A very fast pile of utter pants!
Completely faultless although transfer box was playing up when I traded it in (someone else's problem now!)
I bought this car because it had a gorgeous engine and went like stink. Within a couple of weeks, I realised it had a tenth of the all round ability of my previous Peugeot 405 Mi16, and I regretted buying it.
Although it is quite quick, this is a sports car in badge only. The steering has less feel than an arcade game, and although the grip is okay, it ploughs straight on in corners like a 1.4 L model if you push it too hard. Body control over crests and dips is a joke, and where the 405 would let you balance it on the throttle mid-bend, the Cavalier just wants to plough on everywhere.
If you can afford the insurance, I recommend this car to all 17 year olds. You can toast RS Turbos and the like off the lights, and it looks pretty cool as well. Anyone who wants more from a car than straight-line speed though, and anyone who remotely cares about real handling (and not just grip - there is a difference!) should avoid it like the plague.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th August, 2001