GM Extends Warranty on Some Front Whe...

GM Extends Warranty on Some Front Wheel Bearings

There are 105 comments on the WKYC-TV Cleveland story from Sep 18, 2006, titled GM Extends Warranty on Some Front Wheel Bearings. In it, WKYC-TV Cleveland reports that:

If you own a Buick Rendezvous or Pontiac Aztek, General Motors says front wheel bearings on 2002 through 2004 models could wear out prematurely.

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jbandfield

Traverse City, MI

#61 Oct 23, 2009
I have an older Cadillac and replace both front wheel bearings last September of 2008 for $898. About a week ago, I heard a noise, took the car to the dealer who had done the work last year, and asked them to check it out. They called and said that the left front wheel bearings needed replacement. I reminded them of the work the year before. They charged me $337 for the part and the labor and said it was a discount. I had missed the one year warranty by 16 days. I researched the life span of wheel bearings and found a range of 80,000-100,000 miles was what to expect. I only drive this car for 6 months of the year and I rang up about 2000+ miles from the previous year. I felt that the part and the work should have been covered. The dealer said that they could not contact GM customer service, but I would have to do it. GM Customer service said that they would give me a $100 credit for future work on my car and that I was past the warranty period and that my car was old. I asked for a supervisor, and got the same story. I am mad as hell. If the first set of wheel bearings lasted 113,000 miles, then why did the second one only last just over 2,000? The dealer tech said it was a defective part, so I kept it. Do any of you have a suggestion?
Frank

Sault Sainte Marie, Canada

#62 Nov 4, 2009
Can anyone tell me whether or not wheel bearings are covered under the powertrain warranty.
Frank

Sault Sainte Marie, Canada

#63 Nov 4, 2009
Correction:
Can anyone tell me whether or not wheel bearings are covered under the powertrain warranty for a 2007 Chevy Uplander.

Since: Oct 09

Ford City, PA

#64 Nov 5, 2009
jbandfield wrote:
I have an older Cadillac and replace both front wheel bearings last September of 2008 for $898. About a week ago, I heard a noise, took the car to the dealer who had done the work last year, and asked them to check it out. They called and said that the left front wheel bearings needed replacement. I reminded them of the work the year before. They charged me $337 for the part and the labor and said it was a discount. I had missed the one year warranty by 16 days. I researched the life span of wheel bearings and found a range of 80,000-100,000 miles was what to expect. I only drive this car for 6 months of the year and I rang up about 2000+ miles from the previous year. I felt that the part and the work should have been covered. The dealer said that they could not contact GM customer service, but I would have to do it. GM Customer service said that they would give me a $100 credit for future work on my car and that I was past the warranty period and that my car was old. I asked for a supervisor, and got the same story. I am mad as hell. If the first set of wheel bearings lasted 113,000 miles, then why did the second one only last just over 2,000? The dealer tech said it was a defective part, so I kept it. Do any of you have a suggestion?
Did you read my post and my problems with GM? My Subaru has nearly 114,000 miles on it and I've yet to replace a wheel bearing. I feel your pain. While I dealt with GM, I told them if they didn't make it right, I was done as a customer. Guess what? I'm done. They screwed me. Let me know how everything turns out, I'm curious.
Chip

Augusta, GA

#65 Nov 27, 2009
I purchased a 06 Rendezvous in dec 2006 with 19000 miles on it. In August 2008 BOTH front wheel assemblies had bad bearings at 44000 miles and were replaced at my cost as the car was out of warranty. now, 14 months later the right front is bad again with a roar coming from the front wheel. what is up? does anyone know of whether Buick is doing anything for this?

Since: Oct 09

Ford City, PA

#66 Nov 28, 2009
Chip wrote:
I purchased a 06 Rendezvous in dec 2006 with 19000 miles on it. In August 2008 BOTH front wheel assemblies had bad bearings at 44000 miles and were replaced at my cost as the car was out of warranty. now, 14 months later the right front is bad again with a roar coming from the front wheel. what is up? does anyone know of whether Buick is doing anything for this?
They sure are...taking your hard earned money and saying "Thank you, come again." And you will. We did three times. Get rid of it now before it gets worse. Go look at a Toyota Highlander Limited.
Craig

Ottawa, Canada

#67 Feb 3, 2010
We have a 2005 Buick Rendezvous with 180,000 km on it & we are about to put our THIRD set of wheel bearings on it - the first, the dealership tried to get out of doing it under warranty but we made them put our complaint in the system and got the name of who we talked to when they said they couldn't duplicate it, so they did replace them a little after the warranty period. This will be the second out of pocket wheel bearing replacement for us - this is the first GM vehicle we have ever owned and after this, we will definitely be going back to being Ford people and with the lack of customer support from GM, everyone we know is hearing about GM not standing behind their product - this is OBVIOUSLY a problem with this model. Gotta give Toyota credit - they screwed up, they admitted it & they are fixing it!
dissapoited

Prescott, Canada

#68 Feb 23, 2010
had to replace wheel barrings twice now these are really bad these should last for evere since they hold the tire on thier should be a grease fitting on these come on GM a family vecle and the front tires can fall off stay away from these vans
Fred from Wisconsin

Clintonville, WI

#69 Apr 19, 2010
Upon acceleration a whining begins and grows with each automatic gear shift. Transmission pan was removed...no metal shavings or chips found. Most likely suspect is stator support bearing was told. Any idea what that is and/or what causes this whining during acceleration?
ryan

Washington, DC

#70 Apr 29, 2010
Ihave had the same problem with the front wheel bearing on my 2003 Buick Rendevous. In the past I had the same problem on a 2003 Oldsmobile Acheiva. I had to replace the front bearings on the Acheiva probably 4 times in the 100,000 miles I put on the car over the years (bought it at 50 K).
Watch out for the prices they are charging you for the repairs however. You can buy a decent bearing (including the entire assembly) from your local auto part store for less than $100 (and that is for the all wheel drive rendevous). It takes about 30 minutes to replace, yet the dealer will charge you many hundreds of dollars for the job (assuming the warranty is still in effect)
Mark

Canada

#71 May 7, 2010
Just got my wheel bearing diagnosis for my 2005 Rendezvous. 53K and they are shot. $800 to have them replaced. No mention of any warranty coverage. This vehicle has consistently cost me $1000 per service in repairs.

