People continue to misunderstand domestic makers assembling cars out of the U.S. These cars are still domestics, and the vast majority of the parts are made in the U.S. and shipped to the assembly plants in Mexico or Canada. They are hardly "imported". Mexico doesn't provide most of the parts, they just put them together there.
I used to own a 1992 Cavalier. The car was very durable, and required very little maintenance. In 2006, I traded it in for a brand new Malibu because it had very high mileage on it, and did not cost me much during my ownership period. My dealer said the Chevrolet Cavaliers sold in the United States were manufactured in Lordstown, Ohio or Lansing, Michigan. None of the Cavaliers sold in the United States were from Mexico. The Cavaliers sold in Mexico were made there. Check the information on Wikipedia encyclopedia online.
My Cavalier was manufactured in Lordstown, Ohio, and the build sheet that came with my car said it was assembled in Lordstown. When Lordstown quit making the Cavalier they switched their manufacturing to produce the Cobalt. The factory in Lordstown quit making the Cobalt, last year, and is now manufacturing the Cruze there. It is also interesting to note on Wikipedia encyclopedia there was also a Toyota Cavalier, a Chevrolet Cavalier rebadged as a Toyota and sold in Japan.
Check your serial number, if it has a 3 in it, it's made in Mexico, whether you choose to believe it or not.
If the car you purchased is made in Mexico or Canada, the only way your car made it into the U.S.A. is by importing it. If your car was not made in the U.S.A. then logically it is imported. Common sense.
OK, he wasn't talking about routine maintenance ie oil changes, brakes... he was talking about major repairs...
I myself bought a 2002 Cavalier in late 2008, and also have not "put a wrench on it". Almost 3 years and over 40,000 km (28,000 miles) is pretty damn good for any car..
Also, I'm pretty sure, having worked in the auto industry and also owned 3 different GM vehicles, that a large portion of Canadian and American built vehicle's OEM parts are made in Canada and USA. If you are talking about after market parts, that's a different story with any make or model, including imports.
Any repairs of any kind on a GM vehicle before 100,000 miles is very rare. None of ours has ever had anything done before 100,000 miles. Not even brake pads. My wife and I are busy people, and though I am a car enthusiast and do all my own maintenance, I sometimes get too busy to get to all of our cars and let things go a bit over.
I recently changed oil in my wife's car and realized I had not changed it in over 13,000 miles. Of course this does no harm as I use only synthetic oil. But we never check the oil in any of our domestics (domestics don't use oil), and when I changed my wife's oil, I realized that in 100,000 miles I have never added a drop of brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid or freon to the A/C. In other words, except for oil changes, batteries and air filter cleanings, I could have never opened the hood in 100,000 miles of driving. Since we can't be bothered with car problems; that is why we drive domestics. Our imports all used oil and broke down every other week.
I too own a Cavalier and have changed the brake pads twice and the rotors once. What point are you trying to make? This review is about the Cavalier. Chances are your Cavalier is most likely imported from Mexico. How many GM, Ford and Chrysler cars are made in Canada, Mexico and Germany? If they are NOT made in the USA, they are IMPORTED.
If your Cavalier was made in Canada, the only way it made it into the USA was crossing the Canadian/American border. Goods coming into the USA are considered imports. So whether your car was made in Mexico or Canada, it is still imported into the USA. If your GM car was imported, American labor was not involved.
"(domestics don't use oil)"
Really? Because at the small repair facility I work at, we have a regular customer who is currently in a battle with GM because their 2007 Cadillac is using a quart of oil a week with only 50,000 miles on it. They've had all of their oil changes done with us, and we use synthetic oil (it comes right out our shop oil dispenser).
Yes, they put them together over there in Mexico and Canada using guess what? A Mexican and Canadian workforce, not American. How's that supporting the American economy?
I have never heard of a domestic built in the past 20 years using any oil. The engine tolerances are so close that even after 100,000 there should be no oil usage. Our last domestic was sold with a quarter million miles on it. It still didn't use a drop of oil.
The comments that domestic vehicles magically don't use a drop of oil is funny. As is the comment that imports broke down every week is of equal hilarity. When will these comments ever end?
All of the imports my family has owned did require an awful lot of repairs, and did use oil. The idea that imports are perfect is ludicrous. On the other hand, no domestic we ever bought new has ever required a single repair in the first 100,000 miles. That is why we now buy only Ford and GM.
The country of assembly is on the sticker inside the driver door jamb. I think some confusion is because usually the parts content is described as "North American" versus any other continent, so many parts may be from Canada and Mexico.
I agree that a car is technically an "import" if it is assembled in any other country. The reality is that most of the car companies are multinational conglomerates, and employ tens of thousands of people on multiple continents. I believe GM sells more cars outside of the USA now than inside. Lots of money gets distributed worldwide, whether you buy a "domestic" or an "import." Not to mention that these are publicly owned companies that have stockholders earning profits all over the place. This is not the 1960's anymore, with clear distinctions between the origins of certain car brands.
For all of those who are holier-than-thou about only buying domestic cars, I'll bet you have purchased three times the value of your car in various household goods (clothes, electronics, even food) that are straight from China. If anything, the rise of imports in the US has led to dramatically better American cars, due to the intense competition. And I'm not an American car-basher; I drive a Cobalt.