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“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#1 Aug 12, 2008
GM Problems - Are You Having Problems With Your GM Car, Truck or SUV?

How many times in the past two years has your GM car, truck or SUV been in the shop for repairs? Are you spending more time in a rental vehicle or a "loaner" from the dealer then you are in your own vehicle? Have you picked up your vehicle from the dealer only to find out that they couldn't duplicate or fix your vehicle's problem? We can help you gain the satisfaction you deserve from your GM car, truck or SUV.

GM Problems is designed to provide helpful information about General Motors automobiles and assistance to for some of the reported complaints by consumers
Does your GM, GMC, Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile or Pontiac car, truck or SUV suffer from any of the following problems?

Piston Slap, loud knocking or excessive engine noise?
Excessive oil and fuel consumption?
Headlight or interior lights flickering or dimming?
Brakes squealing or grinding?
Brake rotors rusting, pitting or warping?
Brake or rotor replacement within 12,000 miles of your last replacement?
Water leaking into your passenger cabin?
Memory Seat Problems?
Sliding Doors Problem?
If you have experienced any of the above symptoms, you should know that most state and Federal consumer lemon laws or warranty laws provide a right to a refund or a new car in any situation where the use, value or safety has been substantially affected. Certainly the above problems can be distracting at best, or lead to disastrous consequences at worst. That consumers can obtain free legal representation from skilled and experienced consumer lemon law attorneys for such claims is also a little known fact. Why settle for excuses and aggravation anymore?

If you would like to know whether or not a legitimate claim for recovery under the lemon law is available to you, take a moment to read through this web site or contact any of the attorneys listed. There is no cost or fee for doing so.

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#2 Aug 12, 2008
Chevy Avalanche Water Leaks and Mildew Problems
Avalanche owners - is there water leaking into your cab? Are your carpets consistently wet after it rains? Are they damp after washing your truck? Does your carpet smell of mildew? You are not alone! Water leaking into the cabin is the number one reported complaint from Chevrolet Avalanche users. If you are experiencing problems with water leaking into your cab, you may have a legitimate claim for recovery under the lemon law.

In a survey on the Chevy Avalanche Fan Club Forum, 132 Avalanche owners reported having problems with water leaking into their cabs. Despite numerous TSB's (technical service bulletins) attempting to fix the various water leaks, over 80% of those Avalanche owners are still reporting water leaks in their cabs.

Some of the most common reported problems include:

Defective seals around the extended cab doors
Defective seals between the seams between sheet metal parts by the rear seat belt mounts
Defective seams in the front and rear wheel wells
Defective rubber seals or weather stripping around the midgate
Problems with the water management system
Poorly designed water drains inside the rear of the cab
Not only are these reported problems inconvenient (one Chevy Avalanche owner reported one inch of water in the floor of his cab after an 8 hour drive!), but they could also be dangerous. On page 8-1117, Volume 4 of the GM authorized service manual from Helm Inc. states:

"Caution: If any water enters the vehicle's interior up to the level of the carpet or higher and soaks the carpet, the sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) and the SDM harness connector may need to be replaced. The SDM could be activated when powered, which could cause the deployment of the airbag(s) and result in personal injury."

Is There Anything I Can Do?
The above example is an extreme scenario, but after paying $30,000 for your Avalanche, why settle for excuses and aggravation anymore? If you would like to know whether or not a legitimate claim for recovery under the lemon law is available to you due to water leaks with your Chevrolet Avalanche, take a moment to read through this web site and submit your information for a Free Case Review or contact any of the attorneys listed. There is no cost or fee for doing so.

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#3 Aug 12, 2008
General Motors Sliding Doors - Chevrolet Uplander, Saturn Relay, Buick Terraza, and Pontiac Montana

General Motors Sliding Doors - Chevrolet Uplander, Saturn Relay, Buick Terraza, and Pontiac Montana
Click Here if you are experiencing a sliding door problem!

More than 2 dozen complaints have been filed with the national Highway Traffic and Safety Administration from drivers with faulty sliding doors with General Motors minivans, most notably the Chevrolet Uplander. Other vehicles being complained about include the Buick Terraza, the Pontiac Montana and the Saturn Relay. Despite these complaints, there has been no recall! Consumers have complained of having the door pop open at speeds exceeding 45mph. Most complaints filed have dealt with 2005-2006 models.

