1997 Chevrolet Cavalier (The Rolling Bruise)

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This is “the other car” in the Mustang trade. I traded a 1987 Ford Mustang GT convertible for a 1997 Ford Taurus SHO and this…a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier.

It’s a plain-jane, 2.2L 4-Cyl, Automatic with 218,000 miles on it, but that’s the beautiful part. Other than the typical high-mileage rattles, it’s a great little car! Nothing wrong with it, very dependable, great on gas, and perfect for commuting, or to leave at home for the wife and kids!

There’s not much to tell. About the only options it has is A/C (which needs to be charged) and a cassette deck. None of the fancy stuff, but that means less stuff to break, too! No rust on it anywhere that I can see, and the interior is in great shape, as well.

It is high-mileage, but there’s nothing wrong with it, and most of the “parts” have been done already (brakes, alternator, starter, etc.). She starts right up every time and runs like a champ anywhere you point her. Plus, it averages 26-28 mpg everywhere it goes!

We want to sell it to get a van. We’ve got 2 kids with another on the way, and 3 car seats don’t fit in a Cavalier’s back seat very well. We also use our vehicles to help with church youth outings, so a van would be MUCH better.


[b]Engine:[/b] 2.2 Liter, Inline 4 Cylinder
[b]Horsepower:[/b] More than 10 hp!
[b]Torque:[/b] At least 2 ft-lbs or more!
[b]Transmission:[/b] 3-Speed Automatic
[b]0-60 mph:[/b] Faster than that semi on the on-ramp (I hope!)
[b]1/4 Mile:[/b] Oh yes! It will go even farther than that!
[b]Top Speed:[/b] Untested: The speed limit is 55 mph.
[b]Height:[/b] Chest-High
[b]Width:[/b] Less than 1 lane on the road
[b]Length:[/b] It’s not the length of the car, but how you drive it!
[b]Weight:[/b] Hey! You NEVER ask a female what she weighs!
[b]EPA:[/b] 25-28 mpg

Factory Options

A/C: featuring the freon-free rolled-down window system!
AM/FM Cassette (…and it still works! Now, where did I store my Chicago tapes…..?)

Yup, that’s it. No tilt, no power, no satellite radio! This is DEFINITELY a road-trip car!


Seat covers and cute little chrome flames…

Don’t worry, the chrome is NOT on it anymore!

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