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#325 of 2171 wbt...
Oct 03, 2000 (7:58 pm)
I just got on http://www.cars.com and saw a 1998 Chevy Cavalier 5-speed coupe with 35,144 on it for $6995. I live in Maryland though. But still, I am sure they are not that much more expensive where you live. Get a car with a clean history and you will be thankful later that you did. Also, before EVER buying a used car, go to http://www.carfax.com and run a vehicle history report on the VIN# of the car. Get an unlimited membership that will last you for 3 months for only $19.95 and it's a better deal than spending $14.95 for each report. Also, let us know how your shopping turns out.
#326 of 2171 anyone with bad ti rod ends?
Oct 04, 2000 (12:36 am)
if anyone of you guys with the cavalier problems have front end suspention problems, you really shouldinject grease into the grease ports located on the underside of the ti rod ends, and on the underside of the lower controll arm. trust me unless you new car guys wanna pay alot when your warrenty runs out (and belive, it will happen just months after) do this preventative maintnance it will save you lots of dollar signs!
#327 of 2171 Tie rod ends
Oct 04, 2000 (2:13 am)
88ber290, my 99 Cavalier has grease fittings only on the tie rod ends. The lower control arms have no grease fittings anymore. I don't know if this is a good or bad thing. I would have liked to have been able to grease the lower control arms. Hopefully, the ball joints are long lasting. The user manual says the tie rod ends should be greased every 6000 miles. By the way, beware if you go to Jiffy Lube. They'll tell you there are no grease fittings at all. In a moment of weakness I once took my Cavalier there for an oil change and told them to grease the fittings.
What year is your Cavalier?
#328 of 2171 rebuilt Cavalier
Oct 04, 2000 (3:44 am)
www.americanauto.com has several Cavalier rebuildables in Omaha Nebraska. And that 99 isn't worth $7500 wrecked. It may be worth $4000-$5000 fixed, but once that title has been salvaged the car reverts to salvage and wholesale values. A 1999 Cavalier can be bought in like new condition, never wrecked, for $8000-$9000, you just have to look around. But $7500, no, it isn't worth that at all. I just bought a salvaged 1995 Aspire in "nice" shape with 75K on it for $1300. That was a good deal. But for $2500, it wouldn't have been a deal.
Oct 06, 2000 (1:09 am)
rebuildables...they have a 2000 sedan for $4400, looks like it needs a fender, headlight, bumper, not much else. And locally in D/FW I have seen many 95-99 Cavaliers at a place called Hart's for $2000-$6000 with various states of damage. No matter where you are, there are auto recyclers that can provide you with a cheap rebuilt car. You may get what you pay for, but the less you spend on an already fixed car, the better off you are. Even better, have a trusted body shop friend find you a rebuilder.
#330 of 2171 transmission question
Oct 20, 2000 (5:11 am)
Will the 4-speed automatic from a newer Cavalier fit the 2.2 engine? As in, would I be able to put one in a 1992 Cavalier that I found dirt cheap with a slipping 3-speed automatic?
#331 of 2171 transmission swap
Oct 23, 2000 (6:31 pm)
The 4 speed will fit the 2.2 but not the car.The 4T40E is electronic & the 3T40 is mechanical.Need to change computer, wiring, etc, etc, etc, not a good idea.Fix the 3 speed.
#332 of 2171 Question...
Oct 23, 2000 (6:59 pm)
A good friend of mine has a 2000 Neon he bought almost a year ago and it's nothing but trouble. He was thinking about trading to a Cavalier Z24. My question is, how is the reliability/durability of the 2.4 engine? All the problems I read about seem to be with the 2.2 engine, but I know the Z24 comes with the 2.4 and 4-speed automatic. How is the reliabilty/durability of the transmission, the Z24 model itself, and the 2.4 engine itself? Please advise. Thanks!
Oct 23, 2000 (7:47 pm)
I've got a Sunfire GT, with the same powertrain as your friend is looking at. The 2.4 has been problem-free so far (78K km) and I haven't read anything bad about it like I have for the 2.2. As for the tranny, GM makes good trannies. Mine shifts harshly at times, but I suspect that this is not the norm because my friend's GT shifts very smoothly, even though he is much harder on the gas than me.
As for the model itself, I don't know what to say. Presumably all the stuff other than powertrain and suspension will be the same as other Cavaliers. My GT has been good; no poor build quality and only a few squeaks from my seat when going over rough roads (I would think this is normal for a car with a stiffer suspension). I'd just say that if he decides on the Z24, to do an inspection on the car and check for build quality. If it is bad, I'd advise him to look at another Z24, as generally one bad thing is a sign of other bad things.
Pity about the Neon. I drove one and it has great handling. It was a good compromise between a nice ride and good handling. What would really make it nice is if Chrysler put the 150 hp engine back in. Also they could get rid of the dinosaur 3-speed auto.
#334 of 2171 Neon..
Oct 23, 2000 (8:23 pm)
His is a 2000 bought on 12/31/1999 brand new. It is an ES with every option but the sunroof and the CD changer. It now has almost 18K on it, and it's been in the shop 7 times already. Everything from new brakes and rotors, to having the dashboard replaced because it cracked at 10K!
And Chrysler's customer service is IMPOSSIBLE! They won't even pay for a rental car overnight when the car's in the shop.
See, I used to have a Cavalier and a bunch of my friends had them as well. But we all had 2.2s with the 3-speed automatic. Mine was a 1996 with 31K when bought. It was in the shop 8 times in 6 weeks for fuel pump, front strut, bad brakes, and other things. That's what worries me, getting another lemon. But anything would be better than this Neon is.