2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
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2 Reviews
Overall
3.0
Value
3.5
Performance
3.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.5
Reliability
2.5

2000 Chevrolet Cavalier Owner Ratings & Reviews

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2000 Chevrolet Cavalier - Rusty but Reliable

HT
Pawcatuck, Connecticut
Overall
3.0
Value
3.0
Performance
3.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
5.0
Reliability
2.0
I first purchased my car in 2011, and was impressed by the interior. It is a fully old school car: manual lock, manual windows, and a cassette deck that I had to scramble to find cassettes for (a very nostalgic activity). The seats are a durable material that withheld a few water stains here and there, and the trunk had a great capacity to cart me to and from an out of state college. The controls are easy to figure out and are not complicated at all - I had all of them figured out in about five minutes when I first slipped behind the wheel.
Story
Two years ago I was due for emissions testing on my car. For a little while, a "check engine" light had appeared on my dashboard, but I had been assured that it wasn't anything dire. However, that light needed to go off for my car to pass. An examination was completed, about $1000 was spent on replacing the valve and doing the other necessary maintenance, and I was given my car back to reset t... (more)
Pros
A definite pro is the gas mileage. Although it's just an average-sized gas tank, I can go to and from work and fill up for only about $20 once every two weeks, so it's very affordable. Another pro is that the engine and battery are extremely reliable. I haven't had to worry about them at all. I have driven this car through all of the worst blizzards and snowstorms of the past five years, and while I have to drive slowly I can get up hills easily (and down them, too, if I pump the brake a lot). It drives easy in the snow for its age and I trust it to get me home when Mother Nature says othe... (more)
Cons
The biggest cons with this vehicle have been the extensive repair work I have had to pour into it in only five years. However, at the same time, that repair work is due to its age. This car is nearly old enough to vote. And because I've had to drive it in snowstorms, and due to whatever else the previous owner(s) did with it, the interior was rusted through and through and has led to the strangest accidents. Ever hear of a rear axle breaking in half and a rear tire popping off? I hadn't either, until it happened to me just as I got off a busy highway one night. Of course, everyone's own ca... (more)

2000 Chevrolet Cavalier - Simple and pleasant

Joel
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Overall
3.0
Value
4.0
Performance
3.0
Style
3.0
Comfort
3.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
3.0
I bought my 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier about six years ago. I had recently got into an accident at the time, and I was in need of a new vehicle. At the time, I was in high school, and I just needed a car that could get me from point A to point B with no problems. I looked at a few local dealerships and finally ended up at a credit union dealer. Most of their cars were a little out of my price range, and by a little, I mean $15k out of my price range. But they did have a few options. There was a really beat-up older Nissan Maxima, but the condition it was in was grotesque. Next to that, there was a very nice-looking Jaguar (I can't remember the model name), but from all the research I did, Jaguars were insanely expensive to fix when they broke down, and they broke down a lot. Finally, ther... (more)
Story
I always enjoyed driving it. Even though it wasn't the quickest car on the road, it was still a nice ride. Driving on I-25 with the windows down, it made my commute to school fun.
Pros
Inexpensive, good MPG, and dependable. My favorite feature was literally the radio. It was a base model so not a lot of fancy options came with the car. I didn't need them anyways.
Cons
Excessive cabin noise, relatively bumpy ride, and lacks speed when merging onto the highway.

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