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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Consumer Reviews

4.0
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by from New Somerset,OH on January 28, 2010

We bought the 2001 Cavalier LS for my daughter and it has been a very good car so far. It is very confortable for a compact car. Having the LS seating makes a big difference from the base Cavalier. Th...
We bought the 2001 Cavalier LS for my daughter and it has been a very good car so far. It is very confortable for a compact car. Having the LS seating makes a big difference from the base Cavalier. Thye performance has been excellent, we normally get 30 MPG locally, the car handles very well for its size, the exterior styling is very good, the interior design is very nice, it does have the LS package which is alot nicer than the base model,The features are just what you need, the reliability of the car has been very good so far. It was a good buy for what we paid for it.
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170K, and I'd drive 1K tomorrow if I had to.

by from Tulsa, Ok on June 14, 2008

I've had this car since spring, 2001. Mostly highway miles for me. Bought it to get me back and forth to work (40 miles one way). Been changing the oil every 5,000-6,000 miles (for me is every 3 month...
I've had this car since spring, 2001. Mostly highway miles for me. Bought it to get me back and forth to work (40 miles one way). Been changing the oil every 5,000-6,000 miles (for me is every 3 months). It's really been a great car, drove it west to Yellowstone in the summer , and a year or two later drove it east to Pennsylvania and Michigan in the winter. Both trips over 3,000 miles each and she's handled it all wonderfully. I have done nothing to this car, except for replace a relay that, ironically, they put on it to solve a recall issue. Here today, it does have some maintenance issues, but nothing that would stop me from driving it to Florida right now if I had to, and they are nothing you wouldn't expect to do on a car with that kind of mileage. As a matter of fact, I just this week replaced the last original tire on the car, 167,000 miles on a tire... (Goodyear Conquest) Overall, it's been a great car to me and I am struggling to decide to trade it off or tend to the maintenance items, the most significant of which is that one cylinder had low compression, she idles rough these days, but still gets me to work and back, as she has so many times before.
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Value and Reliability

by from Maine on April 18, 2008

I've been driving this car for 4 years now, and for a budget priced car it is incredibly reliable. The most important aspect of a car in my opinion is knowing that when I turn the key it will turn on ...
I've been driving this car for 4 years now, and for a budget priced car it is incredibly reliable. The most important aspect of a car in my opinion is knowing that when I turn the key it will turn on and get me where I need to go, and this car has done that every time. It has never broken down and never given me any problems. It also gets excellent gas mileage. The only downside I have found is that it is not very comfortable on long trips (2 hours or more), however if you are on a budget, I would definitely recommend it.
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Great car for the $

by from St. Cloud, MN on April 9, 2008

I bought an 01' Z24 cavalier in 2005, the only problems ive had were with a belt ($60 repair) and new tires ($200 for all 4).. best thing about this car is, it was inexpensive enough that i could pay ...
I bought an 01' Z24 cavalier in 2005, the only problems ive had were with a belt ($60 repair) and new tires ($200 for all 4).. best thing about this car is, it was inexpensive enough that i could pay cash for it, and when something needs to be fixed, it dosnt put me in the poor house to do so, my boyfriend has a 98' audi, he just spent $1400 on repairs, which would have cost me less than 1/2. So, if you want something fun to drive yet, dosnt break the bank, The Z24 Cavalier is the way to go!
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My First Car I bought and still own it

by from Texas on January 21, 2012

I originally bought the 2001 model in 2004 and still own it (7 years later) . Years later I have literally have nothing wrong with. It had 39K miles and now has 118K so I do not drive very much a year...
I originally bought the 2001 model in 2004 and still own it (7 years later) . Years later I have literally have nothing wrong with. It had 39K miles and now has 118K so I do not drive very much a year but for the amount of time i've had it I would take trips from PA to FL numerous for college and now from FL to TX my home now. All through that it has handled great. Small maintenance items such as oil changes, brakes, tires and filters. Real easy fixes and for most cars during that time frame you could be putting in a couple of thousand. If you take of the car it will run forever and Chevy sure showed the reliability in this car. The down fall of this car though is the interior. I know friends with this car and it seems that my car had to worst of luck with the plastic cracking and eventually breaking. Areas of plastic are missing and makes my car look cheap. A little embarrassing but overall I can not complain since it has most likely saved me money over the long run. I would definitely recommend this car but to keep extra care of the interior.
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Awesome sporty little sedan!

