15th Jan 2003, 13:13
I bought my 1990 Z24 3.1L last February! It ran for a year on bad bearings! When I first brought her home I had to put in a new clutch, new power steering pump, 2 new tires, and some small work. After a year I have just replaced the alternator and drivers side front bearing as well as the ball joints. The outside is in great shape some paint peeling on the trunk, and rust on wheel wells down at the bottom, all in all a good car!
31st Jan 2003, 21:55
I have owned my 1990 Z24 for almost 2 years, The only thing I had go wrong was my fuel pump. But that was after 230,000 miles. It's a very reliable fast import killer.
7th Jun 2003, 21:02
I've had mine for a little over a year now. The previous owner took very poor care of it. Started out with rods knocking.. wasn't fun. Replaced the intake gasket, New brakes, New tires, Had to do some body work, still isn't the perfect car, but its been well worth the effort, I still love this car. Running clean and smooth at 197k miles.
6th Sep 2003, 11:20
After 2 years I put more money into the car then I payed for the car... i already had to replace the motor an just about every part under the hood..z24... straight up suck.
24th Aug 2004, 23:49
My Z24 has been nothing, but great to me. I think you all just don't know how to treat a lady and should respect the car a little more. I have had no problems with my 1990 3.1 manual... maybe we should learn how to drive a car without killing it.
15th Oct 2004, 10:43
I bought my z24 brand new, and have had it since 1990. It has around 160,000 miles on it and still runs beautifully. The only thing I've ever had to do is replace the transmission. Everything else has been fine, as long as you take good care of the car.
22nd Oct 2004, 15:16
I bought my Z24. The only thing I did to it was rebuilt the motor, added to turbo's to it, put 17" rims on it. Nothing could catch it except the ditch. That was the dream car... not no more.
8th Nov 2004, 13:18
I just purchased a 1990 Z24and I love it. Does anyone know any good sites where I can get some cheap parts and accessories?
13th Jan 2008, 18:35
The 1988-1990 (second generation phase one) Z24's are some of the best cars Chevy has ever made. My wife and I have owned four of them over the last 20 years and they have never failed us. The 2.8 and 3.1 engines have a lot of spunk and last forever when taken care of.
They certainly are the poor-mans Camaro and can be bought fairly cheap these days, but are worth the small investment if you find one in good condition.
11th Apr 2009, 21:44
Hello guys, I live in KY, and my dream car is also the 2nd generation Z24. I have waited since I was 16 to own my dream car, and now at 22 I own one and she is red silver 2.8 5 speed. Runs awesome, but the thing is I've went through over 60 z24's just to find one five speed... rare. I now have two, but my favorite was a conversion car; she is a gray on silver 2.8 auto 3 speed.. now five speed cars these cars are both 1989 model's... their most definitely the best Cavalier/car that was ever produced. It's bow tie or no tie.
11th Nov 2009, 21:19
I bought a 1990 Z24 Cavalier 5 speed for $250, and had to replace EVERYTHING ON IT. I put in a new clutch, pressure plate, release bearing, clutch master cylinder, slave master cylinder, radiator, water pump, fuel filter, battery, thermostat, power steering pump. But it has 183,000 miles on it and starts up 1st crank. So now I have 1300 invested into it. $1550 including purchase and can only sell it for $800!
1st Jan 2010, 20:40
Hello, I just bought my 1990 Chevy Cavalier Z24 for 1150. He was asking 1695. The car has 93000 miles on it, and she sounds awesome. It's a 3.1 automatic.
The car has ran great so far for the first 1000 miles. I love her and hope to get lots of life out of it.
Z24s are a 18 year old's dream car, and I got one.
18th Jan 2010, 17:26
Congrats on your first Cavalier. I owned a 97 with a rebuilt engine that I bought for 700 dollars and drove it for 3 years. Parts were cheap and it got me from A to B. I gave it to my cousin while I catch up on my bills and pay for my van, and she is still driving it with no problems.
I'm about to buy a 95 with 91000 original miles for 700 also - hope I have the same luck I had with my first 97 Cavalier LOL.
8th Jun 2010, 12:28
I got my Cav like 2 months ago, and I had to put like $1800 into it, because the guy I got it from told me the trans was good, and two days later it blew up on me, and I had to put in a new clutch and new brakes.
9th Jun 2010, 19:42
That would be your fault. Either you didn't properly inspect it, or test drive it, or if you aren't mechanically inclined, you didn't have a mechanic inspect it for you.
In your defense, Cavaliers are junk anyways.
10th Jun 2010, 16:10
This is true. We looked at a '92 Z-24 for my cousin years ago and I thought he was going to need a clutch after we got done test driving it. We all speed shifted it through the gears and totally beat the crap out of it to make sure it was good to go. He drove it for 4 years and had no problems with it. I also had a '90 Z-24 5-speed, and I drove that car much harder than any other car I've owned, and I had not one problem with it.
As far as being junk... well you've never owned an older Z-24. They are one of the best cars that ever came out of GM. I loved mine and would have kept it, had I not found the deal of the century on the 5.0 Mustang, which I traded it in for.