2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 7 of 13

2001 Chevrolet Cavalier VLX 2.2L DOHC from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2L DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired111000 kilometres
Most recent distance111280 kilometres
Previous carNissan Sentra


Great, but engine roars


Nothing really.. this car is great! Great reliability love the anti-braking system. Sound system is good. Only problem with driver seat.. but got used to it.

General Comments:

Its quick, rpm gauge is great.. never had a problem, but A/C makes the engine ROAR.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2007

2001 Chevrolet Cavalier from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Distance when acquired16400 miles
Most recent distance17300 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier


Good car, but I need help


Check engine light came on around 17,000 miles.

Track Off light came one around 17,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car has good gas mileage. It also has good acceleration and speed (for this type of car) and great breaks. Great sound system as well.

I really do like this car, but my Cavalier has 17,000 miles on it, and one night, while accelerating down an on ramp to the highway, the track off light came on and the check engine light began blinking. A few seconds later and they both went off. This happened three or four times before the check engine light stayed on. And, as of now, the light is still on. I am taking it to the garage tomorrow, but I thought that I might put out a distress signal now to see if anyone can help me. Thank you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th August, 2006

29th Aug 2006, 11:41

The lights are pretty meaningless. The manufacturers use them to get you to bring the car in and charge you a bundle to reset the light. AutoZone will gladly run a diagnostic on it for free. I'd try that. I've pretty much ignored the lights on my cars. I drove one 130,000 miles with the check engine light on and never had a problem with it, and drove 50,000 in another with it on. Just watch your gauges and if your heat, oil pressure and amp gauges are in the acceptable range and the car runs OK and doesn't show a drop in fuel mileage I'd just ignore the light. As for the "trac off" light, just try turning it back on (push the ETC button). I have a similar car to yours and I can't tell a hoot of difference whether the ETC is on or off. It drives exactly the same either way. Of course, if the car is under warranty I'd insist the dealer fix it. It has 36,000 mile bumper to bumper coverage and GM has been AWESOME about taking care of any complaints we've had with our GM cars. Lots of luck. You have a GREAT car and they are generally more reliable than the competition. Let us know how it works out.

29th Aug 2006, 19:38

Well, the car is already in the the garage. Thank you for your comment though. The only thing with the warranty is that it is too old (2001). I think it may be the fuel pump because as I accelerate sometimes the engine accelerates, pauses and drops speed about 2mph then speeds up about 5mph, then down 2 and so on and so forth. Ill hopefully have a clearer picture of it tomorrow. Again thank you for your comment. I believe you are right about the check engine light. I will post tomorrow or Thursday the results from the garage.


31st Aug 2006, 17:50

Well, cars back. Something with the computer was reading wrong, causing the car to act that way. They went ahead and replaced the whole CPU. I really don't know too much about that stuff, but all I know is the price...FREE!!! Turns out I do have an 8year/80,000mile warranty. Can't tell you how happy THAT made me! I do not know what it would have cost had I not had the warrany. Thanks for your help!


2nd May 2013, 01:17

From my experience, if the check engine light is on, it means the car could be operating at a higher level, but if it starts to blink, that is when you need to pull over and call a mechanic.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 49 reviews