1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Convertible LS 2.4L twin cam 16v from North America
A low-budget convertible that I can live with
Had to replace the following parts:
1. Power window motor.
3. Heater/blower motor.
4. Rear brake line.
I was looking for a low-budget convertible as a year-round daily driver, and I found it in my '96 Cavalier LS convertible. The rear window is glass, and doesn't fade like plastic. Great for winter.
The 2.4 L twin cam 16 valve engine is a blast to drive, and I get 600 kms to the tank. I just got lucky that the engine didn't leak oil, didn't overheat, and didn't have any major electrical/computer box issues.
No timing belt to worry about. The manual transmission also allowed me to go home when the starter went. I just popped it into 2nd gear and I got home. The starter was gradually showing signs, but I chose to ignore it (my fault).
Parts are so cheap, and even cheaper at the wreckers. If you're a little bit handy with tools and don't mind a little repair here and there, then this is the car for you. I love the power top. I sometimes open the top in the middle of traffic, and I feel like I'm driving something really special.
Too much negative write-up about this car made me do this comment. This is my second Cavalier, and for the price and low maintenance, I'd recommend this car for the budget-strapped motorist. My neighbor has a pair of his and hers Cavaliers, and they seem happy.
Really unfair to compare it to a Civic or Corolla. Just make sure that the engine is healthy and the electrical system is sound.
With a very bad resale value, I'll just drive this one into the ground. It's going to hit the 300,000 Km soon, and it just wants to keep going.
Great for hauling garage sale stuff too. I brought home a hockey net and elliptical machine. Just open the roof and presto!
Go ahead, throw tomatoes at my comment, but this is my own experience with the Cavalier :)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th July, 2011
Comparing this to a Camry or Civic is fair game, them being in the same class and etc.
But I have no doubt that a well maintained Cavalier would be a decent car. Unfortunately thanks to their low value, most people don't maintain them or other beaters that well, thus they get bad reputations.