Hey, guys. I'm getting a car pretty soon. Now, I've lock on the certified used Cobalt and Golf around07'-08'. Never get involved with any Chevy or Ford before. What I need to know is, how's Cobalt's mechanical reliability? I realize that car is car, they all might get random "sick" at any time.
But at least:
1), Is it easy & affordable to repair & do maintenance? Does it have a simply structure which's easily reparable?
2), If I keep doing maintenance well, are the engine & chassis strong enough to keep the car alive for decades and hundreds thousand kms just like those Volkswagens do?
There's a extra warranty --GMPP. According to the dealer's offer, $2,700 for 4 more years or 120k-kms, $3,100 for 140k-kms. It's affordable for me, but I still wanna know the chance. How much chance the repair cost may go over 3-grand in 4 years? It's a unlikely(<20%), possible(50%) or a probably(>80%)?
For Golf. From where I'm come from, the VWs are everywhere. I still have a old model Passat in my hometown. I know it fine. But for Cobalt, except I pretty like its looking and I know it has quite good fuel economy. Nothing else about the mechanical part...
Quite a few of my friends keep telling me that American cars're crappy inside. If I bought a used Chev or Ford without warrenty, I'm gonna spend triple money to fix the mechanical breakdown around next 5 years. Even more, no matter how good I maintain it daily, they would be totally dead less than 10 years anyway. And most of all, They are the most frequent car that gonna drop me at the half of the way... Are these true? Or just some gossip from some stubborn fans of the other brands? I mean why you guys keep buying local cars, although you already know they're unreliable and expensive to mantain as well? Just becoz they're a bit cheaper when they're in sale? Or you just wanna help your GM and Ford live? That's what I don't understand. It doesn't make sense.
To be brief, in my mind, the local brand generally should have big advantages. There never gonna be a better place for me to try a chev or ford. But I don't want a new taste adventure cost me too much time and loss.
Thanks a lot for your patience and apologize for my crappy english grammar(it might be hard to understand)~~ Just hope you can get what I'm trying to say.