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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-16-2017, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Vegas

Sup all?! I am somewhat new to the forum. I usually stalk the Saturn forums, as I restore them for side income. Usually the S series, but evolved into the L series then Ion, that brought me into adding Cobalts to my resume. Probably rebuilt over 100 of the 1.9 S engines, 25 or so of the 2.2 Ecotec in the L and Ion family. Only done 8 of the Cobalts, but am a fan as they are almost identical to the Ion, save for the dash not being centered (the glowing difference in the cousins). The last 2 Cobalt rebuilds I did resulted in major headaches for me. So thanks in advance for the help I will seek from all you members.

BTW, the number one issue that puts these Ecotec powered vehicles in my care is timing chain tensioner failure. I don't care what your dad, uncle, friend, or obscure internet post tells you. CHANGE YOUR TIMING SET!!! The odometer is usually around 120K-140K when they fail. I charge people $325 parts labor and fluids to replace if hasn't jumped. If wait til jumps its another $600. And I am cheap shops and stealership double that.

I know preventative maintenance is no fun, especially when quoted so much for a timing set replacement, but the alternative is way worse.

I currently own 3 Cobalts and a Saturn Ion Redline (2.0 supercharged). The Ecotec engines are truly amazing work horses IMO. Just take care of them.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 07:15 AM
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Welcome to the forums!

The Ecotec platform has been surprisingly reliable for me, and many of the other guys here

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Believe me, these cars have a habit of growing on their owners. Your feelings will only strengthen over time...
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 07:39 AM
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My son's 03 Cavalier and daughter's 04 Ion both with the 2.2 have been very reliable. My 06 Cobalt with the 2.4 is in my garage as we speak as I am in the process of changing the timing and balance shaft chain and water pump (as a preventative maintenance) I think the hardest part is getting the old water pump out. Still trying to figure that out. Once that is done, my daughter's car with 154,000 miles will get replaced and then my son's. But all in all, I am extremely happy with these Ecotec engines. So I agree, it's important to spend a couple hundred dollars for preventative maintenance, than to spend $$$ on a replacement engine!
Welcome to the forums! You're in good company here!
BTW, I was a sworn Ford man, but found myself crossing over! Lol!

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