1994 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2L from North America


A good balance between performance and economy


I bought this 1994 Cavalier from a friend for $400 to have a cheap vehicle to keep most of the mileage off of my 1999 Intrigue. His girlfriend's brother smashed in the driver side window and stole the stereo, and it had been without a driver side window for approximately six to eight months. It had been driven once in three years of being parked. I replaced the window, did a full tuneup (plugs/wires, PCV valve, fuel filter, oil and filter change). It had a minor hesitation when first applying the accelerator, so I replaced the throttle position sensor, MAP sensor, and serpentine belt. This did not help much.

Recently I took it to the car wash, hosed down the engine really well, and after doing that the Check Engine light comes on. Now it runs even better! Curious... If I didn't have a barely-noticeable valve cover leak, I probably would not have hosed the motor down.

When I step on the brake I can hear the whining fuel pump slow down a split second, and interior lights dim. It has a brand-new battery, so I'm thinking the alternator is on its way out.

My alignment is slightly off, and I haven't had it in to get that fixed yet, but the Dayton tires are wearing quite lightly all things considered.

This vehicle had light front end damage when I bought it, the headlight brackets are loose and there is a dent in the hood. So my headlights flop around a bit until I buy new brackets and aiming screws.

General Comments:

The front bucket seats are comfortable and supportive. I do notice, being 6'2", that the ceiling is a little low, and sometimes my hair rubs against the headliner, which is mildly annoying.

This car will easily do 102 mph, which I tried once just to burn the carbon out of a motor that sat for a long time.

Although my struts and shocks are showing their age, the car still handles well (albeit a bit bouncy) and the car has plenty of pep. If I really get into her, I can get up to 70 in third gear, and during hard acceleration I can shift from 1st to 2nd to 4th without needing third.

Fuel economy ranges around 35 mpg, and considering I do accelerate moderate to hard, this is excellent. I can push 400 miles out of a tank, and the tank is smaller than my Intrigue.

The brakes stop on a dime, and the ABS works flawlessly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2004

1994 Chevrolet Cavalier from North America


I love my car now it runs like a dream


My head gasket blew too...

I also own a 1994 Chevy cavalier, when my head gasket blew it did not cost me 1500 dollars. my mechanic only charged me 700 for a new head gasket which is not bad. I think that you should shop around before getting the work done. I consider myself lucky that I only paid what I did for it to be done and I'm a woman.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2004

1994 Chevrolet Cavalier RS Coupe 2D standard from North America


Sell this car once close to 100K... even free donation will save you $$ in repairs or you will regre


Run Great... no problem till 100,0000 miles. Than all of a sudden the car started braking down... Problems started following...

Major problems (including labor) :

* Water pump 103000mi

* Heater Core 115000mi

* Struts & Socks 117000mi

* Alignment 118000mi

* Head gasket 119000mi

* Transmission Sensor 121000mi.

End up spending about $5,000-$6,000.

General Comments:

I have maintained this car v.well. Car requires gas treatment every other tank, used good qty oil change... Most of the time used 76 Regular for city & premium for long distance. You will notice huge performance.

Here is something you won't believe, but it's 101% true... I GOT 40-45 MPG till 125,000 when I sold my car. This is true. Tank lasted 3-4 weeks city. From Hayward, CA to Los Angeles, CA (450 Miles) single tank & still had enough to drive around 1-2 days. God knows what that engine had... Never had any problem till 100,000 miles other than oil change & tires & battery.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th May, 2004

26th Jan 2005, 09:41

I own a 1994 Cavalier RS coupe. I have 250,000 miles on the original engine. The only major problem I have encountered is the head gasket at about 120,000 miles. Great commuter car. It is a 5-speed and I have taken it on long trips and actually got 48 MPG. I still get average of 36 mpg with 250,000 on the engine. On long trips I still get over 40 mpg. Great little car for the price.

5th Jul 2006, 20:46

I personally envy anybody who has gotten 250k miles out of a Chevy Cavalier. I personally have gotten 110k out of mine, and now everything's going wrong. I still drive it, but I just graduated from college and found a job, so who know what I'm gonna do with it next.

8th Aug 2007, 23:50

Just 2 months ago I had a rs 2d...i had over 290,000km on it and it was still running like it was new when someone hit it when it was parked... so basically I really liked the car.