1st Generation (1984—1987) Cavalier Problems

This generations ranks 8th out of 85 Chevrolet generations in reliability and is one of the safer bets out there. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (50%), fuel system (37%), and the clutch (12%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Sputters While Running 1 complaints at an average of 100,000 miles in the 1985 Chevrolet Cavalier.
  2. Slave Cylinder Does Not Pressurize 1 complaints at an average of 43,205 miles in the 1987 Chevrolet Cavalier.
  3. Stalling and Cutting Off 1 complaints at an average of 82,000 miles in the 1987 Chevrolet Cavalier.

What Cavalier Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Chevrolet model years.

Watch out for the 1987 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1987 2 3 1 0.65
1986 2 3 1 0.06
1985 1 3 1 0.35
1984 3 3 0 0.38

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