2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Base 2.2L from North America


It got me to where I needed to go, but a nightmare of problems


Lots of highway noise heard in the interior.

Transmission started slipping.

CV joints.

Ball joints.

Did not idle properly.

Power steering pump failed.

E brake will not hold.

General Comments:

This car always got me were I needed to go, however I had to keep constant maintenance on it.

Put simply, sensors would fail, causing check engine lights; I would replace the failed sensor, and the check engine light would stay on for two months and then go away.

Chevy used some extremely cheap plastic interior panels that rattle, and the connectors and fasteners are fragile; they break every time I touched them.

Getting to the oil filter is a real pain as well.

The 2.2 L OHV is one of the worst engines ever made. Even driving around town or passing on the highway, is a struggle for it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th January, 2011

11th Jan 2011, 10:09

Actually I don't think the interior is bad. I had a '94, and every piece of plastic inside cracked and broke. All the armrests split open.

Now I have a 2000 with 135,000, and the interior is very solid and seemingly well-assembled. A 100% improvement in quality as far as I'm concerned.

2001 Chevrolet Cavalier from North America


I love my car


The track light kept coming on. The car would jump and shift and jerk. The engine light would come on and my car just ran awful. I had it tested for everything under the sun, and came to find out it was the TPS sensor. The sensor on my car looked brand new, just like it came out of the box.

The problem was it was getting a loose connection, and was not working right. The center piece of the sensor was loose, causing it to jump on and off every time I drove my car long distance. It jerked very hard around 45mph. However I would cut off the car, and wait a second and restart it again. Or shift into neutral, and turn the key switch off, but not in lock position, and restart the car.

So replace the TPS sensor, and remember to have the computer reset in the car so it will read right. Auto zone or another parts store will do this for free.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th October, 2010

2001 Chevrolet Cavalier from North America


I LOVED this car


When I bought the car, where the front window heater was, there was a crack in the plastic. On bumpier roads it would squeak a lot.

There was rust build up somewhere on my axles, making them squeak a lot.

Just after winter my fan died (excellent timing though!).

If I accelerated too fast, then my engine would whine, and if I pushed that too far, the engine light would randomly turn on for a day.

General Comments:

LOVED this car.

I found it comfortable, and I didn't have one issue with it (other than the fan, which I could have replaced on my own, with a different used one).

The squeak was annoying, but with the radio on I couldn't hear it.

I didn't have to change anything on the car, and I had it for a year. The brake pads weren't even close to needing to be changed, and it was pretty good on acceleration.

Engine whined with hard acceleration, but after it got past the whine, it revved beautifully! <3.

Speakers were good.

I put a lot of km on the car in the time I had it (a lot of highway driving) and I loved my car. Heated up fast, and the fan (when it worked) blew the air hard enough that I didn't need the A.C. (which I didn't have).

The backseat windows were child windows and only went down halfway. I heard many people complain, but I was driving so I didn't care.

I would still have it if I didn't get into an accident. I miss my car sooo much.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th September, 2010