2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 4 of 11

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier 2 Door Coupe 2.2 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired56000 kilometres
Most recent distance157000 kilometres
Previous carHyundai Elantra

Summary:

Lots of car for little money

Faults:

My driver door window was sticking and the drivers door power lock wasn't working.

General Comments:

- A great car for the money you pay.

- Extremely reliable with little to no maintenance. I only spent $800. in repairs in 4 years.

- Fun to drive. Very sporty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th May, 2008

19th Jan 2011, 19:18

Love it, love it, love it. Not too many repairs needed. Very little money spent on gas. Nice looking.

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier sedan 4-c from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 4-c Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance95332 miles
Previous carChevrolet chevy

Summary:

Absolutely the best buy for the best performing, sporty, safe, and fun sedan-styled car!

Faults:

Nothing went wrong with the car that had to do with the dealer or company. Let's see, I had to change the spark plugs and get new wipers once. Otherwise all I did was change the oil every so often and all was well!

General Comments:

The interior setup is very nice: comfortable, clean, and organized. For a 4-Cylinder car... WOW this car has lots of get up and go!! I had absolutely no problems with the transmission or fuel intake; nothing like that. Best of all, it got about 24 mpg. Unfortunately I wrecked my Cavy because of a few deer, on the last day of school, with one more payment to make. Sad. The car rolled two times and was still running when it landed. Both airbags came out. My seat belt worked. Another thanks to Chevy!!! You would be stupid not to like this make of car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2007

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier VL Sedan 2.2 OHV from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 OHV Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired84563 kilometres
Most recent distance100663 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

There's a lot better out there..

Faults:

Nothing major to report from a reliability stand point; front left transaxle seal went at 96 000km, fuel pump went at about 98 000km.

General Comments:

The Cavalier is a little like that senior co-worker that never gives up; even though it's getting old, tired and long over due for retirement, it finds a way to hang on for a bit longer despite its advanced age and still manages to do the best job it possibly can.

There's a limit to what one can achieve with a 25 year old platform and these limits have been reached in 1982; the steering feels overly light and is highly imprecise at high speeds. Body roll is overly present and the car becomes almost uncontrollable the second you go above the speed limit. In every day driving these limitations are barely noticeable, but were a major source of disappointment.

The 2.2L OHV valve engine is as old as time itself and it's ancient push rod design make it seem as if this car was designed by a cave man. Despite it's average 114 horses, this engine seems like it was stolen from a tractor; its loud, rough and simply out dated. Once again in normal city driving its limitations aren't as obvious. On the bright side of things these engines are built like tanks and are a breeze to service.

On the bright side of things the car is a looker and is very well equipped for it's price range; ABS, Traction Control and remote keyless entry for a price of 7500$. The Cavalier's fit and finish is and has always been it's weakest point; the interior plastics are GARBAGE and seem like they recycled from the 1980's. The exterior panels fit poorly with one another and the interior is filled with mysterious noises. Overall it serves it's purpose as an economy car, but if you can spare a bit more change, check out the Cobalt or Kia Spectra 5; you'll get more bang for your buck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2007

2nd Nov 2013, 22:13

Good review :)

Looks like they figured out the head gasket problem on the 2.2 OHV :)

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier VL from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired101012 kilometres
Most recent distance104126 kilometres
Previous carDodge Caravan

Summary:

Worth the money

Faults:

ABS are strange. Makes a LOUD grinding noise and crunches under your foot.

Has stalled on occasion (not my fault), I don't drive it like it's a sports car, just normally, and it will stall.

Starting the car sometimes is a hassle, can take 2-3 seconds to kick-in while turning the key.

Trunk lid sometimes takes a couple of slams to shut properly.

Front seats are thin, can feel kids kicking your back very easily from the backseat.

General Comments:

Drives fairly well.

Gets good gas mileage on the highway, not so much in the city.

Not too noisy.

No serious problems yet.

Got in a couple of small accidents, (not my fault!) paint is thin and easily damaged.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2006

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