How many miles can one typically expect (ie. not the one or two anomalies that last for 300,000 miles or more) to get out of this 4 cylinder engine with average care?
I live in Ontario, Canada. the customers of mine who have these (2003-2006 Cavalier/Sunfire) are between the range of 103000kms (still going) and I have a few who are already over 300 000kms and still going strong. (the 2.2 4 cyl) the 2.4 really doesn't fare as well. I did a engine in a 2003 Cav with 440 000 on it. it was a good car for the owner so he had me put a new engine in it. I also did a engine in a 04 Cav with 210 000 on it. So I would say with good care you should see between 200 000 to 325 000 (MILES not KMS). Best of luck, hopes this helps.
Just saw a '02 or '03 come through the junkyard yesterday with 190,000 on it. No word on what was wrong that prompted it to be junked.
Thanks a lot casper271! The answer was very helpful and I very much appreciate this valuable insight from a helpful mechanic! Hope life is smiling on you!
I would estimate between 160- 200K with no problems.
I've got a 1996 Chevy Cavalier with 244,000 miles on it, goin' strong ! Illinois
269,344 on my 2001 cavalier 2.4L. Fuel pump, a couple of cooling issues, alternator, MAPsensor and an electrical issue in the 6 years that I've owned the cavalier. $2000 in repairs for 190,000 miles that I've put on it. Been a great and reliable car.
We have a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier 2.4 liter (I think) engine and it has a little more than 170,000 miles on it. It has never been in an accident or towed or stranded on the side of the road. We've spent about $1800 this year getting it in good shape for our granddaughter to drive. It has a lot of pep for such an old car. We hope she gets to drive it for a number of years. I sure hope I don't jinx it by bragging on it.
Here's my 03' Cavalier. Has 217,000 miles on it and runs smooth as silk still. Replaced fuel pump, alt, and a few other minor things. Dang car is torquey as heck!
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