There's a lot of little things wrong with it, but the main issue is there's a leak in the coolant system so the engine overheats.
My car was purchased for $500 back in Minneapolis because I needed a car for my move to Portland, Oregon. I bought it after only a brief test drive because it was so fun to drive, figured it was worth a $500 gamble. It was a blast to drive across the mountains of Montana and got me to my new home without costing a lot in fuel. I really grew attached to her over the 1500 mile, 25 driving hour, 4 day journey and now after the long drive to the promised land her old rusty bones are having trouble keeping cool and alas I must retire her soon to the giant scrapyard in the sky. I'll be eternally grateful to the brief but impactful time we had together. Thanks for the memories.
Great, dependable vehicle!
My cavalier has been really good. I got it second hand when it had less than 3000 miles on it. The gas mileage has been great--though recently it has not been quite as good (it also has almost 150, 000 miles on it now). It is very comfortable. There have been some big repairs I have had to have done, but nothing out of the ordinary for a car it is age. My particular car does not have any of the newer type amenities. . . It does not even have automatic windows or cruise control. . . I wish I had the later! But all in all it is been a great car. Oh, I did have to get it painted a while back. . . We are in AZ and it got an "Arizona suntan".
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I gets me to work and back everyday and around town. But with old cars comes some problems. I had to spend quite a few hundreds in the car for it to be where it is at today. And it is still has got a few problems. At one point if I let go of the wheel the car would jerk really bad to the left I think and thank goodness my husband knows how to work on cars. He went to the junkyard and replaced the frame. Now when I start it, it is starting go half way and not want to start I have to retry a couple times for it to fully rev and start. Filling up the gas tank is a lot compared to my Chevy prizm.
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