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Old 03-02-2007, 11:42 PM   #11
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Wrong. These are the 2.4: Twin Cam. Nothing like the old Quad4'*. They have balance shafts, better heads, and are fairly reliable.
How were the old ones not reliable when I have seen soooo many between 150k and 260k and the worst issue was a blown head gasket?

There were revisions over the years, but the 2.4 Twin cam was nothing but an improved Quad 4...

And in the earlier years you could have had a SOHC or DOHC Quad 4 Not to be at all confused with the Tech 4

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Wrong. These are the 2.4: Twin Cam. Nothing like the old Quad4'*. They have balance shafts, better heads, and are fairly reliable.
How were the old ones not reliable when I have seen soooo many between 150k and 260k and the worst issue was a blown head gasket?

There were revisions over the years, but the 2.4 Twin cam was nothing but an improved Quad 4...

And in the earlier years you could have had a SOHC or DOHC Quad 4 Not to be at all confused with the Tech 4

Oh no no no no. I was just explaining the difference between the older Quad4'* and the newer ones, by the new ones having balance shafts, and better oiling performance. MInd ya, I love the older Quad4'*
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One question - reliable?? Any problems
They can be reliable... But can never be ran hot in the least... The aluminum head will not tolerate it... The 2.4 Twin cam will get expensive to repair, even the small problems will get to be a PITA if you have never worked on or know about the Quad line of engines..

If you get a Grand AM, I would recommend a 3400 Powered GA, but make sure to replace the lower intake gaskets...

I like the quads for what they have done for performance in the past, and for a 4 cylinder it sure did make good power... But personally, I wouldn't own one

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Wrong. These are the 2.4: Twin Cam. Nothing like the old Quad4'*. They have balance shafts, better heads, and are fairly reliable.
How were the old ones not reliable when I have seen soooo many between 150k and 260k and the worst issue was a blown head gasket?

There were revisions over the years, but the 2.4 Twin cam was nothing but an improved Quad 4...

And in the earlier years you could have had a SOHC or DOHC Quad 4 Not to be at all confused with the Tech 4

Oh no no no no. I was just explaining the difference between the older Quad4'* and the newer ones, by the new ones having balance shafts, and better oiling performance. MInd ya, I love the older Quad4'*
Yes they got better... The amount of changes over the years were unreal... and the Balance shafts smoothed them out... But took away from what the engine was capable of as the shafts spun at double the engine speed... So once the shafts came in HP went down a bit as you could no longer wrap that Tach around..

After working on a few of them and trying to do a water pump, having to go through a nightmare due to bad head gaskets( My buddy did 5 of them in 2 months ) I said I'd never have one... But they were all in the 110000-260k range... But could be a major headache if you can't work on it... The dealership will be singing a tune, thats for sure..

Its easy to do a water pump on a 3400, easy to do the alt if it fails.. And in the 99+ GA, the 3400 actually gets good milage... Intake gaskets suck tho.. But I would still recommend the 3400 over the quad

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I had a 99 grand am 2.4 twin cam, it was an alright car, the only problem is they suck in snow, and if anything does happen to the engine very few smaller mechanics will fix it. The engine isn't built like the bonne'* engines. The body styling was pretty good to.
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Yeah I have a friend with a 99 GA SE. That car spends more time under the knife than it does on the road! I've never asked details, but it doesn't sound too great.
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I have a buddy with a 99 Malibu with the same motor.... Been an expensive car to say the least

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GA'* have been known (well like all GM cars) to have bad brakes.
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