alternator, battery, head gasket, fuel injector.

Fuel injector went bad at 167,000 shortly after the head gasket was fixed. That caused smelly gas in the air when you're around the car or inside the car. I can even smell it inside my apt from outside. It was awful.

Fuel pump went bad at 243,000.

The car was loaded with power features:

Driver's side window would stop about 4 inches for a while (for like a few minutes) then roll up another 4 inches, wait for a while, roll up another 4 inches. Rear driver's window, don't touch it or it'll be stuck. Passenger rear window shakes when going down and going up very slow. Passenger front window works when it wants to.

There was no lock/unlock for power windows in the main switch. On both doors in the rear, the power window switches do not work, have to open and close from the main switch.

When I want to lock or unlock the rear doors, I have to press the unlock switch in the front several times to be sure that the rear doors would unlock or lock.

4 doors Cavaliers don't come with bumper leveled trunk.

Hard to replace the rear light bulbs.

Radiator, struts, heater core, were in need of replacing, but since the 2nd head gasket blew up, so we never got those parts replaced.

Driver's side door handle came loose, but still operable.

Center horn pad comes off occasionally.

Quite uncomfortable front seats and rear seats. Cheap feeling.

Cup holders in the dash in front of passenger side and in hot weather when it's in direct contact with sun, it gets warm quickly and if the humidity is high, the water would drip straight to my legs!

Water leaks from somewhere behind the glove box.

No RPM on all RS models. Only on selected RS models with additional cost.

No 40/60 folding rear seats.

Cheap hubcaps - silver paint started to peel.

Emergency brake set at high level and feels loose.

No trip odometer.

No open/close ventilation.

General Comments:

Very dependable cheap transportation. Well, maybe not cheap, but "affordable" transportation.

Original transmission and starter. It never had one single problem with it. Oh yeah, replaced the transmission pan gasket when it first develop slow leaking.

Bright dome light with map lights.

Strong headlights and turn signal lights.

Accelerates pretty good.

Transmission responds quickly.

Excellent air and heat.

Excellent braking system with ABS.

This was actually my mother's car. She bought this Cavalier after my sister broke her 1990 Geo Prizm. Some people said the mileage was too high, but my mom got it anyway and sure enough it ran until almost 250,000 and it was a shock for lots of people especially it's a Cavalier with almost all original parts. My mom never take good care of it. She abuse her Cavalier just as bad as I abuse my Civic. She drive fast all the times. Change oil now and then - but not every 3,000 times unless I am around, I would chew her to do it. Had tune up once. And surprisingly the car survived until it gave up on a very cold morning (-10 degree Fahrenheit) in February, 2003.

The alternator is very, very easy to replace. I'm no mechanical, but it's very easy to replace and that was the only thing I would touch under the hood.

She then got a 1997 Toyota Corolla, but she still missed her Cavalier. She lost her job due to some health reason so I found another Cavalier on ebay for $575. Not as fancy as her old one, but still a Cavalier with 78,000 miles, super clean, and I drove it for 22 hours after meeting the car for 5 minutes and I just hop it in, drive off with no problem! Oh yeah, a steel line in the brake system broke, got that replaced. My mother loves her Cavalier.

I am not fond of Cavaliers, but if I am poor enough, I would get a Cavalier.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2004

24th Mar 2005, 11:06

Just a comment on the 93 Cavalier horn pad coming loose. Mine did that too and I found out there was a recall for that problem. My dealer fixed it- no charge. Hasn't come loose since.

4th Mar 2009, 09:56

I own a '91 Cavalier with (I'm guessing now!) over 300,000 miles on it. The odometer has given up at 288402, and I assume that is because it doesn't want to know how many miles it actually has.

I love this car. It won't break. I deliver newspapers in a rural area with terrible roads. I've driven a Civic and a Subaru on the roads, and they don't hold out nearly as well as the Cavalier.

Also, when I do have to fix anything, it's so easy to fix! I changed the water pump in less than an hour, alternator in less than 15 minutes, and pulled the head and put it back on in 3 hours (To drill out a broken off spark plug. The previous owner thought spark plugs were optional.).

Everyone should own a Cavalier!