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Chevrolet Cavalier, Sedan
Dec 23, 2008 (12:46 pm)
My names Trinity. I have a 96 red Z24. With a fantastic 171k miles on it. I love my car! even tho it has had a rediculous amount of problems that Ive had to fix. Ive had it for 5 years. I named my car Bucky... because about 3 months after I bought it a fuel injector went out...and it started bucking. So, I thought it was a great name. haha. It really only left me stranded once tho. when my altenator went out. and luckily I have an awesome dad who drives over an hour to help me fix it when I need a little extra muscle. So lets see... Ive replaced...
My fuel injectors
hood hinges(who would of thought)
Blower motor resistor thingy
front wheel bearings
altenator and battery
Shift linkage cables(last month)
both power window motors.
and a bunch of other random little things
my shift cables were a fantastic experience with a transmission place that I got to yell and take my car away from them while telling them that theyre stupid. haha. fun times being a girl who has a dad and brother who race cars. So Ive picked up a few useful things throughout my life.
#17 of 25 Im wondering...
Jan 07, 2009 (2:32 pm)
OK first, Trinity.......Hood hinges?? are you serious?
I just purchased a 2001 Z24. I have never owned a cavailer so I was wondering a few things.
I bought this car off the orig. owner and its in exelent condition inside and out no accidents all orig including the paint only a few rock chips on the nose. the car runs great and very strong, not what i expected with a 4 cyl. I live in Florida and the lady I bought it from said it never left the state(who knows) judging from the bottom its possable. there is a complete maint record that came with the car,I mean complete she kept every single thing, even found a reciept for an air freshener. I have put 600 miles on the car bringing the total to 120,000. there is alot of freeway driving here so i'm not to worried. Very nice dark blue.
My question is what do you veteran Cav owners think i should look out for?
Every thing works but I find the car just a little uncomfortable. has anyone ever changed the seats out? I am making a trip up north soon. how is this car in the snow and ice?
I look forward to reading your thoughts. Thanks!
Jan 09, 2009 (5:56 pm)
Congrats for buying a good car. I believe I can provide a few insights as the proud owner of a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire convertible (2.4L, 5-speed manual).
First, the radio light will eventually go out except on the coldest days. I'm not sure if that's a GM or just a Pontiac thing since the only other car this seems to happen to is the G6. I haven't bothered to get my radio fixed since the car has steering wheel radio controls and is over twelve years old. Last year, my ignition coil had to be replaced when the car started bucking and stumbling. The warning there is the first two OEM replacement coils were bad! I'm currently using a 2.4L ignition coil from a junkyard and my garage is talking to AC-Delco. The power window and power door lock switches are not as reliable as they once were (Did I mention the car is over twelve years old?). I'm losing oil at a rate of roughly one quart every 3000 miles. IOW, I don't care. My cruise control has stopped operating and the passenger seat no longer moves forward and backward...but I think that's from lack of use.
All in all I can't complain since I keep getting compliments on my car.
Tell me how it goes if you swap the seats out. I've always wanted a couple more inches of leg room.
#19 of 25 slackerman
Jan 09, 2009 (6:25 pm)
it seems to be a shame to pull out the seats they are in great shape but like you said a couple extra inches would be good. im not sure yet which seats. I need to go shoping. The arm rest is also a little low so mabey somehow lower the seats. Its gonna be some project to do it right, it needs to look as good as the rest of the car. I had a 2000 grand am gt and I had the same raido problem no other issues.Ill let you know.
Jan 09, 2009 (11:46 pm)
I own a 2000 Cavalier Standard coupe 2.2Litre and it has 110,000 miles on it. I made a move from the Beaches of VA to Mountains of WV and notice that it handles really well on the mountain winding roads. I have encountered a new issue with it however..While driving, the security light, maintenance light, and sometimes check gauges light comes on sometimes and the lights dimmer, Temp, Fuel, and Speedometer go crazy at once.. I've had the battery tested along with the alternator tested and they both came back fine...any clues on what the issue may be? This was my first car and I would hate to sell it with the way it handles..I've grown a likeness to it and want to fix it.
Jan 10, 2009 (2:29 am)
check your instrument cluster
#22 of 25 Re: slackerman [cavz24]
Jan 11, 2009 (7:02 pm)
My check oil light comes on at times. I've checked the oil and it's fine. Turning the car off and back on fixes the problem. Did I mention my car is twelve years old? Bugs happen.
#23 of 25 Patience & Determination
Mar 02, 2009 (1:36 am)
Hi, my name is Justin, and I'm 30 yrs old. I've lived in Gulfport, Ms. all of my life. When I first spotted my 2000 Chevy Cavalier, I KNEW I was going to own that car. When I seen it, NO ONE could see what I seen. I seen so much potential for this vehicle, it was unreal. It's American made, small, and EXCELLENT on fuel. First, I installed my Stereo System, my Car Alarm, etc. Next, I put 20% tint all the way around. Then I put in alot of LED lights in AND underneath my car Then I installed a Cold Air Intake System from AEM, increased my Exhaust a 1/4 inch and installed the latest design in technology - The Apex AeroTurbine Muffler. Next, I pressure washed my Engine (covered all electrical, of course), degreased the HECK out of it, and spray painted my valve Cover Cobalt Blue. There is ALOT more tobe done, but this is for now...
#24 of 25 2009 Z24 Convertible
Jun 09, 2009 (2:14 pm)
Hi, I'm Ed from Raleigh, NC. I own a manual 1999 Z-24 Convertible. I use it as a track car. It is bone stock except for the required roll bar for safety on a convertible. No plans to mod the engine or exhaust, since it still has to be able to perform as a backup daily driver if my Toyota craps out. Besides, it will always be a momentum car, regardless of anything. Moderate suspension changes are in the works, but I won't change a thing until I have enough time under my belt to figure out just what I need. The real beauty of this car? I'm 6'2" tall, 330 lbs, and I fit in it very comfortably with a XXL helmet on my head.
#25 of 25 Re: 2009 Z24 Convertible [2xlhead]
Jun 09, 2009 (2:26 pm)
The proud owner of a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire convertible with 2.4L and manual transmission.