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#456 of 2171 I need some historical/background info on cavaliers - I'm in a bind
Apr 06, 2001 (2:26 pm)
I was referred to this site from Chevrolet Customer Service, they answered some of my questions, but they thought the users and staff of this site might be able to fill in the gaps...
Here's the deal - Around Christmas-time while visiting family 700 miles from home, we got pulled over in heavy traffic. The Police officer maintains we were going 89 mph, while our speedometer clearly stated 74 (speed limit 70 mph) as it had since we left home. We're fighting the ticket I/I even at 74 mph we were going with the flow of traffic, and we certainly weren't going 89 mph!
Here are my questions - I hope the answers will assist in our defense.
1. According to Chevrolet, 145, 229 cavaliers were sold in 1996. Does anyone know approx. how many there are on the road?
2. When was the last significant body model change? (My 1996 and my sister's 1997 both look relatively similar to the new 2001 models) was it 1995?
3. How many colors of green, blue or teal have been offered over the years (or since 1995)?
4. Any other pertinent information that you believe would be helpful in this matter.
#457 of 2171 Cavaliers...
Apr 06, 2001 (2:32 pm)
There are alot of 1996 Cavaliers still on the road to this day. They are popular with younger people and those on a budget who are looking for a reasonably reliable small car.
The last redesign/body style change was with the 1995 models.
So how is this information going to help you with the speeding ticket? Just curious...
Apr 06, 2001 (2:56 pm)
I think he's trying to prove that the cop radared another Cavalier just like his own...good luck on that one.
#459 of 2171 Noisey brakes and so forth........
Apr 07, 2001 (8:05 am)
brakeman1, I have a little theory I'm working on. Have you ever taken your Cavalier, ( I have the same model as you) to a carwash where you can wax the car with the high pressure wand? I've noticed that if I spray the wheels with the wand set to "wax" I get a pulsating braking action afterwards which is different to the ABS kicking in. My theory is that the wax gets on the rotors and causes certain areas on the rotor to be more sticky than other areas. I've since stopped spraying the wheels with wax.
I wouldn't worry about those noises. My Cav brakes are also noisey when I first take off in the morning. I think the brake pads are hygroscopic and absorb moisture during the night. I've had all my wheels off and see no damage to any of the braking surfaces. If I were you I'd run away from any dealer services.
So far I've had great service out of my car and am happy with it.
#460 of 2171 Noisy brakes and so forth response
Apr 09, 2001 (9:52 am)
Actually, I am not great about caring for the outside of the car, and have cleaned it only twice since it was new, so no, I have never used the spray wax as you mentioned, so I guess that was not it.
Having said that I got the car back from the mechanic, he replaced all four rotors because he got some deal as well as the pads, even though we originally agreed, just change the pads and leave it alone. The cost was $ 260, and I must say, the car brakes better than when I bought it new, not that it brakes any stronger or anything, just that it is quiet, like most cars, no grinding anymore. So I hope that is the end of it.
I should say that outside of this problem, which really seems more dealer related, the car is driven hard and performs well with no other problems. Hopefully everything will continue...
Apr 10, 2001 (10:47 am)
What kind of cavalier has 4 rotors?
#462 of 2171 considering Cav
Apr 24, 2001 (2:46 pm)
I have researched and driven used, later model (96 and up) toyota camrys,corollas, mazda protege, in looking for a third family car.....Some dealers in this area are offering a 5year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty on 2001 Cavaliers (base model I suspect at the 10,885.00 advertised price,I havent had a chance to actually look at one yet). You can imagine the difference in price between the new Cavs and the used foreign cars. In addition I would probably be buying an extended warranty on the used one(s).I guess I'm asking for some advice from some Cavalier experienced folks on what they might think would be the best way to go....thanks in advance for any input.
#463 of 2171 Cavalier Vs Prizm
Apr 27, 2001 (7:16 pm)
exactly just how does the two of these cars match up? Can anybody break that down 4 me ?
Apr 29, 2001 (7:46 am)
We lease a 99 Cavalier and it's been perfectly reliable from day one. It's not the best small car on the market, but it's a lot of car for the money. For the same money as a Civic, we got added ABS, traction assist, cruise control and a 1.9% lease rate. Great deal.
As for the Prizm, they don't sell it in Canada so I have no idea.
#465 of 2171 Brake bang...
Apr 29, 2001 (7:02 pm)
A friend of mine has a 1999 Cavalier sedan with 42K on it. She asked me to drive it, because she was having problems with a back brake noise. I did, and heard what she was talking about. Right after stopping and taking your foot off the brake to reaccelerate, this "bang" comes from the back of it, but not all the time (only did it once, and I stopped like 10 times). Anyone have any similar problems? I thought it might be a drum sticking, but not sure. Any suggestions.