1997 Chevrolet Cavalier User Reviews

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars3.2 out of 5 stars 3.2 / 5
  • Appearance:3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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"fuel economy" 34 reviews
"ride" 23 reviews
"power" 16 reviews
"handling" 10 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 10 reviews
"doors" 3 reviews
"brakes" 3 reviews
"window" 3 reviews

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rlwallace61 writes:
1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe Review
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5

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the car gets good gas mileage, it has a new remanufactured motor by spartan in it with 1,100 miles on it and it is very dependable.

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The cooling fan quit working when I replaced the motor go figure that one.

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The Car Is An Ok Car — overall I would say that if you want a dependable car a chevy cavalier is one to have I had the car for 2 years, it had 223,000 + miles on it when I bought it, I did not put a drop of money into it until I replaced the motor in it at 241,069 miles on it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Brian writes:
1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 Coupe Review
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Unreal handling, excellent response and braking through weight and suspension design, excellent power for a economy car, and beautiful mileage.

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Plenty of power for the average person, not quite enough to make it a perfect starter with the street scene.

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Z24 Secrets — This is the second cavalier I've owned, its a great buy. The Z24 trim model like mine has plenty of acceleration for in-town driving and more than enough to hit the highway comfortably. Its factory Macpherson struts glue it to the road and maintain excellent ride quality with its stock tires. Due to its low weight braking performance is stellar. Its relatively straight forward interior and exterior design makes the car also cheap to maintain while keeping some class in it. Forward aerodynamics are well designed and with the windows and sunroof open there is very little cabin turbulence. This little car begs to be tossed around the streets and reacts quickly and efficiently in both traffic and highway situations. Its definitely not the American the powerhouse that fuels motorhead dreams, however, there are very few cars that at stock performance can superglue themselves to the road at such a perfect near neutral handling characteristics for near its own price. And if your boys laugh about your little economy/sport coupe, fill your tank and let them know your getting 35-38 mpg on the highway and 28-32 in town.

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tedrowtr13 writes:
1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 Coupe Review
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5

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Plenty of power

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Nothing

tedrowtr13
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Cavalier Racecar — I have raced this car for one season and it is a top running car. Im currently working on it to get it ready for this season. But this is just a car strictly for play. Its got the 2.4 motor in it with a five speed transmission.

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

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Ben writes:
1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 Coupe Review
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4

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Good car for the cost. I'd change the timing chain setup right after buying to make the car last longer.

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Timing chain jumping without warning.

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Decent Vehicle For The Price — it was a great car until the timing chain jumped and blew the motor. it handled well and had decent fuel economy. driving in snow was a breeze. I had a 1300 system in it and ran it on the battery for 3 hours. didnt even phase the battery.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jim writes:
1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 Coupe Review
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Ok ride

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Just mediocre

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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 — I bought this car to replace the Blazer that I had been driving because I needed something with better gas mileage and wanted something that was more fun to drive. It did get better mileage, but it was only ok as far as a fun ride.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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cavaliers10 writes:
1997 Chevrolet Cavalier RS Coupe Review
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5

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Everything

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Just needs a truck bed

cavaliers10
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Killer — I like every thing about this car they only bad thing is it needs a truck bed its got great power for a front wheel drive that little 2.2 is a great motor and great looks and very popular car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kevin writes:
1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe Review
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it has a hood scoop so its WICKED fast now

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the intake

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Wouldnt It Though — good on gas, parts are cheap looks ugly and boring, so theft is unlikely performs as good as a one legged guy in a ass kicking contest fun to drive as long as you dont like style' comfort, going far, etc.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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97chevy1500girl writes:
1997 Chevrolet Cavalier RS Coupe Review
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mpg is great

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car was totaled before i had got it had problems with it the whole time i had it one thing to the next after the next drove me crazy but i delt with it cause i like workin on cars and trucks

97chevy1500girl
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Looks Good Drives Good Can Be A Pain In The Neck — it was a nice project to deal with either it ran or it didn't thanks to the loser who owned it before me thank you for totally screwing up a what once was a great car now it is in the hand of my ex boyfriend who had recently told me when the car dies he will run it over with his lifted jeep all i asked him was to make sure i am there loved the car when it ran but not wheni had to fix it cause it was never just one thing that broke at a time with that car not all cavaliers are like this just mine! thank you previous owner you are a moron!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Trevor writes:
1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 Coupe Review
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Trev's Cav — Good car with low miles and a sporty look. Gets awesome gas mileage, 29 mpg baby!

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Tyler writes:
1997 Chevrolet Cavalier RS Coupe Review
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durable engine, low maintainece.

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slow, ugly.

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Great, Durable Car. — Performance- not great acceleration at all, decent handeling, decent braking, i love the feel of the tranny. Build Quality- shes prone to rusting. engine is extremly durable. Appearance- ugly. Cost of Ownership- not bad at all... 25 mpg ish, noever really had to fix much except when i got rear ended. Fun Factor- fun to drive, but slow. handels well.

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