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Chevrolet Cavalier, Sedan
#246 of 2171 The next generation Cavalier...
Aug 30, 2000 (4:56 pm)
Will be built off the new "Global" GM platform code named "Delta". The car will be a direct spinoff of the all new Opel Astra (GM of Germany)due to debut sometime in 2002 as a 2003 model.
Since GM's greatest weakness is their sub-compact/compact model lines (Exception: Chevy Prizm)and most future GM models in this size range will come from Opel in Europe (Where they have had successful small cars).
Ford followed the same approach of sourcing their newest small car from Europe, the Focus.
Also, Cavalier's sibling, the Pontiac Sunbird will be discontinued after the 2002 model year as well as the Chevy Prizm (Bad move for Chevy). The Toyota Corolla will be re-designed for the 2003 model year and Chevy will not get the newer model. Instead, Pontiac will get an all new entry level hybrid sport wagon that will be built off the platform of the all new 2003 Corolla in an effort to improve Pontiac's current performance/value image in the entry level market. The 2003 Pontiac Sportwagon will be built in the same assembly line as the 2003 Corolla, in the NUMMI Fremmont, California GM/Toyota plant.
The Chevy Metro (a.k.a Suzuki Swift) will be finally discontinued after the year 2001.
So let's wait an see how this all new 2003 Cavalier will fill the 'holes' left off by the Metro and Prizm model lines.
Interesting times at GM....
Aug 30, 2000 (6:58 pm)
Indeed interesting times. I keep hearing a lot about the new GM models that are to be release starting 2001.
Not sure about the entry level thing keeping a buyer in a car line. Even if that is the case the Cavlier as it is is still an excellent choice for a first time buyer who just wants to get from A to B. I wanted a bit more of a personality so I jumped in the Berreta, best choice I ever made best car next to my Malibu. I take time buying my cars. Took 3 month to decide on the Beretta and 2 for the Malibu. Picked the best ones in the lot and they have never failed. Same with the Cavalier. We test drove 4 of them. Found things here and there that we didn't like until we found a nice white LS with the 2.2 engine and the 4spd tranny. Best little car I have driven. It's fun to drive, cute, easy to wash, simple, user friendly, and has enough passing poser to drive here in Boston. Great little bug. I guess we are just picky when choosing cars and we always get teh best. Good luck!
#248 of 2171 Malibu...
Aug 30, 2000 (7:06 pm)
You missed the entire point. What I am saying is that no matter how careful you are (and I was), you can still get a lemon. Mine was used and I checked the title and all. It only had 31,051 miles on it when I got it with a totally clean title and only one owner. Little did I know all these problems were going to happen to it.
And if you happen to get a lemon, you are less likely to go back to that particular manufacturer. Your above-stated logic makes no sense to me.
Aug 30, 2000 (8:46 pm)
vocus... I am talking about buying NEW. Buying used yes you can get a lemon no matter how much investigation you do. Used is used. New is diferent. Yes if you get a lemon you are less likely to return to that manufacturer but if you buy it used you can't really blame it on the manufacturer since you will never know how the previous owner treated the car. yes one owner, low miles, clean title but God only knows how they drove the car and if the kept up the maint. very hard to tell. Anyhoo this is getting off topic. good luck!
#250 of 2171 New vs used.
Aug 31, 2000 (2:36 am)
Well I decided never to buy a used car again. I had a terrible experience with a Honda Prelude I bought. I don't blame the car but rather the previous owner. No matter how clean the car looks you'll never know how it was treated. That's why I went for the Cavalier. I decided to rather buy a cheap new car than an expensive used car.
I always treat my cars very carefully and service and maintain them myself. I did my first oil and filter change on the Cavalier at 1000 miles. I did 2 more oil and filter changes and at 5000 miles I switched over to Mobil 1 Synthetic. For me the car runs sweetly and is a pleasure to drive. I really believe that it will last me a long time.
Aug 31, 2000 (4:55 am)
Thanks a lot, you almost caused me to commit suicide!! Just kidding. I feel totally embarrassed about the aluminum head on the 2.2 Cavalier as I pride myself on knowing everything I can about cars. This was one of the few times I posted without looking up the info first, so I learned a lesson. I do not like to be wrong when it comes to cars, but for once, I have to admit I was completely wrong. I don't know what I was thinking. I must have got confused with some truck engine. I also figured that some of the GM pushrod engines were still using an iron head since the old GM four banger was known as the Iron Duke and the engines are far from advanced. Anyway, sorry for my mistake. You can believe I won't let that happen again!
#252 of 2171 Intonge 18
Aug 31, 2000 (1:00 pm)
Intonge18, please don't worry about it. We all make mistakes and in this case it's nothing serious. It's just a discussion about motorcars. Cheers.
#253 of 2171 Never had such a horrible car
Sep 12, 2000 (12:29 pm)
We took in my wife's 1995 Cavalier in March with 43,000 miles on it; it was suffering from the infamous head gasket leak. It was replaced under GM's "secret recall."
Well, now it's only six months later (48,000 miles on the car now) and it's leaking again. After sitting in the dealership shop for FIVE DAYS, they finally got around to looking at it -- and they're saying one of the HEAD BOLTS is broken. Yeah right. Now WHO would've done THAT? Maybe the incompetent service guys as they overtightened the head after the repair in March? They're saying they won't cover it.
We planned to keep this car until it hit 80,000 miles or so. My wife doesn't drive it very much, and it still looks new. But now we're already shopping for a replacement (and it WON'T be a GM product) for a car that has only 48,000 miles on it. What a piece of crap.
Sep 12, 2000 (1:26 pm)
Take it to CarMax and sell it to them. You will get top dollar for it, and then go get something else. But beware, because Cavaliers don't hold their value that well.
#255 of 2171 Mdaffron
Sep 12, 2000 (6:45 pm)
Ya got a lemon, it's too bad. The Cavalier is a generally decent car. We have our second now (a 99) and it's been perfect. Great commuter car.