2008 Chevrolet Cobalt 2.2 from North America
Cheap, low budget car. Wish I hadn't bought it
Numerous front bushings replaced.
Rotors replaced 3 times.
Electric steering motor failed.
Engine light on randomly.
Random no start; turns over but won't start.
Both front speakers don't work.
Radio reception is crap.
Transmission lines replaced due to major leak, $300.
Overall, a very cheaply made car. All hard plastic, light grey color seats and cheap carpet. They stain if you look at them.
It gets 32 MPG on the highway. GM claims 52. That's straight flat highway doing 110km/h.
The brakes are awful. The front rotors warp every 6 months. The rears squeal, and have to be cleaned and deglazed all the time.
For whatever reason, it goes thru wiper blades every month. From cheap $6 blades from Canadian Tire, to $20 blades from the GM parts department, they all go hard, chatter and smear on the window.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd September, 2013
That's pretty much normal wear and tear. Vehicles don't last 250K without problems any more. They're too complex.
Slamming on the brakes will wear out the rotors.
The radio reception may suffer if the antenna clipped a tree or shrub backing out of a driveway.
Are you putting glass cleaner on the wiper blades? That'll corrode the rubber and make them all sticky and greasy like you're talking about.
All around a pretty good truck I'd say.
When, exactly, did vehicles ever "last 250K without problems"?
Because I'll buy one ASAP.
Actually many American cars will last 250,000 miles without problems. I sold my 1990 Dodge at 240,000 plus miles in perfect running condition. The new owner drove it to over 300,000. While I owned it, it had only two brake jobs, two timing belts and one hose replaced. It never had shocks replaced or an alignment. The A/C was never serviced and worked perfectly. This has been typical of every Ford, GM or Chrysler vehicle we have ever owned.