Noobie Cobalt ?'s
I apologize in advance for the length of this post, but I have a few questions in regards to Cobalts. I went and tried out an ss and an ss/sc over the past few days and while the dealer had to drive the ss/sc (icy roads, nighttime etc.) I tried out the ss. Now the ss/sc that he drove felt real quick from the passenger seat and sounded nice too. He was hitting around 120 - 130 in third gear so it was howling pretty good. Also the entire time until he let off you could feel it pushing you into your seat. The ss when I tried it out didn't seem to have a lot of guts in it. When I got back into my 2.2 Eco. Sunfire with just exhaust and intake and tried the same things I did in the ss it felt almost like I had more pull with my sunfire, which shouldn't be right. But of course it's just going by the seat of my pants, so the numbers of course will be way different.
Once spring comes around I'm hoping to have my car paid off, and was thinking about getting into a Cobalt, I'd really like the ss/sc it felt really nice and sounded good, but the payments would be double what I'm paying now, plus insurance would go up, and I'd more than likely be going through more gas. However, with the ss feeling to me for the most part just like my sunfire I'd kinda rather not go with that one.
Now the third option is the LT model Cobalt. Comes with the 2.2 that is in the brochure rated at 148hp, so give or take a handful from there. This would definitely be the cheapest route to go, while still moving up from the sunfire. What I'm wondering though is, does the current gm supercharger for the 2.2 fit on this engine? I'm going to assume yes it does, which is probably the obvious answer. If so though, would the best way to go be to get the LT, start paying it off and than at the same time just save up and throw the supercharger on it? From what I've heard the supercharger is supposed to bump the hp up to 200ish anyway. Or in the end is it just best to suck it up and pay the extra cash on the ss/sc?
I realize this is a huge post, but one more question, how much aftermarket stuff is out for Cobalts now?