2005 Pontiac Wave WLT Hatchback from North America
I just LOVE that little car!!!
If I have to write about the faults with this little car... maybe I should not be writing at all.
Firstly, let me say, I am the second owner of this pretty aqua coloured car.
I got a great deal from a lady, the first owner, and she praised it up so much, I could not resist buying it from her.
She told me the only things replaced on the car were new brake pads.
Of course, I thought, well she is trying to sell the car, and surely there must be things that are on the way out, needing repairs. So off to the garage I went, after paying for it, to have it inspected.
It passed with flying colours, with the exception; I needed one new tire. But of course, I already had an appointment with another garage, to have 4 new winter tires installed.
So sorry... but if someone is looking for the negatives, about this car, there are none, not even one.
Oh, I bought a new set of wipers!
This car is pretty to look at and pretty to drive. It has never let me down. First click of the key, every time.
I was involved in an accident a little while ago, where a big truck went through a red light and damaged the front side and hood, but it is STILL going, while I wait for repairs.
I would recommend this car to anyone, as I bless the day I bought it.
My next car will be one of the same. I just love that little car!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th February, 2014
Please check your TIMING BELT. They are going to cost you a fortune if they break while the engine is running, due to the zero clearance of the piston and valves if the belt fails (they will smash into each other, destroying your engine). They say you should have the belt replaced every 100,000 km (60,000 miles).
My daughter got her 2005 Wave with 150,000 km. The person she had purchased it from had the timing belt replaced at 97,000 km before the powertrain warranty expired. My daughter had owned the Wave for just over one year when the timing belt failed. The mechanic's estimate to repair was $2,400.00 + TAX to replace the head, valve and stems and other misc stuff.
She had paid $3500.00 and tax for the Wave. The speedometer read 170,000 when she had it towed to the wreckers, and she only received $400.00 for scrap. I being a good father, spent that on the Wave for new snow tires and a new battery for the winter, about week and a half before she phones me late at night saying that her Wave had died on her coming back from some get together.
So please do yourself a favour and check your timing belt.
P.s. it cost about $400.00 to replace according to the GM dealer where it was replaced. That belt only lasted just over 70,000 km. That is just under 45,000 miles.
Thank you for the warning, but if this car fails me now, in any way... I certainly got my money's worth.
I guess I was one of the lucky ones.
So sorry to hear of your daughter's troubles with her car.