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 1993 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1994 10 2 18 0.38
1993 16 2 15 3.13
1992 18 1 13 2.23
1991 15 3 3 2.45
1990 8 1 2 2.09
1989 6 2 1 1.11
1988 9 3 1 1.4

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