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    Peter
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    Default Sunfire vs Cavalier - reliable transporation ??


    I'm looking to pick up a relatively inexpensive car for my daughter to use to
    get to and from work and school. Single mother of an 8 year old. Reliability
    counts as she is about 80 miles away... and I'm the one she calls for service
    and maintenance.

    Are there any known issues with the Sunfire or Cavalier ?? They seem
    to be appropriate in terms of styling.... looking at the 2.2 engine with
    4 spd xmision.

    How is the reliability of these cars ??? How about the 2.2 engine.... I'm assuming
    it has a timing belt which needs to be changed on a regular basis....are there any
    gasket or bearing problems ??


    As always...thanks for your recommendations and advice...they are well appreciated !!

    Peter

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    Brian Bower
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    Default Re: Sunfire vs Cavalier - reliable transporation ??

    i have a 2000 cavalier i bought new not one problem.
    Also there is no timming belt to replace as the 2.2l eng has a chain
    which is great.
    Brian - Las Vegas








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    Woody
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    Default Re: Sunfire vs Cavalier - reliable transporation ??

    Reliability is more based on the previous owner than on the car. You don't
    state year or mileage you are looking at. Age and location have a lot to do
    with reliability also. Salt areas start having rust problems after 6 or 7
    years. Not the body so much as the brake, fuel, power steering lines and gas
    tank. I have had about half a dozen Cavaliers with no major problems. My
    current Cav is a 96 which I just had the head gasket replaced on.


    "Peter" <Peter@spamtrap.net> wrote in message
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    >
    > I'm looking to pick up a relatively inexpensive car for my daughter to use
    > to
    > get to and from work and school. Single mother of an 8 year old.
    > Reliability
    > counts as she is about 80 miles away... and I'm the one she calls for
    > service
    > and maintenance.
    >
    > Are there any known issues with the Sunfire or Cavalier ?? They seem
    > to be appropriate in terms of styling.... looking at the 2.2 engine with
    > 4 spd xmision.
    >
    > How is the reliability of these cars ??? How about the 2.2 engine....
    > I'm assuming
    > it has a timing belt which needs to be changed on a regular basis....are
    > there any
    > gasket or bearing problems ??
    >
    >
    > As always...thanks for your recommendations and advice...they are well
    > appreciated !!
    >
    > Peter




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    grappletech
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    Default Re: Sunfire vs Cavalier - reliable transporation ??

    If you want a small GM car for her, I'd also recommend that you check out a
    1996 to 2004 Saturn S series. The SL and SL1 have 8 valve engines. The
    SL2 has a 16V engine. It'd be about the same price as a Cavalier. I think
    the reliability is better with a Saturn. Saturns are smoother and more
    refined than Cavaliers. The Saturns get almost 10mpg highway more than the
    Cavalier.

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    Peter
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    Default Re: Sunfire vs Cavalier - reliable transporation ??

    On Thu, 31 Aug 2006 17:29:57 -0500, grappletech <noone@removenowhere.biz> wrote:

    >If you want a small GM car for her, I'd also recommend that you check out a
    >1996 to 2004 Saturn S series. The SL and SL1 have 8 valve engines. The
    >SL2 has a 16V engine. It'd be about the same price as a Cavalier. I think
    >the reliability is better with a Saturn. Saturns are smoother and more
    >refined than Cavaliers. The Saturns get almost 10mpg highway more than the
    >Cavalier.
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    Thanks... I didn't even consider a Saturn... Nice to know they are
    reliable cars. How easy are they to work on ??

    Peter

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    grappletech
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    Peter <Peter@spamtrap.net> wrote in
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    > On Thu, 31 Aug 2006 17:29:57 -0500, grappletech
    > <noone@removenowhere.biz> wrote:
    >
    >>If you want a small GM car for her, I'd also recommend that you check
    >>out a 1996 to 2004 Saturn S series. The SL and SL1 have 8 valve
    >>engines. The SL2 has a 16V engine. It'd be about the same price as a
    >>Cavalier. I think the reliability is better with a Saturn. Saturns
    >>are smoother and more refined than Cavaliers. The Saturns get almost
    >>10mpg highway more than the Cavalier.
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    >
    > Thanks... I didn't even consider a Saturn... Nice to know they are
    > reliable cars. How easy are they to work on ??
    >
    > Peter
    >


    Not any harder than any other car. But I only did maintenence stuff to
    mine because it never gave me any trouble. Their reliability has always
    been a notch above the other GM divisions because one of their founding
    philosophies was to compete with Honda and Toyota. There's a reason why
    Saturn owners are so loyal and love their Saturns so much.

    http://www.6thplanetusedparts.com/

    This is a great place for used parts for Saturns. They ship coast to
    coast.


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    James Goforth
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    Default Re: Sunfire vs Cavalier - reliable transporation ??

    I remember in automotive technology class the instructor recommended
    that if you were going to work in a dealership, Saturn would be the
    one...the reason, among others, being that there are a relatively few
    different models, versus working in a Dodge, GM, etc, each of which have
    a myriad of different model cars, trucks, etc.
    So in buying one, and having to have it repaired at the dealer, you'd
    have a considerably higher likelihood of having it repaired correctly
    the first time.
    Nothing wrong with a GM, though :-))


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    James Goforth
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    Default Re: Sunfire vs Cavalier - reliable transporation ??

    Apples and oranges.


  9. #9
    Brian Bower
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    Default Re: Sunfire vs Cavalier - reliable transporation ??

    30 yrs putting knobs and screws in a toaster - I think I would kill
    myself.
    Sometimes life feels like 30 yrs of putting knobs and screws on a
    toaster AND YOU CANNOT TAKE IT ANYMORE !!!!!
    Sorry - I lost control a bit.
    Now back to work - Knob and 2 screws, Knob and 2 screws ..... Its going
    to be alright...One day at a time - You can do it.
    Brian - Las Vegas








  10. #10
    James Goforth
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    Default Re: Sunfire vs Cavalier - reliable transporation ??

    Have you heard about that new concept? It's called "getting a
    different job." People can now do this when they are
    somehow dissatisfied with their current one.
    And I think it's catching on. It might be the Next Big Thing. Check
    it out !


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