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Chevy Cavalier is a great little car! by Tom, San Diego CA on 03/07/2013. Trim: 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier LS sedan, Owned more than 10 years.
Pros: My Cavalier has been great! I purchased it new and still have it in 2013. Although I never had any trouble with the head gasket, I remember there was a service recall during the first year of ownership. The dealer replaced the gasket under the warranty. Since then I've just had the usual maintenance chores, but no major problems. Besides oil changes, batteries, belts, brake pads and tires I've only had to replace the water pump and one fuel injector. When possible I do the work myself. I'm considering buying a used S10 truck just so I can get the same 2.2L engine. My Cavalier gets 30 mpg on the highway. If you keep up on the maintenance, and don't abuse it, the Cavalier is a gem.
Cons: The carpet is cheap and has worn though. There's a glitch with the check engine light that is even described in the owner's manual. If it comes on when you start the car you are supposed to reset it by turning the car off and on again. It's a minor annoyance. I should be used to it by now, but things like that bug me. It doesn't effect performance. The 1995 has an ODBI system which was replace by OBD2 in 1996. Probably not an issue in OBD2 models.
Overall review: A good car for the money.
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