According to on-line reports, GM has previously said there is a quick fix for the problem and they have issued a preliminary report to the service managers on how to fix the issue, blaming it on door sensors being affected by debris, but there are plenty of consumers who are returning to the dealer time and time again, only to hear that the service manager can't diagnose and/or fix the problem.

The frustration lies in the fact that GM is not issuing a voluntary recall on the problem.

If you are dealing with an intermittent sliding door problem, you could be entitled to a full or partial refund! Contact Us and be as specific as possible as to when the problem is happening:

How fast were you traveling?
What were the road conditions?
What kind of weather conditions were you experiencing?
Does the sliding door close?
Does the sliding door lock?
All of this information is very important in determining if you could receive relief under the lemon law! Please fill out our form by clicking here!

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#4 Aug 12, 2008
Help! I Think My Engine Is Suffering From Piston Slap!
Are you a GM truck owner experiencing from loud knocking or excessive engine noise? You are not alone! 1000's of other consumers are also reporting these symptoms. What you may be suffering from is the now infamous phenomenon known as Piston Slap.

What is Piston Slap?
Piston slap is caused when there's too much space between the piston and the cylinder wall. The piston moves up and down in the cylinder and the extra clearance results in a greater amount of rocking in the cylinder, producing a loud knocking noise. Vehicles with the engine knock problem include 1999 - 2002 GMC and Chevy pickups and sports-utility models with 3.1, 3.4, 4.3, 4.6 (Northstar), 4.8, 5.3, 5.7(LS1), 6.0 or 8.1 liter engines. Specific models include (but may not be limited to): Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL. The 2002 Cadillac Escalade SUV also reportedly suffers from the problem.

Can Piston Slap damage my engine?
GM spokeswoman Deborah Frakes states: "the only known effect of this condition is an audible sound that typically occurs during the first five to thirty seconds after starting" and that "the condition does not create any degradation of durability, performance or safety." In fact, in several of their Technical Service Bulletins (TSB's), GM claims that the "Cold Start Knock" is normal.

Consumers have differing opinions. GM truck owners complain that piston slap damages the engine and causes excessive oil and fuel consumption. Many consumers suffering from piston slap report that the knocking is constant, lasting well beyond the initial start-up, and appears regardless of the temperature. Additionally, consumers argue that the problem lowers the value of their vehicle when they try to sell it or trade it in. In a recent article in the Detroit Free Press, Charlie Vogelheim, an executive from Kelly Blue Book, said "a knocking engine could lower the value of a vehicle by $4000 to $6000 at trade-in."

Is There Anything I Can Do?
If you would like to know whether or not a legitimate claim for recovery under the lemon law is available to you, take a moment to read through this web site and fill out our free case review form or contact any of the attorneys listed. There is no cost or fee for doing so.

The website PistonSlap.com has been used as a source for some of the information above. PistonSlap.com is an excellent resource for additional in-depth information on the GM Piston Slap problem.

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#5 Aug 12, 2008
Help - My Headlights Are Flickering!
Are you having problems with headlights or interior lights flickering or dimming for no apparent reason? You are not alone! Many other consumers have reported experiencing the exact same problem. The problem is seen in many different GM makes and models between 1999 - 2003, including, but not limited to: Oldsmobile Intrigue and Aurora, Chevy Suburban, Tahoe, Silverado, Corvette, Camaro, Firebird and Malibu's and Pontiac Aztek's.

Why Are My Headlights Flickering?
The headlight flickering or dimming may be caused by a intermittent low voltage output from engine vibrations. When this occurs, a voltage spike causes the voltage regulator to reset. During the reset, generator output drops to almost zero. This is a known issue with GM cars and the correction involves replacing the alternator.

Is There Anything I Can Do?
If you would like to know whether or not a legitimate claim for recovery under the lemon law is available to you, take a moment to read through this web site and fill out our case review form or contact any of the attorneys listed. There is no cost or fee for doing so.

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#6 Aug 12, 2008
Brake or Rotor Problems? Premature Wear?
Have you or are you currently having problems with your GM, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile or Pontiac brakes or brake rotors? You are not alone! 1000's of other consumers have had to replace their brakes or brake rotors due to premature wear. According to Autoweb's Reliability and Satisfaction Ratings:

28% of Chevrolet Impala owners reported problems with their brakes or brake rotors. See Autoweb Report.

44% of Chevrolet Malibu owners reported problems with their brakes or brake rotors. See Autoweb Report.

