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Old 08-18-2004, 02:04 PM   #1
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Does anyone know much about the GM 2.2 Ecotec?

I searched jbody.org buy couldn't find much for reliability, ease to work on, etc.

What do you guys know about it?
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I know it has 120 hp and they are in the Cavalier and Sunfire'*. Thats just from the top of my head.
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They're actually 140 HP. I was able to find that much out.
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the 2.4L Z24 had the 150 but the 2.2 had 120. In 97 at least
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Shoppin for a Cavy or a Sunflower?
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the 2.4L Z24 had the 150 but the 2.2 had 120. In 97 at least
the 2.2L motor in 1997 was not the Ecotec. The Ecotec came around sometime around 2002, not sure. It'* a DOHC, 16-valve motor making 140hp. It replaced the rough-running, unreliable 2.2 OHV that made 115hp. I'd say the Ecotec came in due time.
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Shoppin for a Cavy or a Sunflower?
Well.... Ya, kinda! My commute is 61 miles one way. After a few errands after work and running around on the weekend I crank on about 1,000 miles a week (and it'* not that funny metric stuff either! ). The 93 still runs very strong, but I don't want to have to put a lot of money into an 11 year old car when things start to go wrong (tranny, namely...not that it'* acting up now).

I've always liked the Cavaliers and have had two of them. I had a 1990 that lasted to 178,000 then the head gasket went. Then I had a 1997 that I just sold in January with 184,000. It ran like a top. I regret selling it. I never had one issue with that 2.2 OHV in the 97.

Stepping into new territory with the Ecotec makes me a little nervous! So, just looking for some insight.
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They're good engines and can be built nicely. Very powerful if done right, and good from the factory.
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The Ecotec is a GM engine. (The Pontiac Vibe has the same 1.8L engine found in the Toyota Matrix or the Celica. It'* a Toyota engine.)

As far as the Ecotec is concerned, it is a good engine. So far they are very reliable. However, they are optimized for city gas mileage not highway. Except for that, the oil filters are the only thing that are quite expensive to replace. You certainly can't get them at Walmart.
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