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GM faces Canadian gasket class-action lawsuit; claim could hit ...

There are 540 comments on the News 1130 story from Apr 25, 2006, titled GM faces Canadian gasket class-action lawsuit; claim could hit .... In it, News 1130 reports that:

General Motors faces a possible class-action lawsuit over allegedly defective intake manifold gaskets in 400,000 cars in Canada - a claim which lawyers say might total $1.2 billion.

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Hendersonville, TN

#25 Nov 29, 2006
I have a 1999 Alero, and they told me a couple of years ago that I would need to replace my intake manifold gasket due to a leak. I am just now getting around to replacing it because the repair is so costly, and I called GM to try and possibly get some help since this is a major problem that millions of auto owners seem to have. I was wondering if anyone had any luck getting reimbursed or having GM pay for the repair, since I didn't seem to have any. Please email me with any helpful information [email protected]

United States

#26 Nov 29, 2006
I have a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am and I was told my intake manifold gasket is "seeping" and I should get it replaced before the leak gets worse and gets into my oil. Has anyone tried "stop-leak" to try and stop a manifold leak, or do I have to bite the bullet and get it repaired for $700?
Lee Ottawa on


#27 Nov 29, 2006
We have a 98 Pontiac Transport with a 3.4l engine(2003). Why the new engine you ask well actually it is the 2nd engine plus the original, that makes three motors in a 98 vehicle, can you believe it. In all my life I've never had such a lemon, OK so the van has 340K that is an average of a engine every 100k. RIDICULOUS !!! It was cheaper to install the engine rather than repairing the head gasket issue in both cases. This is a abnormal issue and obviously one that is affecting alot of people! I really hope that someday I see some of my 5500.00 back.

Guelph, Canada

#28 Nov 30, 2006
I just had mine replaced in my 2001 Alero cost 1100 so you got a great deal.

Vallejo, CA

#29 Dec 1, 2006
Re: intake manifold gasket and catalytic converter on 2002 Buick century....

We've had both problems. The dealer in our area, North of San Francisco, says that fuel filters clog every 15,000 miles and that you should have them replaced before that... I have no idea what a clogged filter has to do with the converter.

This is lengthly, but it may save somebody out there some real bucks, see the United States Environmental Protection Agency bulletin "What you should know about using,installing, or buying aftermarket catalytic converters" Page 4

How does this relate to GM,s respo sibility to pay for centurys that are less than 5 yrs. old
Bob Bubello

Clinton, CT

#31 Dec 2, 2006
My Pontiac Montana 3.4ltr intake manifold gasket leaked several hundred miles after warrantee and cost me $300 to repair after long argument with dealer. Full bill would have been $2100. Bob
Gina C

United States

#32 Dec 5, 2006
I have a 2001 Grand am GT. This was in fact built in Canada. It has slowly developed an Intake manifold gasket leak(coolant) for about 6 months.I'm replacing the coolant with about 2 qts,every 2-3 weeks. I would like to know if there is going to be re-imbursment from G.M. for this defect. I can't see it coming out of my pocket as age or wear and tear.The cost is expensive.$600-$1100.
Phil Sioux City IA


#34 Dec 8, 2006
I own a '03 Buick Century, 82,600 mi. Started dropping antifreeze in garage so I took to local Buick dealer. Needed to replace intake gasket. Found out water pump also leaking. With some other maitenance done, the total bill was $1542. The only answer I got about this problem was it's just typical GM problem, like no big deal. I treated this car with kid gloves and this is the reward I get. Fool me once...
Curt Lansing MI

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#35 Dec 8, 2006
I just learned my 2002 Buick Rendezvous with 41,000 miles has an intake manifold gasket leak. The tech says it might be $1200 and 12 hours to fix. This is my wife's car. Not revved at all.

Lees Summit, MO

#37 Dec 10, 2006
I have a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am and I have have to replace the intake gasket 3 times!!!! The mechanics are in shock and I am about ready to get rid of it but it's paid off.
Cortney Daniels

Cincinnati, OH

#38 Dec 10, 2006
I have been a afn of GM vehicles all my life. In 2000, I bought a Chevy Malibu brand new. I have had a couple problems with the brake system, but I am not going to blame that on GM because me and my dad always fixed them.

But at around 60,000 miles I ran out of antifreeze. I took it to the dealer and they said I had to replace my intake gasket.$600 and 25,000 miles later the same sh!t is happening again. I have been reading and I just found out that this is a common problem and not just specific to my car. I don't want to pay for another repair because i think GM should. If any of you know where I can join join a class action suit about this please reply.

No wonder why GM is going down the hole. Making products like this they don't deserve loyal customers. I am buying a foreign car from now on. To hell with the Big 3. Let them fall.

