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

Cons

automatic trans, terrible stereo

SMOKEinWYO
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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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Bill writes:
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe Review
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Buy One — this car took the worst beating out of any of the cars I've owned. Ask anybody that knows me, they've all been for a ride in the cavy, that thing went more places off road than most peoples trucks have been, it had been off of many jumps, everything you can think of doing to a car this car had done, and it took a tree, sideways at 70mph to kill it

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Ken writes:
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Review
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4

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Economical, decent styling, suprising handling

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It's a Cavalier, under-whelming power, few visual design flaws

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It Does The Job. — Here's what it comes down to. This is a mid-90's econo-sedan that was not meant for great things. It was designed with cheapness in mind, and while they tried to make it look "snappy" (I believe thats an appropriate 90's slang term), they didn't successfully draw enough influence from their target audience. Luckliy for them, the older section of the market was looking for a cheaper car that had a sporty look, thats why you see many people over 50 on the road in these cars. I got mine from my grandmother. But honestly, I couldn't ask for a better car. I'll break it down like this: Performance, Mantinance, and Looks. Performance: This is an interesting vehicle to drive, as it handles relativley well flexing in curves in appropriate spaces. Times where I pull one wheel in the air (yes, it happens with a stock suspension) are in turns of 30 plus mph, but I doubt many people turn at these speeds. Given the torture it endures, it pulls through and always gives me plenty of grip, and I must say, it really only has minor understeer. The engine is underwhelming (it's equped with the 2.2L 134 ci, single cam. Roughly 120 bhp at the crank). I've timed 60 in 9.3 with the 4 speed auto, not really that bad for an econo car that nets me 27 mpg with driving arround town and some minor highway use. The brakes are fairly good, but the ABS leaves alot to be desired. Actuation is slower than if I was to actually pump the brakes myself, but you get used to it and learn to break a little more ahead of time to avoid drama in slicker situations. Build quality: What I've had to replace: brake lines (blew them out in traffic, lines on the frame rails, both sides of the car. Corrosion was the cause. Watch that. Besides that, it's held up. Motor runs clean, the tranny shifts fine, and it pulls when it's called upon. I replaced the air filter and put on new rims and tires, new front rotors as well. She's built fine. Appearance: Cavaliers have always been interesting cars from a design standpoint, as they were meant to convey "I"m sporty, yet economical." The body lines flow well with the car, and from the front doors up, the car curves well and (especially on the hood) is pleasing to the eye (at least, to mine). Pass the B pillar, head aft, I don't think it's a great look. The doors, while keeping the lines, compress to a fatter, less steep bank to the deck lid which is, frankly, about 4 inches too tall. The tail lights are too rounded for a car that is rounded enough. Also, the rear bumper has two small rounded-rectangular bumps arround the liscence plate that don't seem to fit with any other lines on the car. It's my first car, I have to love it, but still, I don't mind complaining about it. It's a strong runner, hasn't really failed me (minus brake lines, BEWARE!!!), and I plan to keep it. Who knows, some body work and some engine work, I may have this thing lapping Porsches.

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mycarforsale writes:
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Review
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4

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Runs good on gas, Exterior paint in great condition.  Low miles are true original miles.

Cons

CAR HAS BEEN SOLD AND IS NO LONGER ON THE MARKET FOR SALE.

mycarforsale
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Great Car — I love this car!! It runs good on gas, great handling on the street and highway driving. Car handles great in the rain and snow. Very comfortable ride. Pull down seat in the back allows you to transport boxes and things with ease. It is a great car overall.

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:
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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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Stevie writes:
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 Coupe Review
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Its a cavalier

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It Is Just A Car That Gets Me From Point A To B — It runs about a 15sec 1/4 mile. It brakes good. Can be easily upgraded and modded to become a performance car cheaply. They are fairly good looking cars. They look better than any of the other models. It is a great car for gas mileage and reliability

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