1999 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2.4L from North America


Buyer beware, suckers welcome



The odometer only works when it wants.

The brakes and calipers had to be replaced at 16,000 miles.

The keyless entry fob doesn't work anymore.

Some of the outside door trim has started to come loose.

Strange noises and rattles abound.

The passenger automatic door lock switch was installed upside down!

Engine timing is very off. It sounds like someone is pounding a hammer against the engine block when I let off the gas.

Water in the blinker. Not just moisture, there was a large amount of water in the front blinker. It caused a short in the wiring.

Front passenger seat no longer slides forward to allow access to the rear seat.

The windows don't roll down at the slightest presence of ice.

The only thing that the dealer would fix under warranty was faulty blinker and the passenger's seat. The dealer can't find the source of the other problems.

General Comments:

First the good things: The car has good acceleration and handles well.

This car has a very low price, which may explain all the problems.

The doors open very wide. I always have to make sure I don't ding or dent other car doors when I'm in a parking lot.

This car has very good gas mileage.

The mirrors are break-aways. I have already hit my garage with the mirror, and it just springs back into place. A great feature when you have to always park in a very narrow space, or if you're clumsy.

The controls are mostly well arranged. The radio is a bit low though, you have to look away from the road a while to change a station. There also isn't a trunk release inside the car. There is one on the keyless remote. (Neither of my remotes work anymore though.)

I am very disappointed with the quality of this car. I don't know if it is just this exact car, or if it's all Cavaliers. I can't believe I was stupid enough to buy this car. The dealer won't fix most of the problems because they always come up with some excuse of why it's not covered. This is what the dealer told me: "The brakes and calipers could have been abused by the previous owner, all cars experience problems with the windows not rolling down in winter, there is no problem with the engine timing, it's supposed to sound like the engine is going to fall out, the noises and rattles must be loose luggage in the trunk, the odometer appears normal, keyless entry components are not covered under warranty." Just one excuse after another.

The dealer thought it was funny that the passenger lock switch was upside down. It works fine, so it's not really a defect.

This car should qualify for the Lemon Law. Buyer beware!

I'll be lucky to get 50k miles out of this one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th November, 2001

15th Feb 2003, 10:42

My daughter has a 99' Cavalier. It has given us a lot of problems, the largest and most dangerous being that it turns off on her which causes the steering to go out. This is very dangerous. We have had it in to be fixed about 9 times for the same problem. They usually say it won't duplicate the problem so they can't find the source of the problem. Then they fix something different each time. Are other people having this problem? From what I am seeing while doing some research, it appears that GM has a major problem with a lot of their car's steering going out while turning left. Why isn't something being done? Do they have to wait for a duplication of the "Firestone" episode??

1999 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 2.4L 4 CL from North America


An okay first car


Front brakes replaced at 25K miles.

Tires replaced at 25K miles.

Front passenger door: Lock rubs the hinge when opened.

Front end: Have had unusual wear to the tires after only 25K. Had the tires replaced and balanced along with alignment, only for it to repeat itself after only 5K miles.

Rear brakes serviced at 30K miles.

Tires balanced (again) and rotated at 30K miles.

General Comments:

Overall the Cavalier is a very reliable and dependable car (that's why I purchased it). I really enjoy having the car. It's a sports car hidden in a family sedan. But to keep the car would cost more than I paid for it. I know that expenses come with every car you get, but having to purchase new tires every 25K miles is unheard of.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2001

8th May 2001, 23:42

Maybe your tires were what was bad and not the car?

15th Feb 2003, 18:59

My 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 4 door Sedan has been a very good car. Oil,Lube, and filter every 3000 miles due to dry hot climate in Arizona. New tire at 54000 miles and front brakes at 62000 miles and now has 65000 miles.

28th Nov 2005, 20:24

Correct alignment depends on the tires' proper size, right? I remember the Cavalier's base tire size was 14-inch, but the Z24 and LS models came with 15-inchers or bigger instead. The Z24's 2.4L 4-cylinder engine had 150 hp and the base's 2.2L had 110 hp, so it seems bigger tires are needed to handle the extra 40 hp. If I remember right, the LS had the same 2.2L as the base's, but it was considered more of a "luxury" model (you had to get this one if you wanted a 4-door with power windows, for instance), and this one came with bigger tires for this reason.

Anyway, my point? This car is the LS model with the 2.4L engine and tire size wasn't mentioned here, so the author of this review might want to make sure that 15-inch (or bigger, up to 16-inch), NOT 14-inch tires are being used. Maybe 150 hp is too much for 14-inchers on this size car.

19th Jul 2006, 07:06

Tire size has nothing to do with car power. The larger the tires the more you will stick to the pavement, but at only 140hp it doesn't mean anything. Your still don't have enough power to need wider tires.

30th Jan 2008, 13:40

Just because a tire is 15 inch does not mean it is wider than a 14 inch.

1999 Chevrolet Cavalier Coupe 2.2L 4 cylinder from North America


Nice looking little sports car


Minor problem with spark plug connection, Chevrolet fixed it with no problem.

General Comments:

Very reliable, sporty looking, good price, add a few modifications and the car looks great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2001