1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Consumer Reviews

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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier
4.3
Average based on 12 reviews
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Great car for a low price

by from New Martinsville, WV on July 23, 2008

I bought my 1997 Cavalier from a family member for $400. It had 98,000 miles on it. I have had zero problems with the car since i bought it in May of 2006. Great gas mileage, easy to drive, and low ma...
I bought my 1997 Cavalier from a family member for $400. It had 98,000 miles on it. I have had zero problems with the car since i bought it in May of 2006. Great gas mileage, easy to drive, and low maintenance. With the 5 speed manual, I spend about $70 less on gas each month than my wife does in her Jeep Cherokee.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Common Car, Standout Ride

by from Omaha. Nebraska on July 27, 2006

I own a 1997 Z24 with the DOHC 2.4L and a 5-speed tranny. The tires are 205/55/16's, and do an excellent job in terms of competent and stable handling, as well as all-weather traction (depending on th...
I own a 1997 Z24 with the DOHC 2.4L and a 5-speed tranny. The tires are 205/55/16's, and do an excellent job in terms of competent and stable handling, as well as all-weather traction (depending on the tires of course). I have had this car throughout my undergraduate career, and it will hopefully last me through law school. I bought the car with ~ 55k on the odometer, and presently have just under 70k. In that time, I have had to replace the normal slew of parts that one would expect (brake pads, wheel bearing, and o2 sensors). The one nasty repair I had to do was replacing the water pump, which cost a pretty penny because most of the engine needs to be removed just to reach it. However, general maintenance and interior fit and finish have been great, and overall it has proven to be surprisingly well-built car. I tend to average around 24 mpg with mostly city driving, but have bumped it up to about 30mpg with mixed highway miles. This car has carried everything from people to bicycles, with nary a hic-up/ and I couldn't be happier.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Very Little Trouble from this Vehicle

by from Pontiac, MI on August 29, 2006

I have owned my Cavalier for seven years and I've only had to make minimal repairs. It is really a great buy for the money.
I have owned my Cavalier for seven years and I've only had to make minimal repairs. It is really a great buy for the money.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Very dependable...get a lot for your money

by from New York, NY on April 27, 2007

Runs great. The interior designing could use a little upgrade, but otherwise it's a fantastic car. Very reliable -- I never questioned whether it would be able to get me from point A to point B. I per...
Runs great. The interior designing could use a little upgrade, but otherwise it's a fantastic car. Very reliable -- I never questioned whether it would be able to get me from point A to point B. I personally think the sportier versions are actually among the more stylish cars on the road.
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Does recommend this car

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17 years and still going strong

by from DC on August 5, 2014

Bought this car new in August 1997. Changed the oil regularly and rotate tires and occasionally have brakes fixed. The only major problem was in 2002 when I had to have the water pump replaced which w...
Bought this car new in August 1997. Changed the oil regularly and rotate tires and occasionally have brakes fixed. The only major problem was in 2002 when I had to have the water pump replaced which was rather expensive. I am also on my third radio and the AC struggles but the heater works great. I have a trailer hitch on it and occasionally pull my jon boat with no problems. Currently have 183,000 miles on it and it runs great. Stills starts right up, plows through snow, and gets me reliably from point a to point b. It is still peppy and holds the road well. Car isn't much to look at but is so dependable and doesn't cost much to run or maintain that I can't bring myself to trade it in. I get around 28 mpgs on it driving combines city/highway. I have owned toyota celica, honda accord, ford taurus show, and mercury in the past but I got to say this car has been the best running car I have had with the fewest problems. I bought this car when I didn't have much money. Yes, it was/is a cheap car but for me it has served me well and will keep driving it till it breaks down and the repair cost is over $600. I have been saying this for 3 years now and I expect I will be saying it again in 3 more when it hits 20 years old and becomes a classic.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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I love this car! It just won't die!

by from Portland, OR on December 22, 2014

I've had 2 Cavaliers. I sadly wrecked my auto 4 door w/ almost 200k with nearly no issues except maintenance. My dad got my 2 door manual in trade for repairs. It had a blown engine because the last o...
I've had 2 Cavaliers. I sadly wrecked my auto 4 door w/ almost 200k with nearly no issues except maintenance. My dad got my 2 door manual in trade for repairs. It had a blown engine because the last owner ran it out of oil and raced it till it blew. We dropped a used engine with about 98k in it and it's been a work horse ever since. It has over 224k on it now and I've taken it everywhere! Still gets great gas mileage. My boyfriend was shocked the amount of pick up it has. I just love this thing. :)
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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I am going to kill this car someday, but not today

by from Richmond, VA on August 5, 2013

This is my first car. I bought it for $1200 with 196,000 miles on it. 2,000 miles later, and Pojie (Piece Of Junk Isn't 'E) and I have had quite a few adventures. We've made two 400 mile trips on 3/4 ...
This is my first car. I bought it for $1200 with 196,000 miles on it. 2,000 miles later, and Pojie (Piece Of Junk Isn't 'E) and I have had quite a few adventures. We've made two 400 mile trips on 3/4 of a tank of gas, averaging about 36 MPG with 4 adults in the car and bags. We've gone off-roading, and gone through mud holes that my buddies in their 4x4's got stuck in. We've gone through city traffic and the boonies, and no matter what, this car has never failed me. It's been used more than once to tow trailers, and has hauled at least 1500 pounds (GM recommends no more than 1000) with the 2.2L (GM says never tow with a 2.2 L engine) and a 3-speed automatic transmission (GM says never tow with a three-speed automatic) at 60 and 70mph (U-haul does not recommmend speeds above 45 MPH)
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Most Reliable Car I've Owned

by from Dallas, TX on February 7, 2011

I purchased my Cavalier brand new, in October 1996. She had only 15 miles on her at the time. Flash forward to February 2011, and she is still going strong, now with 287,000 miles. YES, I said 287,000...
I purchased my Cavalier brand new, in October 1996. She had only 15 miles on her at the time. Flash forward to February 2011, and she is still going strong, now with 287,000 miles. YES, I said 287,000 miles. In the 15 years I have owned this car, I have had very minimal problems at all. I have been the only driver, and with regular oil changes and maintenance I have had little to no issues whatsover. This has truly been a great car for me all these years.
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212,000+miles

by from Phoenix,AZ on February 27, 2011

In the 14 years I have had the car, the most it has ever cost me was for replacing the A/C. Other costs have simply been maintenance (oil changes and tires). It started life in PA when I still worked ...
In the 14 years I have had the car, the most it has ever cost me was for replacing the A/C. Other costs have simply been maintenance (oil changes and tires). It started life in PA when I still worked and has made the cross-country trip 5 times with no need for repairs during or after the trip.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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nice, but had troubles

by from Daphne,AL on December 13, 2008

i used to have this exact car, model make and year. it was a nice car however the more you put the top down on it, it starts to rip apart around the window area..after a while, i had to drive with a t...
i used to have this exact car, model make and year. it was a nice car however the more you put the top down on it, it starts to rip apart around the window area..after a while, i had to drive with a towel in my car at all times, in case it rained....
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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