10th Mar 2004, 12:24

My 97 Cavalier had no problems prior to a fender bender and except for style, I would buy another. When I went to my dealer with problems, they didn't know who I was either, but could not have been anymore helpful even if a 60 minutes' camera team was standing there.

23rd Nov 2005, 22:57

I think the problem was the dealer and Chevy. Never take your car in to the dealer. Those fools will never get anything right. I also want to say, good job for getting out of that damn Chevy and into a Toyota. I am also a Chevy victim.

8th Jul 2007, 03:27

I found the comment about not bringing other manufacturers into the discussion a little insulting...

I think that the point of a car review website is to see how cars stack up; I mean, if we only had one car made by one company, then there would be no point for a website like this; why complain about something unless you have the option of going to something else?

I must say that I have also noticed on my cavalier that when something *does* break, that one thing seems to break down over and over and over again; I don't know if it is just that other unknown problems keep causing symptoms that I keep fixing (which is possible), or if certain parts just aren't made up to snuff.

25th Jul 2007, 20:38

Bought a 97 in early 2001. Other than minor maintainence, no problems at all. changed ignition switch last month at a cost of $30.00. Never let a dealer work on your car, stay away from the 2.4 Quad four. This car is every bit as good as any Asian car.

26th Jul 2007, 18:40

I do not think it is as good as any Asian car. Maybe in the category of being stolen or something you can get dirt cheap the Cavalier is better. Typically Asian cars are built out of some of the finest materials, and being it is 1997 you compare, many Civics and Corollas rivaled many 25,000 dollar American cars.

I have personally been in a few Cavaliers, and know for a fact they are not as good as a Honda or Toyota. You can get 250,000 miles out of the Honda for sure without a lot of maintenance... I know because I owned one, and so does my neighbor, and our cars are running nice with that mileage. I have yet to see that many Cavaliers or 2.2 liter Chevy motors with that testament. Maybe the V8s, but no American four cylinder.

9th Jan 2008, 10:32

^ Funny you say that. I have had 3 cavaliers with 2.2's with over 200,000 miles on them.

Great cars for the money. Cheap to fix. Parts are easy to find when needed.

15th Apr 2010, 23:39

I had a 97 Cavalier too, and it reached 260k kms on it until I sold it, and I'm still seeing that car running around with the new owner for about a year now; it's all about maintaining it.