1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 5 of 17

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2.4 liter from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.4 liter Automatic
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance102000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Good buy if you purchase it with high miles (about 100K) and for real cheap

Faults:

I just got the car so nothing has gone wrong with it yet. But I did get it from a family member so they gave me the paper work on everything that has been fixed on it. Some of the repairs include, the water pump, alternator, multifunction switch (blinker, cruise etc.), oxygen censor, and much more.

General Comments:

The car rides like a little "fast and furious" car. I have never had a small car like this, I'm used to my mustang which is much bigger and much faster. Although, this cavalier feels faster off the line. I don't know though because I'm not much of a speed demon or a racer. I do like fast stuff though.

The car seems quite comfortable. I have only had the car for 2 weeks so I'm still feeling it out!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2006

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Z22 2.2 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired148000 kilometres
Most recent distance204000 kilometres
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Nice car, but large repair bils

Faults:

Head gasket blew at 160K, to be expected as this engine was known for this, and I'm surprised it lasted that long.

Tons of front end parts failed at an expense of 1400.00, however I consider this to be normal maintenance, and due to the manner in which the car was driven.

Well, now at 204K the fuel pump needs replacing. The little bugger lasted a long time. And as well as it should at a parts only replacement cost of 515.00. I have never paid more than 200.00 for a fuel pump for any vehicle I have ever owned! 500.00 is ridiculous! I better be able to salvage some of the 24 carat gold and diamonds from the old one.

Engine lights stays on all the time despite the fact there is nothing wrong with the car.

General Comments:

Not a bad ride for what it is. Very cheap on gas, no matter how crappy it used to run before the tune-up. I always get about 150 kms just off the neck when I fill up, about 650 kms to a tank.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2006

21st Aug 2011, 11:12

I recently did a fuel pump for a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. Turns out that one can only buy a complete assembly (you cannot buy just the fuel pump itself). So, I disassembled the assembly, and removed the fuel pump. The original part had VDO stamped on it (go figure). Then, I installed an AMERICAN made fuel pump from a different kind of car into the assembly, making very minor modifications to make it fit. It's worked like a charm ever since. partyguard@gmail.com

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Base 2.2L V4 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.2L V4 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 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)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired13703 miles
Most recent distance14600 miles

Summary:

Best first car ever!

Faults:

I am the second owner. The first owners were my grandparents; 2 months after they purchased it the interior of the car got saturated with 2.5 in. of water on the floor due to a missing seal on the back windshield.

When I received it, I needed to replace:

1) driver side rear brake line.

2) the muffler.

3) A/C compressor clutch, all at 13,700 miles.

Total cost: $1015.00

All probably due to the fact that the car was rarely used for 1 yr before my grandmother stopped driving.

General Comments:

I've loved the car ever since it was given to me by my grandmother in Oct. 2005, with, believe it or not, 13,700 miles. A grandma's car at its best. The car still looks and smells like new. Still has the original tires!

This car is my first car, and compared to my parents' Ford Taurus and Windstar, I absolutely love the way that this car drives and handles. It is quick and nimble. Acceleration could be a little better, but it is only a 4 cylinder and I am only 16, so I'm happy with it.

When I received it, the car had no radio, speakers, or antenna. It came that way new from the dealership, as my grandparents didn't want a radio. Between the radio and equipment, that cost me about $260. I put in all factory Delco parts.

I don't really find the car cramped, I am 5'11 and have ridden in the back seat with no problem. Except for the middle seat, which is like sitting on wood. Front seats are extremely comfortable.

I love my Cavalier, I plan on driving it until it dies (which, with only 14,000 miles, is probably a long, long time from now)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th June, 2006

9th Jun 2006, 17:15

Gotta love the older folks. This is why I always look for cars owned by the elderly: They keep their cars in great working order, and a lot of times don't even drive these cars anywhere.

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