Well, my last experience with a '96 Cavalier (2.2, 5 Speed) was a nasty one, but I've also heard of people having great luck with them. The one I got was a "hand-me-down" that I got from my cousin for $150. I drove it for a year, and in that year I put well over $1000 into it...
-Clutch master cylinder
-2 Pwr Steering Pumps
-Power steering line
And a few more small things, then the routine brakes, tires, muffler, blah blah.
I'm pretty sure I just had a bad experience
The good thing is, they're a breeze to work on!