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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe Review
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Good Ol' Cavie — I love the sleek look and the gas mileage... the four cylinder is kinda lame, but other than that I have had no mechanical problems with it.

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 Coupe Review
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Awsome Car With Alot Of Potential, Great Gas Mileage — The cavalier z24 is a great car. It handles realy well, and stops on a dime. You can redline it all day and barely go through a tank of gas a week. they have alot of potential with performance, As I have found this out.

Pros: The faces on mustangs and hondas when u smoke then.

Cons: still get smoked by a vette

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Review
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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.

Pros: Economical, decent styling, suprising handling

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

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe Review
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96 Chevy Cavalier — The picture shown is not actually the one I drove but I don't have my own picture of it. This car is junk. It has so many things wrong with it. First, those morons at GM but a plastic radiator in it. Honestly, that is just stupid and careless on GM's part. The spark plugs need replaced more often than they should, and the car has a short in the third brake light wiring. It can't keep one functioning for a week. The exhaust system is held in by coat hangers because the entire under side of the car is about to rust out from underneath it's self. This is NOT a good car.

Pros: N/A

Cons: Weak engine, cheap interior, needs constant maintenance, and overall a very poor quality vehicle.  

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe Review
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Kaylas Car — CANNOT handle corners on the ice... even at 15 MPH ... will hit a pole trust me... Ebrakes very well however... and drives through parks, sidewalks and yards amazingly

Pros: handles off road terrain well

Cons: smashes into poles

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier LS Review
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3 Crashes, 2 Engines, Enough Said — piece of crap really, cant find good replacements, except for exhaust systems, so its not far off from an import.... pretty bad car, not gunna lie

Pros: it will keep you under the speed limit

Cons: it will keep you under the speed limit....

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe Review
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Overall A Decent Car , Its Quick Enough With A 5 Spd Transmission But Not Quick Enought For Me — great car to start a uild up on for beginners, lots of parts readibly available

Pros: fuel economy

Cons: its a cavalier

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Coupe Review
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I Hate This Car — The car does not look good, handle well or have good acceleration/braking. it just flat out sucks

Pros: none

Cons: everything possible

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Base Review
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First Car I Bought On My Own, Reliable And Nice To Drive! — I bought my cavalier in '05 for $2000. The dealer told me the head gasket was due to go any day, and it did a week after I got it. But you can't beat the prices for parts for an American-made car! $20 for the part. :-) Other than that I've rarely had issues with this car, a few mystery stalls, but it IS 12 years old now! For being an older car, it handles beautifully! Acceleration isn't anything special, I can do 0-60 in like 12 seconds, since we replaced the fuel filter. I replaced the brakes as well, and it's a responsive car as far as braking. Nothing too special to look at, but I do like its smooth lines, it's not boxy at all. I LOVE THIS CAR!

Pros: parts are inexpensive and easy to find, good gas mileage, not an ugly car, acceleration is decent, handles nicely

Cons: I have no options...I have an aftermarket CD player.  manual locks, windows, nothing special at all.

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1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 Coupe Review
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Junk. Do Not Buy One With A 2.4 Twin Cam. — car structure is ok, takes turns like a tank, terrible body roll. the motor lasts 100k. if you buy one, put a 2.2 in it.. a head gasket is cheaper than new rod bearings. disposible car

Pros: good power, looks sharp

Cons: junk motor, bad handling, bad braking, terrible body roll, chicks dont dig broken cars.

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Reviews From Other Years

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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