2003 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.2 Ecotech from North America
Not a bad car for the price
Leak in rear trunk seal - dealer fixed this within half a day. (Had water accumulating in the trunk). Never happened again. Replaced the front tires at 12,000 KM. I tend to drive hard and the 140 HP Eco tech makes it easy to smoke tires. :)
First off, this is my second Chevy Cavalier.
The first one, a 2000, was quite similar to this car. When GM made the 2003 Cavalier, they made a few new things - better engine, modified front and rear appearance, and bigger tires. All are positive improvements to the car.
This car is not a sports car. It is not meant to be riced but can be.
However, the Cavalier 0-60 time with the 2.2 DOHC Ecotech engine puts out a 140 HP and over 140 lbs of torque. This car can almost (.2 sec) beat a Civic Si. Throw in an after-market Super charger and cold-air intake, I dare say you would have a 200+ HP sleeper car. (Available at any GM dealership).
Torque steer is a big problem with engines that have 100+ hp. The Cavalier is no exception. If you want to burn a set of tires quickly, rev the engine to 5,000 up a hill. The tires will smoke.
The car's seats are horrible. They're fine for short trips. But forget it if you want lumbar support. They aren't' cutting it. Buy a new seat or consider a different car if seating is real important to you. Me, I can tolerate a bad seat, I've owned and ridden in too many bench-seat pick up trucks to care.
Back seat leg room is as to be expected. Trunk space is very large. The cargo net comes in handy. The air conditioning is exceptionally powerful.
My only complaint is that the A/C is always on when you choose to defrost the windows. The only exception to this rule is when the temperature sensor detects it's below freezing outside, it doesn't pump out cold air.
The car lumbers through corners, but is fairly quick. It's very easy to skid the car on hard accelleration (make the tires yell). If you do get one, make sure the tires are 15 inches at least. They make a huge difference in road handling. Oh and the factory tires are just garbage. They don't last and tend to be really soft.
Fairly good. Not great, but hey, it's good enough for me. I don't' need an extreme gas-sipper YET.
Not bad. I haven't had any problems with the car except for a minor trunk leak. I replaced the front tires because I burned through the el-cheapo factory ones at 10K. I change the oil regularly, and it so far hasn't let me down.
Not a bad cheap car. It could be worse. The stereo is a bit old, circa 1998, but, it works. I will eventually buy this car out due to the fact that I am a bit hard on vehicles. No problem. My next vehicle will be a different style though, I need something different...
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th November, 2004
18th Jan 2005, 10:49
At least you ADMIT you are hard on vehicles at the end of your review. It certainly sounded that way as I was reading though it. I would not go talking badly about the tires not lasting past 10K when you readilly admit to "smoking" them up hills. I have a '03 Cavalier that just turned 23K miles (no problems), and the tires still have plenty of life left in them. I cannot understand the mentality of wanting to beat a car the way you describe. But, good luck none-the-less.