I own the base model of the 2004 cavalier with a 5 speed manual. I got it December of 2003. This car is fast for what it is. I've done many drags with this car and lost only once, it was against an old porsche and he barely beat me. The only time I had to take this car in for any work was when I pushed it up to 105 mph, it turned out some sencor wasn't working right. I'm amazed with how great of a car this is and wouldn't trade it in for any other car in the price range.
You are drag racing and only reaching 105 mph I am surprised that no one else has beat you, but they were probably in Geo metros.
I own a Cavalier as well (2002 VL 4dr sedan) and as much as I LOVE my car, I can honestly say a Porsche would beat my Cavalier in a second. The Porsche 911 has a 0-100 km/h time of 4.5 seconds. The Ecotech Cavaliers do it in about 9.1 seconds and the 2.2 OHV engines in about 10.4 seconds. Allow me to doubt on that one.
I just completed a road trip to Mesquite Nevada from Las Vegas in my little 2004 Chevy Cavalier 2.2 and got 180 miles out of 1/2 tank of gas. That was driving at 75-80 mph most of the trip, and a little sight seeing while there. I want to get a cold air intake for it, and am trying to decide which one to go for. There only seems to be K&N or AEM. Anyone know what is best?
I have an '03 Cavalier with an Ecotec that has been outstanding and I love the car. But let's not kid ourselves. Although the Ecotec is a great engine and quite peppy, the Cavaliers (and contrary to what the Civic crowd thinks, Civics too) are not race cars. They do not have racing transmissions or suspension. Although the Ecotec can probably take anything you throw at it (not to say I advocate abusing it), you are going to kill the rest of the car if you try to drive it like a race car. Same goes for any front wheel drive compact on the market. They are what they are.
It is not inconceivable that a Cavalier (120hp) could beat an OLD Porsche. Examples: 1977-84 Porsche 924 2L ohc I4 Volkswagen engine, early '70s Porsche 912, mid '70s Porsche 914, a Porsche 356 of virtually any stripe. They are not fast, but in a straight line short race a Cavalier could take any of them easily. Remember, Porsches haven't always been incredible speed machines.