1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 12 of 16

1996 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 2.4 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance103000 miles
Previous carMercury Cougar

Summary:

Good performance and reliability

Faults:

Wheel Bearing failed @36,000 miles.

Water pump blew seal @50,000 miles.

Wheel Bearing failed @80,000 miles.

Fan resistor failed @90,000 miles.

General Comments:

Overall this car has been very good. The 2.4 liter twin cam engine made this a much nicer car to drive vs. the standard issue 2.2 liter engine that always sounded strained whenever I got a Cavalier rental car. In addition, the 15" alloy rims helped the car to handle much better than the 14" default rims. The puny rims and engines that Chevy installs in the cheapest of Cavaliers really give the rest of the Cavalier line a black eye. Other than the water pump, the few repairs it has needed I have been able to do myself and quite cheaply.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 2004

1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired400 kilometres
Most recent distance238496 kilometres
Previous carMercury Capri

Summary:

Extremely reliable and economical

Faults:

Replaced brakes 3 times (due to mileage)

On 2nd set of tires.

Struts/Bushings went recently.

General Comments:

The only mechanical issues I have had with this car are wear and tear items, things you would expect to replace when driving this many kilometers.

I highly recommend this car. I am planning on buying another Cavalier when this one eventually wears out, although it is still going strong and showing no signs of letting up.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd April, 2004

1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance64000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Celebrity

Summary:

Great Car Easy to Maintain Easy to Handle

Faults:

Soon after the car was bought the alternator went bad and just recently the ignition switch broke.

General Comments:

This is a very nice car if you take care of it well. It makes good gas miles with mid grade gas. Not only that, but you can find body kits and many other modifications to make it look sporty. Another great thing is that the car is simple. Meaning to change a part you don't have to take apart and/or rearrange what you're trying to reach. With a 75 shot of nitrous it will run 9's at the drag strip.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2004

21st Apr 2006, 04:35

9 seconds in what? The 1/4 mile? Not happening.

21st Apr 2006, 17:44

Maybe with a re-entry booster from the shuttle it might hit 9's. Hell, my Focus might hit 9's if you ran it off a cliff.

1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 4-Door 2.2L from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance113000 miles

Summary:

A poorly made money pit

Faults:

Head gasket blew around 80,000 miles.

Transmission blew at 100,000 miles.

Air Conditioning broke at 98,000 miles, and was unable to get fixed.

Suspension became very loose by 90,000 miles.

Factory Speakers blew after I installed a new head unit, and originally sounded very bland.

Gas gage always displayed the wrong amount of gas in the tank.

Rear power window motors blew every time you put them all the way down.

Cruise control was unreliable.

Horn blew multiple times. Had to replace it with one with a lifetime warranty.

Rear seat fabric faded after two summers.

Trunk too small to fit stroller or any major luggage in. The trunk bar actually snapped when I tried to fit the stroller in the first time.

Key-less entry only worked when I was close enough to use the key to open the door.

Elastic straps on visors stretched when anything bigger than a letter was put in them.

Car is very hard to start in cold conditions.

Totaled the car in a 10 mph accident; completely unsafe. Car Crumbled like a can, and the air bags went off at only 10mph.

General Comments:

This car is quick, and somewhat economical.

With all the problems I have had, along with everyone else I know having the same problems, I wouldn't recommend this car to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st December, 2003

9th Feb 2004, 12:52

I have the same problems also. The list seems typical.

30th Oct 2004, 13:29

Where is the horn located on the Cavalier and how difficult is it to change it.

31st Oct 2004, 14:49

Having difficulties trying to locate the horn relay for a 1996 Chevorlet Cavalier. Found the horn located above the splash guard by the passenger side wheel. Fuse OK, lighter works fine. Hopefully it is the relay. Anyone experience this before. Pls help.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 71 reviews