2004 Chevrolet Optra Base model 2.0L from North America
A good looking car with some power
Like every car I buy, it has its problems. Just one month after I bought the car, the front lower control arm bushings went. For about three years all I needed to get done were oil changes.
In 2012 I paid in spades for the past 3 years. My engine blew. The timing belt jumped 2 teeth, and smashed every valve and broke 2 piston heads in half.
Six months after getting the replacement engine put in ($850), the head gasket blew at 138,000km; that set me back $1000.00 because the head was warped and had to be planed.
Since the head gasket, just regular maintenance on the car.
This car can be very quick with the proper modifications, and handles great.
The cabin is good. The appearance of the car is great.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 1st February, 2014
28th May 2014, 23:23
You're telling me, this is my brother's car, but I drive it too. I was driving onto the highway, & the timing belt jumped 1 tooth & broke all 16 valves, 2 pistons. The car was down for 2 years till we found a new motor (a new one from GM was going to cost $650, not including labor). Found a new motor for $250, and got it put in. Soon after that the head gasket went ($650 dollars). After that, regular maintenance. Had it going for 2 years now & we had to replace rear rotors, brakes, & inner rear sway bar bushings.
The whole reason the timing belt jumped was the dealership cleared the engine code out. We don't go to the dealer for anything any more, & everyone that we talk to, we tell them not to go to that dealership.