Fformula88 said:The ecotec seems to be a very stout motor, and I have not heard of any major problems yet in production cars with catastrophic failures. My problem with GM vehicles always seem to be those bolt on items too. I mean things like the starter, the alternator, the ignition system. Those are generally the parts that give people problems in production cars.
Thats good to hear! I have suspected they were getting better because I hear less complaints, but its always hard to tell from testimonials of owners whether it is a trend or not.Rik said:GM seems to have fixed those things also, I work in a GM dealership's part dept. and our warranty claims have dropped a good bit in the last few years. The vehicles are just a lot less likely to break.
The Vue's may be a great vehicle to check the ecotec's durability out on. The vehicle is considerably bigger and heavier than one of GM's compacts, and the engine is sure to worker harder in the Vue than the j-body or delta cars over its life. Glad to hear yours is treating you well!2KWK4U said:If it's any indication, the 2.2L ecotec in my VUE has held up to 51,400 miles so far without missing a beat. I regularly wind it out to 6,500 RPM before shifting, and once in a while I even run into the rev limiter. It's been cross country more times than I care to count, loaded up and through the mountains. I haven't babied it other than switching to Mobil1 at 36K miles when the warranty expired, and changing the oil every 3-4K thereafter. I pulled the spark plugs the other day just to check 'em. They look like they came out of an engine with maybe 10,000 miles on it. Still gapped at .045, and they're all identical looking, not fouled in the least! Normally, I'd do an oil analysis and compression check at 50K miles, but I don't think I'm even going to worry about it with this one.
I'd like to put a S/C on it, and might still one of these days since it has a hard time pushing that brick of a vehicle around at highway speeds in the mountains. That would be a good test of durability. If money were no object, I wouldn't hesitate one bit to go for it.
mikefred1952 said:GM has been producing better vehicles and parts. The 2.4L should be enough for those of us that want to keep it stock and keep the vehicle for many years to come.