1997 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 2.2L from North America


A good car-just don't try to use your brakes


Has been recalled 3 times for various things.

Have had to replace brakes about every 3 months.

Have had to replace rotors.

Enhanced traction system off light and check engine light came on last August. Dealer replace all wiring and spark plugs. Came on again and had to replace timing chain and top part of motor. Now, it is on again.

Exhaust system has rattled since I got it.

General Comments:

The car is good as far as gas mileage is concerned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th May, 2003

17th Nov 2006, 07:35

I bought the same model used from a dealership and after only a week both my ETS off and check engine lights came on simultaneously. The performance of the car hasn't seem to be affected, but I'm still getting it checked out anyways. Do you know what the initial problem was with yours?

29th Jan 2007, 08:29

I just got this car. the "ETS OFF" light and "ABS" light come on and off when they want to. My aunt went and got it checked out and they told her its nothing to worry about. The car has no power what so ever. but it only takes $5 for a quarter tank of gas which isn't too bad. but I end up filling up twice a week. other than that it's a decent car.

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2.4 multi port from North America


A sporty fully loaded piece of junk!!


Oxygen sensor went out.

Two recalls on it since I've had it.

Headlight switch went out at 99,000.

Faulty power sunroof.

Water pump went out twice.

Compact disk player broke.

Ignition switch burned out while replacing the broken CD player.

Parts are impossible to find as well as expensive, not to mention finding a mechanic competent enough to work with such a complicated vehicle. (It might as well be a foreign car.)

General Comments:

The car performs very well when it is actually up and running.

It handles great.

The interior is small yet durable and sporty.

The overall appearance is very cute and very sporty!

Definitely a sharp car!

The Chevy cavalier Z24 is in initially inexpensive vehicle, its the maintenance that will run you the most money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2003

16th Jun 2004, 10:44

I have owned my 1997 Cavalier for 5 years and I have never owned a more reliable car. It has 98,000 miles on it and runs great. The only things I've had to replace are things that are normally due for replacement on a car that is 7 years old. I don't think all 1997 Cavliers are as bad as you may think, you probably just got one that was not taken care of! I love mine and plan to keep it forever.

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier 2 Door Coupe 4 cylinder from North America


One of the best little cars your money can buy


Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

General Comments:

Bought this car brand new and never had a problem with it. I was involved in a head on-collision in this car when it was merely 2 years old. Once Humpty Dumpty was put back together again, STILL had no problems with it, and I drove it for three more years. I didn't replace one-single-thing on this car (after it was fixed from the accident). The tires were original and I never wore them to the point of having to replace them, the car got great gas mileage and was a TROOPER in the snow. Never had a problem. LOVED this car. I'd still have it, but it was a lease that I had to turn in, because my in-laws gave me a free car (that only lasted one year... how I wish I would have kept that little white Cavalier...)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2003

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 2.2 from North America


Great car for the price and great gas mileage, about 28-31 depending on conditions


I had it in the shop for all covered recall items. Tires replaced at 78995 miles with lots of wear left. Back shocks rattled when I first got it and were replaced under warranty. Fuel pump replaced at 5000 miles and was under warranty.

General Comments:

Small windshield leak, but seems to have fixed itself.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2003