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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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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Joe writes:
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport Coupe Review
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Nearly 40 MPG

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the slowest car I've ever own (also the first car I've owned with an engine less than 5.0L in displacment)

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It's Just A Damn Cavy — Good daily driver, Nice shifting 5 speed, 39.7 MPG highway! The 2200 SFI can take quite a bit of punishment, Its construction is a lot better than 2nd gen J's, it's been very reliable, but, the stock suspension Sucks! Worst ABS system I've ever encountered, and stock seating is not the most comfortable.

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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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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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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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Kelly writes:
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport Review
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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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Eric writes:
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Sport Coupe Review
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inexpensive, reliable transportation, no timing belt

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resale value is poor, american car build quality, nothing special or unique about it

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Good Daily Transportation, But Nothing Special. Get A Loaded One-base Models Are Ugly. — the 2.2 L DOHC Ecotec 4 cyl 140 horse engine is spunky-very easy to burn rubber off the line be careful in the rain-too easy to accidentally spin the tires at traffic lights good mpg 27-28 city, haven't tested highway mpg yet low enough compression to not require high octane fuel fit and finish of dash and plastics is poor sound system is very good bright red, looks nice-mine has factory ground effects package, decklid spoiler, fog lights, moon roof, 16 inch alloy wheels a little noisy only 3k RPM at 80 mph feels a little flimsy relatively cheap to repair, and mechanics don't refuse to touch it (like they did with my VW, which was a much better car)

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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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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Justin writes:
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It is good on gas

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it has no cruise control

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Great For Beginner Drivers — it handles beautifully, runs nice. Overall, nice car for a four cylinder sedan. Excellent acceleration and perfect stereo system. Recent air conditioning repair. 3 speed overdrive is included, and what is also nice about it is that my mom gave it to me for FREE!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews

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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews

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2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews

Fun To Drive By SellingaCav

It gets great gas mileage and it looks like a nice car. Sunroof is awesome for a hot day and it handles pretty good in the snow for a FWD car. It is very reliable and it is relatively inexpensive to m... Read More

Great Fuel Mileage Vehicle! By Cars25c

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2001 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews

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

Good All Round Car By reverend1735

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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews

Great Fuel Mileage Vehicle. By Cars25c

This car is a great car for fuel mileage. It is a perfect car for someone wanting to commute back and forth to work or school. Has a sporty look to it and has a sunroof. Maintenance if done properly o... Read More

Frustrating!!!! By djred25

Still working on the car! Recently possibly burned up my torque converter!!!! Was driving down the road and it lost power and speed! Sounded like something seized up! Priced a whole new tranny and... Read More

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