To continue this review, The car has reached the 3000km milestone. I was pleasently surprised when I managed to get 6.04L/100km. This was highway driving averaging 120km/hr. A first time for such mileage and I hope not the last.
The car hasn't had anymore problems and has faced the winter driving well. It is a little skinny though, and gets thrown around in the wheel ruts on the highway.
Some small annoyances in this car remain the cup holders and the lack of variable windshield wipers on the base model.
I had to pay for a no charge sunroof, which is already included in the 2007 Wave sedan model.
I was wondering if anyone has had a problem with moisture in the 07 Wave? My front window freezes solid on the inside and is wet when it rains out. The car is otherwise dry.
2008 Wave update. This car now has about 41,000km. It has been very reliable since the initial problems just after delivery.
Aside from the usual oil changes and seasonal servicing, not many problems to report.
The rotors were replaced under warranty at 39,000 as they started to warp a little, and there has been a persistent creaking in the front suspension. The dealership has replaced the sway bars and lubricated things after each complaint, but the problem keeps returning. It isn't major, but an annoyance.
Last year, the car was flawless on a 7,000km roadtip from Ontario, through the Eastern coast of the States on to Florida. That was the first real test of the A/C as we went during the August heat. Aside from being it's typically slow to start, we could hang meat in the car once it got roaring.
This car continues to surprise me in the amount of room the cabin has.
I am still enjoying this car. We'll see how it goes after the bumper to bumper warranty comes off in Jan.
I have had my Wave for 2 and a half years. I have had a few problems but so far so good.
It has 47000 km on it and I am replacing the resistor for my fan in my car. I also had a fuse blow (for my auxiliary outlets) which is minor. The only thing is that in cold weather, -40C, my check engine light comes on. The dealership has just said it's the O2 sensor, which they had to replace.
I won't be selling it anytime soon, because overall its great on gas, and has been a pretty sweet ride. I love my splash!
2008 Pontiac Wave 4 door sedan.
We purchased this car about a year ago, and have had nothing but issues with it. The engine light was on and off for almost 6 months with regular visits to the dealerships to fix the problem. Finally they did some major fixing to the gaskets, spark plugs, and other accessories. Finally, no more engine light for 3 months. Now with the cold snap coming through, the engine light is on again. This time there is moisture in the throttle, and it needs to be replaced with a new one.
On the other hand, this has been an okay car for my son. Cheap on fuel and easy to handle. He loves the space in the car. Other than the frustration of not having a car half the time due to time at dealership getting fixed, he has been happy with it. We have been very lucky that all the work that has needed to be done is covered by the warranty so far.
You may want to check the brake light switch.
There is a problem with them, which I diagnosed on my son's car; the brake pedal switch ($20 at most parts places) also controls the get-out-of-park solenoid. A bad contact there could be your problem.
2008 Pontiac Wave Jan 28/2013
Not to sure what happened, but I was on my way to work, when all of a sudden my instrument panel went haywire, followed by a thud. Parked my car on the shoulder, and 2 minutes later the front end of the car was engulfed in flames.
I will say this; up until then, it was a pretty reliable car (200000km). Fuel mileage could be better, but it served its purpose. Had to change the alternator about a year after I bought it.
Overall for the amount of driving I've done, I was pretty happy; just could have done without the going out with a bang thing!!!