And a whopping 51% of Oldsmobile Alero owners reported problems with their brakes or rotors. See Autoweb Report.

Some of the most common reported brake problems include: brakes squealing or grinding, brakes and/or steering wheel pulsing and rotors pitting, rusting, distorting, wobbling or warping. Many of these problems are due to excessive heat, rapid cooling. Additionally, the excessive wear and tear may be attributed to reports that an inferior metal composite has been used in the manufacture of the brake rotors, which were made smaller and thinner, and therefore, less able to absorb peak heat without problems.

What's most alarming is the frequency with which the brake problems reappear. After having their brakes and rotors replaced, consumers report the pulsing, grinding and squealing reoccurring within 3000 - 7000 miles, eventually leading to yet another replacement, which falls well short of GM's guideline of brakes being expected to last 12 months/12,000 miles.

The brake problems affect a wide range of 1997 - 2003 GM cars and trucks, including Chevrolet Malibu and Impala, Pontiac Grand Am and Grand Prix, Oldsmobile Cutlass and Alero and many other makes and models.

If you would like to know whether or not a legitimate claim for recovery under the lemon law is available to you, take a moment to read through this web site and send us your information. Or contact any of the attorneys listed. There is no cost or fee for doing so.

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#7 Aug 12, 2008
Consumer Alert: Chevrolet Equinox Problems Reported
A number of consumers have recently reported problems with their Chevrolet Equinox. Some of the complaints that we have seen repeatedly include:

Foul Odors - numerous consumers are reporting smelling a foul odor coming from the engine or the air conditioning system of the Equinox. The problem often occurs when the engine is hot, and reportedly fills the passenger area with what one consumer called "a dead animal smell". The problem seems to be caused by defective coolant hoses that react to the Dexcool in the engine coolant. The coolant causes the hoses to decompose turning the coolant brown and causing the foul odor.

Grinding Noise - consumers report are grinding or rubbing noise coming from the front of the Equinox while driving at slow speeeds or while turning. The problem has been identified as bad struts and Chevrolet has issued several TSB's on the problem. Unfortunately, consumers report that the problems remain even after having the struts replaced numerous times.

Check Engine Light - We have heard many complaints that the Check Engine light goes on and that dealers have been unable to find the cause despite many attempts to do so.

Water Leak - Several consumers are reporting that they are having problems with water leaks in their Equinox. The most common symptom appears to be water leaking into the tire well, although there have been symptoms of leaks elsewhere in the cabin.

Whether due to a design or manufacturing issue, or a result of poor responsiveness by the dealer, if you are unsatisfied with the efforts made to repair your Chevrolet Equinox under warranty service, we can help. Simply fill out and email our free case review form or call us at 1-800-LEMON-LAW (1-800-536-6652). We will be glad to review your case at no charge.

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“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#8 Aug 12, 2008
General Motors have MANY problems as you can see!!!!!!!!!!

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#10 Aug 12, 2008
GM Problems In The News
Learn what the media has to say about the piston slap, engine noise, water leaks, brake rotors, headlights dimming and other GM problems.

GM Stealthily Buys Back Noisy Trucks, SUVs

Lawsuits Grow Against GM - requires Adobe Acrobat

'Piston Slap' In GM Truck Bothers Viewer

3 File Lawsuit Against GM

Call 4 Action: GM Truck Knock

Do you know of any newspaper or magazine articles, or radio or television reports discussing GM problems that should be included here? Please contact us if you have a link that you would like to see included on the site.

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#11 Aug 12, 2008
Hello, I am the webmaster for GMProblems.com , a website designed to raise awareness about the problems with GM cars and trucks, including Avalanche cabin water leaks and engine noise or "piston slap". By raising awareness of the problems I hope to force GM to acknowledge the situation, and hopefully, bring satisfaction to consumers.

If you have experienced or are currently experiencing problems with water leaks, engine noise or piston slap, I would like to hear from you. I'm looking for information (including stories or pictures) from consumers for possible inclusion on the website. By sharing the experiences that you've had with the water leaks, you will assist in helping the 1000's of consumers who are suffering from problems exactly like yours. Please take some time to visit the website and share your story.

