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Chevrolet Cavalier, Sedan
#1043 of 2171 New to the Cavalier (sorta)
Aug 23, 2002 (12:37 pm)
I got me a 2002 Chevy Cavalier (base) coupe about three months ago. So far it's great! Even though I didn't get any options on it, it is fully loaded. Plus, with the $2500 in rebates, not counting my trade in, I got in for around 10K with 5 year warranty. Try to get a Honda or Toyota with standard CD player, air, ABS, for that! I say sorta because my second car was a 1995 Cavalier LS, fully loaded, but unlike my current Cav, it had an auto, which you should NEVER get with a four banger.
Anyway, glad I got it before the 03 came out. Talk about ugly. From the rear it looks like an old Geo Storm. But it does have the new Ecotec 2.2L.
Does anyone know when the redesigned Cav (Delta platform I believe) come out?
Aug 23, 2002 (4:39 pm)
"which you should NEVER get with a four banger"
One also has to realize that there is a function of the type of driving to consider. If it takes you 90 minutes to go 18 miles (Welcome to Northern Virginia in September....), an automatic is a good idea.
-- from someone who drove a 1992 Cav stick for ten years and has a 97 LS auto.
#1045 of 2171 Absolutely right hoyahenry
Aug 23, 2002 (6:24 pm)
and the Cavalier automatic transmission is one of the smoothest, time-proven automatics of all time (despite all the Cavalier bashing going on around here).
Aug 23, 2002 (6:40 pm)
I know what you mean about traffic. I work in Lanham, MD (right off 495 and 50) and know about some traffic! I would go nuts dealing with traffic if I had a stick shift. As a matter of fact, I was stuck in a heck of a jam coming home from work on Thursday. It took me 45 mins. to go 6 MILES! If I had a stick then, I would have been on the side of the road, or else had a heck of a leg cramp.
I know they are supposedly more fun to drive (don't know how to drive one, so I don't know for sure), but I prefer convenience to power in traffic.
#1047 of 2171 I agree, sorta (automatic vs standard)
Aug 23, 2002 (9:20 pm)
My 1995 Cav had the 3 speed auto and boy was it slow. My 2002 has the 5 speed manual, far peppier, even though it has 5 less HP. I go about 28 miles to work here in TX in about 45 minutes to an hour. The manual has the advantage in acceleration, which is why I will always get one if I get four bangers. But you are right, being stuck in traffic makes the auto seem better.
#1048 of 2171 (automatic vs standard)
Aug 24, 2002 (4:11 am)
I think it depends on the engine. My 02 auto with the 140 hp engine goes very well with the automatic. In a drag race yes the stick will most likely win (all being equal) but if plugging along in slow traffic and I see an opening I just gun it and away I go. No wait while I have to downshift pop the clutch and then go.
Aug 24, 2002 (6:17 am)
The 4 speed in our 99 was real smooth, GM does auto better than just about anyone.
Aug 24, 2002 (8:15 am)
I have an '02 Cav w/ the 4spd auto., and it shifts extremely smooth, and the 2.2 engine is suprisingly quite peppy and responsive.
Aug 24, 2002 (8:46 am)
The 4sp auto is a winner,its the differential gear ratio is why the 3sp is a dog.3.18 3sp 3.63 4sp.
#1052 of 2171 243K and still going strong
Aug 24, 2002 (3:17 pm)
1989 2.0L automatic Cavalier doing well at 243,000 miles. Engine is a bit noisy and shakes the whole car at idle but otherwise has lots of power and A/C works just fine (was retrofitted to R134a). Only other problems seem to be rust from salty winters and oil leaks. Tranny had her first fluid change last year.