Sure, they'll tell you they have mechanics that will fix it . . . at their
going hourly rate!!!
I had to suck that one up and deal with it as well on our '99 Suburban this
past summer. It's fixed and doing fine, moving on.....
I contacted GM directly and rattled their cage and they fixed mine
(intake manifold gasket on a 2000 K3500 w/350) last month. It was the
second time it leaked. I did not pay for either repair. Part of the
problem is if you have a vortec 350 the intake/head assemble was
originally designed for 12 bolts (2 rear, 2 center 2 front on each
side) but when they went to Vortec they left out the center bolts so
the miniflod flexs more during heating and cooling plus they used a
cheap plastic gasket too that was redesigned about 18 months ago.
It is really pretty common. The TBI 350's tended to leak oil between
manofld and galley in the back and then the Vortec 350 has had a lot
of problems with coolant leaks. When Vortec came out they started
using a plastic gasket the fails with age. They did change the design
of them a while back though but while jury is out on this new design
still they did tell me that mine should not leak again. Also it is not
just the Vortec 350/5.7 as the 4.3 leaks a lot and the 5.0 can a bit
too but being that there is a LOT of Vortec 350's out there you have
more of them go bad thyat you here about with 4.3 next and 5.0 least
because not as many in use.
I ordered a 1986 3.8 SFI Buick Century wagon, thats right..1986, and 3
I had it, the intake manifold started leaking, then there was the cold
couldn't steer it in the morning , then the 400 overdrive transmisson ,went
GM decided to put soft thrust washer on the out put shaft that ground down
and messed up
the tranny.MAP sensor went out without any code or warning, actually stopped
I could go on and on... I was a GM buyer since 1962... I traded the Buick on
a Honda Accord, the story is over.....
No more outrageous than GM's parts prices.......... I just paid $70.00+ dollars
for a sheet metal
battery tray for a 88 PU. I guess that was a deal eh ?????
Kill filters - The Enema Of The Usenet !!!!!
I work for a Tier 1 auto supplier in Michigan. They mold & assemble a cup holder
for the Nissan Altima. This company is paid under $9.00 for each complete unit.
To buy it from the dealer you pay just under $200.00. All auto companies work
The 4L80E is not a TH400. That's akin to saying a 4L60E is a TH350.
Strength wise a 4L80E is equivalent to a TH400. Neither of which was
available in 1986, and neither of which is used in FWD cars.
$70 for a GM battery tray? Aint bad for retail. I get Wholesale prices
from dealership parts departments. Plus I'm not paying tax, until the
part is installed or sold to a customer.
On Average a mechanical part for a honda costs more then it does for a GM.
Sorry to upset you Charles...we cant all be as brillant, I think the
tranny was a 440 t4, I and I think I still might not have it right. They
called it overdrive, because of the 4th gear. I ordered it special, because
it was a rare combination at the time. I saw the engine in a Olds Toronado,
and found out that I can have in a low cost Century. That option wasn't
available in the Ceira. 1986 Buick Century, Custom Wagon , 3.8 SFI,
Light blue, beautiful car, but I had problems.
It was rammed in the rear, and was totaled, thank God my wife wasn't hurt.
I thank GM for the seat belts, and crush areas which saved my wife further
Some women in a beat up 77 Cutlass, was late for a yard sale!She didn't have
Maybe I jumped a bit hard. Looked like another buy a Honda, not a Chevy
post. Which I have noticed is the sort of thing going on in
alt.autos.gm, I get sick of seeing it. I don't go in to honda forums
trolling. I really dislike honda's. I own Chevy's, Ford's, 2 Toyota's,
and a Suzuki (harley doesn't make a quad).
Every brand of vehicle has problems that's why every new car dealer I
have ever seen has a service department.
A TH440 is a Front Wheel Drive transmission with Overdrive. I didn't
believe they were available until 1988 in the FWD mid-sizes.
Occasionally I'm wrong on that stuff, that's why I have books at work
that list parts interchanges. Hollander Interchange Books, same ones
used by most salvage yards.
The key here is "depending on the customer". With a GM Dealership if
you keep your cool, be nice & friendly, you will find they do good will
If you have problems with one dealer, try another. I'm not sure about
Canada, Here in America the GM warranty is not limited to only being
serviced at the purchased from dealership.
Once you get angry & rude with a dealership, it is like pulling teeth
to get things done. GM does not own the Dealerships, they bill GM for
the work they do, and GM decides on if they will pay the dealer for good
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