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1997 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Consumer Reviews & Ratings

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 1671 Ratings for the 1995 - 2005 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.1/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.3/10
  • Comfort
    7.9/10
    Styling
    8.0/10
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Tank

By on Monday, May 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"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."

Runs like a champ

By on Saturday, April 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,888

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great first, safe car."

Cons: "Paint"

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

"This car has to many new parts to list. There is nothing wrong with this car besides the cheap, peeling GM paint that is fading. A couple dins here but the car starts and runs like a champ."

Ol' Reliable

By on Sunday, April 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great on gas, reliable"

Cons: "wear and tear on the exterior"

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

"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!"

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

great super car, spent approx3500 repair

By on Saturday, March 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "VERY RELIABLE CAR"

Cons: "HEAD ROOM, SUN ROOF WENT OUT"

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

"mobile sys oil regularly and PMCS"

Indestructible Daily Driving Workhorse

By on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

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
7/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

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."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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