25th May 2004, 20:13

To add to the comment I just made, I forgot to say that the air conditioning doesn't work either, and had to replace the oil sender unit, due to extensive oil leaks causing my car to smoke.

17th Sep 2005, 00:57

I have a 1996 Chevy cavalier z24 and I have not had any really big problems, it has 118,000 miles and I just changed the air system, other than that the car is running perfect, I do however keep up on the routine maintence, oil change, brakes ect.. I do recommend the cavalier... great gas mileage and affordable for the average household income...

17th Apr 2007, 21:10

Well I live in Canada, and I have a 1997 Cavalier and it has 226000km. It hasn't given me any problems, such as the ones I'm reading on here, like tires and brakes. It's been a great car to me and my girlfriend. It only ticks when it gets warmed up, but that was only the timing chain.

13th Jul 2009, 01:07

My 97 Cavalier is just about to roll over to 300,000kms... and shes still runnin' like a kitten -- she has her "issues" but shes an old girl... still reliable though.

I would highly recommend anyone a Cavalier.

7th Sep 2010, 16:13

My daughter's 97 Cavalier is driving me crazy. The so called anti theft system should be called anti-owner system. Starts and runs for one second, then the anti-theft light flashes. I called the local Chevy dealership, and of course they say it has to be programmed. WHAT HAS TO BE PROGRAMMED? The key is METAL. It has no chip or any fancy smancy gadgets. I am very mechanical minded and have repaired all my vehicles in the past, but this one has me stumped.

18th Sep 2010, 01:19

I too own a 1998 Chev Cavalier, and a 1997 Cavalier, and have had problems with 1998; the theft light flashing, and have to wait till the darn thing goes out before my car would start. I took it to have it fixed, and bought that high dollar part from the dealership 'ignition switch and that lil theft thingy that attaches to it'.

The guy left me a message to pick my car up, that it was fixed; got there and he gave me the new part back that I had bought, and told me a wire had just came loose, boy did I luck out, but now I'm having the same problem with the 1997, so I'm just hoping this will be the same issue, because I can get into the steering and check out the wires myself. This may be a easy fix for some, and I hope this helps.

28th Mar 2011, 03:34

The key cylinder has to be programmed not the key itself.