Brampton, Canada

#40 Dec 14, 2006
i have an 02 grand am (3.4) and the head gasket just went. i needed to replace intake and head gaskets, final cost $1450. i would also like to know where i can sign up for the class action so i can see some money back.

Mount Clemens, MI

#41 Dec 18, 2006
My neighbor has a 1999 Bonneville with 77,000 miles on it(3.8L 3800 V6). Two lower intake manifold gaskets, Two upper plenum's replaced. First replacement was just out of warranty! At thy advice of a mechanic, the Dex-Cool was flushed & replaced with regular(green) anti-freeze. Don't buy an OEM plastic upper intake plenum!! It will fail around the throttle body area where the EGR tube(stove pipe) runs into the plenum. GM, DUH...plastic+extreme heat=FAILURE!! A new re-enforced plenum can now be found on Ebay & other online sites. The re-enforcement is right around the throttle body area. Currently, no metal after market plenum's are out there. Of course, if your vehicle has a supercharger, it has an all metal design. Hope this helps some people. This is definitely a GM design flaw...shame on them!!
Brian Powers

Nashville, IN

#42 Dec 20, 2006
My 2003 Pontiac Grand Am with 51,000 miles began leaking at the intake manifold gasket. I've taken excellent care with this car having bought it new. I've heard from three co-workers who also bought GM cars with 3.4-L engines that all had the same problem. Only one of them was fortunate to have the problem detected before the warranty ran out. My mechanic said he replaces them routinely for GM cars and the cost for my vehicle:$600.

Clarksville, IN

#44 Dec 22, 2006
I just had to replace the intake gaskets on my 2002 Grand AM (only 43k miles). Let me know if a Class Action Suit comes to the U.S. against GM.
Sickles IN

Jamaica, NY

#45 Dec 25, 2006
My husband and myslef have just purchased a used 2001 Pontiac Montana. The heat went out the first day we had it home. After looking over everything we noticed it was leaking antifreeze. Come to find out it is also the "MANIFOLD GASKET"! I really hope that they learned from their mistakes and the newer vehicles don't have the same problem! They really are nice vans but who wants a unreliable car!
Ed Baraket

Philadelphia, PA

#46 Dec 27, 2006
I have a 1998 Buick Park Avenue with a 3800 engine. Great car, ride, power, but at 70,000 miles the alarm went off while driving on route 78. Checking the console, I noticed my temp gage needle going from natural position to the red (hot) side in less than a second!. Drove off highway, let the car rest for awhile (thinking overheating would cool down to assess what happened). After about twenty minutes, it started up rough, but enough for me to drive home when car shut off about 100 yards from home. I got home by pushing and left for the following day.
Checking with local friend and a top notch mechanic at a chevy dealer, he took car and removed intake and heads, to find all cylinder openings were filled to the top with anti-freeze, and telling me this is a major problem for all 3800 engines. He recommended me to go to site on the net called , and boy was I surprised and proceeded to buy a new intake kit for $247.00 (mechanic discount included).
After draining the car totally with what was left of the antifreeze, changed oil and ran or a few minues after new intake installed and removed oil and reinstalled new and better oil, car ran great.
Well, its been a little less than 16,000 miles and the engine did the same thing while driving to Reading, Pa and shut car off and had AAA tow me back the 37 miles, home. I now am in the process to replace the friggin part again and feel helpless with GM for assistance. No more GM cars for me, and maybe the major layoff will be a bellringer for their executives to get their crap together (sorry for the workers though).
I doubt this next question, but any info on a good replacement that is over one year (GM's warranty on my old part which missed the warrantey by about four months).
Thanks, Ed

United States

#47 Dec 27, 2006
i have a 2002 pontiac gran prix and the oil gets water in it but the car doesint shake or heats up and it only licks a small amount of water from the muffler the temperature does not go up any 1 nows but should i do
Nancy - MO

Olathe, KS

#48 Dec 28, 2006
I have a 2000 Chevy Malibu. Had it back to the dealer 3 times with complaints about the coolant system just to be told there is nothing wrong with it. Finally took it to another service facility to have the radiator flushed and immediately they saw the problem. The lower intake gasket was leaking. Fortunately it was still under the extended warranty but was about $700 worth of work and parts. I asked to have a different type of gasket put in but they replaced it with the same thing. I would be thrilled to be part of a class action lawsuit if one is in place.
class action -- dexcool

Fairborn, OH

#49 Dec 28, 2006
I have replaced my intake gasket 4x on my 1998 chevy venture....
lets get a class action lawsuit going against GM/Chevy.
Call me if interested..
Don Lykins
[email protected]

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