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Old 10-28-2006, 05:46 AM   #1
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Hello. This past summer I bought my first car. It is a 1996 Chevy Cavalier. I spent $2000 on it and it has 197,000 miles on it. About 2 weeks ago my transmission went and I had to have it replaced which was a big dent in my pocket. I attend college about 110 miles from home and I go back and fourth a lot. A friend of mine likes to build cars and race them and told me that my engine is ready to go but he bases his judgement soley on the miles the car has and the fact that it is a Chevy. How do I know when the engine is getting ready to go? Are there particular signs to look out for? Is the engine worth replacing? How much long should I expect it to last for? Any help I can get would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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Old 10-28-2006, 05:57 AM   #2
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Hello. This past summer I bought my first car. It is a 1996 Chevy Cavalier. I spent $2000 on it and it has 197,000 miles on it. About 2 weeks ago my transmission went and I had to have it replaced which was a big dent in my pocket. I attend college about 110 miles from home and I go back and fourth a lot. A friend of mine likes to build cars and race them and told me that my engine is ready to go but he bases his judgement soley on the miles the car has and the fact that it is a Chevy. How do I know when the engine is getting ready to go? Are there particular signs to look out for? Is the engine worth replacing? How much long should I expect it to last for? Any help I can get would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

You're friend is an idiot then. Get a compression test done it, that will msot likely give you the most accurate answer. As long as regular oil changes are done, and maintenance is kept up, it should go for a long time.
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Old 10-28-2006, 05:07 PM   #3
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my brother has a 96 cavalier, the engine seized from being treated badly and now he has another identical one out of some random junkyard cavalier



and no problems since
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what motor is it?

2.2L

145 hp 150 lb ft
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Old 10-29-2006, 01:35 AM   #6
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Hello. This past summer I bought my first car. It is a 1996 Chevy Cavalier. I spent $2000 on it and it has 197,000 miles on it. About 2 weeks ago my transmission went and I had to have it replaced which was a big dent in my pocket. I attend college about 110 miles from home and I go back and fourth a lot. A friend of mine likes to build cars and race them and told me that my engine is ready to go but he bases his judgement soley on the miles the car has and the fact that it is a Chevy. How do I know when the engine is getting ready to go? Are there particular signs to look out for? Is the engine worth replacing? How much long should I expect it to last for? Any help I can get would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
Woah, don't go jumping the gun there! You are geting far too worried about omething that hasn't even happened yet, byasking for prices and how worthwhile an engine change will be. Just keep up with routine maintenence and servicing and take each mile as it comes! Also, if it's belt driven (I'm in UK.....), make sure you change the cambelt at the advised intervals, otherwis, you might well have to look at a new engine!
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Old 10-29-2006, 01:36 AM   #7
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197,000miles? why so many??? my 96 vauxhall vectra has 100,000 miles on it!!!
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197,000miles? why so many??? my 96 vauxhall vectra has 100,000 miles on it!!!
Could be many reasons...rep mobil? company car? There's lots of long straight roads there too dont forget!
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Could be many reasons...rep mobil? company car? There's lots of long straight roads there too dont forget!
and that the country is big, i realised after posting, but i found out, my car was ex rental
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and that the country is big, i realised after posting, but i found out, my car was ex rental
Alot of Vectras are. Same with most midsized family saloons, like the Mondeo, too.
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Old 10-29-2006, 10:25 PM   #11
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197,000miles? why so many??? my 96 vauxhall vectra has 100,000 miles on it!!!

the red firebird in my sig has 186,000 miles... it replaced another similar firebird that had 275,000 miles when it got totalled... still ran great, though
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