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Chevrolet Cavalier, Sedan
#340 of 2171 Deamon...
Oct 29, 2000 (3:23 pm)
Well you haven't had an experience with a Ford yet then, since the Cavalier is a Chevrolet. By what you just said, it looks as if (like most people out there) you aren't a plethora of knowledge when it comes to cars. I recommend you read up on some of the cars right here at Edmund's (their road tests go all the way back to the 1996 model year) and also check out Consumer Reports' Used Car Buying Guide as well. In there, you will find lists of the best and worst used cars. Actually (no kidding), the 1992-99 Cavalier is classified as a "car to avoid" by CU. You might want to check into a Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, or something of that sort for a reliable means of cheap transportation. Cavaliers can be reliable, but not so much as the cars mentioned above.
Oct 30, 2000 (12:35 am)
I don't buy everything CR has to say. It's a good guide but the Cavalier is a decent car at a decent price. It's not best in class, but you won't go wrong either.
#342 of 2171 Not necessarily...
Oct 30, 2000 (1:59 am)
I had a 1996 Cavalier and had alot of problems with it. A few friends of mine had Cavaliers too, and they had trouble. My best friend had a 1996 and the engine blew at 100,500 miles (just outside the warranty on the head gasket). They are nice cars, but not as reliable as a comparably priced import car would be.
Oct 30, 2000 (3:41 am)
Doh! I will readily admit that I am pretty weak when it comes to car knowledge, but I actually did know it was a Chevrolet. I'm not quite sure where Ford came in... The main cars that I have been looking at are the Accord and Civic, the Corolla, the Sentra, and possibly the Prelude or Altima. The only reason that I even considered the Cavalier is because $4000 seemed awefully cheap for a '96, and it was in great shape. The problem with all of the cars that I listed is that no one seems to want to get rid of them until they actually start to break down. And on the other hand, if I do find one from the mid to early nineties, the used value is still quite high, thanks to the quality of the car. My best bet so far is (This is completely off-topic from the Cavalier, so I apoligize) a '91 Corolla with less than 60k miles, in absolutely perfect condition, for $3500. We spent over an hour inspecting the car, and although I'm not by any means an expert, I couldn't find a single problem with it. Anyway, thanks for the help and I apoligize for the Ford/Chevrolet mix up.
#344 of 2171 '96 Cavaliers/'91 Corollas
Oct 30, 2000 (4:45 am)
I was doing my usual "where are the cheap cars this week" searches on eBay, Yahoo, Excite, and Auto Trader classifieds today and found many 1995-1996 Cavaliers for $2995 to $3995 all across the USA. Most of these were at dealers so price is negotiable (They set their prices as high as they can) and had anywhere from 80K-130K. Of course there are cheaper ones but they were either wrecked or needed major work (i.e. head gasket repairs after 100K once the warranty expires). $4000 would be a good deal if the car had 60K or 70K though. Does the car have all its maintenance records? Looking at those can tell a lot. It's another reason I like taxis and fleet cars because the records areusually available. That and $4000 for 1998 Crown Victorias and $1500 for 1996 Tauruses. I don't care if they have 150K or 250K, they run and drive and with the money I save on the purchase I can afford a transmission or two.
I don't think $3500 for a 1991 Corolla is a good deal no matter the miles or condition. It is a ten year old car in a few months and they feel old. The Corolla was redesignedin 1993 and that model is much more refined. $3500 can buy a 1993 or 1994 model, still in nice condition.
$4000 is a good amount of money to spend on a car. It will also buy a larger car like an Accord, Camry, Corsica, Contour or anything else compact or even midsize. Heck, you could always get a 1998 Ford Crown Vic NYC taxi if you don't mind yellow.
#345 of 2171 Smaller ones...
Oct 30, 2000 (2:30 pm)
You can get a 1998 Chevrolet/Geo Metro for the $4000 price limit. They are nice little cars too, so you might want to check into it.
Oct 30, 2000 (11:40 pm)
I greatly appriciate all of the advice I've been getting in the forums... Having someone to talk to who knows their stuff and *isn't* trying to sell you a car is great. This will certainly help me to make my decision. Thanks!
#347 of 2171 engine swap question
Oct 31, 2000 (12:42 am)
my fiance has a '93 chevy cavalier RS convertible with a 4 cylinder, AC, and a 5 speed. the head gasket just failed and i would like to replace the motor (which has high miles anyway) with a gm goodwrench 3.1/6. can anyone tell me if that motor will fit my tranny and what else will be necessary (computer, brackets, FI, ignition) et cetera. any help appreciated.
#348 of 2171 doubt it
Oct 31, 2000 (1:15 pm)
I don't think so and the car's suspension/ tires are probably not able to handle a v6.
Nov 04, 2000 (5:58 pm)
The 3.1L-V6 was offered in all models of the Cavalier. The 3.1L-V6 was offered with the exact same 5-speed in your convertible. So the engine will bolt to the transmission. You will have to get a lot of parts to do the conversion. You need the computer from a same year 3.1 engine, you need the motor mounts from a 3.1 equipped Cavalier, and the radiator and hoses from a 3.1 equpiped Cavalier. Ifyou're buying the engine new you will also need all the accessories like a starter, alternator, water pump, intake manifold, exhaust manifolds, Y-pipe, catalytic converter, fuel injection parts, airbox, electric fan, and all the assorted brackets. A better idea would be to find a used 3.1L-V6 at a scrapyard with all the accessories and bolt that into your car. If you're dying for a new engine, buy the new one and a non-running used one. Make sure it has all those parts and don't forget the exhaust. Because the GM Goodwrench engine is a basic short block and very few of the parts from the 2.2 engine will fit. I know for a fact the starter will not but the alternator may work. The brackets will not.