An affordable and dependable vehicle
When I first leased the car there was a squeaking noise coming from the wheels. I took it to the dealership and they could not find anything wrong. I got mad, kicked the hubcap, and discovered the noise. They wrapped the inside of the caps with duct tape (fixes everything!) and all was well until the next summer. The trick seems to be to get the hubcaps lined up exactly right and hope that weather changes don't affect it.
In 2001 the car developed a clunking sound that could also be felt when you turned the wheel at low speeds, say turning into a parking lot for example. I went to another dealer (the previous one had scratched the side and refused to fix it) and they said there was a TBS about it, but GM had not created a "fix" yet. I waited to hear from them. Finally, six months later I went back to the same dealer and they didn't pull out the TBS on it, they just replaced some parts and it has been perfect ever since. Also, since this was under warranty, there was no charge.
After all this time there is a small rattle in the dashboard, but other than the problems discussed above, its been a good car. I don't think I will get a Cavalier again as I need more room to haul my paintings and building materials, but I am a little sad to have to let it go.
This car has been very dependable because I have taken care to receive good work and kept up with required maintenance.
The seats can be somewhat uncomfortable on long trips (over nine hours).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st October, 2003