2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews - Page 9 of 11

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 2.2L ECOTEC from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2L ECOTEC Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12932 kilometres
Most recent distance63000 kilometres
Previous carChrysler Acclaim

Summary:

A great reliable car

Faults:

Nothing has really gone wrong with this car.

General Comments:

Excellent car, very reliable. Its comfortable, but the taller you are the less it is.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2004

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport Coupe 2.2L DOHC Ecotec from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.2L DOHC Ecotec Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired200 miles
Most recent distance20750 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

A nice, sporty car at a reasonable price

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car.

General Comments:

I absolutely love this car! It's everything I wanted in a new car at an affordable price.

I love the ground effects, fog lights, spoiler, sunroof (optional), and wheels.

The bucket seats are so comfortable, it's like they wrap around you.

There's a net in the front of the trunk, which is really good for putting groceries or anything that doesn't need to slide around in the trunk.

It has plenty of power to be a 4 cylinder.

The only thing I dislike is if you sit a cup in the cup holder, it blocks the heat/air controls, which make it a little harder to get to. But that's minor because I don't use them much. But other than that, I have no complaints.

I would recommend this car to anyone!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2004

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Base 2.2 4 cylinder from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired16 miles
Most recent distance22185 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

The depreciating wonder that won't stop

Faults:

The brakes have been a constant source of trouble.

General Comments:

The brakes on this car are scary at best. From a complete loss of braking power at 197 miles to resurfacing the front rotors at 11,000 miles. From then, it was another brake issue (no stopping power) at 15,000 miles and then all new rear drums and pads at 21000. Now, at 22000 it goes back again because the car vibrates violently when the brakes are applies. It should also be noted here that the ABS activates when braking on anything, but a smooth road surface, resulting in loss of braking control.

There were (and are again) two small rust spots on the roof. They were repaired 6 months ago under the corrosion part of the warranty. However, they are back again. The paint on this car is also weak, chipping and scratching with almost no contact.

The fuel filter must be replaced every 6,000 miles on this car to avoid hesitation and poor acceleration.

All in all, I am very disappointed with the quality and reliability of this car. I bought a Cavalier because of friends having excellent service from theirs. It is a comfortable, well styled, roomy car that looks good in a showroom and on paper. However, in reality, it is a true disappointment.

I have tried trading it in, only to find that it has depreciated 64% in its first year and I paid less that sticker and received a $3,000 rebate.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th November, 2003

4th May 2004, 01:25

See it is so obvious this review is bogus, or at least far over exaggerated. Rust spots on a 1 year old car? Give me a break... Obviously the brakes are defective on YOUR car or your driving is the cause since thousands of other owners don't note any problem with them. About the fuel filter, that is also BS. For one thing, even if replacement after 6000 was true, big deal, it's a 5 dollar fuel filter that snaps in and out of place easily. Besides, fuel filters usually last for over 50,000 miles (and can last forever, if rust and dirt is kept out of the gas tank)

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport 2.2 EcoTech from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.2 EcoTech Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired14 miles
Most recent distance33000 miles
Previous carToyota Tercel

Summary:

A great first buy

Faults:

I've had this car for a year and it has been checked over, but has yet to have a problem.

General Comments:

My car is quick and an easy ride. My budget is tight, so I'm glad to have a reliable means of transportation. During the hot summer, the AC was a dream. Winter time was no problem, because the car heated up so quickly. I have custom leather seats that the dealers put in which just made the ride all the more comfortable. The stereo is great for stock. I like the set-up of the center console. If you have problems with the cup holders under the heater dials, then clean out your car! It handles beautifully around corners. Lastly I am impressed with the Eco Tech engine. The LS has the smaller engine then the Zs, but feels like it has as much power.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2003

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