26th Mar 2007, 15:08
I agree completely with the potential of these cars. Originally I owned a 96' LS model with the 2.4 engine with a simple Vibrant intake (Second rate in my opinion) and easily racked up a hefty amount of wins. The engine does have flaws such as the water pump and a tendency to work too hard in certain gears, but what engine doesn't. The 89' 240 SX for example (Although a single cam) is still a 2.4 and has given nothing, but grief to my friends due to a classic timing chain problem. However the z-24 model is no where near old in my opinion and can easily take cars that out perform it in later gears.
I now own a 2000 model myself and can proudly say I toasted an 01' GT-S Celica from the line until my car toped out. I've only an AEM intake and full piping so far. I plan to install a roots supercharger as well as DC Headers and a Venom 400 module. Although the car isn't stick I find the automatics can be "tweaked" with if given the proper footing at key moments in acceleration. I only wish the car had a higher top speed, overdrive *cuz its only on some 2.2 models, and possibly a little more work on that second gear. (I get too much lag)
Finally the suspension, the shocks go out way too quick, it makes the ride Oh so much more bumpy and can possibly loosen all that good craftsmanship. As for those who don't believe its possible to beat an AWD Eagle Talon, consider that the Talon's stocked turbo has lag. A few mods here and there and you can take one.
26th Mar 2007, 15:19
Oh, right; almost forgot to mention to all those mustang owners. If you try to show off and peal out at the start, you're gonna lose; if you drive like you're supposed to then congrats I'll see you at the finish line. Its the driver that makes the car in that situation period.
11th May 2007, 16:59
I have a 97 z24 and I love the cars performance I have a turbo kit in it now and its gotten into the 12s, they are good cars with potential, but a lot of people give up on them without trying.
15th May 2007, 02:32
Early 90's Mustang 5.0
205-225hp 275-300 ft/lbs tq weight 2700-2900 lbs approx.
1995-2002 Cavalier z24.
145-150hp 150 ft/lbs tq weight 2500-2600 lbs approx.
Stock #'s, I suppose it's possible but I'd have to see actual proof rather then the word of a bunch of fanboys/girls on both sides.
19th Jun 2007, 21:48
It's funny because I smoked my friends "slightly modded" cavalier with my 97 Grand Cherokee Laredo Inline 6 don't get me wrong he got me on acceleration, but that car is gutless on the top end he actually thought he could beat me. We put 100 bucks up to see who would win and I beat him with ease once I passed 100 considering the jeep isn't a racing vehicle to begin with P. s the rev limiter was removed so it actually does 125 but don't tell him that ha ha.
21st Jun 2007, 23:46
I own a 2000 Z24 and personally I can beat any domestic STOCK vehicle up to 4.0 very easily (without superchargers and turbos) but once I dropped in a 1997 Ford Taurus SHO engine (3.0 V6 Yamaha 320hp stock, 720hp with turbo) and no I'm destroying Corvettes Beamers and Mercedes.
15th Jul 2007, 01:32
There are a lot of dumb people on this board... the smart ones should remove themselves!
10th Dec 2007, 01:15
OK people I have a 2000 z24 and I am very impressed with the car it is quite the little machine. Has some good power and a nice tight fit to the road. I have driven a mustang 5.0 and there is a big difference between the two. But for the money I have spent and the car I have got I am more ahead of the game than any mustang owner. But in the raw power department the 5.0 has it beat hands down and if you know how to drive there is no problem with hookup in the mustang. Those who say they beat there friends in there mustang tell them to get some driving lessons.
12th Feb 2008, 12:11
I have a 2000 Z24 and love it. Just a few mods; cold air intake and cat back.
It is fun to drive and pretty quick. I would not say it's fast, but it's quick, especially up to 50mph. It won't beat a V8, but I beat my friend's 6 cylinder BMW from a dead stop, and would not be afraid to race any foreign piece of crap 4 cylinder. American all the way!!
3rd Apr 2008, 14:26
I'm getting ready to get a 2000 z24 Cavalier and I don't think that it'll beat a 5.0 or a Camaro, but they have torque and are a lot better on gas, so while they're stopped at a gas station filling up, I'm gonna be crusin by in the Cavalier, so in a way they are better.
10th May 2008, 23:42
I have a 2000 Z24. It's a lightweight compact. That's it. It's not in the league of sports car. The Z24 badge is to make you pay for a slightly bigger engine and a badge. 150 BHP and 155 LB of torque is all you get. With an intake and an exhaust you're not going to get astronomical power out of it. Maybe 15-20 HP and that's pushing it. This whole thing is about how good the car is to have and to manage, not how it beats cars with over 250 HP. get a grip people. I love cars and I would love to have a Porche 911 turbo GT3 or a Toyota Supra or a Nissan Skyline. These are some of the real sports cars that you should be arguing about. Not compacts vs. 80's and early 90's sports cars. Cavaliers are good cheap cars. Why can't y'all just leave it at that. If you Cavy drivers want real power, then get a car with the power you want. If you can't afford it, then save your money for a new more powerful car. Quit trying to turn water into wine.
4th Jun 2008, 21:20
I have a 2000 five speed Z24 with a short throw shifter, custom dual flowmaster exhaust, an eagle engine kit and a stage 2 gm performance supercharger, performance shocks, rims, tinted windows, and a fiberglass bolt on scooped hood... It makes about 460whp...
I love it; it's my little Honda killer... If anyone ever tells me that my car sucks because it's American or just because it's a Cavy, I got an idea... Race me... I'm willing to put money on it... Just letting y'all know... I beat a 2003 supercharged Mustang the other day on the highway...
10th Jun 2008, 00:15
I had a 98 z24. I just sold it last week and bought a 94 v6 Camaro. The z could beat Integras and gs Eclipses and stock civics. I had a custom suspension and cold air intake, that was routed to the front bumper for extra air. These cars are underdogs. Everyone is quick to judge a Cavy.
I could get ahead of some v6s, but once they got some traction, I was toast. So, I don't see how anyone could beat a v8 in a Cavy without the use of a turbo or super charger. The stock 2.4 or even heavily modded -charger z engine could not hope to beat a v8, unless the driver did not know what they were doing or the car needed some serious work. Z24 Cavaliers are great cars and quick, and have lots of potential. I highly doubt a z24 could even beat my stock Camaro, let alone an ls/t1, or Mustang 5.0.