Since: Oct 09

Ford City, PA

#72 May 13, 2010
Mark wrote:
Just got my wheel bearing diagnosis for my 2005 Rendezvous. 53K and they are shot.$800 to have them replaced. No mention of any warranty coverage. This vehicle has consistently cost me $1000 per service in repairs.
Dump it, dump it, dump it. It's only going to get worse. Replaced 3 wheelbearings in a 13 month time span.
Lenny Herzog

Oak Creek, CO

#73 Jun 9, 2010
I have a GMC truck, model year 2004. I have replaced both front wheel bearings and now one of the replacement wheel bearings is shot. I have also runb into the same problem with a suburban. My mechanic regularly replaces this part and is surprised there hasn't been a class action lawsuit against GM (Government Motors).
Thanks for "saving us" government.
good heart

Lincoln Park, MI

#74 Jul 3, 2010
I have 2 GM Buick Rendezvous. One is a FWD and the other is a AWD. The front wheel drive has the front wheel bearing humming noise in 20000 miles and, I got the bearings replaced under waranty. But for the AWD, I have the same humming problem. THe dealer told me that I should replace the tires. I did so. The problem is still there. Itis under 60000 miles, but it is 2005 vehicle and so, the dealer says that there is no warnty. I need to replace the front bearings and will cost alot. I need to absorb that cost I think. GM vehicles have all kinds of problems. THe dealer told me that I had to replace the liquid and also the vent pipe for the differential. I did that also. Then he told me that I need to replace the gasket between the engine and transmission which costed nearly $900. I did that also. Now this.

Since: Oct 09

Ford City, PA

#75 Aug 9, 2010
good heart wrote:
I have 2 GM Buick Rendezvous. One is a FWD and the other is a AWD. The front wheel drive has the front wheel bearing humming noise in 20000 miles and, I got the bearings replaced under waranty. But for the AWD, I have the same humming problem. THe dealer told me that I should replace the tires. I did so. The problem is still there. Itis under 60000 miles, but it is 2005 vehicle and so, the dealer says that there is no warnty. I need to replace the front bearings and will cost alot. I need to absorb that cost I think. GM vehicles have all kinds of problems. THe dealer told me that I had to replace the liquid and also the vent pipe for the differential. I did that also. Then he told me that I need to replace the gasket between the engine and transmission which costed nearly $900. I did that also. Now this.
See my post above. DUMP IT.
Standerson

College Corner, OH

#76 Dec 22, 2010
2006 Rendezvous with 55212 miles on it. Front wheel bearing assemblies need replaced to the tune of about $350 each, 3 days before Christmas.

I call Buick and received a "No it's not covered under the warranty" answer.

I called the local Buck dealer and was told the warranty expired in October (two months ago).

I called the dealership we bought it from and they told me it was "probably" covered.

We can't afford the $100 diagnosis charge so we are waiting on a call back from Buick on the warranty.
Chip

Marion, SC

#77 Dec 22, 2010
I posted on here quite a while back and have since replaced two more front assemblies. Its obviously as my pal Mark notes, a defective part and GM will do nothing. BUT, do not under any circumstances, pay the dealership to do the work. The quote they gave me to do One assembly was $475. Two local repair shops quoted $275 and 310. Went to a parts shop NAPA, got the part for $90, had a guy who works at a Mexican restaurant put it on for $60. No problemo.
Teresa Chapman

Toledo, OH

#78 Jan 5, 2011
Lenny Herzog wrote:
I have a GMC truck, model year 2004. I have replaced both front wheel bearings and now one of the replacement wheel bearings is shot. I have also runb into the same problem with a suburban. My mechanic regularly replaces this part and is surprised there hasn't been a class action lawsuit against GM (Government Motors).
Thanks for "saving us" government.
Don't feel bad my husband bought a used 2002 GMC Denali about 5 years ago and has already had to change both front and both back berrings. He change the front ones about 2 to 3 years ago at $130 a piece. Right after he changed them both back berrings went out and we couldn't drive the truck to far from the house because they were going out and the price of the back ones were $400 each. We fixed the back ones last year and now one of the front ones are gone out again. I do believe that there is a flaw in the design of them and they should have to recall every one of them and fix them. This is ridiculous.
john b canada

Baddeck, Canada

#79 Feb 9, 2011
ready for 5th wheel bearing at $556.00 each.I hate Buick and GM.Can't sell vehicle because I'd have a guilty conscience.$7000.00 in repairs and extended warrenty in 3 yr. Going to Ford F-150 next.There should be a class action on these vehicles (Rendezvous).And to think it was the publics money that bailed these criminal CEO's out.Also it's made in mexico!!!
Robert

Winnipeg, Canada

#80 Mar 14, 2011
We have a 2005 Buick Rendevous with 135000 km. We took it on a trip and the r h rear wheel bearings failed at 120 km/hr. Luckily we had light traffic and were able to stop on the side of the interstate.
We had the car towed on a flat bed to a dealer. They replaced the two rear bearing. We got to phoenix and the car was making a front end noise. we took it to the dealer and the replaced the rh front wheel bearing.
It seems that this is an on going problem with this vehicle. GM should issue a recall before this bearing failure results in an accident or serious injury or death.

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