Fear mongering.Welcome.... There are a few things you need to know. The waterpump (WP) is a very common failure point around the 45k-75k mark. And it's not cheap to have it done...about $1200. Make sure if the vehicle is around that mileage that it's been done. The other concern is the top. Again, not cheap. An assembly is about $3k+. And a recover is $2500+ and usually never done correctly. If it has more then 100k on it, make sure the timing chain and guides have been done. It's almost cheaper to put a new motor in it. The timing chain runs about $2500, is about 90% labor. A few other things to remember....make sure it's always had 100% synthetic oil changes. These cars require 100% synthetic or the turbo won't last long. There were reports of a tech at the GM proving grounds putting conventional oil in a Regal (same motor, just later edition) that lasted about 700 miles. Also they require premium fuel, or at least 91 octane or it won't last long either. The LNF (motor name) hates "pinging".
Hopefully it works out and welcome! This forum is an invaluable source of information. Do you have any more info on the car?Name's Rodney and I'll be checking a 2008 Sky RL soon when my mechanic friend is available. Pretty excited about this ride and hope to take here home. I'll be reading around here.
Not at all. Most people don't have the time or money to just replace parts that aren't broken or causing issues. WP are a common issue, with a high failure rate by 60k miles as we've all seen. And for some, that's a make or break deal. Especially if it's going to be an "only car" situation because of the repair price. But that high failure rate is only seen mostly on the Solstice and Sky. The other cars that used our motors, and are transversely mounted, have little to no failures. The timing chain issue is not the chain at all...it's the inferior guides that were used on the timing chain and balancer chain in late '07 and early '08 production. Not too mention the "lazy" tensioners that happen after about 90k. But most 4 cylinders will need new tensioners, guides and chains by the 135k mark anyway due to wear. When certain high price repairs come along, many aren't prepared for the price of common issues like the WP. And with the tops being an average age of 13 years now, we're bound to see more and more "I need a new top" posts. Dealerships get their bad raps, because people have no clue of expected issues and costs. I wished that I had done more research here when I bought mine. I would have known about common issues and the pricing, and been more prepared for my future issues.Fear mongering.