Question about 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier

1 Answer

I want to buy a 1996 Chev Cavalier with 62K miles. What do I need to look for regarding maintenance or if the car is worth buying. Thanks, Barbi

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Chevrolet Master
  • 6,982 Answers

Check coolant level to make sure it is reasonably clean (not new) check engine oil the same way...should not be black but new coolant or oil can mean that it was changed to cover up a problem, or that there was a recent repair done. Look in the oil fill hole and see if there is any visible sludge. Check trans fluid (automatic) make sure it does not smell burned. If service records are available, check that regular service has been done, also look for "repeat" repairs like trans service twice in one month etc...indicates a problem, perhaps unresolved. Look underneath for leaks. any leaks are bad (even if you know they may be pretty normal.) Make sure that engine is cold when you get there...People will often run a car that has a hard start cold problem, so you will not know about it. Drive the car. Anything you don't like will annoy you after you buy it. anything that feels "wrong" probably is.
If you can, have a mechanic look it over. And, set aside about 2-3 hundred dollars to have all fluids changed as soon as you buy it (gives you a good baseline for continued maintenance.
Good luck

Posted on Jul 18, 2009

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

I am thinking about buying a used 1996 VW Jetta, with 160k miles, but the head gasket is broken, would it be worth buying or should I look elsewhere?


This is an impossible question! You don't say if it's diesel or gas, general condition, or what the price is! Give a guy a break won't you!

Mar 13, 2011 | 1996 Volkswagen Jetta

2 Answers

How do I reattach the rearview mirror?


there is a glue you can buy at auto-zone,and they may have a kit.

Aug 29, 2010 | 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier

1 Answer

"service" light came on my 2001 chev cavalier


That light will come on when the computer senses a fault, irregardless of typical maintenance. Take your car to your local auto parts superstore and have them scan the car for the fault code(s). This will help you choose a course of action. Or take it to your mechanic.

Apr 10, 2010 | 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier

1 Answer

1996 Chev Cavalier chugging and stalling running rough idle


Bad injectors causing the vehicle to run poorly can cause other damages to sensors etc. Buy a code reader and check the codes.

Apr 06, 2010 | 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier

1 Answer

The horn on my 96 Chev Cav is not working.


Before you buy a relay, look for one in the fuse box that is the same as the horn, and plug it in and try it, then you'll know what it is and what to buy.

Feb 12, 2010 | 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier

1 Answer

What to look for when buying 96 chev cav 4 door


Unless its CHEAP, I would keep looking. These were cheap cars, and most people that bought them were cheap, and did not service them regularly. If you really want it, pay a mechanic to look it over BEFORE you purchase it. If its really good, the seller wont have a problem with that, If they do, then pass.

Jan 28, 2010 | 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier

2 Answers

Are there fault code numbers for a 1996 Chev Cavalier. The check engine light is on and I was told by turming the key on and off three times within 10 seconds wpould reveal a fault code number. Tryed it -...


Some local Parts Stores will "pull" the code for free. If not you either pay someone, or buy the tools & books to do it yourself. If you choose to do it yourself then you should buy a $25 Repair Manual at the locals Parts Store or go to the Dealer for alot more, & read about the repairs before you buy or do anything else.

Nov 03, 2009 | 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier

Not finding what you are looking for?
1996 Chevrolet Cavalier Logo

74 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Chevrolet Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

75077 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22095 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

7768 Answers

Are you a Chevrolet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...