1997 Chevrolet Cavalier RS from North America
This is the worst lemon of a car I could imagine
Replaced battery twice in 4 years.
Alternator broke. This was a very expensive cost as they told me it was the battery first, I bought a new one, then they thought it was the starter, then they finally figured out I needed a new alternator.
The ignition switch broke, causing the car to not start. This also took a few tries to determine what the problem was. It was an expensive cost that I later found out was a GM recall (that they have not reimbursed me for).
The rack and pinion steering column us broke, causing the car to be undrivable. The wheel will not turn left or right. I found this out when I was trying to make a left turn at a major intersection. Luckily, I am OK. The estimate to fix this problem was $1,200.00 from a car repair shop. However, I have come to find out it is another GM recall.
The glove compartment will not close.
The driver's side window is stuck with about an inch of open space. This window will not roll up or down.
The air conditioner will only blow on high fan or not at all.
I believe that everything that is wrong with the car speaks for itself.
However, I must point out that I have not been at all happy with my dealings with Chevrolet or General Motors. I have found them to be disinterested and at times rude.
For the over 4 years that I have had this car, it has been undrivable for months at a time each year. It has been sitting in my driveway for 3 months now, because I couldn't afford the $1,200.00 to get my steering column fixed. I have recently received a recall notice on the steering column, so the car is being towed to the dealer as we speak. Hopefully it will be drivable soon, as I am still paying it off at $280.00 a month.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th March, 2003