by from PHX on March 21, 2011

I have owned my 2001 alternative fuel Cavalier sedan for more than 4 years now. What a great little car this is! 4 years after I bought the car used, it has still maintained its resale value. The alt-...
I have owned my 2001 alternative fuel Cavalier sedan for more than 4 years now. What a great little car this is! 4 years after I bought the car used, it has still maintained its resale value. The alt-fuels really hold their value due to rising gas prices. The car has been exceptionally reliable. I had to replace a water pump at about 120,000 miles and more recently a faulty tail light socket at about 130,000 miles and other than basic maintenance, that's it! Great breaks too. The car is quick too! It's a 2.2L 115hp but with a few minor upgrades (air filter system, exhaust) and running synthetic oil you can easily boost this up to 125-150hp and then the car is quite zippy! I've outrun several other similar 4-cylinders. Keep in mind that this car is exceptionally light in its class, so it has a favorable horsepower to weight ratio. Plus about 25-30mpg in the city. I love the styling of this car - it looks great inside and out. Yes there are some minor issues with the plastic dashboard cracking from heat but other than that both the exterior and interior have held up well. My 10-year old paint job still looks good as does the original interior. Some people just don't know how to care for a car, and this creates a lot of their problems.
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never had an issue!

by from Fort Wayne, IN on May 23, 2011

We bought a cavalier in 2000 brand new and kept it in the family from one sibling to another and we've never heard an issue. VERY RELIABLE! This one has almost 160,000 miles and it still runs like new...
We bought a cavalier in 2000 brand new and kept it in the family from one sibling to another and we've never heard an issue. VERY RELIABLE! This one has almost 160,000 miles and it still runs like new. LOVELY LITTLE CAR! :)
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Alot of Car for a little money!

by from Calgary, AB on February 15, 2008

I've owned Gm Cars my whole life- I've owned a Honda, too. The Cavalier is by far my favorite of all. 2.4L Engine is sporty and fun, Punchy on the throttle and doesn't drink much gas. Exterior Styling...
I've owned Gm Cars my whole life- I've owned a Honda, too. The Cavalier is by far my favorite of all. 2.4L Engine is sporty and fun, Punchy on the throttle and doesn't drink much gas. Exterior Styling is great, Mild and refined while still sporty, just buy one with a spoiler package. Interior is a little dated, but it at least has a nice padded dash. It has power everything and controls are well laid out and easy to use. My only gripe is that the power window switch is in the center console. Seats are supportive and comfortable on long journeys and the Traction Assist and Anti-lock brakes are very reassuring in the winter although cornering is a little bit mushy at high speeds. All in all, this is a fantastic A to B car, that drives very well and gets great mileage. I have yet to have a problem with this car. It is now Seven Years Old.
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Most Reliable Car I've Owned

by from houston tx on November 21, 2006

alittle slow on the on-ramp, but ive been pleased with my cavalier. only a few minor buys from 0 to 100,000. Alternator, and eventually an a/c compressor. Love the styling (especially in black) and...
alittle slow on the on-ramp, but ive been pleased with my cavalier. only a few minor buys from 0 to 100,000. Alternator, and eventually an a/c compressor. Love the styling (especially in black) and the handleing is better than good as well. over all a great car for the money!
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Ricers Suck

by from Kansas City, MO on June 9, 2006

I bought my Cavalier in 2002 used and got a great deal on it. This car has been nothing but great to me. The 5 speed gives the slightly weak 2.2L the get and go it needs. My car gets 34 mpg and is ...
I bought my Cavalier in 2002 used and got a great deal on it. This car has been nothing but great to me. The 5 speed gives the slightly weak 2.2L the get and go it needs. My car gets 34 mpg and is fun to drive.
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