I owned a 1992 Cavalier in the past and I loved the car. It was my parent's car before mine. I traded it in at 162,000 miles and the largest repair I had to make on the car was spark plugs at about 140,000 miles, so I thought another cavalier would be a good choice, I was wrong.
I bought this car brand new at a dealership. I was very excited at first. About the first 2 years I loved this car.
I drove a lot of miles to get to work, sixty miles each way (all highway). At 60,000 miles, my fuel pump went out on me. It happened right around Christmas and I was about 60 miles away from my house. I didn't want to pay for a tow, so my car sat in the parking lot of work over Christmas until a relative had time to tow it to a repair place near our house.
Then, I have had numerous problems after that. The next thing was the spark plugs at about 100,000 miles.
Then there was the struts. I drove it dangerously way to long with this problem. I believe it started at about 110,000 miles.
At about 125,000 miles the A/C stopped working and it needed a new condenser. I didn't even repair it. It would have cost me about $900.
At about 135,000 miles the ABS light started to come on. I could drive 5 miles or 100 miles before this light would come on, but once it came on it stayed on. I tested it one night last winter when it was snowing. I hit my brakes when the light was on and I had no ABS.
At about 140,000 miles the E-Brake light started flashing. I never use my E-Brake, so I thought that this was odd. About the same time this started my rear defrost stopped working.
Then at about 140,000 miles the transmission fluid started leaking, that cost me about $200.00 to fix.
At about this same time my oil started leaking, which is another $200 to fix.