1986 Chevrolet Spectrum 1.5 from North America
The worst and first new car I owned
Worst engine ever made.
I have had 45 cars.
The timing belt broke. because the water pump pulley failed at 40,000 miles, destroying the engine.
Since it happened on vacation, it was towed to the nearest Chevy dealer.
1 month later, we picked it up to have the timing gear fall off, because of the shortcut the dealer admitted to in arbitration. Wow.
We ran to Toyota. (in fairness it was built by Isuzu, but the dealer was bad too.)
Stay far away from anything Isuzu, or timing belt driven cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th January, 2010
6th Jan 2010, 16:19
If you don't wish to run a car with a timing belt, your choice of transportation would be restricted to older OHV motors, or more expensive European models that run chains.
A water pump failure can be detected by the needle on the temp gauge rising steadily as the car idles or moves.
7th Jan 2010, 15:14
Not true at all. Not only are OHV engines still made today, but many cars now use timing chains. The Honda Civic, for example, uses a timing chain. Finding an OHC engine with a chain is not that hard to do.