Alternator - 48,000.
Water pump twice at 50,000 & 120,000.
78,000 - Wiring harness to alternator had a short; fried alternator.
Lifter rick - began around 48,000 and has gotten progressively worse.
62,000 - Cylinder 4 misfire - on-going.
63,000 - Overheating, head gasket blown.
63,000 - Following replacement of head gasket and flushing of oil and cooling systems, the overheating continues.
65,000 - Misfire cylinder 3.
80,000 - Radiator leaking, replaced plug.
Currently the car is inches from the junkyard. If I had any money at all, I personally would dump it.
If I have to drive in heavy traffic, frequently stopping, I have to run the vents on hot to keep it from overheating and shut it off as often as possible even in winter. Also anytime I'm pulling a grade in weather above 70F degrees, vents on hot.
I have had so many engine problems with it in the last few years, I forgot to mention the electrical problems.
48,000 - Airbag light; unable to diagnose problem all circuits test in correct limits. Took out fuse to ensure they wouldn't just randomly deploy...
32,000 - Headlights burned out... this would probably not be a problem except that they then burned out 15 more times over the course of 8 years; sometimes together, sometimes one at a time.
40,000 - Left rear turn signal stopped working/worked intermittently. Replaced everything possible between turn signal lever in the car all the way to the light, still worked only sometimes... then mysteriously started working fine after about two years. Within a few months of that however it would not blink, only stay on. Replaced signal interceptor. Fixed problem.
55,000 - Tail lights stopped working, signals work great though. Changed all connectors worked again, still occasionally I will notice that they aren't working. I keep a very close eye on them as they and the constantly burning out headlights have caused me more than a few traffic stops... Clearly there is an electrical problem here...
When it was young and fresh, pieces of the interior started fall apart, visors, radio buttons...
This car ran fine from 2000-2002; four years from manufacturing is not nearly long enough. This is another throw away car from GM, as long as America is willing to finance cars with 6 year loans and jump into a new car every three years, this will never change.
It was very nice to drive before the misfiring began in the two cylinders 3 & 4. Now it is harder to get on the freeway with this thing than in my 4 banger 85 OLDS Cutlass Wagon. Suffice to say there is a lot of "come on, come on, please don't hit me, please don't hit me."
This car has been treated very well, full synthetic oil, regular changes and checks of all fluids. Clearly it is an ingrate.
The car is very spacious though, and I like the ride; lots of trunk space.