"This was my first car. Trust me it was not at all what I wanted, but I got it as a gift. PA winters though I was sure happy to have it. This little car is a freaking tank, you can push it until you think it will fall apart, but it will still keep going. Never once had issues in the snow. Everyone want big SUVs for winter, but this little 2 door car had me moving better then most people in trucks."
"I have had this car for 4 years now...I bought it used when I was 18 and here I am at 22 and still driving it! This thing is such a champ and takes me anywhere I need to go. Besides standard maintenance like oil changes, I've never had to do any major mechanical work. It is awesome on gas. If I'm going to be honest with myself, I have an emotional attachment to the car. However, I landed a great job that requires a bit of commute, and after driving the new route for a little bit now, I know I'm going to need something a little sturdier and with 4 wheel drive to make it through the midwest winters. I'm going to have to trade it in or sell it before winter. Othwerwise my plan was to drive it until it refuses to start. If someone takes care of it like I have, I can guarantee it has at least another 100k miles left in it!"
Pros: "5sp Transmission in many models, 25mpg, reliable"
Cons: "Headroom and steering wheel does not tilt"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"The Cavalier is nothing fancy, being 100% function with little regard to form. The unremarkable stying and ho-hum yet practical interior surrounds a remarkably durable engine and fun to drive 5 speed manual transmission. Has more get up and go than many similary priced cars of the same era. Easy to parallel park and tight on the turns, it's a great daily driver. My 2000 Cavalier is still on the original clutch and flywheel at 175,000 miles. The engine has needed no overhaul besides regular scheduled maintenance."