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Pros: Engine and chassis
Cons: Seats and tail light style
Advice: A lot of performance for the moneyThe car is very much improved! I owned 5 pre 2004's and by far this is the best. You get performance, gas mileage and sporty looks at a cheap price. It rides flat in the corners and goes where You turn the steering wheel. Very sensitive. The engine is very responsive. The brakes don't require a lot of pressure and stop quickly. There is low wind noise on the highway, but on real windy days, it gets buffeted around on strong gusts of wind.
Pros: The front end and headlights
Cons: The headlight mounting bracket, had some trouble after putting in new Xeon bulbs.
Advice: The 2004 is a great buy with a 4,000 instant rebate off the sticker price, but get an LS, it has power doors, windows, locks, tilt, cruise, and a kicking stereo system with 6 speakers and woofers. Also has anti-theft and alarm.I test drove a 2004 LS Coupe and loved it the very first time I drove it. Very tight and precise sterring and handeling and great power with the 2.2 Ecotec.
Pros: Z type appearance package
Cons: cost for options
Advice: just drive it!The Cavalier has very good response, and the braking is crisp. Easy to drive, the 5 speed standard transmission shifts well, the clutch is abit touchy.
Pros: The stereo and speakers are okay
Cons: The maintenance & does not hold its value
Advice: Dont buy this car, especially newTest drive was fine, owning it is another story. At the time of purchase I thought I was getting a good deal, but for a car that apparently does not hold its value it is impossible to get a good deal. I have owned this car for 2 years and have had several problems. There is a constant, loud clicking noise under the hood anytime the A/C runs. If your foot is not slammed to the ground on the brake petal, the car will hop forward (automatic trans. in mine. I have taken the car in for these problems and they say they fix it but they never do, taking in again for the same exact problems next week. I do not wish this car on anyone, and like I said it appears affordable up front but it is not in the long run!
Pros: cd player,sunroof
Cons: i dont have more than 1
Advice: don drive unless u can get it..cuz youll fall in lovegreat acceleration,and great handling..
Pros: I liked the 5 speed
Cons: the inside of the door is vey close to the side of my head
Advice: take advantage of the rebates and other insentives they have..I bought just the base model. up in Canada we call it the VL. 5 speed and no options, black with grey int. I found it very quiet on the hwy. there was hardly any wind noise at all, and the motor noise was very low. At a 120KMS it seemed like 60...
Pros: Lots of automatic features included as standard
Cons: Seat comfort a bit hard and low.
Advice: Great car with lots of standard features included and 1/3 off including the rebates.No complaints except the front seat is a bit uncomfortable for a larger person that is use to driving a van. Got this car for my daughter to learn to drive on and it is great for her. Gets great gas mileage, even with a learning driver. We get 28 mpg in city. Sharp car.