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#13 Aug 12, 2008
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GROUP A VEHICLES- Model years 1995-2003, equipped with 3.1 or 3.4 liter V6 engine, manufactured before April 10, 2003 with a nylon/silicone lower intake manifold gasket.
Buick Century, Rendezvous, Regal, Skylark
Chevrolet Impala, Lumina, Malibu, Monte Carlo, Venture, Corsica, Beretta, Lumina APV
Oldsmobile Alero, Cutlass (Supreme and Ciera), Silhouette
Pontiac Aztek, Grand Am, Grand Prix, Montana, Trans Sport
Group A Covered Repairs: Replacement of failed nylon/silicone lower intake manifold gasket.
Note: Some of these vehicles may have been offered for sale with an engine other than a 3.1-liter or 3.4 -liter V6 engine. Any of the above models sold with an engine other than a 3.1-liter or 3.4 -liter V6 engine are not included and are not eligible to make a claim.
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GROUP B VEHICLES- Model years 1995-2004, equipped with 3.8-liter V6 engine (internal GM engine designation RPO L36).
Buick LeSabre, Park Avenue, Regal, Riviera
Chevrolet Camaro, Impala, Lumina, Monte Carlo
Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight, Intrigue, LSS, Ninety-Eight
Pontiac Bonneville, Firebird, Grand Prix
Group B Covered Repairs: Repairs necessitated by engine coolant sealing issues,including replacement of throttle body gasket, upper intake manifold gasket,lower intake manifold gasket, or intake manifold.
Note: Some of these vehicles may have been offered for sale with an engine other than a 3.8-liter V6 engine RPO L36. Any of the above models sold with an engine other than a 3.8-liter V6 engine RPO L36 are not included and are not eligible to make a claim.
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GROUP C VEHICLES- Model years 1995-2000, equipped with 4.3-liter V6 engine.
Chevrolet Blazer, Chevrolet S-10
GMC Envoy, Jimmy, S-15
Oldsmobile Bravada
Group C Covered Repairs: Repairs necessitated by cooling-system sludge, including cooling-system flush, heater core repairs, water pump repairs, or radiator cap replacement.“Sludge” refers to a rust-like material that can form in the cooling system and whose formation is related to use of Dex-Cool.

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#14 Aug 12, 2008
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Frequently Asked Questions & Responses about the Dex-Cool Class Action Lawsuit:
1. What cash reimbursements are available?
2. How do I make a claim?
3. Do I have to be the original owner in order to file a claim?
4. Am I still eligible to file a claim if I no longer own my vehicle?
5. I have had a Dex-Cool related problem but I have not had it repaired yet. Can I still participate in this settlement?
1. What cash reimbursements are available?
Under the proposed Settlement, GM will send cash reimbursements to class members who paid for Covered Repairs performed within seven years or 150,000 miles (whichever is earlier) after the original owner or lessee took delivery of the vehicle, and who submit timely and valid claims.
The amount of reimbursement for which you may be eligible depends on (i) when the Covered Repair was performed and (ii) the amount you actually paid, as described below:
(a.) For a Covered Repair made within five years after initial vehicle delivery:
You may be eligible to be reimbursed the documented amount you paid out-of-pocket up to $400, if you were not previously fully reimbursed.
However, if you can document that the Covered Repair required you to pay over $1,500 to address an internal coolant leak, your reimbursement level may be different. If so, you can elect to request reimbursement of 40% of the amount you paid out-of-pocket up to $800, if you were not previously fully reimbursed.
(An internal coolant leak means that coolant leaked from one vehicle component into another component. Whereas an external coolant leak means that coolant leaked from inside a vehicle component to the exterior of the vehicle.)
(b.) For a Covered Repair made in the sixth year after initial vehicle delivery:
You may be eligible to be reimbursed the documented amount you paid out-of-pocket up to $100, if you were not previously fully reimbursed.
(c.) For a Covered Repair made in the seventh year after initial vehicle delivery:
You may be eligible to be reimbursed the documented amount you paid out-of-pocket up to $50, if you were not previously fully reimbursed.
If you paid for more than one Covered Repair (whether on the same vehicle or on different vehicles included in the proposed Settlement), you may make a separate reimbursement claim for each one.

