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Interesting Facts about the Chevrolet Chevette

  • General Motor developed an electric concept car based on the Chevette in the 1970's. The car was called the Electrovette and was propelled by an electric motor that was powered by lead acid batteries. The car was able to drive for about 50 miles at 30 miles per hour before needing a recharge. The maximum speed of the vehicle was 53 miles an hour.

  • The Chevette would be that last subcompact car released by General Motors for a long while. In 2011, GM would once again release a subcompact vehicle in the United States in the form of the Chevrolet Sonic, known worldwide as the Chevrolet Aveo.

  • Though the Chevette would be discontinued in the United Stated in 1987, the vehicle continued to be sold in South America, where it remained popular. Manufacturing of the vehicle would cease in 1994 for Brazil, 1996 for Ecuador, and 1998 for Columbia. A pickup version of the Chevette was released in Brazil in 1983 and was called the Chevrolet 500.

  • At the time of its release, the Chevette was the lightest, smallest and most fuel efficient car in the market. Many critics would point out that the car performed poorly, that the engine was underpowered and the interior design was terrible. Despite that, the Chevette remained extremely popular, even becoming the best-selling car for 1979 and 1980 because of its low price. It fuel efficiency was unmatched at about 28 miles per gallon for city driving and 40 miles per gallon for highway driving.

  • There was a no-frills, stripped down version of the Chevette called the Scooter that sold for about $2,800. This iteration of the vehicle was a loss-leader, sold without any significant profits in order to generate sales for other products and services. The absence of a back seat and an open glove box were some of the many compromises done to the car to help it achieve such a low price.

  • The affordability, robustness and low-cost maintenance of the Chevette Scooter made it a popular delivery vehicle for Dominos Pizza. A die cast toy of the said vehicle was even released back then.

Chevrolet Chevette Articles

  • Common Chevrolet Chevette Problems 17 January 2013

    The Chevrolet Chevette was a subcompact car that was in production in the US up until 1987. If you still have that vehicle in your garage, chances are, it will have a number of problems you may not know about. Here, we take a look at some of the common problems afflicting the Chevette. Read on to find out more.


    Vulnerable fuel tanks

    For 1976 to 1977 Chevettes, their fuel tanks could be prone to damage, especially from a collision to the rear. This defect is a violation of Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 301 pertaining to fuel system integrity. Any damage to the fuel tank could cause the fuel to spill and could subsequently cause a fire. A recall was announced requiring dealers to install additional plastic shields around the tank and improve the suspension for free.


    Sudden gear change

    Chevettes built between 1983 and 1986 equipped with an automatic transmission are susceptible to this problem. The button mechanism of the shift levers wear down and the button no longer needs to be pressed to move the lever and change gears. When this happens, simply bumping or brushing against the lever could accidentally move it and the driver could lose control of the vehicle, leading to a crash. This defect was correct by Chevy through the installation of a newly designed shift lever.


    Malfunctioning headlight switch

    A defect with the headlight switch could cause the headlight to flicker or go out completely. If such a thing happened at night or during a snow storm, the sudden loss of visibility could possibly lead to a crash. This is a problem associated with 1986 Chevettes and can be fixed by replacing the component.


    Dislodged carburetor plug

    For 1980 to 1982 Chevettes, there is significant possibility that the plug of their carburetors could get dislodged, spilling fuel as a result. It the fuel comes into contact with a spark or any other ignition source, it could start a fire. This can be fixed by installing a retaining clip to the plug.


    Other problems

    The most common problems plaguing the vehicle today are worn out and broken Chevrolet Chevette parts, a result of car's old age. Even the most well-kept and maintained vehicle will show signs of aging and the only remedy for such is a complete replacement of any failing car part. Unfortunately, this happens to be another big problem for many Chevette owners since parts for the automobile are extremely hard to come by.