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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier OWNER RATINGS & REVIEWS
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My car is awesome, but shows its age in some ways.
Overall, I have had a very positive experience with my car. I have had it for about three years now. It was used when I got it and not that expensive -- the cost was around $2,200 dollars. It is a bright yellow Chevy Cavalier and manual rather than automatic. The cup holders are the perfect size for the kind of water bottle I prefer, which is a bonus! I have had no major issues with the engine that have prevented me from driving the car, and other systems, such as the radio, also work great. It drives relatively smoothly. And it's very good on gas -- I don't normally have to spend much on gas each month. There are some downsides, because the car has been in use for several years now and is showing its age. The paint job has flaked off some but is mostly still attractive. The key has had some difficulty turning lately, and the air conditioning has always been bad. The gas gauge doesn't work well, though the fuel economy itself is great. But most of the problems with the car are either stylistic or minor enough that they're more of an inconvenience rather than a major problem. Overall, my car is still in quite good shape, especially considering its low cost and how long its been in use. I hope to get at least another few years of active use out of this car and will miss it when I get another!
The car was purchased with only about 5,000 miles on it in 2005. Now, in 2017, she's got about 180,000 on her and still kicking. It's a very plain-looking car. I got the two-door sporty model with non-automatic locks or windows; so very old school, but I also didn't want superficial automatic features that could break unexpectedly and would cost too much to repair. There were no mechanical issues with my car for about the first 48,000 miles. The first thing to go out was the starter, but that was easy enough to replace (but by no means cheap). The gear shift in the center console also had an issue (widespread across this particular Chevy model) where the transmission would get stuck in one position because a tiny piece inside would eventually break and cause the car to get stuck in forward/neutral/reverse, etc. Took forever for the mechanic to figure it out and forever for the part to come from the manufacturer, so the bill was a few hundred dollars. However, she ran like new after doing my 50,000 mile tune-up (replacing some belts and hoses and stuff like that), and I didn't have another issue until about 120,000 miles. Overall, the amount of repairs I've had to do on my car seem insignificant to the fact that it was so cheap to begin with, being such a basic model and preowned. And I've been able to keep her running for over ten years and nearly 200,000. Plus, being an American car, the parts are easy to come by, and the repairs pretty simple to find on YouTube how to do.