Looks like a Cobalt/G5 is going to be a first car for my kid who loves my Z28 (LS1tech.com) but it ain't gonna happen.
I'm fairly knowledgeable about cars but I'm trying to quickly get up to speed on these cars. The SS seemed like a good original choice but not for a new driver, so I've settled on the following models I found this weekend at local dealers:
1. 2009 Cobalt LT Coupe - 33k miles - $11,995 (sunroof, alloy wheels)
2. 2008 Pontiac G5 Coupe - 56k miles - $9,995 (really basic - steel wheels)
3. 2008 Cobalt Sedan Sport - 46k miles - $11,995 (2.4 engine, sunroof)
4. 2008 Cobalt "Special Edition" Coupe - 70k miles - $10,995 (sunroof, alloy wheels)
All are autos.
I'm going to do my homework but we plan on getting one of the above this week. I have a bunch of questions for knowledgeable guys on this forum so any good "intro" links and advice would be appreciated. One of my immediate questions is regarding insurance and engines. Is it true (as is typical) that the coupe is more costly to insure? As far as the engine, is it really a BIG performance difference between the 2.4 and 2.2? I drove both but real didn't feel that much more power and I'm looking more at reliability than all-out performance. My first upgrades to my cars are always shocks and exhaust and I'll probably go that way, especially since all of these will be GM-Cert cars = no engine work. I'll also used the sticky regarding what SS parts fit non-SS Cobalt as a basis for upgrades.