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#15 Aug 12, 2008
Continued from above:

Return to FAQs
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2. How do I make a claim?
To make a claim for a reimbursement under the proposed Settlement, you must submit the following documents, either online or by mail. If you do not submit each of the following documents, and fully complete the claim statement, your claim may be denied.
(a.) Completed Claim Statement. A Claim Statement form is available at www.DexCoolSettlement.com .
(b.) Proof of repair payment. You must provide documentation showing that you paid out-of-pocket for a Covered Repair, for which you were not fully reimbursed. Please read the instructions on the Claim Statement form for more details.
(c.) Proof of ownership or lease. You must provide documentation showing that you owned or leased the vehicle at the time of the Covered Repair. Please read the instructions on the Claim Statement form for more details.
(d.) If you wish to submit your claim by mail, you must mail the above documents, postmarked no later than October 27, 2008, to the Claims Administrator at the address listed on the Claim Statement form.
(e.) If you wish to submit your claim online, please go to www.DexCoolSettlement.com , fill out the online Claim Statement form, and attach scanned versions of your required documentation before clicking the button to submit your claim. Online claims must be submitted no later than midnight on October 27, 2008.
(f.) If you wish to make reimbursement claims for two or more Covered Repairs, you must submit a separate set of documents (Claim Statement, proof of repair payment, and proof of ownership or lease) for each claim. You may not combine claims for more than one Covered Repair in a single Claim Statement.
(g.) The Claims Administrator has the right to request additional documentation before the Claim is approved and paid. Your claim may be denied if the Claims Administrator determines that it is invalid.
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3. Do I have to be the original owner in order to file a claim?
You do not need to be the original owner in order to participate in this settlement.
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4. Am I still eligible to file a claim if I no longer own my vehicle?
You may be eligible to participate in this settlement even if you no longer own your vehicle. Anyone who has owned or leased any of the Covered Vehicles and paid out of pocket for one of the Covered Repairs is eligible to file a claim.
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5. I have had a Dex-Cool related problem but I have not had it repaired yet. Can I still participate in this settlement?
If your repair is done within the earlier of 7 years or 150,000 miles of your vehicle delivery date, and prior to May 30, 2008, you may be included in this settlement.

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#16 Aug 12, 2008
Here in Canada we had the same problem with GM...

General Motors has been slapped with a class action lawsuit in Canada. The suit comes after this CTV Whistleblower report that revealed problems with a small engine part in millions of GM vehicles. The lawsuit alleges GM is at fault for the failure of intake manifold gaskets in several of its vehicles.

It's a simple component buried deep under the hood -- in some one million General Motors vehicles sold in Canada alone. It has the potential to cause huge headaches though, for the GM vehicle owners.

It's an intake manifold gasket, put in at the GM factories, in some makes and models between 1995 and 2003. According to GM's own internal service bulletin, the part can "degrade" -- causing coolant to leak -- sometimes into the engine. Several vehicle repair mechanics told CTV that in the worst case scenario, the coolant mixes with engine oil -- making the oil ineffective -- and damaging the engine.

They say in extreme cases, the engines overheat and seize completely -- which means the vehicles need complete engine replacements. Some GM customers have been hit with repair bills of up to $5000 -- after their warranties have expired.

"I started to cry," said Ontario resident Lisa Slatter, whose 2002 GM Montana needs at least $1700 worth of repairs. "I cried and I cried because I thought I don't know how I'm going to pay for this."

Slatter's problems started when her vehicle had less than 100,000 kilometres on the odometer. It was leaking coolant, she said, and her warning light was on. An independent mechanic diagnosed a leaking intake manifold gasket -- and told her she should get it replaced.

Eventually, her GM Montana broke down completely. Now, she needs a new head gasket -- a significant repair.

"I didn't know (how serious that problem was) until my thermostat was over in the red," Slatter said. "It totally overheated. Because the coolant was gone."

"This is absolutely not normal wear and tear," said Kirk Robinson, an independent mechanic who worked as a GM service technician several years ago. He also hosts a call-in cable TV show in Toronto, called "Auto Talk".

Robinson agrees with several other mechanics, who told CTV they see and hear from GM customers with the same problem almost every day. Kirk told us he does repairs associated with GM intake manifold gaskets at least once a week -- and says it's the number one complaint he hears during his call-in show.

"It's very well known in our industry that this is a fault," he said. "It's definitely a manufacturing defect."

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#17 Aug 12, 2008
Continued story from above:

It turns out that GM has known about the problem for years. CTV obtained copies of four GM internal service bulletins -- from 2001 to 2004 -- warning General Motors dealers about the potential problem. For example, in 2001, GM wrote:

"Some owners may comment on excessive engine coolant consumption, or an engine coolant leak near or under the throttle body area of the upper intake manifold." "Upper intake manifold composite material may degrade...and could result in an internal or external coolant leak."

