2001 Chevrolet Cavalier consumer reviews

$13,260 starting MSRP
side view of 2001 Cavalier Chevrolet
86% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 3.4
  • Interior design 3.3
  • Performance 3.9
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 3.8
  • Reliability 4.5
Explore the 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier

Very Nice and Reliable Car

We bought our 2001 Chevy Cavalier used in 2004 for a great price. We still have the car and it runs great. It's a very reliable car for the amount of miles it now has on it. My mom drives it to work almost every night and says she has never had any trouble out of it. The room is great and the folding back seat helps too. We buy big sacks of feed and I think it could fit about 12 sacks of feed in the trunk alone. The A/C is very comfortable and easily cools the car after its been sitting out in the hot sun.


never had an issue!

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! :)


Awesome sporty little sedan!

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.


No good

rip off car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Dave 52552

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.


01 cavalier

An alright car. It doesn't perform very well because of the engine size but it does get good fuel economy.


reliable doesn't mean a good value

i've had my 01 Cavalier for 4 years now. it's got 80k on it, bought it at 40k. i still haven't had any major problems, it has never failed to start up for me. however, i still feel even on as tight of a poor working class family budget as i am, i could've gotten something better for my money. interior is of poorest quality, doesn't age well. it was in good condition when i got it, garage parked except at work in the day, three cracks from sun damage on the dash board (i regulary use aromoral protectant too.) the button to fold the driver/passanger seats forward are touchy, can get stuck and you have to fiddle with it. design is ugly. further, in chicago, again garage parked except for when at work, begining to rust a bit at the bottom of the doors. front and rear bumpers are plastic and the paint is cracking off. alignment has always seemed to be slightly off on this car. it is not so big of a problem that i would pay the big bucks to repair it. however, to sell/trade it in, this will definately de-value the car. (a friend of mine also had alignment issues with a new purcased 00 model.) at 50k i had issues with the temp gauge, had to repair a couple things a couple times. i really feel that there are more fuel efficient, stylish, realible compact cars out there if u do your homework.


170K, and I'd drive 1K tomorrow if I had to.

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.



I bought this car used. and had it for a matter of weeks. the shocks were shot, and are making the car jerk forward when i brake.. assuming thats the shocks and not something else going wrong. breaks were needing fixing. the a/c only works on medium or high and vent setting. the speakers are shot probably from previous driver blowing them out. starter died on me and had to be replaced. pricy. and it seems to be a never ending list of junk needing to be repaired. I should have listened when atleast 4 other people told me cavaliers are bad news.


Value and Reliability

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.