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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
City 22/Hwy 31/Comb 25 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, 2.2 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

1997 Chevrolet Cavalier Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 1652 Ratings for the 1995 - 2005 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    7.9/10
    Styling
    8.0/10

Longest car I've ever owned

By on Sunday, October 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Bought this new in 1999. Planned on keeping it only a few years, but I like it so much I'm still driving it. I've only done routine maintenance...never had any major repair necessary. I live in Arizona and the a/c still blows ice cold. Just one problem...right after the warranty expired the digital odometer / trip meter went out. Still drives like a dream and handles very well. Even the cassette player still works and the speakers sound great. I would have no fear of taking this vehicle on a long road trip. Because of this car I haven't had a car payment in ten years."

Best Reliable

By on Thursday, October 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 103,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great price, interior, drive smooth, seat lay flat"

Cons: "Small"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great vehicle! I bought it with 100K miles and it is very dependable. I love everything about this bar but the seats and how they don't go back far enough. This car is for a smaller person but Overall, great drive, interior and exterior design."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great car.....

By on Monday, September 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Purchased used in 2000...very pleased with overall performance and longevity....only repairs have been of attrition and replacement. Does not do too well in snow despite ABS and FWD....would recommend it"

This car is very reliable!!!

By on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 230,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Reliability"

Cons: "Not a fan of 2-door cars now."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The problems I've had with this car were easy cheap fixes. I am very impressed by my car for the age that it is."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Terrific value - keeping it til it dies!

By on Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great value, cheap to own, reliable."

Cons: "Noisy at higher speeds."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This is a really great, reliable car. We bought it new for a daughter in college. It was subsequently driven by two children and is now back under my jurisdiction. My plan was to bop around in it for a few more years, but it turns out I like it so much that I can't say goodbye. I have a very short commute to work and since it's small, it heats up fast in the winter. The mileage is good - I have checked it a few times and seems to be 25+mpg give or take. Have done no repairs save for some routine stuff and this type of car is easy and cheap to have work done on it. Passes IL emissions every time. Highway driving is a tad rough as there is a fair amount of road noise. This car is a gem and I hope to have it for many more years. At this point, it's like driving for free!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great little car

By on Sunday, September 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Great value, reliable, stylish, long life"

Cons: "Uncomfortable for long trips, no cruise control"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought the car from a repo lot Spring of '13. It was an attractive car for the price, but a huge risk since I had no information or details on it. The only problem I had on the car was the reverse light went out and then the relay switch for the blinkers went out. The fan for the heat and A/C rattles a little, but other than that, this car has not disappointed me. It's as basic as they come, everything manual. The car withheld being rearended at about 35/45 mph. (OUCH). It's sporty. It starts to shake around 80mph and isn't happy with steep inclines at high speed. It takes corners awesomely. It's got great pickup for a 4 cyl. Great beginner car. I'm confident has several miles left on it."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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