An average joe car. Nothing snazzy, but nothing shitty.
This car has been really weird. I got it when I was a junior in high school. It ran amazing for the next 4 years. But then, when I was a junior in college, I asked this guy I work with to change my brakes. He said yes and I could pay him in weed. From that day on my car has had problems. The brakes were new but something was fucked up with the electric wiring to my dashboard panel. Every time I went over a bump my speedometer and other dashboard displays would shut off. Over the next three years, this would occur on and off. I would hit a bump and it would shut down everything on the dashboard, and then I would hit a bump again and it would start working. Ok, you got that. Nevertheless, it still ran and kept on. I drove it everywhere! Texas, Oklahoma, new Mexico, Arizona. Presently, the age and life of this car has caught up to it. Within the last year, I have had the alternator replaced, new tires, new brakes, fixed a crooked aXL, and replaced the started. It is still going. Everything works now. The weird dashboard thing has not happened in like three years now. Like I said, it's a weird car but its cool.
It's not the sexiest car, but it has been very reliable.
I got it used, and I like that it was affordable enough to buy outright and not make any payments on. I just hit 186,000 miles on it, and aside from a couple of things, it has been a very reliable vehicle. The windows and door locks are all manual, so I can't just push a button to have them work, but that also means there is less to go wrong, and if it does, it will be cheaper to repair. The clear coat on the paint is peeling, but that is likely due to how old the car is, the climate where I live, and me not getting car washes as often as I should. All in all, it does what I need it to do, and I hope it lasts me a couple more years until I get a new car.
It runs like a champ. Its reliable and gets great gas mileage.
It sticks with me through a lot, the cavalier really holds together. It has a broken headlight as far as problems and I need to change my oil. It has driven a lot of miles, and is still running. It's very reliable, it always starts. Except for when my starter went out and the battery died. It's a small car but its the right fit for me. The trunk is surprisingly big. It's an older version, so there is windows you have to roll up manually. Its lasted me about 5 years and was sold to me by my uncle. He drove it up to Saint Louis and back for almost 10 years, and it still drives great.
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Seat Belts > RearJun 22, 2004
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Jun 22, 2004
CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 210, 'SEAT BELT ASSEMBLY ANCHORAGES.' THE PASSENGER-SIDE REAR SAFETY BELT MAY HAVE BEEN INSTALLED WITH AN INCORRECT NUT AND BOLT.
IN A SEVERE CRASH, THE UPPER SEAT BELT ANCHORAGE MAY SEPARATE. THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE SEAT BELT COULD THEN BE REDUCED AND THE OCCUPANT COULD RECEIVE GREATER INJURIES.
DEALERS ARE TO INSPECT THE SAFETY BELT ANCHORAGE AND INSTALL A NEW NUT AND BOLT, IF NECESSARY. THE RECALL BEGAN ON AUGUST 23, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 AND PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668.
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