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1988 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Wagon Review
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It Was The Cornerstone Of My Passion For Driving. — “Robert” was a 1988 Cavalier wagon that my family acquired when I was 3 years old. According to my parents, I gave him that name myself. It figures then that I have always felt a strong connection to this car. We were born in the same year, and we grew up together. Robert was a part of many of the formative experiences of my life. My family drove Robert across the country from East to West when we moved to Oregon from Virginia, and I experienced my first foray into a foreign country (Canada) from his back seat. When I got my driver’s license at 19, I finally had the chance to drive the car that had meant so much to me during my childhood. By then, Robert was beginning to show his age. But I saw him through rose-colored glasses. Instead of being frustrated by the slow response of the pedals, I loved how it made the car accelerate and brake so smoothly. You just couldn’t rush the car to do anything, which made for a laid-back driving experience. The steering was loose and off-center, but I appreciated how light the wheel felt in my hands. Robert soon became a symbol of my independence. My parents let me drive him wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted, as long as I told them where I was going. Driving Robert to work during the first summer after college only strengthened our bond. Every moment we spent together taught me new lessons in car control. I found the limits of his lateral grip and braking force (which didn’t take much effort to reach). I practiced braking so smoothly that I couldn’t feel the car rock back as I came to a halt. I learned to parallel park and back into parking spaces—Robert was the perfect car for this because of his big square windows and thin pillars. When he finally died of a clogged exhaust system last year, I was sad to see him go. But he left me with a valuable gift—a passion for driving that has stuck with me my whole life.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Cheap to insure
Great visibility
Love is blind

Cons: Unresponsive throttle and brake
Numb, loose steering
Only one working speaker
Windshield wipers turned on when using the turn signals
Loud but weak engine

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1988 Chevrolet Cavalier Review
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:) — i think my car is a great car... Its cheap on gas, but yet has a little power under the hood. very fast at pull outs, and can hold very easy in the road, handles very well.. not to heavy.... pretty with a good paint job.. put some nice rims on her and shes a queen....

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: sporty and fun...

Cons: idk..

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Old Skool Cavys Are Fab! — I love this car so much i dont think i will ever let it stop running! i bought the car for $300 with holes in the floor because it had been jumped, an engine that was about dont (271,000 miles on it!) and the automatic tranny was totaled! Then i replaced the engine with a 2.8L v6 and a 5 speed transmission but I wanted more power so we dropped a 3.1L v6 in it hypertech chip, msd ignition, and accel wires and the torque in unreal! this car looks like a serious piece of work (or crap) to a lot of ppl lol but i wouldnt trade it for anything!! I love this car!

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

Pros: It is unique fast and sexy!! lol

Cons: only reason to avoid this car is if u get in my way!

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My Small Bowtie — aerodynamics of a brick,and that pretty blue 4 door. Wait what? it got around 30mpg. and could smoke any escort in town(except for that one GT i seen) i had only one problem with it and it costed me only about 25 dollars to fix it. I drove the heck out of itand sold it to a new teacher at the school that i graduated from. She drove it until she got a brand new car and never had a problem with this car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: little mechanical issues, gas milage

Cons: power? acceleration? aerodynamics?

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'88 Chevy Cavalier — The acceleration was really good in this car, when you asked it preformed. Brakes worked beautifully, stopped on a dime. It needed a lot of body work when i bought it. Parts are cheap for this year and model. Gas Milage was decent for a V6 engine. Car was a lot of fun to drive.

Pros: Lots of horse power and torque go went you wanted it.

Cons: unless maintenanced properly things wear and tear easily

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What Do U Want To Know??? — This car is ugly, I got a steal on it with a bad engine, the guy gave me the replacement engine and a tranny for it even though the old tranny was fine, put it in and beat the snot outta the car with no worries if it goes to heck im not out anything.

Pros: Is a fast 5 speed for a 21 year old car

Cons: rustry underside but who cares

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My Daily Driver — this car has been thru so much, it's been stolen and driven around withot coolant, writen off twice, and with over 300,000 KM on the clock it still puts up with my hard driving on a daily basis

Pros: cheap on gas, I like the looks of it, and parts are really cheap

Cons: lol, they don't get alot of respect

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Wicked Little Car. — Best car i ever had if i wasn't starting to rust. Would have loved to keep it.

Pros: V6 standard a little more power to play with at least lol

Cons: the rust

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Buy It If You Don't Plan To Beat The Crap Outta It It Won't Last If You Choose To — the 2.8L V6 is a very sound motor very few flaws in its design, the 3T40 automatic transmisson was ok for its day but doesn't stand the test of time very good not a huge fan of them it slips when under hard acceleration, the brakes are great for stock when you wanna stop it stops just fine this car handles exceptionally good for what it is under hard acceleration through a turn the back end does want to pass you so gotta be careful. The build quality well as for any low line car it is what it is its got a few rust spots but hey its 23 years old never really had a major problem with it running wise overheating and blowing fuses thats about the only problems I have had but thats all normal due to the age of the car and the fuse blew out b/c I shorted a wire to ground so its not an electrical problem oh also the A/C compressor is shot but it was bad when i got the car R-12 compressors never were the best on those cars, has the typical 80's 2 door coupe squeaks and rattles doors sag over time there heavy plus gravity wears stuff out. The appearance is moded wanted it to stand out so I did a bit of restyling needs the grill redone again so the headlights don't stick out the it should look sweet, the interior is very plain kinda 80's to say the least it has a few upgrades like a grant racing wheel and a JVC head unit with a 460 watt Dual amp and two 12 inch Rockford Fosgate subs. Cost of ownership well due to a few speeding tickets its kinda pricey I'm paying 430 bucks for insurance every 6 months gas milage makes around 18 city and about 25 highway, so far the cars been very cheap to own and parts aren't that expensive. This cars a great car if you want something that looks sleek and gets up and goes when you need it to its not a race car by any means, the weak automatic transmission won't hold up very long and it governs out at 110 MPH and its just not built to be raced, I suggest a manual transmission in this car if your looking for something similar

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: fun cheap easy to work on

Cons: 3T40 transmission is weakly built not good for racing

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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews

Perfect Car For Saving Gas! By tglenn76

This car has been driven by my 19 year old son since his junior year of high school. It has been the perfect car for him! The two door coupe may not be optimal for a large family due to difficulty g... Read More

Great Transportation Car That Is Comfortable To Drive. By Nate

its a great little car that gets me back and forth to school with no problem. takes the abuse of the gravel road very well and hasn't failed me yet. has enough power to get up and go but still remain ... Read More

2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews

I Love My Car By VegasDoll

I really don't dislike anything about my car. I wish it had less miles on it than it does but that's about it. It has almost 170,000. But I've taken very good care of it and it runs very smooth and qu... Read More

Awesome Gas Mileage By kathrynroof22

This car is great on gas, and also is very reliable. There is nothing that i have to say about it that is negative. It handles very nice on snow and ice as well as wet roads! Perfect family, and commu... Read More

2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Reviews

I Would Buy It All Over Again. By popovsd

Reliabale, never had any problems. Low maintenance cost. Still looks good. Compared to Toyota or Honda it depreciates a lot faster (resell value wise). I never had any problems with it even though it ... Read More

Wonderful Daily Driver By CharlesSD

A great, affordable, and simple car. This car isn't suppose to be a big luxury filled family car, this is purpose built as a nice day to day commuting car and it does that perfectly. It looks nice for... Read More

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

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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