Last post on Aug 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM
You are in the Chevrolet Cavalier
What is this discussion about?
Chevrolet Cavalier, Sedan
#763 of 2171 that CR bias is such BS
Jan 15, 2002 (10:11 am)
I really don't see it. For example, in their tests, the Ford Explorer topped all the other (5)SUVs compared in the September 2001 issue, including 4Runner and Pathfinder. Also, the Explorer Sport Trac and Dodge Dakota were shown to do better than the Tacoma and Fronteir (which got an especially dismal write-up). The Ford Focus is their HIGHEST rated small car (above Protege, Civic, etc) but is not recommended because of a poor reliability record. Other examples of American cars with good reviews from CR... the Escape (but again, reliability issues), the Park Avenue, the Lincoln LS, Chrysler Town and Country. And finally, in the same issue containing the comparo with the Intrepid, the Chevy Avalanche has a VERY favorable article.
Concerning your cite about the transmissions in the Accord and Intrepid, this is what CR said:
Accord- " The four speed automatic doesnt shift quite as smoothly as the best among these vehicles, although you can opt for a manual shift on four cylinder Accords"
Intrepid- " The four speed automatic is not as responsive as the others here"
How are they fundamentally different?
Perhaps you are just upset because your car, perceived as "great" by you or otherwise, was not rated as highly as others.
Now, getting back to the Cavalier..........
(Disclaimer: All of the examples cited are based on Consumer Reports New Car Preview 2002, or Jan and Feb 02 issues)
#764 of 2171 Cavalier versus Sunfire steering feel
Jan 15, 2002 (11:35 am)
Do the Cavalier and Sunfire use the same power steering pump and steering rack? I have driven both and have noticed a stiffer feel in the Cavalier, which I do not like, and the Sunfire has a lighter feel which I prefer. I thought they use the same components.
Anybody know technically what's going on and what can be modified, etc?
#765 of 2171 Heater and fan problem
Jan 15, 2002 (6:38 pm)
I have a 2000 Z24 and except for a paint problem when I first bought it, it has performed as well as a cheap economy car should. However, I have had a problem come up recently. The switch that directs the flow of air in the car to the feet, face, defrost, etc... has been acting up. In particular it is struggling to direct air to the foot vents. I was wondering if any of you have had a problem like this arise? If so, was it a minor problem or did it require a bit more attention.
#766 of 2171 John...
Jan 16, 2002 (7:00 am)
I would take it to the dealer if I were you. Is the car still under warranty? If so, don't sweat it and let them fix it for free.
#767 of 2171 Dweezil "I' WITH YOU ON THAT ONE"
Jan 16, 2002 (7:47 am)
This Teo guy critcizes anyone who doesn't agree with him. Because a Cavalier in his books is beneath him. His liking is for Audi's and BMeers. On the Impala board all Teo talks about is his Chevrolet Impala how good GM and Chevrolet are and then comes to this board and slams everything about them. He's hard to understand. He posts over 200 times a week on the Impala board.(time to get a life!!) As Cavalier owners know the Cavalier was redesigned back in 1995. Upgrades have been made to the engine and and interior as well. It is a great economical car for the American public, who don't want to spend big bucks on transportation. I am sure the next generation will even be better.
Jan 16, 2002 (8:05 am)
Hey Charts bitter eh? What is your freaking problem?
You are a silly, ill mannered poster that complaints left and right about his Impala because the DIC is 18% off...oh my gawd!!
...and expects GM to buy it back, LOL.
The one that clearly needs to get a life and some very needed manners is YOU.
Jan 16, 2002 (8:11 am)
The Cavalier is an outdated embarrasement of vehicle. GM knows it very well. 20+ years on the same J-body platform is enough. Hopefully Lutz will speed up the Delta platform to replace this relic.
The Cavalier is an embarrasement for GM as an automaker.
#770 of 2171 Teo...
Jan 16, 2002 (8:16 am)
The Cavalier is one of the only ways alot of people get into an affordable new car though, especially alot of young people. Almost everyone I have known had a Cavalier at one time or another. So if they can keep prices down while increasing refinement and most other traits, that would be cool.
Jan 16, 2002 (8:21 am)
I'd get a Hyundai Elantra or a stripped Focus before I'd get a Cavalier if I had to go for the lowest cost. Really, if I was going lowest cost, I'd get a used car.
#772 of 2171 Vocus
Jan 16, 2002 (8:28 am)
I hear ya. But GM is getting slammed in the press and the buying public alike by not offering a worthy small car competitor. The Cavalier can satisfy the needs of budget minded customers, but it doesn't mean they have to put up with an ancient platform (Yes the car was *updated* in 1995 but that's old already and the platform is the same 1981 issue) and lousy safety scores.
Toyota and Honda have proved over the last 20 years that a budget priced vehicle can offer superior quality, technology and safety.
GM can do it too.