GM's service bulletins list several vehicles potentially affected -- 23 makes and models manufactured between 1995 and 2003. Since then, GM has come out with a new, improved intake manifold gasket. Still, mechanics say, the old part continues to break down in vehicles that haven't had it replaced.

Robinson, for one, thinks GM should have called all the potentially affected vehicles in for full repairs, when they first identified the problem.

"I think they should have brought (the affected vehicles) back and fixed it a lot sooner," he said.

"I think this is the biggest problem that I've ever seen with automobile manufacturers," said Phil Edmonston, who writes the consumer car guide Lemon Aid. "I really believe it's the biggest problem GM has ever had."

There's an on-line consumer petition -- with 11,000 signatures from GM customers -- calling for a voluntary "goodwill" recall by GM. In Canada, The Automobile Protection Association has logged 800 complaints. There are class-action lawsuits brewing in the U.S., where Edmonston now lives.

"The way to fight is just simply send a registered letter or an e-mail (to GM)," Edmonston told CTV, during an interview in West Palm Beach, Florida. "If your vehicle is not reasonably durable and has a mechanical defect, any judge on any bench -- small claims up to the Supreme Court of Canada -- can make that company pay."

Edmonston said he knows of several cases where GM has paid for intake manifold gasket repairs -- beyond the warranty period -- when customers have made a big fuss. He believes GM should now cover all related repairs, on all its affected vehicles.

CTV asked General Motors several times for an on-camera interview. The company sent a statement instead, which says, in part:

"An intake manifold gasket concern can arise from a variety of causes. It is for this reason that any concern a customer may have beyond the warranty period is handled on a case by case basis," wrote Stew Low, director of communications for GM Canada.

He also indicated there will be no voluntary recall of affected vehicles.

"GM does not plan to issue any type of goodwill action regarding the intake manifold gasket situation."

GM vehicles potentially affected (source: GM Technical Service Bulletins):

1995-1997 Buick Riviera
1995-1998/2000-2003 Buick LeSabre
1995-1998/2000-2003 Buick Park Avenue
1996-1998/2000-2003 Buick Regal
2000-2003 Buck Century
2002-2003 Buick Rendezvous
1996/1998-2001 Chevrolet Lumina
1998-2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
1997-2003 Chevrolet Venture
1999-2003 Chevrolet Malibu
2000-2003 Chevrolet Impala
1995-1998 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight
1995-1998 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight
1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue
1996-2003 Oldsmobile Silhouette
1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass
1999-2003 Oldsmobile Alero
1995-1998/2000-2003 Pontiac Bonneville
1997-1998/2000-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix
1996-1999 Pontiac Trans Sport
1999-2003 Pontiac Grand Am
1999-2003 Pontiac Montana
2001-2003 Pontiac Aztec
General Motors Canada encourages any of their customers to contact their Customer Communications Centre at 1-800-263-3777 if they have questions regarding their vehicle or service needs.

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#18 Aug 12, 2008
GM Recalls 207,500 Buick, Pontiacs for Fire Risk

DETROIT (Reuters)- General Motors Corp (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) is recalling more than 207,500 Buick and Pontiac vehicles because of an engine defect that could cause oil leaks and lead to fires, the No. 1 U.S. automaker said on Friday.

The recall applies to Buick Regal and Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles with 3.8 liter supercharged V-6 engines, built between 1997 and 2003, GM said in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

GM said drops of engine oil deposited on the exhaust manifold might ignite into fires if drivers brake hard.

It advised owners to park their cars in the open, and not in a garage or enclosed location.

GM spokesman Alan Adler said the automaker had received reports of five minor injuries and one moderate injury linked to the engine fires.

Owners of vehicles covered by the recall have been sent notices and can have their cars inspected at a dealership free of charge, Adler said.
STB

Winters, CA

#19 Aug 12, 2008
and the list goes on and on...

what idiot would ever buy a GM?

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#20 Aug 13, 2008
STB wrote:
and the list goes on and on...
what idiot would ever buy a GM?
Isn't that the truth..........

