1992 Chevrolet Chevette 1.6 SL/E 1.6 2BBL from Uruguay


Great car, which left a huge hole when discontinued


Nothing. Ever. (of course, I won't count such things as forgetting to fill the gas tank, or failing to check the battery and getting stuck because of that, that's my fault, not the car's)

General Comments:

Most reliable car I have ever had, driven, or am likely to own. My brother bought the car as a supposedly cheap replacement for his worn out Ford Corcel, which I have also reviewed in this site.

Light and precise steering.

Comfortable gearbox.

Great overall controls.

Front seats are uncomfortable and low for tall and big people; back seat is unsuitable for adults.

Knowing its shortcomings before buying the car is easy, so it can be labeled as flawless.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd January, 2004

18th Sep 2005, 23:14

Wow, your Chevette must be one in a million. Everyone else I've ever heard talk about Chevettes have said that they are total lemons. My mom had one once and almost every single day she had a problem. I can't believe these cars were even released to the public.

16th Dec 2005, 09:51

I'm the original poster. It's likely that your Mom's Chevette was an American model. The one I'm referring to was Brazilian-built. There is a big confusion between the U.S. built Chevrolet Chevette and the Brazilian-built Chevette, which have some common design, but where not the same basic product. Moreover, Brazilian cars were not plagued at the time by the driveability troubles many American cars had. The Brazilian Chevette was completely based on the German Opel Kadett built up to 1981.

16th Dec 2005, 18:14

On the other hand, a buddy of mine had a Chevette in the US, acquired about 5th hand. It was totally beat up, held together literally by coat hangers, but it kept going and going and going, even with a cracked timing chain cover and cracked everything else.