2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Sedan VL Ecotech 2.2 from North America
A cheap, but powerful and reliable car
The middle compartment's door got loose, but GM repaired it (warranty).
The tires that came with the car are worthless; they make a crazy noise during hot days when I turn (even at a low speed) and they just won't brake when there is rain. During winter, I've had them for a few days while there was snow, and they were terrible.
For the price, it is quite powerful.
The automatic transmission is really good, and smooth.
With winter tires it was a dream to drive in snow, very reliable during winter.
Consumes a lot of gas during winter, but it very good during summer.
Seats could be more comfortable, but it is not an expensive car so...
With GM dealers on most every corner where I live, it was very easy to bargain - got a good deal.
Backseat does not have a lot of room for adult passengers, and it is a bad idea to make a medium trip (30 minutes or more) with 3 adult passengers on the backseat - very uncomfortable for them.
Nice, improved design.
The sedan (4 doors) version is very good for insurance rates, even with a 140 hp engine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th May, 2004
I own a 2003 cavalier and I love it. The car has performed flawlessly since I got it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that reads this...
*** That is my review, I want to post an update since I cannot update my review***
I have now travelled 30,000 km with the car and so far the only problems I have encountered were minors (the leather around the shifter is cracked, one light stopped working, one head light plastic cover got water in it and it looks dirty all the time - all these are covered by GM's warranty, so I cannot really complain.
I still own the tires that came with the car, and I think they got better in time - or maybe I adapted my driving to the tires...
With gas prices at $1.45CDN/litre and $3.00USD/gallon in New York and New Jersey, I really appreciated the 2.2 L Ecotec!
I have not encountered any mechanic problem, the longer you own that vehicle, the more you like it.
It is my first car, and I really love it, I'm 100% sure I'll buy another GM. No matter what people say about the brand, it could not have been better at such a low price!