1986 Chevrolet Chevette Reviews

1986 Chevrolet Chevette Coupe 1.6 from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1985
First year of ownership1985
Most recent year of ownership1996
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Distance when acquired5 miles
Most recent distance225000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Chevette

Summary:

Was a tough car that never gave me any trouble

Faults:

I never had any problems. The Chevette ran and was the most reliable Chevrolet I ever had.

General Comments:

I bought a Chevrolet Chevette in 1985. It was my first car, and it was extremely reliable. In fact it was the best Chevrolet I ever had. I regret to this day that I sold it in 1996 to a friend of mine. Ever since then, every Chevrolet I bought has not held up as well, and was not as reliable as the Chevette.

I bought the Chevette with 5 miles on the odometer off the showroom floor, and drove it for 225,000 miles. I took really good care of the car. The oil was changed every 3,000 miles. The coolant and transmission fluid was serviced every 30,000 miles. All of the belts were also changed every 30,000 miles. I also had the timing belt serviced at 30,000 mile intervals. This car never let me down. In our family, we called the Chevette Betsy.

Since selling the Chevette, I bought a Corsica, which blew a head gasket at 41,000 miles. I sold the Corsica and bought a 1999 Malibu, which had problems with the hydraulic braking system, and ABS control module at 16,000 miles. The Malibu was traded in for a Impala LS. The Impala is a piece of junk. Chevrolet never should have retired the Chevette, since it was a really good car that held up well. I sold the Chevette to a friend of mine who sold it in 2003. That car was still running when he sold it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th September, 2010

1986 Chevrolet Chevette Base 1.6L 4 cylinder from North America

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6L 4 cylinder Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres
Previous carPontiac 6000

Summary:

Japanese cars are reliable... This one was too!

Faults:

Alternator at around 140 000km.

Timing belt was always squealing, never got it changed.

Front shocks at 150 000km.

New starter at around 120 000km.

Master cylinder at around 180 000km.

General Comments:

We paid $500 for that car, and it was in pretty good shape. It was a real tank. Sadly, it was probably even slower than one. The car had no power, but was very reliable and drove us everywhere. We abused the poor thing and barely ever washed it.

What killed the car is the rust. The floorboards rusted through all over the place, and we decided to scrap the car. I would buy another one if I could find one in good shape.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2010

1986 Chevrolet Chevette Scooter 2 door 1.4 litre from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.4 litre Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired213000 kilometres
Most recent distance213000 kilometres

Summary:

Very reliable car if taken care of properly

Faults:

The speedometer and odometer were broken when I got the car, so there's no telling how many kilometers are on the car.

The radiator needed replacing, but that was self-inflicted since I drove it through a mud puddle into some broken cement, puncturing the radiator.

The starter went.

The car slows right down on the highway sometimes when it is cold. Car acts like it needs gas-line antifreeze, even if it has been added recently. Cannot figure this out.

General Comments:

This Chevette is awesome, it's great on gas.

The spare wheel is easily accessible.

Handling through traffic is great due to its small size.

Uses little oil, even during highway travel.

I have gotten used to starting the car off in first, then switching up to second, then drive. I downshift when approaching a stop. Recently, my car started slipping out of gear randomly. A friend told me I am wrecking my transmission by driving it this way. Is he correct? Please answer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th January, 2002

17th Jul 2002, 09:16

About your shifting of the transmission--I am not sure, but I know that when you pull an automatic down into first or second, the transmission line pressure gets boosted up to about 120 psi instead of the regular 40 psi so that the clutches are pushed together to provide engine braking. If you do this too often, you could ruin the transmission because the seals and clutches are not made to hold up against constant 120 psi pressure.

1986 Chevrolet Chevette CS 4-door 1.6 liter 2-bbl I-4 from North America

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 liter 2-bbl I-4 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired49237 miles
Most recent distance55735 miles
Previous carMercury Cougar

Summary:

The car everyone should own

Faults:

Carburettor went at 53,000 miles.

Control arm snapped at 53,500 miles.

That is about it.

General Comments:

This has to be one of the best cars ever built.

The steering and handling is sports car territory.

The acceleration is fine for most purposes.

I have managed a constant 35 miles to the gallon in mostly city driving.

The head room is terrific, so is the rear seat leg room.

The cargo area is usefully big and this little lugger can hold its own weight.

The seats are fairly comfortable, and the driving position is workable.

Visibility is excellent, and its small exterior size makes it very simple to park in carriage corrals.

This is a fairly bumpy car, and noise levels are not Lexus-like.

The car tops out at about 80 mph, which is good for me and bad for cops.

Throw 100 lbs. of Speedy-Dry in the back and you have a pretty capable snow car.

Without power brakes, the pedal is heavy, but the stopping distance is fairly short.

The control layout is smart, and more handy than most of today's cars.

Parts for this car have not been over $300, and that is about the same for insurance for a year.

Build quality and exterior finish are about the norm.

Excellent first car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2001

18th Oct 2002, 06:51

You are telling that it handles like a sportscar. It is because that while the Chevette in US were just an econobox, in Europe it was sold as "Opel Kadett", a car that entered many rallies with success, the most powerful model "GT/E" had 115 hp, which was easily tuned!

Average review marks: 6.4 / 10, based on 4 reviews