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#21 Aug 13, 2008
GM Vehicles Steering locks while driving.
5 makes and 22 models may be affected, GM denies knowledge of safety problem with apparent defective rack and pinion.
By Guy Cramer
While the defect with Ford Trucks and Firestone tires blowing out causing over 200 deaths and 700 injuries left us wondering who was to blame for this problem, the steering problem that GM has with a large number of 1997 vehicles may equal or surpass the Firestone problem and in this case there is no scapegoat.
Friends of mine allowed us the use of their 1997 Chevy Venture Minivan for the past few months. Recently my wife was driving home when the steering locked up on her and she started to cross the center line of traffic into oncoming vehicles. She was a short way from home and managed to regain control before hitting anything. Arriving home she stated that the problem happened three times on the way home.
I drove the vehicle down the street and sure enough making a left turn would cause the steering to lock. We took the vehicle to the dealership, Mussallem Chevrolet Oldsmobile Cadillac LTD in Maple Ridge, B.C. They concluded it was the rack and pinion and would replace it with the dealership covering 50% of the $1,000+ repair cost. Dealerships don't normally cover 50% of a problem when a vehicle is past warranty unless there is something more to it.
I researched the problem on the internet and quickly found out that for them to cover 50% is an admission to guilt, did GM know about this problem?
I found that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was investigating the rack and pinion on the Chevy Venture and 36 consumer complaints had been made to the NHTSA specifically regarding the steering locking on the 1997 Venture.
I meet with the Service Manager at the dealership, Larry Kilthau and showed him the complaints, however 50% was as high as the dealership would go. Larry provided me with the GM Customer Assistance Centre Phone number and I was quickly connected to Janice, a Manager of Customer Assistance. She listened and told me that no such problem with rack and pinion was listed with GM and no recall had been made. I told her that the problem was under investigation under NHTSA Action Number PE01-038. She informed me that was an American investigation and Canadian investigations through Transport Canada don't include U.S. problems and GM Canada only looks at Canadian problems. She was going to see if she could resolve the problem, however, I pointed out that unless they would do the same for all people with the same problem, not just this one case, I would inform the public about this lack of responsibility on GM's part.
I went to transport Canada website but they don't post complaints or investigations, only recalls. Considering the defensive reaction I received from the dealership and customer assistance, I wondered if this problem was more widespread than just the 97 Chevrolet Venture.
Going back onto the NHTSA web site, I discovered that the same investigation for Chevy Venture also included the 97 Chevy Malibu, 97 Oldsmobile Cutlass, 97 Oldsmobile Supreme, 97 Pontiac Grand Prix and 97 Pontiac Trans Port. I then researched all rack and pinion steering complaints on GM vehicles for 1997 and found not just the 6 models under the NHTSA investigation but 22 models. There was a total of 179 separate complaints for rack and pinion steering problems in which 55 of those complaints, reported problems with steering problems when turning left. A number had resulted in accidents and injuries. Those in bold are under NHTSA investigation. All are 1997 vehicles.

“" the original con_tiki " ”

Since: Aug 07

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

#22 Aug 13, 2008
Continued from above:

Make: BUICK
Model: CENTURY
Make: BUICK
Model: LESABRE
Make: BUICK
Model: PARK AVENUE
Make: BUICK
Model: REGAL
Make: BUICK
Model: RIVIERA
Make: CADILLAC
Model: CONCOURS
Make: CADILLAC
Model: DEVILLE
Make: CADILLAC
Model: SEVILLE
Make: CHEVROLET
Model: CAVALIER
Make: CHEVROLET
Model: LUMINA
Make: CHEVROLET
Model: MALIBU
Make: CHEVROLET
Model: MONTE CARLO
Make: CHEVROLET TRUCK
Model: VENTURE
Make: OLDSMOBILE
Model: 88
Make: OLDSMOBILE
Model: ACHIEVA
Make: OLDSMOBILE
Model: CUTLASS
Make: OLDSMOBILE TRUCK
Model: SILHOUETTE
Make: PONTIAC
Model: BONNEVILLE
Make: PONTIAC
Model: GRAND AM
Make: PONTIAC
Model: GRAND PRIX
Make: PONTIAC
Model: SUNFIRE
Make: PONTIAC TRUCK
Model: TRANS SPORT
Buick (12), Cadillac (4), Chevrolet (69), Oldsmobile (11), Pontiac (82), Saab (0), Saturn (1)
Total GM Vehicles (179)(55 specifically reported problems with steering problems when turning left)
Considering I was able to quickly find other GM makes and models with the same problem is cause for concern, why are these other GM vehicles not under the same NHTSA investigation for rack and pinion?

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