2003 Chevrolet Cavalier Base 2.2 ecotech from North America
Good and terrible
Power window motor in driver's door replaced twice.
Clear coat crumbling off.
Front lower control arms.
Front wheel bearings.
Short in tilt steering caused a lot of needless replacements.
Speakers are going.
I waited for GM to use the SAAB motor before buying my car. Being a mechanic, I knew about their reliability, and that GM parts are readily available, so it sounded like a good deal.
The GM part of the equation ruined it. The new design for the front suspension is terrible! Clunks, bangs and loose bolts from the factory. I have been saying for years that I should have just bought a SAAB.
Driver's door power window motor failed twice (made in USA).
Passenger side motor still working strong (in the driver's door).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 1st February, 2011
6th Feb 2011, 17:14
GM never used a SAAB motor in the Cavalier.
18th Jan 2013, 19:37
Well, it's more like really that the SAAB's used Chevy Ecotec motors. Pop the hood on a SAAB, and it says Ecotec. Same family of motors - but in some SAAB models the engines have been modified with turbochargers. But, yes, as soon as GM bought SAAB in 1990, they began putting their Chevy Ecotec 4-cylinders in them. They also used the same automatic transmissions as used in GM cars.
So, people who bought SAABs thinking they were getting something special, were actually driving the basic GM economy car with a different skin and interior.