2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Z-24 2.4L from North America


Reserved At this point


I just purchased this car yesterday.

The local market is very poor for quality used cards. I swore I would never buy another GM car after the depreciation of my 2005 Pontiac Montana, but my wife decided to return to university and thus I had to get rid of my 2005 Subaru Impreza and get something else for her to drive to school. I'm too upside down in the pontiac to get rid of it.

I looked long and hard for a good quality 97-99 import with relatively low km in the same price range ($4000 - $5000 locally) which was all I could afford. There were none. In that price range I was looking at 97 at the newest with > 200K km on them. No thanks.

I found this in a non manufacture used car lot. I test drove it fairly hard myself. I then bought it to a very trusted mechanic who went through it thoroughly for me. It had a dented rim which the dealer replaced. The check engine light was on, indicating a knock sensor activation. The engine isn't knocking so cleared the fault and now a few starts later the light is on again. I'll get it checked again later today to see if it is the same thing.

The terrain here is very hilly. My test drive, I now realize did not include many hills. So last night I think it started slipping on a hill. I'm not sure if it is a slip or one of those "I don't know what gear I want to be in" moments for the auto tranny. The wife is delighted with it (very clean nice looking car which is all she cares about) and took it to school today. Tonight I will put it through the paces to see if it is slipping or not.

General Comments:

Nicely equiped car with surprisingly nice 16" wheels.

All options work nicely.

Handles nice and surprisingly has pretty good zip from the lights.

Seats are relatively comfortable for what it is.

It is no 2005 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS AWD 5-Speed which it replaced however : (

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th September, 2007

23rd Nov 2007, 14:02

I'm the writer of this review.

2 months later and no issues yet. About 4000 km put on the car since we got it.

Car is good on gas. It is comfortable to drive.

The shifting problem is there once the car is warmed up. It has trouble making a 4-3 downshift stick. Stepping it down helps it. I was going to get it looked at, but I won't bother unless it starts to get worse.

Wish it was a 4 door.

2001 Chevrolet Cavalier from North America


Awful, Unreliable Monster


So many things have gone wrong with my Cavalier

Let's see...

Oil pump, water pump, starter, fuel pump, fuel lines, battery, interior gauges, and door handles.

The car left me stranded at least 4 times. It looked great when I purchased it, and I had it regularly serviced so, there was no reason for it to keep breaking down. I sold this car and purchased a Nissan.. I will NEVER buy another Cavalier... trust me!

Also the steering column was going when I sold it. My mechanic said it would be to the tune of $1,000 to fix!

With the amount I paid for this car and all the money I put into it, I could have had a BMW!!!

General Comments:

* Non-reliable

*no power to it

*cheaply made.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th September, 2007

2001 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2L 4cyl from North America


Cheap, moderately reliable car


A lot of the interior plastic is cheap and has cracked.

The car shakes and hesitates whenever I turn to the right.

The check engine, Trac Off, and ABS lights came on around 100000.

The car still runs fine, and to fix these things would cost more than the car is worth.

General Comments:

Overall it has been a reliable car. My mom bought it, then gave it to my older brother (who took horrible care of it, he couldn't find the oil dipstick if need be). I got it around 125000 miles, and I have taken good care of it. It still gets me to college and back after 2+ years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2007