When I first bought the car the head gasket needed repairing. This was the only major expensive fault and since then there has only been a few minor problems that have cost penny's to fix.
1) Clutch cable replaced.
2) Hand brake cable replaced.
3) Rear brake drum cylinder replaced.
Then a few minor problems that I just lived with…
1) Rusty rear arch (Like they all do!)
2) Engine management fault. Had the warning light on for a total of 3 years! Never really made much difference to the cars running. In the last 6 months I owned it the car it idled badly when cold, and sometimes staled.
I loved this car and was very sad when I had to scrap the poor thing. My cavalier was called TAD and gave me three years of almost trouble free motoring. If you only have a few hundred pounds to spend and you need a spacious car that will cruise for hours on the motorway then get one of these! Even around town they are very easy to drive and control.
Other things I loved: -
The engine sound is wonderful, pointless, but wonderful.
The comfort, like driving around in your favourite armchair, except your favourite armchair may cope better with fast corners. At this is the point your car turns into the Q.E.2 and one should have sick bags in the glove box ready!
Boot space. Put the seats down and you have a brilliant van!
And finally safety. My last car was also a cavalier and one wet day I crashed at speed into the back of an articulated lorry. It span over and I ended up upside down. My only injury was from the glass after the side window smashed. When people see pictures of the car they cannot believe I even survived! I can however, the bodywork on these cars are very strong and it has a high en-cap safety rating, as high as most more modern cars.