1998 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2L Ecotec OHV from North America
Low-maintenance, but not very well designed
During a panic stop, rear brake line busted. Work out of warranty, but not that expensive from a dealer.
Adhesive for the drivers side door weather stripping is failing on the top section. Simple fix.
When engine is first started, every once and a great while, while first accelerating, engine will hesitate slightly and sometime stalls. Have not had dealer diagnose yet.
I inherited vehicle from grandparents who hardly drove it. Cannot comment on value. Have dealer perform all work. I work full-time and go to school about 40mi away full-time. Can't function with a broken car. Don't want to use an independent mechanic just to save money. Cooling system is poorly designed. Only one electric radiator fan where most front wheel drive cars have two. When not using A/C, fan doesn't turn on till a higher temp than normal. Temp guage shows high increase in temp. Dealer says this is normal. Doesn't work very well in heavy stop and go traffic in the summer in Tampa, FL. Might replace stock fan with an aftermarket dual fan setup with built in thermo switch. Lots of creaks and groans in the suspension. Ride quality is so-so. Seat is not very comfortable especially for long trips.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th January, 2005
18th Apr 2006, 18:56
The cavalier was described 100% correct. It's a great car, but the Temp gauge is always above normal and A/C unit is a reject. I would recommend this car to people who are "Responsible" enough to keep up with the maintanance on time. Remember you are getting what you paid for and this is not a Cavalier (Carefree) car.