2005 Chevrolet Classic Standard 2.2 ecotec from North America

Summary:

Superb value

Faults:

Very poor speakers.

General Comments:

I wanted a bigger car than the Corolla I had, but still with good fuel economy. Right now I'm getting 24-28 mpg in winter driving.

The suspension is a bit noisy over bumps and the factory speakers are terrible (entire audio system will be replaced soon).

I've done a lot of research on this engine, and everything points to this being the best 4 cyl GM has built.

I paid $7600 for a 2005 with 46000 miles.

The auto-lights feature is a great feature.

Handling is pretty good (my days of aggressive driving are done).

If you want decent and practical transportation, this car is a fantastic deal.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st March, 2008

2004 Chevrolet Classic 2.2L DOC 4 cylinder Automatic from North America

Summary:

Awsome

Faults:

Nothing really just when you eject the CD it doesn't come out properly, by that I mean only a portion of it comes out, but it rarely happens so its not really a big problem.

General Comments:

I love this car, it has great mileage and the engine is very peppy for a 4 cylinder car, its mostly quite, but when you accelerate it makes noise (which I love, the driver seat is kinda uncomfortable, but other than that I LOVE IT.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2008

24th Sep 2008, 17:26

I now had this car for a whole year, and it's still very reliable, it's only been in the shop because the track in a window broke, and something with the wiring, and that's it, both problems costing less than 200 dollars, NO ENGINE OR TRANSMISSION problems, and it's also very economical.

2005 Chevrolet Classic 2.2L 4 Cylinder from North America

Summary:

This is a very nice, practical car!

Faults:

The only negative that I have is the lack of transmission dipstick/fluid input unit.

General Comments:

This car is roomy and I have sufficent leg room (I'm 6'3" with long legs).

It gets good performance for a 4-cylinder engine and it is great on gas. I can fill up for $30, and the gas mileage is tremendous!

The car is efficent and has just the right amount of features. It's not the terribly stripped down model, but its not the super luxury glamorous model either. It fits right in the middle with features.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd October, 2007

2005 Chevrolet Classic 2.2L 4-cylinder from North America

Summary:

A good, basic car

Faults:

Something electrical that caused the fuel pump to intermittently not get power, it got worse as time went on. Fixed at no charge under warranty.

A relay went out, causing the air conditioning not to cool. Repair not covered under warranty, but it was only $20, so no big deal there.

The CD player doesn't properly eject sometimes, only a sliver of the CD comes out, and I have to pull it out the rest of the way. It only happens rarely, so I put up with it.

General Comments:

So far so good, for the most part. I hope the 2 electrical issues I've had inside of 9,000 miles aren't a sign of worse things to come.

It does quite well for a 4-banger as far as power is concerned. Very good on gas, my round trip commute is 75 miles per day, and I average about 30 miles per gallon. On a longer trip, I measured it as high as 33.

A few minor annoyances:

1. Unlike every other vehicle I've owned, the dome light cannot be turned on by turning the dashboard light dimmer all the way past the brightest setting. You need to reach up to the light itself and move the switch to "ON"

2. No lock on the glove compartment. I carry a handgun and would like it to be LOCKED when left in the car, not just stashed out of sight.

3. No indicator on the instrument panel for what gear you're in.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2007

3rd Jun 2012, 22:42

Well, I suppose I should update my review. I've now had the 2005 Classic a bit over 5 years. 148,250 miles and counting. So what has broken in the almost 120,000 miles I've put on it? Very little, and nothing major.

The factory radio eventually quit playing CDs completely, so it was replaced with a cheap-o one from Walmart. Mildly annoying that a special wiring harness would have been required to not lose the warning chimes, but I can live without them.

Something is shorted out in the switches for the windows, so the rear driver's side window no longer works.

The seal on the gas cap wore to where it started tripping the check engine light. Had to replace it to pass emissions.

Aside from that, only normal wear and tear stuff (brakes, tires, battery, serpentine belt, etc) The suspension is getting a bit rough, and the exhaust is a little louder than it used to be, but neither is really screaming for a replacement yet.

Overall this has been one very reliable car, and I plan to drive it until it's dead. Gas mileage is still over 31 mpg on the highway. I expect to get another 100,000 miles out of this car, easily.