2005 Pontiac Wave from North America
Great car until the timing belt went at 52,000 km, and the motor was destroyed
I had driven this car for 23,000 km and had absolutely no problems. The car ran very well and the motor was so quiet you could hardly tell it was running. Everything almost seemed too good to be true.
One day I was driving along the freeway and I heard an odd noise which concerned me, but it stopped so I continued driving with the intention now of going to a repair shop. I made it there alright, but with the aid of a tow truck. My timing belt was ruined and so was my motor, and my dream of a perfect car turned into a nightmare of bewilderment.
Good handling and economic vehicle until the nightmare happened.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th November, 2015
14th Nov 2015, 03:21
It is probable that the timing belt would have required replacement due to age alone, even if the distance traveled was not very high. I believe this would apply to many/all, rubber or fiber parts.
For example: Tyres have a "use by date" and are illegal to use when expired, even if they have plenty of tread. It's several years from the date of manufacture, which is molded on the side wall. This is a safety rule, because they can go bang without much warning if used after this use by date.
I hope this helps you for next car.