2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 8 of 14

2000 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance3300 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

An affordable and dependable vehicle

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2.4 litre from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4 litre Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 kilometres
Most recent distance50300 kilometres

Summary:

Quick for the money, but I wish I used my money elsewhere

Faults:

2 weeks after I got it, the front left strut bearing went, lots of grinding and clunking. Replaced under warranty.

After 2 months of owning the car, a loud ticking emerged in the engine. The faster the engine, the faster the clicking. It was a broken bearing bouncing around in a cylinder. They replaced that bearing, as well was the other 3, new water pump and oil pump while they were in there. The list of things they did for me was extensive; roughly 30 items, amounting to over $4200. Ack! All under warranty though, great customer service.

After that week and a half in the shop, I was glad to get her back, but that was 3 weeks ago and now we have to take a trip back. I was simply backing into the driveway yesterday and the power steering failed. It hasn't been diagnosed (i'll take it in today), but other reviews I've read have noted power steering pump issues. I hit 50,000 clicks 6 days ago... warranty is up: (I'm gonna fight for a free fix though, this is getting ridiculous.

General Comments:

It's a beauty car to look at, silver, sunroof, hot car, power everything. I learned standard just so I could own this car and it's a blast to jump up to high speeds in no time, but the seats don't accommodate quick cornering very well at all.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd September, 2003

2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 2.4L from North America

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.4L Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired200 kilometres
Most recent distance54000 kilometres

Summary:

A quick, sharp-looking, well-priced automobile

Faults:

Both rear struts broke (replaced under warranty). I think one of the front struts is going as well.

General Comments:

I was dismayed at the dash rattle. It's more pronounced in cold weather.

It is pretty quick for the money.

Wind noise can be tiring over prolonged distances.

A quality air filter (i.e. K&N) and good oil has a significant impact on the fuel mileage.

I've driven it across the country (Canada & US) a couple times and have no complaints as to the comfort of the seats.

The car starts in -40 degree weather and has made it through the rockies in the winter on more than one occasion.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2003

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 58 reviews