Yeah, after 25 years or so they pretty much got the design down pat, and the
ecotec motor seems pretty durable, finally chevy has a real winner that
doesn't cost a ton, of course now they are discontinuing it after '04 to
bring out the new Cobalt, which will also use ecotec motors, but as with any
new chassis, will probably have its share of initial problems. Otherwise
wait a few months till the dealers are more desperate to be getting rid of
their last stock of cavaliers, should be able to pick a fully loaded one up
for $12K USD after all the discounts and incentives.
Actually, GM does have 05 models of the Cavalier now. Looks like they
realized the popularity of the car and are extending production for at
least one year.
Production in Lordstown is supposed to end in early October though, so
I'm guessing the remaining '05 Cavaliers after that will be made in Mexico.
I did buy an '04. Very solid car.
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Solid? Initially, yes. Give it a few thousand miles. More than its fair
share of squeaks and rattles will begin to appear everywhere. I'll agree
they are reliable if maintained well. Unfortunately, as with most
inexpensive cars, the owners typically are unaware of proper maintaince or
unable or unwilling to maintain the vehicle properly.
With enough time, skill, and the right materials, you can disassemble the
dash and interior and take care of all the squeeks and rattles that occur,
GM should just spend the extra $300 on the felt pad and rubber caulking that
they use in the higher priced models to stop squeek points and make it into
a nicer car.
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