Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Fox Lake, Illinois
I have been following Encore's since last year when I purchased mine. I have also had the base 1.4L in a Chevy Sonic and oil leaking and broken pistons are not common at all. In fact your mentioning it is only the second time I can recall of ever reading about it. If you do an internet search you can probably find that issue on any engine. The only issues I have seen with the base 1.4L engine have been turbo related, though again that is not that common as the Encore alone has sold over 600,000 with that engine alone, not to mention that it came on the Sonic and Cruze as well. The upgraded optional SIDI engine even though it also displaces 1.4L, is a totally different engine and higher technology that is no longer offered. I have never read anything on the larger 1.4L as far as turbo issues, etc. That is the engine I have in my 2019.
Keep in mind when you read negative things on the internet they are usually from people who are seeking answers or are frustrated. Not too many people will post saying how happy they are with their engine.