There are several issues with sleeving the block.
-It has a high chance of not being done right. As you see from many, many posts here on ss.net, sleeved blocks have a high failure rate. This can be burning oil, low performance, a motor that quickly wears out, piston skirt damage, cracked block and so forth. You can greatly reduce their #1 issue (improper install) by having one of a few select shops specializing with this who have experience with the Ecotec motor.
-Strength. Most people do not understand modification of a performance build. They believe that when a part fails, you replace it with a stronger part. Normally this part is 'beefier' than the OEM component. What 98% of consumers don't yet grasp is that 'fixing' something often moves a problem from one area to another. They then feel that this next problem needs to be 'fixed' with a beefier part. ZZP's success has been, in part, due to understanding that going fast is JUST as much about what you DON'T do as what you do. NOT replacing parts or 'upgrading' them can be the best mod you can do.
In the 3800 market, the transmissions didn't shift hard. So this was 'fixed' by shops removing the wave plates so the shifts would hit. After that, the input shafts broke so they were beefed up. Then the flex plates we're cracking so larger ones we're installed. Then the input shafts started failing again so larger ones were installed. There's more to it but the real issue was always that 'fixing' one problem created another. Think of it as drugs with side effects that you need to take other drugs for. Pretty soon you're taking 10 meds and can't remember what the original problem even was!
Anyway, back to the Ecotec sleeves. The OEM sleeves are extremely strong. They are steel, the problem is that they are completely unsupported at the area they receive the most stress. When breaking people thought the sleeves we're weak so they installed darton kits. Problem with Darton sleeves is that they destroy your block. The block becomes weak, cooling is greatly reduced, weight is increased. The picture below shows this on two blocks cut in 1/2. 1st, see the red between cylinders? that's from cracking where the block is cut so thin that it can't hold expansion contraction of steel sleeves which grow at a different rate. Alum is brittle. The lock tite went right inbetween cylinders into the cracks that the owner didn't even know were there. 2nd, look at the sleeve casing of the block and edges. That is all that is holding the block together now. You've cut HALF of the material holding the top and bottom of the block together. This is why high HP builds break them in 2 and have to be 'fixed' by running studs top to bottom.
Finally, there is cost. Darton sleeves cost nearly 700. Installation of them will bring cost well over a grand and even higher if done by a reliable shop. All to weaken your block, reduce cooling, and create potential issues. This used to be the only option. ZZP has corrected this entire mess with an affordable solution. The engine girdle. Original tried by GM, ZZP pioneered a process that eliminates the issues GM suffered when trying and ultimately giving up on this.