1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 17 of 17

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier RS 2.4 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.4 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200 miles
Most recent distance76000 miles
Previous carFord Futura

Summary:

A dependable, good-looking car

Faults:

The front brakes went out after four years (about 73,000 miles). The rotors and pads were replaced.

Plastic pieces from the seat belts and other places in the back seats have been falling off.

Something might be wrong with the head gasket. I am not sure. Coolant is missing, but it has been checked for external and internal leaks. The results were negative.

It was recalled right away for the transmission casing.

Also a computer sensor malfunctioned causing one of the service lights to stay on. This was under warranty.

The radio antennae periodically becomes loose causing the radio to sound fuzzy.

General Comments:

It is kind of noisy. The car drove fairly smooth the first year or two, but slowly proved to give a bumpy ride.

It is really not that comfortable for passengers in the back seat.

Although I listed many negative things about the car, there are so many more positive things I can say about it. I really like my car. I love my car.

It has never stalled or left me stranded anywhere (knock on wood). I still haven't had to change the battery. And it started for me during all the winters after it had sat outside all night. It didn't start for me one time during this past harsh winter.

I really like the looks of the Rally Sport model. And I love the Deep Purple color that was available that year.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 2001

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier A 2.4 twin cam from Mexico

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Engine and transmission 2.4 twin cam Manual
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance75000 kilometres
Previous carRenault 18

Summary:

A waste of money

Faults:

* Suspension problems (very noisy), it took four visits to different dealers trying to fix the problem, and it still persists!!!!

* Clutch problems break out, I needed to replace it, at 20,000 kms of usage.

* Hydraulic steering wheel problems, leaks.

* Brake problems.

General Comments:

This is a car with very poor performance and quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd October, 2000

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Z22 2.2 litre from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 2.2 litre Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance62000 kilometres
Previous carFord Tempo

Summary:

Great bargain!

Faults:

Rear struts.

Strut mounts.

Steering rack.

Stereo.

General Comments:

I bought the car as a left-over 1997 model in the summer of 1998. Upon buying the car, I drove it across Canada (literally East to West), and over the 6 days I found it to be a comfortable, reliable vehicle with OK performance.

Its fuel economy might have been a little high, however the engine was new and not yet broken in, and I understand this to be acceptable.

Overall, I enjoy the car and would recommend the Cavalier to anyone who seeks efficiency, a sporty look, comfort and a nice price tag.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2000

10th Feb 2001, 03:25

No offence but it's Z24, not 22.

15th Jul 2001, 16:34

No offence to the one who commented before me. There is such a thing as a Z22, I have one...

26th Nov 2001, 06:15

The z22 is a decal package in Canada. It is just a sticker and a spoiler.

7th Sep 2002, 10:08

There is a difference between a Standard Cavalier, Z22 and a Z24 for the '97 model. '97 Cavalier had a 2L, Z22 a 2.2L and a Z24 had a 2.4L that's besides several other extras...

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired24000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

The worst car ever built, not even worth a penny

Faults:

Brakes, alternator, rack and pinion, several engine problems, waterpump, and fuel pump.

General Comments:

I can not believe a car that new could break down so much. I was very disappointed and will never buy another car from Chevy. Any company that can produce such a horrible car is not one I want to take a chance with.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th August, 2000

21st Jul 2001, 21:46

My sentiments exactly!!!

3rd Sep 2001, 14:05

I have an 85' Cavalier that we bought brand new and it is still going strong. It has almost 300,000 miles on it, we're in the military and have travelled all over the world and shipped our Cavalier to every country we lived in. Once it was dropped out of its shipping crate, rolled downhill hit a wall, then was rear-ended by the crate and only need minor body work. You just can't kill this car. Maybe you just bought a lemon.

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier LS from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired52345 miles
Most recent distance74342 miles

Summary:

Sporty, yet dependable

Faults:

After about 6 months I need a new battery and a new set of tires.

The only thing bad about the convertible is that you must replace the strips or it will leak.

General Comments:

I love my car. I am a college student and is always on the go. It is very dependable and in January I will be purchasing a 2000 Convertible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd August, 2000

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission  
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10

Faults:

My automatic sunroof has broken...but the car is great.

General Comments:

This is my second Cavalier...I'm very satisfied with this car...would recommend it to anyone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 1998

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 66 reviews