1984 Chevrolet Chevette CL 1.4 from North America
Doubt that I will buy Chevy again
Shifting lever broke.
Pressure plate on the clutch snapped.
Developed oil, leak after 4 years.
The paint was pealing off the thing after a few months
I don't understand all the hub-hub with the Chevette.
I bought mine new in '84 and should never have done it.
A cast iron shifting lever breaks! Again Chevy trying to save a buck and bought from substandard suppliers. I thought that it could be a one time thing, so I replaced it. It happened again!
The paint was pealing off after a few months. I took it back to the Chevrolet dealer, they said that it was me that was abusing the car. It wasn't 6 months old. I wrote a letter to the district office in Los Angeles. They forced the dealer to repaint it. I got it back with no stripes that it had before, and no emblems that said Chevette.
Pressure plate on the clutch snapped with less than 25,000 miles. It didn't wear out, the rivets snapped.
Four years old and it developed a pretty bad oil leak. I had just been discharged from the Navy with a 2 year old child and a pregnant wife. Traded up to a Celebrity wagon.
That was like any other Chevy, rusted faster than the grass grows!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 3rd December, 2009
3rd Dec 2009, 13:13
My father once owned a Chev that needed shocks, new power steering & a new engine after ONE YEAR!!! And he bought that piece of garbage new!
5th Dec 2009, 15:45
All the Chevrolets I've owned went at least 200,000 miles without any major work or body rust issues. Of course those were all Caprices and full size pickups, but still, GM's always given me ultra-cheap reliable motoring.
16th Jan 2010, 23:07
There is always the possibility of getting a lemon in the bunch, but that does not mean they are all as such. I have a 1984 Chevette myself, and other than maintenance and the rust starting to get at it a bit, it performs just as good as the day it was bought.
17th Jan 2010, 10:24
13:13 What was the mileage when your dad had the issues? I have driven company cars; Impala. Crown Vics etc. 50000 miles annually and needed shocks and the like. I carry equipment in the trunk. and overall had great luck with mine over the years.