1996 Chevrolet Cavalier User Reviews

1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 47 reviews

  • Performance:3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars 3 / 5
  • Appearance:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Overall: 3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 22 reviews
"ride" 9 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"handling" 8 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"brakes" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
"weak power" 2 reviews

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SMOKEinWYO writes:
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 Coupe Review
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5

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easy maintenance, good brakes, great gas mileage, ample size trunk, turns on a dime at 30 mph without touching the brakes

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automatic trans, terrible stereo

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More Pro Than Con — At first glance I wasn't very thrilled with the looks of this car. After looking at it for a while it grows on you, for me it took over in no time at all. When i first drove my Cavalier I wasn't the first owner, I was the fourth; and the first three was not kind at all to it. The engine was out of oil, plugs were way off gap, brakes were gone, transmission was slippy and there was leaky gaskets all over the place. I can remember pushing the gas pedal and counting to 5 before i started to move. Surprisingly enough i was able to get all the parts i needed to make it roadworthy and i still paid my rent and didn't starve. Repairs or replacing parts is so simple, aside from the usual front wheel drive headaches. A few months after I got it running, I was also able to upgrade most all of my suspension components without much modifications or complex knowledge. I'ts almost as if Chevy seen all the after market goodies, then planned a car around them. Aside from it being a fwd car (for now) it has plenty of pep, handles like a dream, after about $500 on sway bars, shocks, bushings, etc etc, but with scheduled maintenance and three better drivers before me, it might not have been that terrible of a car for me to start on

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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carajo114 writes:
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Review
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fuel-efficient...very

Cons

Unless you want to repair this thing every month or so...

carajo114
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Good First Car...lesson Learned For Me. — I bought my 96 cavalier when it was 14 years old for $1600. For being 14 and having 150K + miles, she ran alright...for about two weeks. We took her on a 2 hour road trip and on our way back, she over heated...BAD. I say bad because it wasnt just a cooling fan or something. It was my water pump. Unfortunately for me, my mechanically inclined father could only diagnose the problem. He didnt have the tools or time to do the job for me. I paid 800 bucks right off the bat for that repair. I've had brake problems with it almost the whole time. My glove box won't shut, my horn wont honk, wipers stay stuck in up position, a/c broken, had power window problems, just replaced an alternator after having to have the wires fixed previously, replaced the muffler, which can be expected on any car thats 14 years old, and every time that I look under my own hood, I see wads of electrical tape and all kinds of things that just dont look good. I think I may have a small internal oil leak somehwere because there's oil all over the spark plugs when we change them. I could go on and on and on. Overall, this car has been reliable to get me to work and back everyday, and I've definitley put my fair share of miles on her during road trips. I would have to say that for my first car, I do love it and i have gotten my $1600 value out of it, but considering all that I've put into it, and all the trouble she's given me, NEVER AGAIN WILL I EVER BUY A CHEVY CAVALIER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO MATTER WHAT THE YEAR. I've had some good memories, but I think this time it might be the end. The engine is knocking....

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kelsey writes:
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 Coupe Review
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Loud and Fun

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Mismatched spoiler

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I Love My Car! — Cheap on gas, not much maintenance needed. Exterior looks great, interior is pretty good for an older car. Fun to drive and easy to fix when something goes wrong. Looks very nice and very sharp. Cheap little car all around.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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alafslm writes:
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Review
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gas saver

Cons

nothing

alafslm
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Gas Saver Car — its a very god car , gas saver relaible car and spare part is very cheape it was cost me nomore than 20 $aweek in gas is a nice car for a studant or small family or as starting car for any one

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Casey writes:
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe Review
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Good Gas Mileage

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Fuel Pumps go out quick and are expensive

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It A Great Car But Repairs Are Expensive — It's a great traveling car, not really much space. It doesn't have the best speed in the world, but gets good gas mileage. I paid 600 dollars for the car, so it was a great price for what its worth. It is a great car to drive going place to place, but I would love to have something better!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jeff writes:
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Review
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for a cavy...its fast ;)

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its small and im tall not a whole lota room

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Kinda Stock ;) — no one exspects it to be as fast as it is... have beat alot of people tryin to show off in theyre "fast" cars, thats y i love it, people say "its just a cavalier?"... ha ha ha ya... just a cavalier.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Roxie writes:
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe Review
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Very economical

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don't take bumps too well

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Well Worth It's Money — Lenny loved this car... until it needed a major engine overhaul. Super duper fast 4-banger, manual. I mean it, it was fast, took my Beretta off the line many times. I think I drove it once, as a passenger it was sturdy and scary all the same time. Very easy to customize interior or update engine.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Tim writes:
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Review
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Good car for fun with family and friends. Good gas mileage, you cand find parts ANYWHERE you want because it's a common car.

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Won't get you much if you want to sell it....better be in REALLY good shape.

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Really Good Car. — Good gas mileage--27 all around, low miles (39,000). Comfortable for a first car. Has good torque--gets up to 60 mph when it needs to. Its fun to drive, low cost to own. Great car over all. Wish it was bigger, though. I like driving it.

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Scott writes:
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe Review
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Styling and price.

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Shoddy build quality, poor overall performance.

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Passable Cheap Transportation. — This wasn't a great car, but for what I paid for it, I got my money's worth out of it. The styling is sporty enough, but the interior is cheap, cramped and badly laid out. Handing is fair, and overall performance is less than average for it's class. Gas mileage is acceptable, but again less than average compared to similar small cars from the competition.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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phantom writes:
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe Review
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Low maintenance cost

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Not Worth It — Not fun to drive. Extremely bad driving position. Very bad acceleration. Overall cheap, and not worth it, any newer (2000+) car that is not GM will out perform this car. Hasn't had anything major wrong with it, but the windshield wipers tend to get stuck when you have them on. They cost about $200 to fix, so in the end your better off buying a different car.

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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews

I Would Buy It All Over Again. By popovsd

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2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews

Very Good First Car. By a043100

Over all the cavalier has been a good car. Vehicle has very good pick up and plenty of power. Very tight responsive steering and smooth and stable on the highway. The firm suspension make for a roughe... Read More

Great Fuel Mileage Vehicle With Sporty Appearance. By Cars25c

This vehicle gets great gas mileage and also looks very sporty with the rims and the sunroof and spoiler. Maintenance is very cheap if done on time. Car is great for a student or someone needing to co... Read More

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews

A Beginners Car By JDockham93

This car can either be your reliable friend or it can be a hastle. Since it's a common enough car and there's lots of them in junk yards, finding parts for them is easy. But since they are common, fin... Read More

I Do Love My Little Car By jenw317

Its small but tough drives like a truck kind of rough but has done me good untill now. Its hard to keep up on minor repairs on a small budget. All and all it has been dependable. Now not so much. Scar... Read More

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