Sporty, Fun, Cheap on gas, get manual windows
The gas gauge went at about 55,000km. fixed under warranty. It went again at 80,000km (1 year and 2 weeks - warranty on part was 1 year) still broken.
The window motor slowly started to die at 75,000km. At 100,000km, it still goes down, but I had to pull it to get it back up.
Clutch was very hard to get used to. I had driven standard before, but this car had a very finicky feel to it. Had the clutch replaced as agreement when it was purchased, problem seemed to be the way it was designed. got used to it, and no problems since.
Low grinding noise when RPMs are a little speed is too low for the gear and clutch is released too fast. Dealer said it was the way the transmission works and to not be concerned.
I loved the car, until it was written off due to an accident. It was sporty and fun for me to drive, fast enough that I could pass easily, but not so fast that I could pass it off for an expensive sports car. Had enough torque to get up hills with ease.
The interior was comfortable. I found when I was looking at lots of cavaliers, that when purchasing a Z24 with a standard transmission, the seats are different from an automatic. there seems to be more room, and so wider, more comfortable seats in the standard. I never had a problem sitting in it for long periods of time (4 hours or more) and I am a taller person (6'4").
The exterior was nice. I always got comments on the white pin stripe on the black paint. The new larger spoiler for 02 was also a nicer look than the older smaller one.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th November, 2005