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A great engine surrounded by an average car
By happychihuahua on
2004 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)
The EcoTec 2.2 is a marvelous engine, its powerful, quiet and as reliable as an anvil, a testament to its foreign design.
The rest of the car however is General Motors, what can you say.
The steel on the car is paper thin, so even a slight bump will distort the quarter panels and your plastic bumper will never fit properly again.
The interior is typical GM, with the bizarre toilet seat flusher door handles and the cheap plastic interior.
The plastic covers by the mirrors tend to slap off and the manual mirror adjusters tend to break.
The shift level gets loose and since its plastic will begin to fall apart, requiring replacement.
The interior noise is higher than it should be.
Great engine, decent performance, average looks
Some repairs are extraordinarily expensive, such as fuel pump replacement.
Wheel bearing life is short, sometimes the engine computer goes haywire and all the gauges point in random directions.
The digital mileage readout goes out, making it hard to read.
There is no lighting on the automatic shifter base so in the dark you can't see what gear you are shifting to.
The stereo system is absolutely awful, and replacing the head unit means you lose the door chime feature as well.
The stereo system is confusingly integrated into the ignition system so you need a special harness for the car to work properly if you go aftermarket.