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2004 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Information shown for entry-level Coupe.

Fuel Economy:
City 21/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

2004 Chevrolet Cavalier Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 1671 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

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

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

Good starter car/ budget commuter.

By on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Price, reliability, Reasonable fuel economy."

Cons: "Cheap look and feel, interior, slow."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"I have the base model 2003 sedan. I obtained this car in 2011 with around 60k miles on it. It is now 2015 with around 140k. I'll start with the GOOD points: - the less than 2k$usd price point is near unbeatable. - This is an excellent starter car or commuter car. -It has never broken down on me, or had any major mechanical/engine issues that interfered with it getting from point a to point b. It is very reliable as far as getting up and knowing your car will start and get you 15 minutes to school/work/grocery store ect. - I have taken this car on countless 4-20 hour round trip weekends without problem or fear of breaking down. - The manual windows and doors leave little room for error or motor failure with them as the car ages. - automatic transmission has had 0 problems. - gas mileage is decent. it is not a gas guzzler. - the insurance is affordable for young drivers or drivers with some less than ideal accident history. - Excellent boot space. NOW FOR THE NEGATIVE - The car is very affordable, aka cheap, but it also feels cheap as one would expect for the price point. - In my personal car, Just from regular seating a support wire in the drivers side seat popped out and extrudes from the back of the seat, through the cloth sticking out, and pokes a bit in the back of the drivers side seat while I am driving and can be uncomfortable. - The cars are known for climate control issues, my air has never fully turned off even when turned all the way off, and when it is on high it causes the entire dash to shake and has since bought from the dealer. - Understeer, it is a base model front wheel drive car, so it is to be expected. - factory paint quality - road noise, it has a lot of cabin noise. - interior design - cup holders block climate control, as well as many other poor design choices. - cheap interior, cheap seats, plastic cracks easily, everything is put together flimsily. The sun will easily crack your entire dash if you do not use a protector or garage it, console will randomly lose screws, plastic will break easily. - electrical, my headlamps will randomly come on or go off in the car, sometimes in a strobe manner for 10+ minutes and have since I bought it, but the car always starts. Additional NEUTRAL point. - Slow. As you would it to be. likely a plus for first time/student driver. But if you are looking for something more than your last auto or it is an important factor to you, this probably isn't going to feel like much of a step up. Wrapping up. If you are on a budget and looking for a car to get to the store or work reliably or even cross country this is an excellent car for that job 7.5/10 If you are a student or parent of a student looking to get a first car, or a second college car. You are THE PERFECT DEMOGRAPHIC. The car is cheap, it is slow but will still do the speed limit, has cheap insurance, is reliable, gets reasonable gas mileage, has room for friends and enough room to help you move things from one location to another such as small furniture and boxes. I'd give this car a 8.5-9/ 10 for a first time drivers car and for a college commuter. Everyone else.... assuming you aren't a college kid or on a very limited budget, you can do better. It is cheap, but the interior is very cheap, the car is slow, you can find cars with a better mpg, and better handling, as an adult especially if you have children, you will probably want a car without such extreme road noise and with power windows and doors so your children can not unlock them and open them while driving or roll down the windows and you not being able to remotely roll them up or put on the window lock. This is not a drivers car, it is a way to get from point a to point b, not to enjoy the experience between those two. with none of the comforts that are standard in modern cars, and not sacrificing them for sports purposes I'd recommend passing on this car for something a little more grown up if you have the budget to do so. and I'd give this car a generous 4/10 for you."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Best Vehicle i have ever had!

By on Monday, February 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 146,750

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
10/10

Pros: "great price, fun to drive, trustworthy"

Cons: "i have none!"

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

"I love mine! I was a little hesitant to get it to start but then my dad told me that he loves them and now i do too! I havent had a single problem with it since i recieved it and it is always ready to use when i need it with no problems!"

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

It's been a good one.

By on Thursday, January 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 205,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great performance, great gas mileage, reliable."

Cons: "Rust and cracking dashboard."

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

"My experience with the Cav has been very good. The Z-24 is gutsy and the engine and drive train have been reliable. Gas mileage runs around 32-34, documented. My main complaint is that this one has rusted substantially, and the plastic dashboard is falling apart. If it weren't for that I would keep it forever."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great First Car

By on Monday, January 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 122,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Very good price."

Cons: "Not the safest car in the world."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This is a great car for young drivers. I am in college and this the perfect car for college students or high school students because, it gets excellent gas millage, I can go at least 2 weeks between trips to the pump and, it has been very reliable, also important when you're in school and on a tight budget."

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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