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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-11-2014, 04:12 AM Thread Starter
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i have been looking at the cavaliers in the convertible style. i see they most ly have the 2.4 twin cam engine and the parts stores tell me to stay away from these engines because of a poor water pump design. i kind of think that is correct because a ton of them on craigs list say engine need to be replaced. for some reasons? but i also want to know if the automatic can be ruined by towing behind a truck,rv etc. there is one on my area for sale 108k on it. they say mostly towing miles. i did not think it you towed them with the engine off the miles clocked up? and if you towed them with the engine running they did?

so what is the deal he said you can disconnect the transmissions for towing, the only car i found so far that did that was the early goe metros. they did that for towing reasons it was so small.

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If towed, in neutral and front wheels rolled, milage will go up if im not mistaken.

They could have use a drive shaft coupling, but dont know how that works on fwd

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I'm a JBody man. Had 4/5 of them but do not like the converts. The 2.4 can have some issues but its peppy motor(160hp). Maintain it and it should go for awhile.

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what might some of those issue be? i biggest one i heard was the water pump failing into the engine and diluting the oil with water. i guess i can check that often enough but i will not be putting many miles on the car as i will use it for car shows and sunday drives. not many to work trips.

hw are the 2.4 engines for fuel economy? and are the transmissions in these cars ok or might i have issues with it as well?

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Fuel economy is good I used to get 22city 31hwy on auto trans.
Never had engine issue other than the water pump too.
Trans went out only 1 and 2 gear will work. Sold the car, never knew if the car was fix. I miss it, should had fix the trans and kept it.

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Wasn't there a V6 offered in that generation? I'd look for one of those if I were you.

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V6 went away in 94 with the 2nd gens. Motors were almost bullet proof but the four bangers in the upper trims were better for modifying.

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I'll tell you this. The quad 4 engine (2.4L) was only bested by the diesel 350ci they brought out in the 80's for worst pos in the world. Please do not buy a cavalier with a 2.4L.

If you do and you have engine problems then I will flood your post with "told you so" comments. :p

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V6 went away in 94 with the 2nd gens. Motors were almost bullet proof but the four bangers in the upper trims were better for modifying.

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