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    Chevrolet Cavalier (3rd gen) 1994-2005

    The Chevrolet Cavalier is a line of small cars produced for the model years 1982 through 2005 by Chevrolet. As a rebadged variant of General Motors' J-cars, the Cavalier was manufactured alongside the Cadillac Cimarron, Buick Skyhawk, Oldsmobile Firenza, and Pontiac J2000/2000/Sunbird at GM's South Gate Assembly and Janesville Assembly plants, achieving its highest sales in 1984.

    Third generation (1994-2005)
    The Cavalier received its first total redesign in MY 1995, with expanded dimensions and more aerodynamic styling, taking minor design cues from the 4th Generation Chevrolet Camaro and the Caprice. Some of the basic styling cues remained however, such as the bumper-integrated grille, the coupes' dipped beltline, and the charcoal-colored bumpers on some Base model cars. Coupe, sedan, and convertible options were offered, however the wagon model was replaced by an LS Sedan for the third generation. The car now had the available option of 15 and 16 inch wheels. By 1997, the Cavalier became the best selling car within the entire GM lineup.

    All available engines were four-cylinder. The option for a V6 engine, which had been available in the first and second generation, was replaced by a new 4-Cylinder of similar power outputs. Base and RS models still retained the 122 Pushrod 4-Cylinder engine (2.2L OHV) of the previous models, which was primarily mated to a 3-speed automatic, but was available with 5-speed Manual in the 2-door models, and as of 1996, a new 4-speed Automatic in any trim. The Z24 used the 2.3L LD2 Quad-4 engine in 1995, but it received a new engine in 1996, the 2.4 liter DOHC LD9. This engine produced 150 hp (112 kW) and 155 lbft (210 Nm) of torque and was used until 2002. In 2000, the car gained a minor facelift consisting of bigger headlights and an improved grille, lost the "CHEVROLET" text badge at the trunklid and gained a new "CAVALIER" badge along with new "five spoke" hubcaps. The 2.4L engine came mated standard with the Getrag F23 5-speed manual transmission on the Z24 models, or with the optional 4-Speed automatic on both the Z24 and the LS Models. The Z24 only came in 2-door coupe models until 2001 and featured a sport-tuned suspension, 16-inch tires, alloy wheels and improved interior electronics. Aesthetically little changed from the other models other than a ground effects kit and taller rear spoiler. In 2000 a 4-door Z24 Sedan debuted, featuring the same mechanics but having a less sporty body. The Z24 trim also received several other upgrades including a wider front sway bar and FE2 Sports Suspension for better handling characteristics, and less aggressive ABS anti-lock braking system. In 2001, the 3-speed automatic was dropped from the base models equipped with the 2.2L, and the 4-speed Automatic became the main offering across the entire lineup, with 5-speed still available in the 2-door cars.and replaced by the LS Sport line, which featured the new Ecotec L61 motors (140 hp (104 kW) and 150 lbft (200 Nm) torque). These engines improved fuel economy, featuring the same displacement as the GM 122 Pushrod Engine (2.2L OHV), while maintaining most of the power of the older LD9 motors. The new Ecotec motors remained in the entire Cavalier line-up up until 2005 when the Chevrolet Cavalier was replaced by the Chevrolet Cobalt.

    A GM Eaton M45 Supercharger kit was also offered for the Z24 trim as well. The supercharger kit was developed and tested by General Motors and could only be installed at a GM dealer. This upgrade increased performance considerably due to a pressure of 4.7 PSI which in turn added approximately 40 hp (30 kW) and 40 lbft (54 Nm) of torque increase; raising the Z24's ratings to approximately 190 hp (142 kW) and 195 lbft (264 Nm) of torque.

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    I always thought that the styling on the third gen ones were nice, especially the refresh in 2002 for the 2003 model year.
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