2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 3 of 11

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 miles
Most recent distance92000 miles

Summary:

It sucks

Faults:

The trac off light keeps coming on. If I would've read these reviews before I got it, it would've been more helpful.

The check engine light came on today and trac off. They can't find anything wrong with it because there are no codes.

It's a 2001 Cavalier. I need it to travel to and from college, and possibly a new job soon. I can't afford a new car =( I don't know what to do, I took it to the repair shop 3 times, already two different ones.. grr don't get this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd October, 2009

23rd Oct 2009, 22:23

Not only that, they're deathtraps! Last-gen Cavaliers got HORRIBLE crash-test ratings. To prove the point, my friend had an '02 Cavi and someone ran a red light and it tore the whole front bumper off her '02 Cavalier, which was promptly replaced by her insurance with an '05 Cavalier! This is due to the extreme depreciation compared to how much she owed on it, the '02 got wrecked so she got an '05. These cars are a risky buy and do NOT hold value.

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired11 miles
Most recent distance298000 miles

Summary:

This car is amazing, and I want another one

Faults:

Nothing, the car was completely amazing.

General Comments:

This car is super peppy and so much fun to drive. Takes off fast and gets up to speed quickly.

Never had any serious problems at all.

The seats were comfortable and the whole experience was just awesome.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th September, 2009

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier VL 2.2L gas from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 2.2L gas Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired18000 kilometres
Most recent distance115000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Wish I had spent my money on something older but better

Faults:

I bought this used from a Nissan dealership and opted to not extend the one year left on the warranty. Nothing seemed to need fixing right away.

Towards the end of the first year, the drive shaft started clunking during turns. Not a CV boot or joint, though. After some research, it turned out to be a "kind of" warranty issue with the steering knuckle needing lubrication. My mechanic suggested I just let it be until it got too annoying, as it would be quite pricey to fix. Still making the noise, but louder now.

Tires seem to wear quickly, not sure why.

Interior dash vent fan starting clicking last year. Not worth fixing.

New rattles seem to appear regularly. The dash in particular is very creaky.

The CD player stereo is a weird oval shape, so is not easily upgradeable to something better.

General Comments:

Really wishing this car would run itself into the ground. It's a pig to drive and has terrible body roll going around the mildest corners at the slowest speeds. Despite having a 2.2L engine, the pickup is awful. The transmission is clunky at best and feels like a tractor's or an old pickup truck's. The seatbelts cut into my neck (I'm 5'5" tall) and never seem to fit right. The stock floor mats shifted easily and frequently ended up under the clutch pedal, blocking it. Had to replace them with heavier rubber mats.

Good points:

The paint is quite pretty once polished by a pro detailer, and the clear coat is very hard, so it doesn't scratch easily.

The back seat is large enough for adults in a pinch.

The trunk is quite large. Big enough for two full sized suitcases side by side.

Only give this car oil changes and brake jobs, hoping it will disappear one day, as there is absolutely no resale value on it.

Way, way overpaid for this piece of crap. But it's reliable enough that I can't justify getting rid of it yet.

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

Review Date: 10th April, 2009

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic

Summary:

Good car

Faults:

My TRAC OFF light has come on, then the car will try to shift into gear when it shouldn't, and then it will not shift into gear when it does need to.

I had it checked out, and the mechanics said that the TPS needed to be replaced. If it isn't replaced, it could cause the bands to stretch and end up costing more money in the end. As of now to get them to fix it at the shop will cost around $170. The part is around $70-80, depending on where you go to get it.

General Comments:

Other than the TPS, everything runs great on the car.

It doesn't take long at all for it to accelerate.

The steering is wonderful.

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

Review Date: 3rd June, 2008

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 38 reviews