1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 4 of 17

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Basic 2.2 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired72000 miles
Most recent distance107000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Grief!

Faults:

Hi I have a 1997 Chevy Cavalier and once I had gotten it there has been problem after problem. The ABS light likes to come on a various times whenever it wants. The Passenger side Rotor is warped even know I just replaced it. Over heating problem I replaced the Thermostat and Water pump. Now its the head or head gasket. I'm loosing antifreeze and it bubbles out the reservoir. I drove it like this for Ahh I say about 5 months. Then 3 days ago it started pouring oil out the side. And I now have a reason to be live my clutch is going out. And it is loosing power. If someone can help me and knows how to replace this please contact me Kootervalvez@aol.com Thank You.

General Comments:

This car is okay except for the oil pouring out the side that kind of made me mad. Over all it's a peppy little car and it handles pretty good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 21st November, 2007

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Sedan 2.2L L4 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2L L4 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired57 kilometres
Most recent distance104000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

Takes a beating and keeps swinging!

Faults:

Tires at 93000km.

Brakes at 53000km and 101000km.

Power steering pump @ 28000km.

General Comments:

This Cavalier was manufactured in Mexico, not the USA.

Reliable like you wouldn't believe!

Lot's of body lean in corners.

Cruise control (rare on a Cavalier) is kind of choppy.

Great air conditioner; it's absolutely polar!

Fit and finish (especially the interior) isn't great, but the fact that this car is bulletproof makes up for it in spades.

Lots of exposed screws in the cabin.

Seats unevenly and under stuffed, and the springs are easily felt through the seat.

2.2L engine is loud and strained, and the 3-speed automatic has crude shifts and the overdrive activates loudly and roughly.

It's a struggle to maintain ~85 kph when loaded with passengers.

Less rear seat legroom than comparable Fords, Chryslers, Hondas, and Toyotas.

Fuel economy isn't great for a small car (20mpg city)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2007

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier RS from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired158000 miles
Most recent distance171000 miles

Summary:

I will never love a car as much as this

Faults:

The Transmission was rebuilt and the alternator replaced before I bought the car.

I had to replace the power steering hose at 160,000 miles.

I replaced the muffler clip.

Burned some oil I had to fill it up once a month about.

Slight rust on the hood from chips in the paint.

I totaled the car the airbags went off and I stepped out completely unharmed.

General Comments:

This car is a perfect first car for anyone.

It is 100% reliable and inexpensive to fix.

The seats are very comfortable.

It handles turns very well.

Its good in all types of weather.

The car is not very fast which is good for a new driver.

Outstanding gas mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2007

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Convertible 2.4 I4 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.4 I4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance70000 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

Want a nice convertible without breaking the bank? This is your ride

Faults:

Top needs to be replaced.

Seats were broken and wouldn't come out of the reclined position when I bought it.

General Comments:

This very well may be the perfect young person's sports car. It does have more body roll than I would like, but for $2400 it has been a wonderful car, and that could be fixed with better sway bars.

The seats were reclined too far back when I purchased the car and were broken (stuck in that position). I'm 6'5", so I was planning on replacing the seats for more space. I installed some leather seats and now it is much better.

The car is smooth, with gobs of usable torque from the 150HP 4 cylinder. If you really want to feel the grunt this engine can put down, buy the 5 speed.

It consistently gets 25 MPG in the city, and between 30 and 34 on the highway. 65MPH nets real good mileage while 75MPH drops it significantly. I have been getting 24-28 MPG average in mixed driving.

The car is capable of pushing past 100MPH even with the top down.

I found one which had been probably been owned originally by a girl, as it is purple with pink pinstripes. It doesn't bother me because I know it wasn't beaten on by a ricer-boy racer, and I don't have anything to compensate for.

I love this car, and it gets a lot of looks from people.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2007

10th Feb 2011, 20:51

Love this car!!! Mine is also purple and people love it... Mine has a 180000 miles on it, but I had to replace the power steering and water pump. This car is a must have!! I love it, and will be heart broken when I have to get rid of it!!

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