2002 Chevrolet Cavalier User Reviews

2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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"fuel economy" 27 reviews
"ride" 14 reviews
"power" 14 reviews
"handling" 7 reviews
"brakes" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 9 reviews
"doors" 2 reviews
"build quality" 2 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews
"interior" 2 reviews

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Chris writes:
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe Review
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Gas saver. No major repairs so far at 95K, parts are easy to find since it such a common car. Great in adverse conditions, as long as you know how to handle them (no problems driving through a flooded Joliet, IL when water was up to the middle of the bumper, plows through snow drifts) spacious for a compact car (easily brought home lumber, pipe) most repairs fairly easy to perform. Light bulbs have so far lasted this long, assuming they are all factory, just replaced third brake light, dome and headlights (only to put Sylvania Silverstars in), even with bad suspension, still handles well and not that much of a bounce.

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P0440 trouble code common with this car, but on mine it was just a bad purge solenoid ($25). Lifter noise became more promenant as time goes on, better running 10w-30, and I'm certain the timing chain tensioner will need replacement b/w 125k and 150k, just like the last 2 cavaliers i worked on. Transmission has a wierd shift going into overdrive, which is slowly getting worse. you cannot use a non maintence free battery in here, as if it does leak, right over trans lines and coolant hose.

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Nice Car For The Price — What can I say, its a Cavalier. It has proven to be a really reliable car, considering i have close to 95k. No major work has been needed at this time, just normal wear and tear items like tires, suspension needs to be replaced, and routine maintenance. It is a pretty powerful car, considering the simple 2200 engine and the somewhat crappy gear ratio, eventhough it gets great gas mileage compared to my fiance's 04 cavalier. If you drive it nice, you fill that tank less, but if you drive it fast, like 80 down i-55, it still impresses you with the gas mileage it gets, and ive never really had it get below 22 mpg. Yes it is worse in the winter, what car is good with gas mileage then, and it is worse when you have that pedal pegged a lot per tank of gas. Acceleration is as expected for a 4 cylinder, but it is there when you need it. It handles like a champ, possibly because of the active handling option, managed a 90* turn doing 35 (tires squealing) no problem and with good tires, no problem in the snow. Factory goodyears sucked though, wore out fast and no traction, wet, snow or dry.

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a043100 writes:
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 Coupe Review
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3

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Reliable, Starts every day even in the coldest weather. Great traction in the wet and snow weather, Must be the great Kelly Tires I have on there

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Rust on these cars are inevitable around the rear wheel wells.

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Very Good First Car. — 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 rougher ride in the city and side roads.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Brian writes:
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Coupe Review
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Great gas mileage. Kept me alive when I rolled it!

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Minor damage from roll over and lots of speeding tickets in this things.. And its way too small of a vehicle for me to drive...

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Great Gas Mileage — Bought this car in Feb of 2002 with 4 miles on it... It now has 110,000 miles and the only things that I have had to replace were 2 bushings in the front suspension that cost me $10 ea. I think on the routine note, 2 batteries, oil changes and tune up at 105,000....

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Erica writes:
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport Review
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good on gas

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4 door :(

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I Love My Car! — My car is really good on gas, and tends to be a little speed demon... I swear its not me. lol The only thing I dont care for is the 4 door but hey can have everything. This car is definetly fun to drive and lots of storage space in the trunk and back seat so thats a plus I guess :)

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Froy writes:
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Review
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4

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I saved a lot gas

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the cup holder

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It's Okay! — I love my chevy cavalier! great gas mileage still in good condition but they have bad cup holders great engine has a lot of get up and go yes it needed minor repairs loving the style of the car yah!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Cars25c writes:
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport Coupe Review
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Fuel mileage, sporty appearance, comfortable, inexpensive.

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Back seat space, cargo room.

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Great Fuel Mileage Vehicle With Sporty Appearance. — 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 commute back and forth. Never really had any problems with this vehicle.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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jjb49506 writes:
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Review
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3

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Hearing the rev of my engine

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With air on the throttle goes down then subsides, constantly making the car feel like its moving

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Its A Decent Car To Have — Wish it had the ability to go 0-60 quicker. Heater now sounds like a turbine engine. Drivers side window doesn't make a complete seal. She does have dents and dins. But overall a reliable car. Winter time sucks, she gets frost in the inside the windows and rear defrost doesn't work the best.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Israel writes:
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 Coupe Review
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Sport

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big family

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Weak Interior Quality — good acceleration, braking and handling, good mileage per galon although it has a 2.4 L twin cam, great appereance, excellent built quality MOTOR, cheap car, cheap maintenance, Not good interior Quality but is very Fun to Drive it. Good Decision!!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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TheCavalierGuy writes:
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 Review
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Very low maintenance vehicle. Quick for it's class. Very good gas mileage  

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Most Cavalier 1995-05 are so common for dash cap cracks. The 1997 models seem to have the least dash cracks. Factory clear coat is not the best.

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Good Styling. Cheap Parts. Easy To Upgrade. — I love the overall looks and the paint color. I love the 2.4L Twin Cam engine, it's has great acceleration. The engine, body, and brakes are very easy to upgrade. The only dislike is the dash. It becomes very brittle and will crack. Replacing it with a use dash is a major waste of time. Buy an aftermarket dash cap and the cracks are no longer exposed.

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

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Kelly writes:
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Nothing

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Everything!

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Cheap Hardly Effiect Virtulally Runs On Luck Every Time Chevrolet At It's Worst! — Performance- NONE! Build Quality - S*** Appearance -Looks good at first Cost of Ownership -Gas mileage was decent, but the maintenance was a wallet drainer Fun Factor -None really. What can o say other than ever other week i was dumping 50 to 100 dollars into it just to keep it on the road.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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