2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 8 of 11

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Base 2.2 from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired9 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous carChevrolet S-10

Summary:

Love this car.

Faults:

The sun visor on the passenger side started to come apart at 15,000 miles and the dealer replaced it under warranty. The front brakes are pulsating while braking at 20,000 miles. I called the dealer and am in the process of making an appointment to get the problem fixed.

General Comments:

The Cavalier is a great car and would recommend it to anyone looking for a low priced economy car.

You get a lot for your money with the Cavalier and the car gets good gas mileage. Mileage is around 30 mpg combined city-highway driving and 38 mpg on a trip. Standard features include body side moldings, rear window defroster, anti-lock brakes, intermittent wipers, remote trunk release, and AM/FM/CD player radio.

I can always depend on this car to get me to where I'm going. Nothing fancy, just a dependable, durable economy car. I have seen many older Cavaliers with well over 200,000 miles on the 2200 overhead valve engine, so with proper care and maintenance the Cavalier should hold its own compared to any import in its price range.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th September, 2004

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Base 2.2 OHV from North America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 OHV Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance20000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Faults:

The only problem I have with this car is the front brakes. The rotors are warped at 20,000 miles and will need to be resurfaced. The dealer said they will do this under warranty.

General Comments:

This car is more than what I expected for the price. The front brake problem is relatively minor considering that the cost of the parts to do the job myself would be about $50.00. However, the dealer will take care of it for me for free. The car consistently gets 32mpg average city and highway driving, and gets 38mpg on a trip. The Cavalier is the best economy car on the road in my opinion. Where else can you get a car for $10,000 that is union made in the USA, reliable, gets good gas mileage, and is cheap to insure?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2004

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Base 2.2 MFI from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2 MFI Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 0 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired15 kilometres
Most recent distance67000 kilometres
Previous carOldsmobile 98

Summary:

Wish someone would just steal it!

Faults:

Brakes done at 30,000km intervals front disks and pads. Service adviser stated that this was the norm for the vehicle.

Service engine soon light came on at about 23,000 Solenoid was changed. This problem has re-occurred 2 more times.

Was in twice in one week for steering problems. The first attempt at correction was to re-lube the intermediate shaft. Second attempt was to do this again... guess someone did not do it correctly the first time around.

At 30,000 the entire dash padding was replaced due to the passenger air bag cover lifting. Dealer said not to worry the bag would not deploy, requested to be changed nonetheless. The rear seat fold down also had to be tightened at this time due to rattling.

At 51,000km the front strut mounts were re-torque and the strut bearings where re-greased.

At 67,000 the vehicle was in for a mystery clunking noise coming from the front end, the glove box door rattling and the window seal folding up with the window. After getting the car back the clunking noise shall remain a mystery for the time being as the service tech could not find anything wrong. The glove box is not covered under warranty and I refuse to spend another red cent on this car. The window seal is invisible to two of the service techs until myself and one of their grease monkeys pointed it out, turns out this is not covered under the warranty either, therefore it shall remain as is.

General Comments:

This car has been the worst purchase I have ever made. I had an 87 olds regency, which will be on the road long after this thing finishes falling apart. I got better gas mileage from the olds and longer wear out of the brakes, from a vehicle, which is far heavier, and with an automatic. The olds even with no warranty cost less to keep on the road as I have spent more money on brakes (approx $900 and counting) in 67,000 on the cavalier than total repairs on the olds in 60,000. I purchased the cavalier hoping for a little peace of mind as the olds approached 15 years old and 220,000 km, and had to purchase the extended warranty on my cavalier for fear of being stranded with it.

Bottom line this car is great if you don't drive it. It is not fuel efficient, the seats are uncomfortable for any kind of distance driving. The brakes wear down quickly. The car rattles and shakes over every little bump on the road.

When my lease comes up I will gladly turn in the key on this vehicle and look at a Japanese car, or heck even a KIA or Hyundai anything would be better. The money I saved buying a GM product has not been worth the time, inconvenience, or stress. NEVER again will I purchase a GM product. I have come to realize GM stands for Generally Mediocre.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th July, 2004

15th Jul 2004, 20:12

OK, First of all 30,000km for brakes is regular wear. And big deal if the thing rattles, you tighten whatever is loose. You will never buy GM product again? That's fine, but better luck with a Hyundai or Kia, take a look at the reviews on them, you had no serious problems compared to KIA. You just don't know how lucky you really are. Any other car your going to have the problems you've just had so suck it up! God I'm tired of people complaining about normal wear and tear items on this site that go wrong. If you have better luck with your other cars keep them then.

P.S I love some of you people who refer to HONDA, TOYOTA, or NISSAN motors as "RICE BURNERS" that is really rude, but funny. Also, Hyundai, and KIA are not Japanese cars, they are korean and Koreans can't build a car. Stick with American or Japanese.

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