Sunday, June 15, 2008
That's one fast Cavalier! (Well, not really.)
Labels: Automotive Awefulness
A Cadavalier...? C'mon, you weren't really thinking of buying one of these examples of everything that is wrong with the tattered remains of the American auto industry...were you?
Good points: Putting the Ecotec engine in something that size was a pretty good idea. It's got a fair amount of torque for a compact car, which can be good for moving in stop and go traffic.
Cavs don't hold their resale value very well, which means I can pick up one with fewer years and miles on it for the same prices as an older car from somebody else.
Bad points (besides the loopy speedometer): I've driven cars with 4 puck racing clutches that were easier to work than the stock Cavalier clutch.
The brake pedal was a good three or four inches higher than the gas pedal.
The dash pad had already cracked. (Rest of the interior had held up OK though.)
This one was an LS-Sport model, which was allegedly equipped with a sport suspension. The one good thing about the sport suspension was the aluminum rims, which looked like quality pieces. It sure didn't feel like they'd tuned it to handle, with lots of body roll and general mushiness. The General has turned out some real sport suspensions for things like the Corvette or Solstice, but I guess they didn't think that Cavalier buyers would actually want a sport suspension, just some aluminum rims and a body kit.
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